Gaycation 2014 – We can’t wait to see you there!
Come have a gay old time in sunny South Georgia, June 12-15 2014 with your Southern LGBTQ justice loving fam!
Today is the Day: SONG Joins Over 55 LGBTQ Organizations and 70 Cities for the National Day of Action to End Deportations
Today is the day!
SONG is participating with over 55 LGBTQ organizations and 70 cities for the #not1more Day of Action to STOP DEPORTATIONS, because we know that there are 267,000 undocumented queer and trans people navigating the cogs of the deportation machine. As LGBTQ people, and undocumented people, we also know that silence still equals death. We stand in solidarity with those seizing this moment to come out of the shadows.
We are participating in this day of action because our families are being ripped apart. This cannot wait. It is urgent that we raise our voices because our families are too often left out of current immigration reform discourse. Many queer and trans people experience rejection and misunderstanding within their families of origin. So, we find family in one another, we love and need one another.
SONG is supporting marches, rallies, and political education forums in 4 sites across the South
Atlanta, GA, rally and march will kick off Saturday April 5th @ 10AM at the GA Capitol Bldg, Downtown Atlanta (on Washington St) and we will walk to the ICE offices (Spring Street). More info at https://m.facebook.com/events/
Harrisonburg, VA, rally and march will begin on Saturday April 5th @ 4PM on the Downtown Court Square and we will march to the local jail (South Liberty Street). More info athttps://www.facebook.com/
Durham & Raleigh, NC, Love Without Borders truck will begin @ 1PM at Durham Plaza Shopping Center, will move to the Durham Police Station @ 2PM and rally will begin @4PM at La Villa Latina at 421 Chapanoke Rd., Raleigh. https://www.facebook.
Birmingham, AL, #Not1More Teach-In weaving together the movements for racial, immigrant, and lgbtq justice begins @ 1PM. Location TBA. More info atwww.facebook.com/events/
In additon to actions today, SONG members, Angel Hernandez-Gomez and Cecilia Sáenz Becerra, are participating in the Blue Ribbon Commission, an independent review process of the Obama Administration’s deportation enforcement policies by people whose lives are directly affected by them. The findings of the Commission will be released later today.
You can support and join our work today to tell President Barack Obamato end the violence of constant surveillance, detention, and deportation of people we love by
- Finding an action near you http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/take-action/april-5th-day-of-action-against-deportations/
- Follow us on social media today to follow live actions across the South and share our message, memes, and hashtags using #queeringimmigration, #not1more, #ni1mas, #2million2many
- Join the Transgender Law Center, SONG, and a broad coalition of LGBTQ organizations to endorse the #not1more campaign http://transgenderlawcenter.org/archives/10129
- Become a SONG member to get connected to ur ongoing work https://song.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=3
- Learn more about the #not1more campaign at http://notonemoredeportation.com
#not1more #ni1mas #2million2many #queeringimmigration
Media Contact: Paulina Helm-Hernandez 404-919-1412
LGBTQ Southerners Join the National Day of Action to End Deportation
Southerners on New Ground (SONG) is bringing the call of the national Not1More campaign to four locations in the South on Saturday, April 5th.
We are North Carolina SONG. We are artists and organizers, educators, students, and parents. We are fighters, survivors, lovers and rebels, and bookworms who work in coffee shops, punk kids who bus tables at the diner, and butch queens who tune cars all week. Black, brown, queer, and not leaving. We live in the South, where our roots run deep in the red Carolina clay, generations strong, thick and resilient. Even as many of our ancestors were pushed off the land and out beyond the rocky tops of the Appalachian mountains, still, there were some of us who could not be pushed and stayed.
These roots hold us here, where our foremothers, brought in shackles to plantations like Somerset and Stagville, tucked cowry shells between walls of slave shacks in Horton Grove. Here, in Durham, where SONG was born over 20 years ago, we move in this legacy, which is still with us – alive.
Bull City, where porch-sit is a verb, and late afternoon sounds like a train whistling into town, banda music jumping from car windows, sirens blowing by, thunderstorms washing away your footprints, the music of dogs and fireworks in the distance, bass coming from cars outside the tattoo shop, the squealing brakes of school busses giving children back to their mothers, and whirring cars that need repair but are holding on for now.
In our town, schools are too often places where young people – our hope, and our future – are slipping through the cracks, bullied and harassed, profiled and pushed out. On these streets, the police do not serve and protect us. Traffic stops and checkpoints pad county budgets, and mark the beginning of a descent into detention, deportation, and loss. We know this is not the “new” South, although developers try to sell us back the tobacco and textile mills where our grandparents toiled, as gated lofts and restaurants where we can’t afford to eat. This is our home.
So we celebrate our survival here, seeking the spaces where we can connect to each other and to what is real. We build family like patchwork quilts, from the remnants, stitched together, stronger at the seams. We know our liberation depends on us coming together across lines of difference, and we are all part of one another.
We long for Durham to be a place where all of our children can be safe in our streets and in their schools. Toward that vision, we are engaged in SONG’s regional campaign – building BeLoved Community around young people in the heart of the South. Our work begins with listening closely to their voices, asking them what they experience and what they need to feel safe. It calls us even deeper into community, finding our people at the High School GSA, the gay bar downtown, the skate park, and the mall. We are collecting stories because they help us see the connections in our struggles, strengthen our analysis, and target the site where power can be transformed. We are gathering people, building trust and alignment, sharing skills and rooting deep. We need your help.
North Carolina Field Organizer
To find out how you can get involved, please contact serena@southernersonnewground.
- give a brief update of what is in motion towards April 5th + beyond!
- get a collective idea of what folks are working on at the intersections of LGBTQ organizing + Immigration!
- brainstorm on ways to better coordinate LGBTQ visibility and actions towards the shared demands of the #not1more campaign!
- Dar una breve actualización de lo que está en movimiento hacia el 5 de abril + más allá!
- Obtener una idea colectiva de en que la gente está trabajando en en las intersecciones de la organización LGBTQ + Inmigración!
- Tener una lluvia de ideas sobre formas de coordinar mejor visibilidad y acciones LGBTQ hacia las demandas colectivas de la campaña # not1more!