Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality

On June 28th, 2020, The Reclaim Pride Coalition (RPC), a New York-based activist group which advocates for LGBTQ+ rights, will hold the Queer Liberation March for Trans and Queer Black Lives, in solidarity with the movements to defund, disarm, dismantle and abolish the NYPD, and police nationwide. RPC is inspired by, and stands with, the historic, Black-led, young protest movement that has taken to the streets here in NYC, across the nation, and worldwide in the wake of the police and carceral state murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Layleen Polanco and many others. In solidarity with Black Trans communities we mourn the violent deaths of Riah Milton, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, Nina Pop and countless others, and demand effective community interventions and responses to protect Black Trans lives. As an immediate first step, RPC demands that Mayor de Blasio and the NYC City Council make significant cuts to the NYPD’s 6 billion dollar budget. We are in solidarity with organizers like Mariame Kaba and other abolitionists in several US cities in calling for a fifty-percent reduction in the NYPD as well as a fifty percent reduction in police officers, with the funds going to Black led organizations and community support and services. Community organizations and leaders in communities of color have been demanding these changes for decades. We join them in demanding a dismantling and reimagining of community safety that incorporates the tenets of Transformative Justice and Restorative Justice. We join them in resisting reformist solutions that will only further entrench the existing system that is rife with racial inequity and racist intent. Black America has already endured a lack of safe and sustainable housing, equal access to quality education, and healthcare equity; but now faces the exacerbation of all of these community stressors, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. #Local #Free #Communities of Color #Transgender #New York