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Solidarity with #PulseShooting

While the Social Justice Center has not issued a statement of our own, we feel compelled to offer the words of Queer & Trans Latinx and Black folks to help our community process this outrage. Last night, there were two vigils in Albany and today there will be one at 6 PM. Link to the vigil here.

The video offers words from Familia: Queer & Trans Liberation Movement. Their caption for this video reads: After the news of 50 people killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, we asked four Trans and Queer Latinx leaders for their thoughts. Here you will find the raw and unscripted footage.

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In addition, during the vigil offered last night by Black Lives Matter: Upstate NY there was a reading by Rosa Clemente from Janaya Khan’s (Black Lives Matter Toronto) statement in response, which you’ll find below.

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Let’s Get Angelica Health Care!

The Social Justice Center Board of Directors needs your help. For more than 30 years the SJC has been home to local grassroots organizations fighting for social justice. As the Executive Director, Angelica has fostered a sense of community and solidarity, continuing our mission and expanding our reach. We are so fortunate to have her!

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Unfortunately money is tight and our resources are stretched thin. Shortly we will be sending out our Spring mailer to raise money to cover our day-to-day operations and we are planning a major fundraising campaign for later this summer (stay tuned!).
BUT we have a specific and very time-sensitive need that we hope you can help with RIGHT NOW:Angelica needs health care! And we need your help to raise the money to make that happen. Angelica is always there for us, our neighbors and our community. Let’s step up and support her in this work! Click here to donate! 
Please give whatever you can. We are attempting to raise $4,200 which will cover the cost of health insurance for the remainder of 2016 ($600 a month x 7 months). Any extra raised will be applied to 2017.
Please share widely with your friends and community members!
With Gratitude & Solidarity,

The Albany Social Justice Center Board of Directors
Naomi, Victorio, Jean, Sybil, Laura, Alisa, Ellen, Ariela & Colin

Open Letter To UAlbany Bus Students

“Dear Alexis, Ariel, & Asha:

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‘Many of us who rallied behind you from the beginning did so in an attempt to offer comfort and reprieve in the immediate aftermath of the attack. We also understood that by coming forward you were opening yourselves up to an additional onslaught of calculated violence from members of the general public; as well as members of the UAlbany student body and faculty, social and news media, and local law enforcement. The false notion that violence can only be measured in kicks and punches is a convenient mainstay of patriarchy and white supremacy. It is clear to those of us who endure the never ending barrage of insults, micro and macro aggressions, thinly veiled threats, personal slights, media mischaracterization, and double standards in law enforcement that violence knows many forms. And while these affronts cannot always be quantified or freeze framed for those privileged enough to evade them, we want you to know that we wholeheartedly understand and empathize with the challenges you are currently facing, and will continue to face for the foreseeable future.’

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‘Lastly—Alexis, Ariel, and Asha—we’d like to thank you for inspiring so many of us with your resilience, dignity, strength, poise and grace amidst such adversity. You should all hold your heads with pride in knowing what you have already overcome and accomplished in your lives.’

We’ve got your back.

Sincerely,

People of Color Caucus, Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration”

 

Click the link to read the full letter below:

http://www.caami.org/open-letter-to-ualbany-bus-students-defendblackgirlsualbany/

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

“There is no expiration date on dreams and there is no start date for activism.” – Jamal Joseph (former Black Panther)

The Black Panthers remain one of the most influential black organizations of the 1960’s and 1970’s. In this vivid documentary, Stanley Nelson chronicles the rise and fall of a movement that sparked Black pride across the nation. Although listed as a terrorist group by the United States government, and often misunderstood by the general community the Black Panthers were primarily about self-defense and nation building. If they fought or intimidated anyone, is was to defend themselves against police brutality. Most of the time the focus of their work was aimed at educating their people on local, state and federal rights granted to all citizens under the U.S. Constitution. Debates continue about whether the tactics and ideology of the Black Panthers were effective; however there is no denying the powerful impact this organization has had on America as a whole. The Black Panthers were and still are a strong example for Revolutionary action seeking to empower Blacks in America and beyond.

“Don’t confuse my passion for aggression” – Dhoruba Bin Wahad (former Black Panther Party leader)

Watch the full documentary below. Video expires 3/18/16.http://video.wmht.org/video/2365657009/

State of the City – Rally for Dontay

This upcoming Monday, January 25, the SJC is cosponsoring an action at the State of the City address for Albany, NY. Gather at 5:15 PM at City Hall, 24 Eagle Street.

Day after day—week after week—we hear and see accounts of deadly police violence unlawfully waged against members of our communities.

Sandra Bland. Tamir Rice. Freddie Gray. Bettie Jones. Eric Garner…. and countless others.

Last April, right here in Albany, the name Dontay Ivy was tragically added to that list. Like most incidents of abuse at the hands of the police, those responsible for Dontay’s death have not been held accountable. The mayor, District Attorney, and police chief have refused to acknowledge the culpability of the officers who killed Dontay, and the long-standing patterns of racial profiling in our city.

January 25th, 2016, at the annual State of the City address, the community will converge on City Hall to have our voices heard.

Join us as we demand justice for the death of Dontay Ivy and accountability for the repeated abuses imposed on our communities by local law enforcement and the racist criminal justice system. RSVP to the Facebook event here. 12507257_934071473351275_3573393785792733197_n

Plan B Zine is Taking Submissions

Hey! The Plan B Zine is taking submissions until February 14, 2016. There’s so much to be said about reproductive rights in relationship to Plan B, whether light or heavy.

In their own words: PLAN B ZINE addresses experiences with emergency contraception. With this zine, we hope to initiate much-needed conversations about ways women and female bodied people are expected to make accommodations. THIS PROJECT IS NOTHING WITHOUT MANY VOICES. We are interested in addressing experiences that led to the use of emergency contraception in which issues beyond “safe sex” were at play, including but not limited to: consent, ambiguity, coercion, identity, sexuality, patriarchy, classism, politics, and power. We also wish to provide a venue for emotions that accompany these experiences.

Find them online here and here
If you want to contribute send an email to PlanBZine@gmail.com. 

Closings in January

The SJC will be closed Thursday, 1/14/16 for a closed workshop being hosted by our member group the Graduate Student Employees Union/CWA 1104.

We will also be closed Monday, January 18 to attend celebrations for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. We’ll be back to regular hours on Wednesday, January 20 from 1-5 PM.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but reach us by email anytime at info@albanysocialjusticecenter.org.

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