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The Marsha P. Johnson Institute is devoted to the safety and elevation of Black trans people. In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, sign our pledge and stand with us by combating the structures forcing us into the shadows or into spectacles. Trans people are #MoreThanANumber. Every time a Black trans woman is murdered, media outlets begin rapidly reporting oftentimes creating clickbait instead of a true conversation. These articles start off each new year counting the number of murders. These murders occur more than any of these statistics are able to report. While statistics can be a powerful tool for impact, it is imperative to be intentional when posting about murder especially Black trans women. Attention needs to be given to the families and communities impacted by these murders instead of the continual sensationalizing of the murders. Sign our pledge and support our organization.
THREE ACTIONS TO TAKE:
- Sign the Pledge (on the right) to commit to supporting the values of The Marsha P. Johnson Institute until liberation is possible for us all.
- Help share MPJI graphics (click here) to amplify affirming messages in honor of lives taken across our networks Black trans people are continuing to transform the way that we all exist. We hold the key to unlocking the world’s ability to transform itself into a place we all can be. You are invited to download and share the graphics as we honor the living and dead by remembering we’re more than just a number.
- Support MPJI! (link below) The Marsha P. Johnson Institute’s life-saving work wouldn’t be possible without your support. Give a gift of $25 today. Supporters like you are critical to our success by providing the resources necessary to protect and defend the rights of Black transgender people, celebrate our victories, and to ensure our movements stay protected and never fold in the eye of adversity.
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These values are fundamental to who we are and to our success. If we adhere to them, we believe liberation is possible. These values serve as a roadmap for how and why we make our decisions.
1. Black Trans-led
We believe that BLACK people are the future. We are committed to this organization always being led by the most radical BLACK trans people whose imaginations exist beyond the confines of the state.
We value the fullness of human experience. Perfection isn’t the goal. We use our spirit to encourage growth for ourselves and others while maintaining restoration for our communities. Who we are is enough.
We will always strive to be clear about our capacities to support a cause practically and to be able to say yes or no.
This is a human right that belongs to those not on the binary of political systems, states, or governments. People have the right to determine their destiny politically, culturally, and socially.
We develop our skills, show up to practice, take risks, and dare to be different. It is in our DNA to innovate, strengthen our knowledge, reach beyond insecurities, and experiment. It will drive our culture and create our own standard of success. We are our own possibility models and we must hold ourselves accountable for our own results.
We believe in the freedom of BLACK trans people, oppressed people, and oppressed nations. We support quality education, employment opportunities, and a world free of war, police brutality, and political corruption. The senseless killing of trans women and the suicides of trans men are a result of state violence and intercommunity strife. The circumstances that invoke these tragedies must be abolished in order for liberation to be actualized.
We are open, humble, and honest about our triumphs and struggles. We can make money without doing evil and we don’t have to compromise to get what we want. We want our ancestors to smile back on us.
8. Community Knowledge
We value the lived experiences of BLACK trans people. Qualifiers are not required for us to be taken seriously or acknowledged as people who are brilliant and worthy of contributing to our community and society.
We celebrate our successes, demonstrate our rage, encourage joy for ourselves and with each other, explore our desires, think big, and have fun.