DC Area Campaigns
Capital Pride: Bring Pride back to it's roots!
For years, Capital Pride has ignored concerns of queer, trans and two spirit communities in DC – particularly the concerns of queer and trans people of color – regarding its complicity with entities that harm LGBTQ2S people.
No Justice No Pride has given Capital Pride many chances to address our concerns. But time and time again, we have been dismissed. Capital Pride refuses to make systematic changes that could actually give the power of Pride back to the people whose voice and experience are most crucial to the fight for our rights today.
Even in the current political moment – with the Trump Administration pursuing anti-immigrant, anti-trans, anti-LGBQ2S, anti-women, anti-Muslim, anti-poor, and White supremacist policies – Capital Pride insists on continuing business as usual, ignoring the most marginalized members of our community. WE MUST FIGHT BACK and bring pride back to it’s roots....
Mayor Bowser, Chief of Police Newsham, and Attorney General Racine: Support alternatives to incarceration!
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 by members of the Metropolitan Police Department we ask that you immediately commit to the following demands to support our communities:
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.
The City ends its practice of incarcerating trans women of color, particularly young people. 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.
Mayor Bower fulfills her campaign promises to the District of Columbia’s queer and trans populations by:
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;
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;
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.
The City forms a taskforce of queer and trans community leaders and experts of color to be consulted for their input and guidance as the city develops and sustains programs and policies that support these communities. Members of this community taskforce must not in any way be affiliated with the Government of the District of Columbia or the Metropolitan Police Department.
We practice the DC Organizing Principals
Talk to Local Organizers!
- Value the opinion of D.C. organizers and use those opinions to inform decisions about actions in D.C.
- Check in with and consult local organizers before planning events in our city.
- Include D.C. organizers in a meaningful way - Bring us into the decision making process.
- Understand the difference between nationally focused groups based in D.C. versus their local affiliate or a local group working on that issue in the local context. Make the effort to coordinate with locals working on the ground.
Advance Local Organizing!
- Be aware of the consequences of your actions and decisions - local organizers will deal with the repercussions from the police and other authorities long after you’re gone.
- Do your best to give support to local organizing - Empowering the local movement is building the movement as a whole.
- Include locally organized events and actions in your calendar for out-of-town activists.
- Ask local organizers how a national event can advance their work:
- Provide a training for their group or speak at their event
- Ask local organizers to speak at your event to connect local and national struggles
- Have a strategy session to build relationships and share ideas
- Add a local action to your mobilization plan
- Add a local demand to your asks
- Realize that one-time deals - whether mobilizations or direct service opportunities - have only limited impact when sustained commitment is what is needed to make change.
- One measure of success for any action held in D.C. should be whether the local organizing on that issue has been advanced in a real way
Don’t Just Use Our City - Strengthen It!
- Support local businesses by buying tools and resources locally.
- Hire local organizers, trainers, artists, and activists when you have work in the area.
- Pay local organizers, trainers, artists, and activists a living wage.
- Attempt to leave the D.C. activist community stronger than when you came - there will always be a “next action” that will require similar resources, time, and energy provided by locals!