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7.31.2017

7/31/17: Your Weekly Activist Events Roundup

Ouch. The state of our nation has suffered another insufferable bruise from the current 45th administration—one that targets the transgender and gender queer community. On Wednesday of last week, Trump tweeted that transgender individuals will be banned from serving in the military. The malicious tweet read: 

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump said in a series of tweets. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

In wake of said persecution, the community and its allies have displayed respectable actions of resistance that stress our solidarity, including a successful rally in Times Square. This has proven not only that threats to our liberty and equality are constant, but also that our activism in opposition to said oppressions remain just as relentless and this week’s list of activist events and effort exemplify just that. Check them out below.

Daily Action

“DEFEND EQUAL RIGHTS”

Call your Senators at (844) 241-1141 and urge them to write legislation that will block Donald Trump’s ban on transgender Americans serving in the military! Thankfully, the administration does need a little more than just a tweet to officiate Trump’s ban. Congress bears the authority to block Trump’s efforts and can so through passing a stand-alone bill or by adding this provision to a larger piece of “must pass” legislation.

Tuesday, August 1

Emergency Blood Drive

What: The Bronx Muslim Center has called for an emergency blood drive, considering every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. is in vital need of a blood donation. For some more statistics, one in seven people who enter a hospital come in need of more blood and only one pint of blood is needed to save three lives. Considering said facts, if you’re available and in good health, make your way to the center to save a few lives. Make sure to eat and drink extra liquids before you show up.

When: 2 PM – 8 PM

Where: Bronx Muslim Center, 702 Rhinelander Ave., Bronx, NY 10462

For more info and updates, click here

Thursday, August 3

Climate Justice Youth SummitWhat: UPROSE and the Climate Justice Alliance have come together to present the 6th annual Climate Justice Youth Summit that will feature events, workshops, networking opportunities, musical performances and a fashion show, all that aim to deconstruct consumption and cultural appropriation.

When: 9 AM – 9 PM

Where: Union Theology Seminary, 3041 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

For more info and updates, click here.

Friday, August 4

The Jock Connection FundraiserWhat: Though seemingly scandalous, “The Jock Connection” party is thrown in magnanimous efforts to benefit Rainbow Railroad, an organization for gay refugees. The event page boasts “hotties” and “Jell-O shots,” so this steamy charity event isn’t your typical fundraiser next door.

When: 11 PM – 1 AM

Where: The Eagle NYC, 554 W 28th Street, New York, NY 10001

For more info and updates, click here

Images courtesy of AMNY, and Facebook. 

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