Recognizing the continued marginalization and violence that hurts and kills trans people - especially trans women and particularly black and brown trans women - in a year marked by the highest identified number of trans folks murdered, No Justice No Pride began a campaign in July 2017 with a public statement on violence against trans women of color in D.C., a petition still circulating that’s gained more than 1,000 local signatures, a call-in day to the Metropolitan Police Department, and a rally and march to fight against transmisogyny and help protect and support the largest recorded per capita population of trans folks on lands occupied by the United States.
NJNP has since worked in coalitions to help make key parts of our vision for Trans Justice a reality, including anything from playing a critical role in organizing District-wide outreach, public education efforts, and canvassing to generate public support for City Council bills that would make life safer for many trans folks - to partnering with Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) in November 2017 to host a Trans Night of Healing and Resistance to ensure a space in which TGNC communities could mourn those lost, be honored, and heal in a space free of actors of state violence.
Notably, in January 2018, NJNP packed the court and stopped a dangerous “nuisance” bill in D.C. City Council from ever reaching a vote, instead demanding that the Council schedule a hearing for the sex work decrim bill and that the Council fully fund the NEAR Act. In the beginning of April 2018, we co-organized a Canvass in Ward 6 with other Sex Worker Advocates Coalition (SWAC) Members, Collective Action for Safe Spaces, HIPS and BYP100.
With what started in 2017 quickly grew into its own program as NJNP continues to work on solutions to the issues laid out in our petition. While celebrating small victories, we continued to expand our goals and issues areas beyond:
- Community Safety and Alternatives to Incarceration -Decriminalization of Sex work, roundtable around police brutality, deprioritization of arrests around solicitation - loitering - and other petty often selectively enforced laws, etc.
- Mayoral Accountability - Mayor Bower fulfills her campaign promises to the District of Columbia’s Trans & gender non-conforming(TGNC) and queer communities,
- Following Through on Equitable Access - The City reviews compliance of administrative and front line staff in all D.C. government agencies with the District’s legal protections for TGNC individuals,
- District of Columbia Forms Trans Community Taskforce - of TGNC community leaders and experts of color leading guidance as the city develops and sustains programs and policies that support these communities.