Thursday, August 9th: Fundraiser for Black Love Resists in the Rust
Folks came out to a house party on August 9th to support & get to know the work of Black Love Resists in the Rust. BLRR—launched in 2017 by Natasha Soto and Shaketa Redden in Buffalo, NY—is a transformational organizing group committed to the liberation of Black folks and the building of community and political power in Buffalo, NY and the accountability partner of Buffalo SURJ. In 2017, they organized and WON a campaign to abolish Buffalo’s “Strike Force,” the deadliest police unit in the city. This fundraiser allowed people to learn more about our work, build relationships between organizers in NYC and Western NY, and eat/drink well in Harlem.
Monday, August 20: #2MillionVoices Volunteer Night
JLUSA was founded on the principle that “those closest to the problem are closest to the solution, but furthest from resources and power.” The #2MillionVoices campaign seeks to remedy that disparity by bringing incarcerated voices to the front lines. On this night, people helped process membership requests from people incarcerated across the country and survey responses from incarcerated members throughout New York State.
Tuesday, August 28: Picture the Homeless Protest and Rally
The Civil Rights campaign at Picture the Homeless embarked on a major campaign to make bathroom access easier for ALL New Yorkers, housed and homeless alike.
Friday, August 31: International Overdose Awareness Day March
Folks joined VOCAL-NY at this year’s International Overdose Awareness Day march to “mourn those we’ve lost, and fight like hell for the living.” Last year, New York City lost 1,441 lives to overdoses—that’s more deaths than from homicides, suicides, and traffic accidents combined. The impact is heightened for people who are marginalized: overdose is the leading cause of death among people living in shelters; people leaving incarceration are 40 times more likely to overdose in the first two weeks after release; and last year, the Black community had an 80% increase in fatal overdoses. Activists from across the city gathered at the morgue to mourn and remember the lives we have lost, then march to Governor Cuomo’s office to demand he take real action to end overdose now!
Ongoing donation: Support the Trans Asylum Seekers in Charlottesville and Queens
We have the opportunity to continue supporting trans asylum seekers who have been released to sponsors in Charlottesville, and to fight for the release of one who is sponsored from Queens. Donations will cover food, clothings, transportation costs, and lawyer fees among other necessities. \Please read more about these courageous women and donate if you are able.