Defending trans lives from violence

first_imgKenneth Mercure, co-founder of Berkshire Pride, speaking in front of the North Adams, Mass., town hall.Christine Renee of the Trans and Nonbinary Caucus of Workers World Boston speaking in front of the Town Hall.Dozens of queer, trans, intersex, two-spirit, nonbinary people and their supporters gathered Feb. 24 at City Hall in North Adams, Mass., to speak out about the wave of trans murders reported in the early weeks of 2018 in the U.S.Demonstrators waved trans liberation flags and carried signs made in memory of fallen trans women: Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien of North Adams; Viccky Gutierrez of Honduras and Los Angeles; Celine Walker in Jacksonville, Fla.; and Tonya “Kita” Harvey of Buffalo, N.Y. Demonstrators also gathered in Buffalo, N.Y., and outside an LGBTQ conference in Amherst, Mass.Ben Power — director of the Holyoke, Mass., Sexual Minorities Archive, one of the event’s organizers and a close friend of Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien — began the rally with touching recollections of Christa’s life and her role in organizing the local trans community. Power also drew links between anti-trans violence and harassment and the deadly toll of intimate partner violence upon so many women, including trans women. Steele-Knudslien’s husband was arrested in January and charged with her murder.This connection was echoed by Jahaira DeAlto of the Berkshire LGBTQ Pride committee, who explained to the crowd that, as “an out, proud and alive trans woman of color, I am twice as likely to become a victim of intimate partner violence in my lifetime; I am also twice as likely to experience sexual assault in my lifetime; and as I turn 39 years old, I will be four years past my life expectancy.”Nat Heathman, a Narragansett two-spirit activist and member of Workers World Party, spoke from an Indigenous peoples’ perspective on the abuse and murder of trans people. “I just want to say that we are standing on stolen land. This land belonged to my ancestors. And one of the great things about this land is that before the colonialists came here and stole it and ruined it, trans and nonbinary people lived here. So we are not a new thing. … We’re not abnormal, this is not an illness, this is not a fad and it’s not an anomaly. If humanity matters to you, then this should matter to you as well.”Time to take actionQueer organizer and member of the Boston WWP trans caucus Gery Armsby told the crowd and passersby, “We are demanding that all people of conscience take action to defend trans lives, especially the lives of trans women of color, who face transphobia at the intersection of racism and sexism.”Armsby continued, “We live in a racist, woman-hating society … so every time we set out to speak truth to power we should think about building the broadest possible solidarity to show that we can and must change that. We won’t end transphobic murders unless we fight just as fiercely against racism and police brutality with the same breath. We won’t stop getting harassed about the gender markers on our documents unless we fight for all undocumented people at the same time! We won’t get quality trans-competent health care unless we fight for health care as a right for all people at the same time. We won’t have better jobs and wages for trans people until we win the right of every person to a job and a living wage and a union.”Armsby reminded the group: “The Stonewall Rebellion of 1969 was ignited by queer and trans youth of color who were already active in the struggles against racism, war and economic injustice that were raging in the late 1960s. So, in truth, this is what the struggle for trans liberation is all about: fighting shoulder-to-shoulder to bring about real change. Let’s revive the spirit of Stonewall, and with the memory of our fallen comrades in our hearts, let’s fight like hell for real, lasting justice, solidarity and power for all the people.”After the rally concluded, there was a march to Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien’s home in a nearby working-class neighborhood. This allowed participants to bear witness to the site of her murder and to share memories about her life. Along the way, marchers were heckled by some who shouted, “Trump! Trump! Trump!” WWP members helped keep the march secure, upbeat and strong, explaining over a bullhorn to residents on porches what the march was about and chanting, “Trans lives matter” and “The people united will never be defeated!”WW photo: Samuel OrdóñezFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers to Perform at Pasadena Presbyterian Church on Sunday, June 24

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe HerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDoes Giving Ultimatums In A Relationship Ever Work Out?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuffcenter_img The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers, one of the world’s premiere choral ensembles specializing in African-American music, will perform on Sunday, June 24, at 4 p.m. at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, Colorado Blvd. at Madison Ave. in the Playhouse Arts District of downtown Pasadena.The concert will be free of admission charge; a freewill offering will be taken with a suggested donation of $20. The program will focus on traditional and contemporary spirituals and gospels and works by contemporary African-American composers.Founded in 1968, the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers is based in Los Angeles and focuses, in part, on the genre often called Negro Spirituals. The arranged spiritual became known in the Winter of 1870 when an intrepid group of 11 singers — seven women and four men — representing the newly-established Fisk University in Nashville appeared at the Court of St. James in London. Queen Victoria’s immediate acceptance helped this a cappella, four-part singing by an ensemble of students to become known worldwide as a creative religious music evoking a deep sense of personal spiritual fervor.Shortly after its founding, the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers undertook its first European tour and have performed 18 sold-out European tours, 12 tours of the United States and Canada, and tours of the Middle and Far East, Africa and South America. They were selected three times to serve the U.S. State Department and USIS Cultural Exchange Program in areas of the world known in those days as “behind the Iron Curtain,” including East Germany, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. They have also appeared in Iran, India, North and West Africa, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.Founder-Director Albert McNeil is Professor Emeritus of Music, the University of California at Davis, where he was Director of choral activities for 21 years and headed the Music Education program. He taught courses in ethnomusicology at the University of Southern California for 12 years. He began his teaching career as a teacher of music in the elementary, junior and senior high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.McNeil is well-known to the national choral community, having been honored on four occasions with command performances before the prestigious American Choral Directors Association in 1981 in New Orleans, in 1985 at their Salt Lake City Convention, at their 1997 convention in San Diego, California, in February, 2000, at Los Angeles during the ACDA Western Division Convention held on the campus of Loyola-Marymount University.The ensemble headlined the First Choral Festival in Jaffe (yafo), Israel, in April 1988. They have performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Dale Warland Singers, Chanticleer and the Vancouver Chamber Choir.About the Pasadena Presbyterian ChurchThis event is one of dozens of concerts and recitals presented each year by Pasadena Presbyterian Church as a musical outreach to the community. Included in that list are free weekly “Music at Noon” recitals every Wednesday from 12:10-12:40 p.m. in the church’s sanctuary that feature a wide variety of local, national and international artists.The church’s 2012-2013 “Friends of Music” concert series will begin on Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. with a performance of Benjamin Britten’s “The Company of Heaven” for choir, orchestra, soloists and narrators, all conducted by Dr. Timothy Howard, the church’s director of music and organist. The performance will come on the 75th anniversary of the work’s premiere on the BBC Radio Network.Founded in 1875, Pasadena Presbyterian Church is the oldest church in the city and today’s congregation is a vibrant mix of English, Korean and Spanish communities. Sunday worship conducted in all three languages and the church offers a wide variety of education, mission and community service programs. For more information, log onto Community News Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Faith & Religion News Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers to Perform at Pasadena Presbyterian Church on Sunday, June 24 The program will focus on traditional and contemporary spirituals and gospels and works by contemporary African-American composers. Published on Friday, June 1, 2012 | 5:17 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more