Saturday, June 24, 2017

TransJustice: An Audre Lorde Project March to Continue the Legacy of Stonewall Resistance at the 13 Annual Trans Day of Action

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New York, NY — TransJustice, a program of the Audre Lorde Project, created by and for Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color (TGNC POC), gathered Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Two Spirit organizations and allies on June 23, 2017 at Washington Square Park for the 13th Annual Trans Day of Action to build upon the legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion and draw attention to the continuing conditions faced by Trans and Gender Non Conforming People Of Color.

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Despite the increasing interest and visibility in Trans and Gender Non Conforming issues in media and popular culture, we are still seeing unprecedented levels of violence against our communities. This year alone, 13 Trans people of color mostly trans women, were murdered. Additionally, in a recent report by the NY Anti-Violence Project, in 2015 there was a 20%  increase in report of homicides against LGBT people, 62% of the LGBT homicide victims were people of color and 67% were Trans and Gender Non Conforming.

The 2017 Trans Day of Action calls for an end to such hate violence and TGNC erasure during Pride season. The event included performances and speeches from TransJustice and local community members.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Planned Parenthood organized #PinkOut Day to make lawmakers confront the cruelty of their health care bill

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New York, NY - On June 21, 2017; Planned Parenthood organized #PinkOut Day, in an effort to make lawmakers confront the cruelty of their health care bill by turning the internet pink, and showing up in cities and towns across the country wearing pink.

Across the country Planned Parenthood held rallies against attacks on health care access. The Trump administration, Sen. Mitch McConnell and others are trying to force through a health care bill without ever letting anyone even see it. This bill could affect millions of people's access to health care, and cut people with Medicaid off from receiving services at Planned Parenthood, and we all have a right to see it. 

At the same time that Planned Parenthood is calling for the Senate to release the Senate AHCA, they're also calling on New York State Senators to pass legislation that will protect reproductive rights here in New York. Demanding that the Senate bring the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act to a vote! 

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Opposition from New Yorkers causes EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to cancel speech to far right think tank at Harvard Club

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New York, NY – In response to significant opposition from Rise and Resist, Sierra Club, We Act, Food & Water Watch, 350.org, and other community leaders, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt canceled his speech to the far right think tank, the Manhattan Institute on June 21, 2017; at the Harvard Club in Manhattan. Pruitt’s cancellation is one more sign of the significant opposition to the Trump administration’s dirty budget. Local groups and community leaders continue to strongly oppose Administrator Pruitt’s goal to eliminate necessary lifesaving health and climate protections in this reckless budget.

Pruitt was scheduled to defend the Trump Administration’s budget in a speech to the Manhattan Institute at the Harvard Club. In spite of the cancellation, New York groups rallied outside of the Harvard Club to continue their demonstration of opposition to the administration’s budget that places polluter profits ahead of people’s health.

Since his confirmation as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt has continued to support his polluter allies, putting the lives of millions of Americans and our climate at risk.

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15th annual Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga

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New York, NY - The Times Square Alliance welcomed more than 12,000 yogis on June 21, 2017; for free yoga classes at the 15th annual Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga, presented by Aerie. A key theme this year for co-founders Tim Tompkins and Douglass Stewart is “Ahimsa,” a Sanskrit word ofien translated as “do no harm” or non-violence."

“The theme of Ahimsa is especially relevant as we witness new waves of anger and violence erupting around the country and around the world, including in Times Square itself just a few weeks ago," said Tim Tompkins, President of Times Square Alliance and co-founder of the event. “Even at a time when it seems impossible, one can, and should, take a moment to find harmony within their mind, body, and the world around them.”

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“Thousands of yoga practitioners come to Summer Solstice in Times Square/Mind over Madness Yoga to cut through the noise of inner unsteadiness and outer distractions to bathe in their own deeper stillness,” said Douglass Stewart, co-founder of Solstice in Times Square.

“Aerie is so excited to sponsor this year’s Solstice in Times Square,” said Jen Foyle, Global Brand President of Aerie. “The #AerieREAL message is our commitment to empowering everyone to feel happy, healthy and confident inside and out. This event is an amazing way to share our message and empower thousands of yogis to love their REAL selves.”

Yogis of all skill levels participated in seven free yoga classes

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Friday, June 16, 2017

NYC Pride takes the Rally back into the streets kicking off NYC Pride 2017

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New York, NY – NYC Pride is taking the Rally back into the streets. LGBT rights and human rights are under attack by the current political environment. Community activists, organizers, politicians, and more join for this unprecedented moment in our history. Taking a stand, showing up in force, and making their voices heard in this re-imagined Rally experience. 

Organized by NYC Pride, this year hosts a full calendar of official LGBT Pride events in New York City from June 16-25, 2017. With more than 2 million spectators in 2016, this year’s Pride schedule offers a wide array of events for everyone to enjoy.

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NYC Pride March, will be held on Sunday June 25, 12pm, formation at 36th Street and 5th Ave. The world’s best-known LGBT Pride event, the 48th NYC Pride March will be led by Grand Marshals: The American Civil Liberties Union, Brooke Guinan, Krishna Stone, and Geng Le. This year’s March will also broadcast live on ABC7. 

The first NYC Pride Rally occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, when 500 people gathered for a “Gay Power” demonstration in Washington Square Park followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. NYC Pride has continued this proud tradition by hosting the event in various locations throughout the city. 

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

“Raise the Rainbow!” Rally and March to honor the late Gilbert Baker, LGBTQ Rainbow Flag creator

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New York City - Friends of Gilbert Baker organized a rally and march in New York City’s West Village, starting at The Stonewall Inn on June 14, 2017; in memory of Gilbert Baker, creator of the Rainbow Flag, the international symbol of LGBTQ pride. The event also protest discrimination and bigotry against LGBTQ Americans that has been perpetuated by the Trump administration and the GOP. Baker died last March 31 at age 65.

This Flag Day event (also Trump’s 71st birthday), which takes place during Pride Month, began at the Stonewall Inn with a rally. Protesters then carried Baker’s hand-sewn banners, including one that reads “Don’t Buy Trump’s Lies”, and marched to Hudson River Park for the historic raising of the Rainbow Flag on a giant flagpole. 

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There were nine speakers, one for each stripe of the Rainbow Flag, and each speech will be tied to the symbolism of the color: lavender for diversity, pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony, violet for spirit.

The Trump administration and the GOP have declared war on the LGBTQ community. Gilbert Baker was a member of the Rise + Resist movement that protests the Trump agenda. Flag Day, flag maker Baker’s favorite holiday, is also the President’s birthday. On June 14, we honor Baker’s global contribution to LGBTQ unity and protest the current president’s divisiveness and anti-LGBTQ policies.

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New Yorkers give Trump plane tickets back to Russia as a birthday present

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New York City - On Donald J. Trump's 71st birthday, June 14, 2017; Rise and Resist presented him plane tickets back to Russia. Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered outside Trump Tower for a #SadBirthday party, celebrating the ongoing resistance to his presidency and to stand against Trump's lies, hate, and corruption.

Rise and Resist attempted to deliver the plane tickets, care of Melania Trump, at Trump Tower.

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"Donald Trump is proposing policy after policy that will be destructive for America,” said Andy Ratto, member of Rise and Resist. “While he is in DC blowing out the candles on his cake, we'll be out in the streets saying we hope none of his wishes come true.”

The New York event is part of a national day of anti-Trump events on his birthday, including protests at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, Trump National Golf Course in Westchester County, NY, and other sites around the United States. 

Rise and Resist, formed in response to the 2016 US election, is a nonviolent direct action group made up of both new and experienced activists committed to opposing, disrupting, and defeating any government act that threatens democracy, equality, and our civil liberties. We work collaboratively, creatively, respectfully, and with all the joy we can muster for the health of the people and the planet.

Rise and Resist reject state sanctioned violence, bigotry, and systemic discrimination in all its forms, including those directed at people because of their disability, gender identity/expression, immigration status, race, religion, sex, and sexuality. Condemning all the oppressive policies that define the current government regime.

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Rise and Resist strive to intentionally honor the complex challenges the nation faces. 

Previous Rise and Resist actions include a "cough-in" at Jean-Georges restaurant; a Medicaid block grant action at Federal Plaza; a protest at Trump Tower against the Muslim ban, the ICE raids, and the proposed border wall where 26 members were arrested; and a protest against Trump's abbreviated visit to New York City.

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