No Justice No Pride
Black and Brown, Trans, sex worker led abolitionist collective. Ensuring housing access to Trans women in the DMV with five safe houses. Together we recognize there can be no pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.
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Our Mission —
NJNP believes in holistic solutions to the problems facing queer and trans communities that target systemic forces and root causes. Our members are black, brown, queer, trans, gender nonconforming, bisexual, indigenous, two-spirit, formerly incarcerated, disabled, and white allies. We believe that we will not be free until the most marginalized amongst us are free, and that by prioritizing solutions that support folks facing multiple intersecting forces of oppression will lead us all to liberation. There can be no pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.
What compelled No Justice No Pride into action?
June 2020 — In the wake of the uprising that was sparked by the murder of George Floyd; NJNP and community members won a three year long campaign against Capital Pride Alliance to remove MPD from the annual Pride parade and subsequent events.
NJNP’s history of mutual aid & rapid response work to communities in need —
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.
- 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.
You can read more about NJNP Collective Housing here.
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.
Leadership Structure —
Thus with limited options, during the summer of 2020; NJNP started the process to become a worker self directed non profit (WSDNP). NJNP is still in the middle of this process, and still operates on our existing principles and vision. NJNP is led by multiple circles of advisors, a board (as required by the state but with reduced voting power as is consistent with WSDNPs’), a core team that manages most of the heavy lifting, housing managers who help manage NJNP Collective Housing, and organizers working tirelessly to push the bar forward for Trans Lives in the District. NJNP follows the leadership of Black; Brown; Indigneous; Trans Women and Non Binary folks.
– empower the most oppressed Trans community members;
– do not reinforce or legitimize systems and institutions that harm our community members including police, prisons, mass incarceration and modern slavery;
– divest from people, institutions and systems that harm us and invest in the people, institutions, systems and other models that support our liberation and empowerment;
– use a diversity of tactics to promote harm reduction, political education and non-cooperation as strategic visions;
– Understand if any of us had all of the answers we wouldn't be doing this shit.
NJNP believes in holistic solutions to the problems facing Trans and Queer communities that target systemic forces and root causes.
NJNP believes that we will not be free until the most marginalized amongst us are free, and that by prioritizing solutions that support folks facing multiple intersecting forces of oppression will lead us all to liberation.
Most importantly, we believe that those most impacted by these issues need to be the ones calling the shots.
Just like NJNP’s Principles, this is not meant to be an exhausting list but of the things we most wish to change in this world at the time. (Let us know how we are doing on this vision three years later.) Check out our the feedback from our 2018 Vision session here.
Trans Justice Platform —
- Community safety and alternatives to incarceration - including the Decriminalization of Sex work: hosting roundtables around police brutality; and, the deprioritization of arrests around solicitation, loitering, and other petty often selectively enforced laws,
- Mayoral Accountability - Pushing Mayor Bower to fulfill her campaign promises to the District of Columbia’s TGNC and queer communities,
- Following through on equitable access - Moving the City to review the 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 a Trans Community Taskforce of TGNC community leaders and experts of color to lead, develop, and sustain District-wide programs and policies to support these communities;
The Marsha P. Johnson (MPJ) Safety and Wellness Act —
“The Marsha P. Johnson (MPJ) Safety and Wellness Act provides Black Trans women with a platform to design a national model for policies, legislation, and laws that prioritize the safety and wellness of their communities. Similar to the Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA), this Act, when implemented at the federal, State, and local levels will create increased resources, programs, and other inteventions, designed to center the needs of the victims of both community and State level violence that negatively impacts the lives of Black trans women. However, unlike the VAWA, the MPJ Safety and Wellness Act will be written by directly impacted communities and will not rely on law enforcement interventions and other punitive measures that jeopardize the safety and wellness of Black trans women, and perpetuate the cycle of mass incarceration for Black communities.
Read more here.
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