Join HIPS, DC Trans Coalition, GLAA, and Best Practices Policy Project and groups around the U.S. and the world standing in solidarity with Monica Jones on her trial date, April 11, 2014. We are joining this global day of action against criminalization and profiling of trans women of color, and calling on DC to repeal the discriminatory Prostitution Free Zones.
Monica Jones, a human rights defender in Arizona and an advocate for the rights of transgender people and sex workers, was profiled and wrongfully arrested for “manifestation of prostitution” by a police sting operation and anti-prostitution diversion program known as “Project ROSE”. Ms Jones had been a speaker at a rally protesting Project ROSE—which is run by Phoenix police and Arizona State University’s School of Social Work—the day before. At the time of her arrest, she was not engaging in sex work, but was in fact walking down her street to the local bar.
On April 11 at 8:30 am (U.S. Mountain Standard Time) Monica’s case will go to trial at Phoenix Municipal Court. She will plead not guilty and an action is planned outside the court to show the City of Phoenix Prosecutor that we won’t tolerate the systematic profiling and criminalization of transgender people of color and sex workers. In DC, we will rally at noon in front of the Wilson Building in solidarity with Monica and trans women of color throughout the U.S. subject to such mistreatment. We will also call on the DC Council to repeal the discriminatory Prostitution Free Zones and promote the human rights of sex workers in our city.
What: Rally against criminalization of trans women of color and for human rights of sex workers
When: April 11, 12pm-2pm
Where: Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Click here to RSVP on Facebook.
Friends, activists and community members! Please join us for a panel discussion this Sunday, November 24, at the American Studies Association Conference on the issue of Policing Sex in DC! Our goals for the panel include talking about how sex/sexuality is policed in DC, including but not limited to: sex work, trans feminine bodies, black and other bodies of color, queer bodies, pathologization and HIV/AIDS and so on.
This event is FREE and OPEN to the public and will be an opportunity to talk about the issues of policing sex, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, trans and queer folks in Washington, DC. The panel will be from 12:00pm to 1:45pm at the Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave NW) in the Fairchild West on the Terrace level. If you need help with accessing the event, please contact Elijah Edelman (elijah.edelman (at) gmail.com). We will have bus tokens and metro cards available!
Activist Responses to the Policing of Sex in DC
Sunday, November 24, 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Washington Hilton, F1 – Fairchild West (T)
CHAIR: Elijah Adiv Edelman, American University (DC)
- Ruby Corado, Casa Ruby and Latinos en Acción (DC)
- Debbie McMillan, Helping Individual People Survive, HIPS (DC)
- Jason Terry, DC Trans Coalition (DC)
- Meredith Zoltick, Andromeda Transcultural Health (DC)
Trans Day of Remembrance
Today is the annual Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR), observed each year on November 20 to honor the memories of those we have lost to violence and oppression. DC’s TDOR service is tonight at 6:00p.m. at the Metropolitan Community Church, located at 474 Ridge Street NW (Metro: Mt. Vernon Square). Doors open at 5:30.
DC Mayor Vince Gray and other city officials, along with members of local victims’ families, will be in attendance. There will be a special recognition of the advocates behind the Deoni Jones Birth Certificate Amendment Act. For more information, contact Earline Budd at 202.388.8251.
RSVP for TDOR on Facebook.
Trans Day of Action
Casa Ruby is hosting this year’s Trans Day of Action (TDOA) is this Friday from 6:00-9:00p.m., at Next Step Public Charter School, located at 3047 15th Street NW (Metro: Columbia Heights).
The event features a community conversation on trans unemployment and homelessness, and the launch of Casa Ruby’s new “Work It” employment program. There will also be a special showcase of the new documentary TRANS. For more information, contact Ruby Corado at corado (at) casaruby.org.
RSVP for TDOA on Facebook.
We hope to see you at both events!
Hey everyone! We’ve got a super exciting event coming up on Saturday! Always wanted to help us out, but don’t have a lot of time? We’ve got just the thing for you!
Join us at Casa Ruby at 5pm this Saturday, September 22, for a Needs Assessment outreach spectacular! We’ll give you some training and equip you with materials, and then send you out to few awesome locations to drop them off. It’s that simple! We promise that you’ll meet some totally awesome people.
Details are on the flyer. If you have any questions, call us at 202.681.3282 or write us at email@example.com. See you Saturday!
We wanted to make sure you were aware that we’re making a bit of a change to our regular meeting pattern. Hearkening back to our guiding principles, we want to increase our accountability to the communities we serve, expand people’s access to our advocacy, and empower new super-awesome activist volunteers. To do that, we’re moving our meetings.
We will continue to meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:30pm, but now we’re bringing the meeting to you! On the first Tuesday, we’ll meet at Casa Ruby, located at 2822 Georgia Avenue NW. On the third Tuesday, we’ll be at Transgender Health Empowerment, 1414 North Capitol Street NW. And if you need a reminder, just keep your eye on the info bar to your right.
In addition to meeting you where you’re at, we’ll be regularly engaging in activist lunches on Fridays at both Transgender Health Empowerment and Casa Ruby to help people new to grassroots organizing build and share their skills. And from time to time we’ll have new volunteer orientation alongside our regular meetings.
We hope to see so many more of your beautiful faces at one of our upcoming meetings!
Now for a few updates:
- You can still participate in our Needs Assessment! Click here to learn how to take the survey or to donate generously of your time or treasure.
- We’re continuing our work to keep the Metropolitan Police Department accountable. You can make your voice heard at an open house for MPD’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit on Thursday, September 27 from 5-9pm, right off of Dupont Circle.
- It’s time to start planning for the Transgender Day of Remembrance! If you’d like to get involved, there’s a meeting tonight at Transgender Health Empowerment at 6:00pm (conveniently right before our first meeting at THE!).
See you soon!
DCTC joined with other local LGBT organizations to testify before the DC Council’s Judiciary Committee today on hate crimes and police response. In our testimony, we stressed that in order for the Metropolitan Police Department to be able to appropriately address anti-trans violence in DC, the following steps need to be taken:
- Addressing biased policing: There needs to be a new, comprehensive study of police bias; and trans community members need a seat at the table of MPD’s reconstituted Biased Policing Task Force.
- Expanding training efforts: Every officer needs to be trained in how to appropriately interact with trans people; the existing training program for affiliate officers of the MPD Special Liaison Units needs to be institutionalized; and MPD must also ensure that training extends more broadly throughout the police department.
- Strengthening communication and engagement with the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit: MPD’s LGBT Critical Incident Team, convened by GLLU, is currently used ineffectively; in addition, MPD communication out to the Critical Incident Team when violent crimes occur must be far more rapid.
- Resolving open homicide cases: A joint MPD-community outreach plan to address the seven open trans homicides seems to have stalled, and needs to be translated into a concrete plan of action; and, in general, trans communities deserve an update on the status of these investigations, including where the roadblocks may be, so that we might be able to assist in bringing these cases to closure.
Additionally, we welcomed MPD’s new hate crimes review panel, convened by the Anti-Defamation League, but noted our dismay that there does not seem to be much room for local voices to be heard in the process. We also congratulated the Gray administration for its efforts to reduce anti-trans violence through initiatives around employment and youth bullying.
You can read our full statement here. Be sure to also check out the statements from the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance and GLOV (testimony and graphs).
Train The Trainers Event at SMYAL on April 14
Are you passionate about making DC safer for LGBTQ people? You can do so by learning how to become a police trainer with us and other community organizations. RSVP at http://bit.ly/LGBTQmpd
“Don’t Forget The T” at American University on April 15
Come see DCTC members Elijah Edelmen and Ruby Corado speak on a panel exploring the dynamics surrounding transgender violence in DC and promoting solution-focused discussion. Get more details and RSVP, https://www.facebook.com/events/328924673824876/
Positive Force Show at St. Stephen’s on April 27
Here’s your chance to see great local bands while supporting DCTC! For more details and to RSVP click here.
We can’t wait to see you!