Our struggle was not only to bring Pride, but the ‘Equality’ Movement as a whole; back to its roots. This year — as we watch Pride and Equality Inc grapple with a movement that is becoming increasingly self aware of its birthplace amongst radical trans women of color — No Justice No Pride will be mobilizing with our communities, taking direct action in DC and elsewhere to continue Marsha and Sylvia’s legacies. We are also continuing our community support projects that were founded out of necessity and inspired by acts of solidarity throughout history such as the legendary S.T.A.R. House, and the Black Panthers breakfast program.
Back To The Roots — Reclaim Pride
In June 2017, No Justice No Pride (NJNP) held a day of action and resistance in an effort to return Pride to its roots of trans and queer resistance to state violence led by visionary transgender women of color. Together with activists from around the DMV region, we took direct action to disrupt the Capital Pride Parade and make our demands heard. NJNP successfully led a night march on June 10, a march on June 11, a festival of resistance, a Queer Trans Person of Color (QTPOC) Healing Space, and we created three blockades of the Capital Pride Parade - leading the Capital Pride Alliance to restructure its Board of Directors.
These actions were covered in USA Today, the Washington Post, CNN, the New York Times, The Advocate, NPR, CBS, Fox News, VICE, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, The Hill, The Huffington Post, LGBTQ Nation, TeleSur, The Daily Beast, Democracy Now!, Mother Jones, and the Chicago Tribune.
Similar actions were also carried out by NJNP accomplices in NYC, Chicago, Seattle, Columbus, Minneapolis, and San Diego. Sister protests also took place abroad in Madrid, Tel Aviv, London, Amsterdam, and Toronto.