NJNP’s history of mutual aid & rapid response work to communities in need!
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January 2018 — In response to an escalation in violent attacks from Metro Transit Police and a change in fare collection policies at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) that disportionately impacted Black and Brown youth throughout the District, NJNP in coalition with Black Lives Matter DC; fundraised and held a series of events providing smartrip card giveaways at stations disportionately targeted by Metro Transit Police for fare evaders. This was a part of a broader campaign to Decriminalize Fare Evasion in Washington, DC.
NJNP’s efforts within one year since forming; additionally have brought to light the exceptional need in the trans community for access to healthcare, housing, immigration services, spanish speaking language services, and employment. Rampant discrimination prevents many trans and GNC people from accessing services and basic needs.
Responding to the passage of FOSTA/SESTA
As these barriers continue to grow for many as a result of the passage of FOSTA/SESTA. NJNP has doubled-down on its work to fight back against anti-TGNC violence by providing Rapid Response Support to our familia as a crucial component of our Trans Justice Program, alongside Mutual Aid in the form of:
- Temporary Housing - at the NJNP House Collective or with NJNP allies who have space — for those who are housing unstable. Housing was already a critical issue for D.C.’s TGNC communities before the loss of Backpage and other similar digital services, but these recent losses have only worsened housing-access by severely and negatively impacting TGNC income; in the process making it impossible for many to afford rent, and - for those who were in the process of getting housing - to lose their security deposits.
- Employment - Helping people find jobs, assist with cover letter and resume writing, and practice interviewing.
- Access - Help get people IDs, correct name and gender on legal documents, and open bank accounts.
- Legal Support and responding to State Terror - Supporting and advocating for our friends at their hearings in court; helping people navigate the court system; raising money for jail and legal defense support; signal boosting and engaging in Public Awareness Campaigns; and, working with community partners, organizations, and volunteer lawyers to support TGNC community members in need.
NJNP’s Organizing Trainings
NJNP also started a three month pilot, stipended Organizing Training Project(OTP), developing organizing and leadership skills for trans folks of color most directly and disproportionately impacted by violence resulting from the criminalization of sex work to organize locally impacted communities and lead the movement to decriminalize sex work and make the District of Columbia a safer space for trans, gender non-conforming (GNC), and gender expansive individuals and communities. NJNP would continue to hold 6 more cohorts, each lasting 6 months; before pausing the program due to the Covid19 Pandemic and the ongoing response work. Many of the organizers who completed NJNP’s Organizing Trainings make up the current leadership. Thus demonstrating how capacity building can happen along side Mutual Aid work all while responding to a community in crisis.
NJNP Collective Housing (formerly known as The NJNP Collective) —
NJNP Collective Housing (NCH) has been a vital resource to DC's Trans & Queer Community and the larger Sex Worker Activist network within the DC Area. Started by No Justice No Pride in 2018 — in the wake of the passage of FOSTA/SESTA — to ensure safe housing for Black and Brown Trans People, particularly, for those currently or formerly engaged in sex work. NJNP is currently renting 5 safe houses with plans in the near future for a 6th. These safe houses, along with the broader DMV movement make up the NJNP Collective Housing’s network; allow us to provide housing to as many as 75 people a night.
For the last four years NJNP has been a fierce advocate for the full decriminalization of sex workers in the District. As part of this work; NJNP has often provided support work to sex workers, most notable Black Trans Sex Workers. On the 4th of July 2018, NJNP Members were providing cheese burgers and hot dogs and more to sex workers whom were working over nights on K St NE. K ST is often the scene of violence each year on the 4th of July. NJNP members were present to help keep folks safe and fed! Unfortunately towards the earlier hours on July 5th, one of our core members who were apart of this effort was kidnapped by MPD who charged her with attempted solicitation. These charges were later dropped before her required court appearance without notice.
DC Area Covid-19 Sex worker relief fund — In March 2020, No justice No Pride launched a relief fund for DC area sex workers who wer impacted financially by Covid-19. From March till June, NJNP received more than 350 requests and was able to fulfill 324 of them providing $96,575 in cash assistance. NJNP put a pause on answering requests while focusing on capacity on more sustainable solutions such as the DC Excluded workers coalition.
Mutual aid and capacity building during a pandemic and an epidemic of Trans murders —
No Justice No Pride provided weekly cash stipends to 17 Trans + Queer former and current sex workers who fullfilled critical roles within DC MutualAid Network (DCMA) and within their communities during the worst periods of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Such roles included:
- Operating the ward by ward mutual aid hotlines — of which residents of a ward can call to receive support with groceries, meal access, sanitation supplies and more support — that were managed by DCMA.
For a brief period of time in April, Mayor Bowser was directing calls from her Covid19 hotline to the DCMA hotlines.
- Producing and bottling hand sanitizer
NJNP’s Hand Sanitizer was heavily requested throughout the Spring and early summer by community organizations, DCMA supporters, local businesses and even churches. NJNP produced both unscented and scented versions.
- Creating care packages and preparing meals for drop off and so much more.
NJNP also collaborated with Plantia Power building food gardens at a few of the NJNP safe houses. The gardens are maintained by some of the Trans and queer folks who receive stipends. What food that has been grown that hasn’t gone to the safe houses has gone to food centers. The gardens continue to be a center of healing for many of NJNP’s members and residents.
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