Get your masks and picnic blankets! GAPIMNY will be hosting an outdoor hangout and abolitionist reading/discussion group.
Need to de-brief about your protest experience this summer? Interested in learning more about police + prison abolition while reuniting with long-time friends? Come share your stories, questions, and experiences of the historic Black Lives Matter protests and learn how you can level-up your involvement!
Our FIRST topic will be: DECRIMINALIZING SEX WORK
Long-standing police abolition movements have always had sex workers at the frontlines, particularly Black & Trans women. Sex workers- historically having faced the worst scrutiny and abuse from police- are uniquely acquainted with developing systems of mutual aid and community care and offer insight in building a safe world without police.
We encourage you to read the following links and come get into the discussion!
- “NEW YORK CITY MUST TAKE ACTION TO ENSURE THE MOST VULNERABLE SURVIVE THE PANDEMIC” – TS Candii (3 min read)
- Opinion piece from TS Candii, a Black transgender woman, sex worker, organizer, political activist, and public speaker, and founder of Black Trans Nation about NYC’s response to the pandemic
- “Sex Workers Have Never Counted on Cops. Let’s Learn From Their Safety Tactics” – Mike Ludwig (6 min read)
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- An article on how sex work shows us what safety without cops look like
- “Dear Esperanza” – KateZenLove (20 min read)
- A comprehensive explanation of the conditions of sex worker, why it should be treated as valid work, and ideas of how to actually protect the most vulnerable
“Building an Abolitionist Trans and Queer Movement with Everything We’ve Got” – Morgan Bassichis, Alexander Lee, Dean Spade (20 min read)
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- A piece that explains what it mean to be an abolitionist as a member of the LGBT community
Please come with your questions and thoughts on the above articles.
Water & wine will be provided.
We ask everyone to respect social distancing guidelines and wear masks