Queering Racial Justice: Black and Brown Resilience and Organizing in the DMV
Saturday, September 23rd · 9 am to 6 pm
National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle, Washington, DC MAP
Join the National LGBTQ Task Force for a day of building organizing skills that centers people of color communities. This day is for organizers of all racial identities who want to strengthen and grow POC-led work.
This program aims to:
- Explore the ways race and racism have shaped mobilizing and advocacy efforts in Washington DC
- Learn from QTPOC organizers and coalition leaders about past and present liberation efforts
- Celebrate how QTPOC movement building has endured through time and flourishes today
- Assist white organizers in building skills to show up more effectively and confidently as co-conspirators and supporters of QTPOC-led work
Morning Program: Black & Brown Resilience Through the Years
Lissette Miller (she/they) is a Black Latinx queer Miami girl living and breathing in DC. She coordinates Center Latinx at the DC Center for the LGBT Community, recently completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training, and sometimes works as a Spanish-English interpreter and translator. Lissette aims to cultivate affirming and accessible spaces of joy and healing wherever she is called.
“For over 500-plus years, Black and other people of color have resisted against, and continue to resist, a white supremacist capitalist cis-hetero ableist patriarchal world bent our stealing our lives, labor, and spirits. Centering the joy, healing, and leadership of Black trans and queer people is fundamental to my resistance. I have a responsibility to my ancestors, my communities, and future descendants, to strategically use the many privileges I live with, and abolish systemic oppression in all its forms.”
Malcolm Shanks (they/them/theirs) is an organizer, educator, and healer born and raised in DC. Malcolm has worked to be useful to the many communities that are important to them. Malcolm works to create transformative learning experiences that equip our people with the knowledge and skills to build a world where land and people are free.
Malcolm is shaped by a lifetime of experience in organizing, education, and challenging authority. Malcolm currently works as Lead Trainer at Race Forward, and is co-creator of the zine Decolonizing Gender: A Curriculum.
Jessica Raven (she/her/hers) is an organizer, mother, and the Executive Director of Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), a local grassroots organization that works to make public spaces safe for everyone. Raven works to address gendered violence with an intersectional lens that takes into account the way that intersecting identities affect the experiences of different communities. She runs the Safe Bar Collective, a program that trains bar and restaurant staff to recognize and respond to harassment while connecting trans people of color with safe, supportive employment in partner bars. Raven was honored with a 2017 Activist Award from the Washington Peace Center, and in 2016, she was named one of DC’s Most Interesting People by the Washington City Paper.
“As an able-bodied, housed, cisgender, queer woman of color, I recognize that my liberation is tied to the liberation of my disabled, immigrant, Black, unhoused, and transgender sisters. We will not end gendered and racist violence with a trickle-down approach; we need to center those at the margins in our advocacy if we want to create solutions that will make all of us safer.”
Tracye Redd (he/him/his) is a Washington, DC-based activist and organizer, originally from Waterloo, Iowa. In 2015, Tracye joined the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) learning different skills and tactics to utilize in the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL / #BlackLivesMatter), and is currently part of Black Lives Matter DC and Keep DC 4 Me. Tracye helps lead direct action/civil disobedience trainings in the greater DC, Maryland, and Virginia area for groups such as Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). He is the 2017 recipient of “The Better World is Possible” Activist Award from the Washington Peace Center.
Alexa Rodriguez (she/her/hers) is originally from Usulután, El Salvador where she founded Mi Nueva Familia, a working group for people living with HIV and for transgender women. In 2009, Alexa arrived in the United States and continued her work as an HIV/STI prevention educator with Identity Inc., Mariposas Group, Empoderáte Youth Center, and Casa de Maryland HIV Program. Alexa is a promoter for Miss Maryland Latin@ and Miss Translatina, former Vice-President of Latino GLBT History Project, and a member of the National Trans-Latina Coalition and Executive Director of Trans-Latina DMV. She coordinated the Youth Center Transgender Program for La Clinica del Pueblo.
¿y tu agüela aonde ejtá?: Addressing Anti-Black Racism in the Latinx Community
Our session aims to gather trans and queer Latinxs for a “family dialogue” on anti-Black racism in our communities. We will create a community historical analysis from colonization to today, how anti-Black racism currently shows up in our lives, our communities’ complicity in upholding white supremacy, how anti-Black racism connects with other systemic oppressions and reinforce each other, and practical steps we can take to dismantle oppression wherever it shows up. This space will be for Latinx LGBTQI people only.
Facilitators: Alicia Sanchez Gill, Maria Alejandra Salas Baltuano, Louie Ortiz-Fonseca, Salem Acuña, and Edith Lopez Estrada
Queering Reproductive Justice
The workshop will highlight how reproductive justice and its core tenant of centering POC voices & stories is an ideal framework for LGBTQ liberation
Candace Bond-Theriault, Senior Policy Counsel for Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice and Sabrina Rewald, If/When/How Federal Reproductive Justice Fellow
Joy as Radical Resistance: A People of Color Gathering
Provide a space for POC folks to come together & support each other.
Rodney MCKenzie, Jr., Director of Partnerships, Demos
Managing Microaggressions in Organizing: A Workshop for People of Color
This workshop aims to provide POC with tools to best incorporate white allies in racial justice efforts, while centering the leadership and needs of POC.
Ericka Taylor, Taylor Consulting and Facilitation
Strangers From a Different Shore: Queering and Expanding the Dialogue on Immigrants and Refugees
This session seeks to provide tools, skills, and resources for participants to expand the dialogue regarding immigration, immigrants’ rights, immigration reform, and refugees beyond the narrow frames presented to us by mainstream media discourse. An historical and contemporary perspective on the immigrant rights movement and how social justice movements led by AAPIs and LGBT people as native born citizens, immigrants, and refugees have engaged the work.
Kham Moua, OCA: Asian Pacific American Advocates, Senior Policy and Communications Manager
Decolonizing Gender: A Curriculum
First, to explore some of the historical links between gender violence and white supremacy in the building of our current understandings of the gender binary. Second, to practice creating an analysis of colonialism & racism that includes violence against trans & GNC people of color as related symptoms.
Malcolm Shanks, Race Forward, Lead Trainer
Heal-the Healer; Self-Love, Self-Care & Radical Healing in this Time
The workshop will be a space for participants to share, learn and discuss ways to heal from the work that they do fighting injustice. Participants will be guided through an interactive workshop that will affirm their work for justice, while recognizing how much frustration, burn-out and conflict can be involved.
Iris Jacob, Social Justice Synergy
Why Your March Will Not Save D.C.
This interactive think-tank exposes participants the rich organizing history of Washington, D.C., the realities of the organizing culture that currently exists and how your movement can equitably engage D.C.’s most vulnerable communities. HINT: It isn’t a March!
Aiyi’nah Ford, The Future Foundation, Executive Director
Organizing & Team Building: Let’s Be Accountable
Building accountability into our organizing work about rather than ignore power dynamics until the conflict is so dramatic that we can’t function.
Kathleen Campisano, Faith & States Organizing and Training Director, National LGBTQ Task Force
Bisexual Healing: Holding Sacred Space
In honor of bisexual visibility day, this workshop will create a closed space for bisexual visibility within the bisexual community and without the lesbian, gay or heteronormative gaze.
Candace Bond-Theriault, National LGBTQ Task Force, Senior Policy Counsel, Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice & Democracy Project Director
Fighting the Impulse: Internalized White Supremacy
How did we get white and what does this mean for our lives, our hearts and our organizing? What is at stake for us as we abandon the comforts of our privilege? This workshop addresses the ways whites are socialized into our supremacist thinking and beliefs and then the cycle of socialization we either break from or maintain. We will explore tools for transforming our everyday organizing strategies to be more self conscious, how to support the leadership of people of color and demonstrate our commitment to racial Justice in our day to day decision making.
Evangeline Weiss, National LGBTQ Task Force