Queer/Cuir Kitchen Brigade
3.11.18 Brooklyn party
QKB is a food/agro project founded in NYC that is in solidarity with Puerto Rico's (PR) sustainable agroecology movement. This project originated from the reality that queer/trans, colonized and therefore marginalized people in PR and elsewhere have to carve out their own space due to queer/transphobia and machismo in our society. We support a food sovereign, debt free, independent Borikén!
This convo first started as a Queers in the Kitchen workshop at the 2016 Lanzate, Mijente conference and progressed at the PR-Detroit exchange at the 2017 Allied Media Conference. We’ve continued to build a connection between folks in the islands and in the diaspora that are cooks, farmers, movers and shakers!
We organized a potluck dinner to create a network for support and exchange between NYC and PR and held it the day Maria hit. Once we fully understood the impact of the hurricane, we sprung into action!
New Sanctuary Coalition
11.12.17 + 2.11.18 Brooklyn parties
The New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC is an interfaith network of congregations, organizations, and individuals, standing publicly in solidarity with families and communities resisting detention and deportation in order to stay together. We recognize that unjust global and systemic economic relationships and racism form the basis of the injustices that affect immigrants. We seek reform of United States immigration laws to promote fairness, social and economic justice.
The Center for Anti-Violence Education
1.21.18 Brooklyn Party
The Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) develops and implements comprehensive violence prevention programs for individuals and organizations. Through a combination of education, physical empowerment, and leadership development, CAE provides underserved communities throughout the New York metropolitan area with skills to break cycles of violence.
As America’s premier Muslim civil rights group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has worked for more than 20 years to defend the constitution.
CAIR-NY wants to ensure that a majority of Americans recognize that Muslim Americans' constitutional rights are indispensable to a just and holistic understanding of the United States constitution.
CAIR-NY's mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. Through legal representation, education, media relations, and advocacy, CAIR–NY empowers the American Muslim community and encourages their participation in political and social activism. CAIR–NY counsels, mediates, and advocates on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced discrimination, harassment, or hate crimes. Our lawyers work to protect and defend the constitutional rights of American Muslims, thus supporting the rights of all Americans.
Trans Women of Color Collective
Our organizing is led by trans women of color created to uplift the narratives, leadership, and lived experiences of trans and gender non conforming people of color. Historically, we have been the catalyst of change for social justice movements.
Queer Detainee Empowerment Project
The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project assists folks coming out of immigration detention in securing structural, health/wellness, educational, legal, and emotional support and services. We work to organize around the structural barriers and state violence that LGBTQIA TS & GNC detainee/undocumented folks face related to their immigration status, race, sexuality, and gender expression/ identity.
We are committed to assisting folks in building lives outside of detention, to breaking down the barriers that prevent folks from building fulfilling and productive lives, and to keeping queer families intact by demanding an end to deportations/ detention/ policing. We believe in creating a narrative of thriving, not just surviving.
The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP) is a post-release support, detention center visitation, direct service, and community organizing project that works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Two Spirit, Trans, Intersex, Gender Non- Conforming, and HIV+ (LGBTQIA* GNC TS) immigrant prisoners and their families currently in detention centers, those that have been recently released from detention centers, and those at risk at entering immigration detention in the Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York).
The Youth Farm
THE YOUTH FARM is an education-focused production farm in Brooklyn that offers New Yorkers opportunities to increase their knowledge of the food system and build high level organic growing skills to share with their communities. The Youth Farm grows organic food and flowers on one acre for the community and beyond, and offers hands-on farm training and leadership opportunities for youth and adults.
The Bronx Freedom Fund
The Bronx Freedom Fund envisions a society that humanizes instead of criminalizes. We restore the presumption of innocence by keeping clients with their families, at their jobs, and out of jail while they await trial. We work tirelessly to fight mass incarceration and the criminalization of race and poverty, and to end the cash bail system as it exists.
Gainesville Girls Rock Camp
Mission Statement: Gainesville Girls Rock Camp is an organization that uses music and performance as a platform to encourage self-esteem, self-expression, and community for girls and gender non-conforming youth.
GGRC primarily functions as a week-long summer day camp that accepts regional girls aged 9-17 years old. Campers are taught to play an instrument and are placed into bands. With the encouragement of their camp counselors, each band writes a song which they ultimately perform at a live music venue downtown at a public showcase following camp for their friends and families. Throughout the week, the campers also attend workshops aimed at enhancing their self-esteem such as self-defense, poetry & lyric workshops, dance classes, art therapy, women’s history workshops, and guided group discussions about boundaries & consent. As campers gain fluency on their instruments over the week, open mics and jam sessions break out during free time. Volunteers encourage a playful and respectful non-violent atmosphere that facilitates friendship and a supportive and positive camp culture. Gainesville Girls Rock Camp is entirely run by local women-identified and non-binary volunteers, many of whom are musicians themselves and perform in local bands. To keep the camp population diverse, organizers strive to keep camp fees low and offer both full and partial scholarships, as well as free lunch and snacks each day of camp. GGRC is able to cover the costs of camp through community outreach throughout the year which includes musical benefits, film screenings, and tabling, among other forms of outreach.
NXT LVL was established in late 2016 when a group of womxn met up to ask the question, "What can we do now?" We are a diverse group with a wide range of backgrounds and skills with one common goal: to create change and foster social justice within the community and at large.
NXT LVL events are carefully curated to center and amplify WOC/QTPOC/Two Spirit voices and causes. We work closely with performers and speakers to ensure inclusivity at each event while prioritizing creation of a safe space for all who attend our events. NXT LVL values providing fair compensation for all performers, DJs, security and photographers we work with. As part of our effort to keep our events accessible, tickets are priced on a sliding scale. Each event serves to raise money for two charities and features a tampon drive to donate locally. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
4.25.18 Gainesville party
Working Food is a non-profit organization that works to cultivate and sustain a resilient local food community in North Central Florida through collaboration, economic opportunity, education, and seed stewardship.
We work collaboratively at the intersection of kitchens, commerce, and culture to provide business development support and infrastructure, community education on gardening, nutrition, cooking and other food related issues, and to provide better access to fresh and value-added food for individuals, institutions, and businesses.
In order to achieve this mission, we have a welcoming and collaborative community center. The multi-faceted facility that incorporates a commercial kitchen, cold and dry food storage, warehousing, indoor and outdoor community event and workshop space, and a home for the Southern Heritage Seed Collective.