Brooklyn Liberation Rallies 15,000 People for Black Transgender Lives Matter
An estimated 15,000 people gathered in front of the Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, June 14th, with an additional 40,000 people nationwide to rally for Black Trans Lives Matter.
Known as the largest protest in history for Black transgender lives, the Brooklyn Liberation has become a beacon of hope that has shed light on the LGBTQ+ community.
ATTENTION: There will be an action for Black trans lives called #BROOKLYNLIBERATION.
When: Sunday 6/14 @ 1PM.
Where: Outside the Brooklyn Museum.
A rally and silent march will follow.
Organizers are asking folks to wear white!
— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) June 11, 2020
The Brooklyn Liberation came after the two murders of Black transgender women Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells and Riah Milton, the removal of the protection for transgender people in healthcare, and the 4th anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Several organizations represented the transgender community in this “mostly silent” march, including The Okra Project, G.L.I.T.S., Black Trans Femmes in the Arts, and more.
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#Repost @arielsinhaha ・・・ BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER. Just this week, two Black trans women, Riah Milton and Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells we’re violently murdered. And then yesterday, in the middle of pride month, on the fourth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub attack, the president took away protections for trans people. It’s not enough to say their names. We must keep standing up and fighting for trans lives and rights. . . Please share this post, repost, print for protest signs, print for home signs—use this artwork to raise awareness, but I’m trusting that you please do not repurpose or resell it for any personal monetary gain. THANK YOU! . . If you are in Chicago, please consider donating to @bravespacealliance. Here are more trans-supporting organizations referred by @janetmock that I urge you to follow and donate to if you can: @tgijustice @snap4freedom @sylviariveralawproject @theokraproject @blacktranstravelfund @missmajor1 @transjusticefp @glits_inc @youthbreakout @mpjinstitute @transgenderdistrict #blacktranslivesmatter #blacklivesmatter #protectblacktranswomen #riahmilton #remmiefells #dominiquefells #dominiqueremmiefells
G.L.I.T.S. (Gay and Lesbians Living In Transgender Society) is an organization that recently met its goal of $1,000,000 to provide housing for Black transgender people living in New York City. With the funds raised, G.L.I.T.S. will have sufficient funds to aid in Black transgender livelihood. If you would like to learn more about G.L.I.T.S. and the lives they have impacted, click here.
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We did it family. We started this journey planning to raise $20,000 and were able to raise $1,000,000 for Black Trans futures. Thank you to every $5 donor, mom who ran a bake sale, and hoe that shared it with her trade. Thank you all. We are only at the beginning of this journey, but our spirits are electrified. #BlackTransFutures #BlackTransLivesMatter
Our Founder, Ianne Fields Stewart (@FreeActorvist) speaking powerful words at today’s Brooklyn Liberation Action for Trans Lives. Watch the full speech on The Okra Project’s IG TV! https://t.co/67HD9gpqb0
— TheOkraProject (@TheOkraProject) June 15, 2020
The Okra Project, founded by Ianne Fields Stewart, centers on providing meals for the black transgender community. Chefs of the organization cook meals in the homes of those in need, or provide pre-cooked meals to those experiencing homelessness or cannot support a home-cooked meal. The Okra Project aims to feed the souls of black transgender men and women through grocery funds and providing artistic and wellness spaces. To learn how you can help, click here.