USHRN Statement on the State of Emergency of Anti-Trans Hate Violence

August 21, 2015

The US Human Rights Network's Coordinating Center extends our thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones of the 18 transgender women, - primarily women of color, and specifically Black, - whose lives have been taken this year due to hate violence. Along with our members, we raised this issue as a human rights crisis in March and have since seen the numbers increase at an alarming rate. These numbers are likely on the conservative end as they are only the reported cases. When we include Mya Hall, a Black trans woman who was killed by the NSA, the number jumps up to 19 killings. Over half of the transgender women killed are under the age of 30 years old.

In every instance where elected officials fail to condemn the interrelated systems of transphobia, racism, misogyny, and homophobia, or take steps to end all forms of violence including the criminalization of groups of people and laws that support discrimination, they are actively participating in a culture of hate and violence. Anytime an individual joins in racist, misogynist, transphobic, and homophobic speech, or fails to speak out against those forms of oppression, in public and private spheres, that person is actively engaging in a culture of hate and violence.

A broader culture of discrimination and exclusion perpetuates to this crisis. It is legal to deny employment to trans people in 32 U.S. States. With this form of economic exclusion, it is no surprise that trans people experience disproportionate rates of poverty: a 2010 study found that 34% of Black trans people made incomes of less than $10,000/year, 8 times the rate of the general population. Almost all transgender people (97%) have experienced harassment or discrimination on the job, including about 50% who report being referred to with the wrong pronoun, repeatedly and on purpose. 47% of all Black trans people have experienced incarceration.

We join trans people across the country who are fighting for a world where they, and everyone else, lives in dignity, power, and respect. We need clear action against the interrelated systems of transphobia, racism, misogyny, and homophobia and violence from our political leaders and movements, and concrete support for trans women of color while they are alive. We are past the time for statements. The time for change is long overdue.

Read the statement on the US Human Rights Network website.

 

February 12, 2019

FFJ Advisor Discussion Series: Marisa Franco

Marisa Franco, FFJ Field Advisor and Director and Co-founder of of Mijente, a digital and grassroots hub for Latinx and Chicanx organizing and movement building, speaks on the current political moment and how funders can contribute to movement work.

Tell us about the particular moment you are in with your work and place in the movement.

Entering into our fourth year, we are doing our best to be a vehicle to both respond to the real-time challenges our communities face and a place to find respite, connection, and replenished meaning. Given what the Latinx and Chicanx community faces, we’ve got to walk and chew gum at the same time (and hop on one leg, juggle, and balance something on our head!) but we believe that through the continued growth where organizers, healers, change-makers, designers, and disrupters feel Mijente is a place to meaningfully contribute to collective liberation means we are going in the right direction. It is my view that our most critical task at this time is growth and recruitment - millions of people are becoming exposed to the injustice and summarily wrong direction we are heading in - our organizations must be open and accessible entry points for people to contribute to moving us in the right direction.

How do you understand the political moment that we’re in? What do you think we need to do differently right now?

Ultimately I think that lots of what we reference as threats that are coming are largely here - crisis as a result of climate change is here, it’s being felt across the planet. The extreme backlash and attempt to re-entrench power due to demographic change is here, occurring in localities across the United States. Authoritarianism is a growing threat beyond Donald Trump and within the domestic United States. Given all of this, at the very least I think it’s critical we start to widen our panorama of political understanding to include outside of the United States and make the connections internationally. Rest assured, our adversaries are in coordination - we ignore our movement siblings and the struggle outside of the United States to our own detriment.

What should funders be understanding in this political moment? What should funders be doing to support organizations and movements?

What’s important to understand in this political moment is how the volatility impacts the plans, perspective, and morale of people in organizations and social movements. It has become more and more difficult to lay out plans that feel real given how normal it's become for so much to turn upside down pretty regularly. Some understanding and support of this from funders, particularly when it means proposed work is not carried out in the way it was initially described, is very helpful.

Continued support for rapid response tactics is critical, as well as funds that help convene key groups and/or leaders in this time goes a long way. In times like these, those that are able to adapt and move quickly are well positioned to make impactful changes. These folks have got to be able to do so with enough support and not too many hurdles, hoops, and paper to be able to move. So some of these existing practices around simplifying processes, making funds available for rapid response activities, and pop up convenings is something that has been helpful thus far and is important to continue.

December 10, 2018

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