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8th annual Trans Day of Action

Published Jun 21, 2012 9:34 PM

The 8th annual Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice happens June 22 in New York City, from 3 to 7 p.m., starting at Washington Square Park. All trans and gender nonconforming groups and allies are invited to participate and organize contingents for the march and rally. Trans Day of Action was initiated by TransJustice of the Audre Lorde Project, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, trans and gender nonconforming people of color center for community organizing.

“TGNC People of Color and allies will take on the streets of New York City once again and demand justice, to let the world know that the Stonewall rebellion is not over and we will continue fighting for justice, raising our voices until we are heard,” states a call to action for this event.

“We as TGNC POC recognize the importance of working together alongside other movements to create the world we want to see. We live in a time when oppressed peoples including people of color, immigrants, youth and elders, people with disabilities, women and TGNC people, and poor people are underserved, face higher levels of discrimination, heightened surveillance and experience increased violence at the hands of the state.

“We must unite and work together towards dismantling the transphobia, racism, classism, sexism, ageism, ableism, homophobia and xenophobia that permeate our movements for social justice, while also celebrating the victories and strides for the rights of TGNC POC. Let’s come together to let the world know that TGNC rights will not be undermined and together we will not be silenced!”

Among the points of unity and demands for Trans Day of Action are an end to profiling, harassment and brutality at the hands of the police; access to respectful and safe housing; access to the New York City LGBT Center without fear of harassment or censorship … to organize on “the issue of the Israeli/Palestinian divide”; full legalization of all immigrants; solidarity with all prisoners, especially the many TGNC POC people behind the walls; the right to access health care, receive hormones and necessary surgery; and immediate removal of all U.S. troops from all countries under occupation.

To get involved or for more information, contact TransJustice at 212-463-0342 ext. 15 or visit alp.org.