Soulforce Joins Voices in Support of the Audre Lorde Project’s Trans Day of Action 2010

The Audre Lorde Project’s TransJustice group has announced the 6th annual Trans Day of Action 2010, to take place June 25th, 2010 when trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, gender non-conforming people of color (TGNC) and their allies will take to the streets of New York in pursuit of justice for oppressed people.

Soulforce joins a growing list of local and national organizations endorsing the Trans Day of Action and encourages our members and allies to help (1) raise awareness of the Audre Lorde Project’s pivotal work, (2) attend and support the 2010 Trans Day of Action on Friday, June 25 at 3 p.m. (location to be announced).

Soulforce is committed to nonviolent resistance against religious and political oppression of LGBTQ people and, within that context, often encounters and seeks to understand and address the specific and many layered ways that oppression is experienced by people of color, trans and gender non-conforming people, immigrants, people with disabilities, youth and aged people, and people of low to moderate-income — both within and outside our own LGBTQ and allied communities.

Andi Gentile, Coordinator of the Soulforce Equality Ride for 2010, says:
Spiritual and physical violence grow out of religious bigotry expressed historically and presently not only in transphobia and homophobia, but in racism, ableism, classism, xenophobia, and sexism. It is Soulforce’s commitment to stop spiritual and political violence and we are grateful to the Audre Lorde Project and Trans Day of Action organizers for their excellent work in these areas.

Dr. Cindi Love, Executive Director of Soulforce states:
As justice-seekers, our liberation is interwoven with the liberation of all peoples, and therefore, we add our strong endorsement to the 2010 Trans Day of Action and we applaud the courageous action of the Audre Lord Project and its Trans Day of Action organizers.

In their formal Call to Action, the Audre Lorde Project says:
We as TGNC People of Color (POC) recognize the importance of working together alongside other movements to change the world we want to see. We live in a time when oppressed peoples including communities such as people of color, immigrants, youth and elders, people with disabilities, women and TGNC, and poor people are disproportionately underserved, face higher levels of discrimination, heightened surveillance, and experience increased violence at the hands of the state…. It is critical that we unite and work together towards dismantling the transphobia, racism, classism, sexism, ageism, ableism, homophobia and xenophobia that permeates throughout our movements for social justice."

Updates will be available at www.alp.org as well as www.soulforce.org.

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