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    No Justice No Pride(NJNP) is creating Trans Sanctuary at the NJNP Collective

    The NJNP Collective has been a vital resource to DC's Trans and Activist Community and currently has nine long term trans tenants, many of whom lack access to stable employment and need our help in order to remain in the district near vital resources and work.  No Justice No Pride (NJNP) additionally provides temporary housing, and sometimes in rapid response situations; for 5 to 20 young trans and queer people lacking stable housing a night at the collective or throughout our local network. 

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    It's important that we amplify different experiences with these issues to our elected leaders and other constituents so that they can better understand the direct impacts of this legislation, and ensure that their decisions reflect the needs of those they would affect.

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    No Justice No Pride is engaged in work to support multiple pieces of local legislation to decriminalize Fare Evasion and sex work along with finding solutions to those most on the margins within the 2SLGBTQ+ Community.

    We are also interested in learning about how to improve services related to housing, general wellness of the community, and issues
    It's important that we amplify different experiences with these issues to our elected leaders and other constituents so that they can better understand the direct impacts of this legislation, and ensure that their decisions reflect the needs of those they would affect. We will cover the following topics in this survey: Fare evasion; street harassment; sex work experiences; housing; wellness; language access; and immigration-related services. Find out more about this work here. 

    Below are some of the stories that our organizers or supporters have submitted. If you would like to get in contact with us about opportunities to share your story publicly and/or with elected leaders fill out this form. You may also submit your experiences privately/anonymously if you wish.

     

  • Trans Justice

    Recognizing the continued marginalization and violence that hurts and kills trans people - especially trans women and particularly black and brown trans women - in a year marked by the highest identified number of trans folks murdered, No Justice No Pride began a campaign in July 2017 with a public statement on violence against trans women of color in D.C., a petition still circulating that’s gained more than 1,000 local signatures,  a call-in day to the Metropolitan Police Department, and a rally and march to fight against transmisogyny and help protect and support the largest recorded per capita population of trans folks on lands occupied by the United States

    NJNP has since worked in coalitions to help make key parts of our vision for Trans Justice a reality, including anything from playing a critical role in organizing District-wide outreach, public education efforts, and canvassing to generate public support for City Council bills that would make life safer for many trans folks - to partnering with Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) in November 2017 to host a Trans Night of Healing and Resistance to ensure a space in which TGNC communities could mourn those lost, be honored, and heal in a space free of actors of state violence.  

    Notably, in January 2018, NJNP packed the court and stopped a dangerous nuisance” bill in D.C. City Council from ever reaching a vote, instead demanding that the Council schedule a hearing for the sex work decrim bill and that the Council fully fund the NEAR Act. In the beginning of April 2018, we co-organized a Canvass in Ward 6 with other Sex Worker Advocates Coalition (SWAC) Members, Collective Action for Safe Spaces, HIPS and BYP100.

    With what started in 2017 quickly grew into its own program as NJNP continues to work on solutions to the issues laid out in our petition. While celebrating small victories, we continued to expand our goals and issues areas beyond: 

    • Community Safety and Alternatives to Incarceration -Decriminalization of Sex work, roundtable around police brutality, deprioritization of arrests around solicitation - loitering - and other petty often selectively enforced laws, etc.
    • Mayoral Accountability - Mayor Bower fulfills her campaign promises to the District of Columbia’s Trans & gender non-conforming(TGNC) and queer communities,
    • Following Through on Equitable Access - The City reviews compliance of administrative and front line staff in all D.C. government agencies with the District’s legal protections for TGNC individuals,
    • District of Columbia Forms Trans Community Taskforce - of TGNC community leaders and experts of color leading guidance as the city develops and sustains programs and policies that support these communities.

    NJNP and Casa Ruby Organizers speaking at a International Sex Worker Day Rally in DC. Photos by Juh Neigh

    NJNP’s efforts over the past year have brought to light the exceptional needs 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. Understanding the countless, massive barriers that trans folx - particularly black and brown trans women - face in D.C. to access employment, housing, and other basic needs and services, we work to center those most on the margins and support each other. We must keep one another safe, fed, and housed as we fight for a world that affirms us.

    Trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) communities are facing increasing levels of violence on top of barriers that have only continue to grow after the passage of FOSTA/SESTA in April 2018. Since then, 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 housing unstable or whose work hours extended passed the curfew at their existing housing. Housing was already a critical issue in D.C.’s TGNC Communities before the loss of Backpage and Craigslist Personals among other sites, but the loss in income resulting from these bills have left far too many unable to pay for rent, and many who were in the process of getting housing at tgh lost their deposits.
    • Employment - Helping people find jobs, assisting with cover letter and resume writing, and practice interviewing.
    • Access - Helping people get IDs, correct name and gender on legal documents, open bank accounts, raise money to keep their phones on, and access alternative and natural medicines.
    • Meals - Working with community partners and allies to source meals and ingredients and make meals for struggling TGNC Community Members who stop by NJNP.
    • Legal Support and responding to State Terror - Supporting and advocating for our accomplices at hearings, helping folks navigate the system, raising money for jail and legal defense support, signal boosting/engaging in Public Awareness Campaigns and working with community partners, organizations and volunteer lawyers to support TGNC community members in need.

    In Spring and Summer 2018, NJNP began and completed a three month pilot, stipended Organizing Training Project (OTP) to develop the organizing and leadership skills of 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 and gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals and communities.

    Organizing Training Project Pilot (OTP) is intended for community members most-impacted by structural racism, transmisogny, state violence, and other systems of power whose manifestations individually and structurally adversely affect their communities. The Pilot training period is just over three months. Currently, NJNP is supporting 3 organizers through this program and hopes to support more pending trainer and volunteer capacity, as well as funding. During the first pilot, organizers started at 10-15 hours a week and slowly increased to 25 hours a week at $16 an hour while receiving training and leadership development through learning Movement History, Story Telling, How Best to Manage 1:1 Meetings and Campaign Communications, Direct Action Skills, and Campaign Planning among others led by NJNP Organizers, Trainers, Facilitators and Volunteers.

    In June 2018, the organizers-in-training participating in the OTP pilot and the other TGNC Community Members they organized to join them shared their stories at Sex Workers Rise Up for Safety - a rally organized by No Justice No pride, HIPS, CASS, BYP100, Trans United Fund, and Metro DSA. Organizers are currently involved in City Wide Storytelling Project as well as working to continue and replicate the work NJNP started with their Rapid Response Support to support each other and keep each other safe, fed, and housed while working and fighting for a world that affirms us.

  • Action: Mayor Bowser, Chief of Police Newsham, Attorney General Racine, Council member & Chair of the Judiciary Committee Charles Allen and City Council Chair Phil Mendelson truly support our Trans and GNC communities.

    Local Community Leaders and No Justice No Pride (NJNP) are deeply concerned about the ongoing marginalization of transgender  and Gender Non-Conforming individuals, particularly transgender women of color, in the District of Columbia. We need DC to take real, concrete steps to support and protect these communities including from mistreatment by members of the Metropolitan Police Department, administrative and front line city staff, and the courts.

    Join us in demanding Mayor Bowser, Chief of Police Newsham, Attorney General Racine, Council member & Chair of the Judiciary Committee Charles Allen and City Council Chair Phil Mendelson truly support our communities.

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    Local Community Leaders and No Justice No Pride (NJNP), an ad-hoc collective of queer and trans organizers and activists from across the District of Columbia, are deeply concerned about the ongoing marginalization of transgender individuals, particularly transgender women of color, in the District of Columbia. In light of recent physical attacks on trans women of color and mistreatment by members of the Metropolitan Police Department we ask that you immediately commit to the following demands to support our communities:

    1. The City immediately reviews compliance of administrative and front line staff in all city District of Columbia government agencies with the District’s “Gender Identity or Expression” legal protections for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, and ensure that all staff are adequately trained to adhere to these standards, Additionally,

      1. D.C. City Council fully pass, fund and implement the Street Harassment Prevention Act.
    2. The City ends its practice of incarcerating Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) People of Color, particularly youth and trans women & femmes. In place of this practice, the City will create a diversion program that provides services to trans people living on the margins, who by necessity are often forced to participate in underground economies. Further:

      • The City deprioritize arrests for solicitation and other related offenses;

      • The City expand access to Crime Victims Compensation Programs (CVCP) so that victims of a crime who engage in sex work can comfortably report the crime and seek legal remedy without facing charges related to their means of employment;

      • The City fully decriminalize sex work by the year 2019.

      • The City expand access to Crime Victims Compensation Programs (CVCP) so that victims who are TGNC have access to individual temporary housing.

      • Diversion programs to not involve MPD management or input and further:

        • Will seek input from TGNC Community members via Survey conducted by city, A TGNC Task Force, and the Sex Workers Advocacy Coalition.

    3. Mayor Bower fulfills her campaign promises to the District of Columbia’s Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) populations by:

      1. Addressing hate crimes that target queer and trans communities, particularly in cases where said crimes are committed by officers or other employees of the Metropolitan Police Department, who in committing such crimes break their oaths to protect and defend the citizens of the District of Columbia. In such cases, even while evidence is being collected, the perpetrator shall be immediately removed from duty and the Metropolitan Police Department shall cooperate fully and transparently with the victim’s communities in order to ensure due process during such investigations;

      2. Designing and implementing a cross-agency strategy whose purpose is to identify and reduce violence directed towards trans and queer persons, especially young people and community members of color;

      3. Providing a thorough and transparent report on what the Bowser Administration is doing to reduce the harassment of trans and queer youths in their schools, in their homes, and on the streets.

    4. District of Columbia forms TGNC Community Taskforce (TCTF) - The City forms a taskforce of Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) community leaders and experts of color leading guidance as the city develops and sustains programs and policies that support these communities. Members of this community taskforce must not be appointed by or be led by in any way by the Government of the District of Columbia or the Metropolitan Police Department.

      1. The city in coordination with the TCTF will coordinate city wide second ever DC Trans Needs Assessment to better understand the needs of ALL TGNC Community Members, in the age of Trump and after.

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