The New York City Police Department and the City of New York are
attempting to deny TransJustice's applications to march and rally on 8th
Avenue. On June 6th, during a meeting at Manhattan South, NYPD Assistant
Chief Bruce Smolka, made an anti-LGBT remark when he told TransJustice
members, "to Go Back to The Village" and that a 5:00pm rally at 42nd
Street & 8th Avenue would not be allowed.

TransJustice called the rally at 42nd Street & 8th Avenue to address the
growing violence and murders of Trans People. The rally will also be used
to commemorate the 6th year anniversary of Amanda Milan, a 25 year-old
African-American transgender woman, who was brutally murdered, on June 20,
2000, in the middle of an intersection near Port Authority Bus Terminal as
onlookers cheered.

Historically, 8th Avenue has been regarded as the place that several LGBT
and HIV organizations as well as LGBT nightclubs have called home.
TransJustice selected this 8th Ave route to call attention to innumerable
members of our communities that work, reside, play, as well as access
supportive services, right in the heart of Midtown.

On June 23rd, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color and their
allies will rally and march against police brutality, to oppose the racist
and xenophobic immigration policies of the Bush Administration, to show
our outrage at the lack of access to living wage employment, adequate
affordable housing, quality education, basic healthcare for our
communities, and to demand an end to the devastating impacts of US
imperialism (the so-called "war on terrorism") being waged against people
at home and abroad.

Ultimately, TransJustice sees this attempt to deny the march route and
permits as part of the ongoing plan of the Bloomberg Administration to
repress the progressive political movements of NYC. Now more than ever,
TransJustice calls on all social justice activists from the communities of
color, lesbian, gay, bi, two spirit and trans movements, immigrant rights
organizations, youth and student groups, trade unions and workers
organizations, religious communities and HIV/ AIDS and social service
agencies to endorse, build contingents and to help fight for the right to
march on 8th Avenue on June 23rd.

TransJustice Needs You To:

1) Endorse the Trans Day of Action! Email or call
718.596.0342 ext 18 and get involved in the building for the march and
rallies Contact:

2) Inundate Mayor Bloomberg's office with emails, phone calls, and faxes
demanding the City of New York approve our applications to march and rally
along 8th Avenue.

Contact the Mayor's Office:
Phone: 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside NYC)
Fax: (212) 788-2460

Sample Letter:
"The (individual or organizational name) believes the constitutional right
of Trans and Gender Nonconforming people of color and their allies to
march and rally on 8th Avenue, between 27th to 42nd streets, on Friday,
June 23rd as part of the Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic
Justice. 8th Avenue has special significance for the LGBT community in New
York City. It has historically been a place where many of our
organizations are based; our community works, resides, and accesses
supportive services. On the eve, of Manhattan LGBT Pride Weekend, we feel
it would be a grave error to deny any of the sound, park or parade permits
of TransJustice, and urge the City of New York and New York City Police to
approve their applications to march and rally."


Initiated by TRANSJUSTICE, a project of the Audre Lorde Project A Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit & Trans People of Color Community Organizing
Center 85 South Oxford Street * Brooklyn, NY 11217-1607 Tel: 718-596-0342
ext 18 * Fax: 718-596-1328* Action Alert!