#FreeTheBlackPride4 Trial Support

The #BlackPride4 are scheduled to start trial this Monday, February 5th, 2018. We need to raise public awareness of their trial and their brutal arrests and we need YOUR help!

Here’s how you can help in the next critical week.

Join our texting and selfie campaign!

  • Text seven friends information about the #BP4 and how they can support. See script in the event discussion or click here!
  • Take a selfie using the hashtag #FreeTheBlackPride4, tag 7 friends, and share your message of why you support the #BP4. Feel free to post it in the facebook event  too and/or tag BQIC so that we can share it!

Pack the Court!

  • On Monday February 5th, community members will answer the call to rally for the #BlackPride4 when they most need us. This is the defining moment in not just their cases, but the rest of their lives.
  • We will be holding a rally that day at 11:30 am at 375 South High Street, before trial proceedings begin that afternoon. Please join us there to show your support for the #BlackPride4!
  • Afterwards, we will pack the courthouse and we will CONTINUE to pack the courthouse everyday of trial week. We must show our city that we will not sit idly by as Black queer and trans activists are brutalized by the state.
  • *FORM NOW CLOSED* Here is a form for you to fill out availability if you are interested in sitting inside the courtroom during trial proceedings: https://tinyurl.com/y76r6ejo

Follow BQIC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated on the #BlackPride4’s cases.

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Save the date: #BlackPride4 led community conversation on 7/24

Join us Monday, July 24th 6-8pm at the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and University Center, 30 W Woodruff Ave, for a community conversation led by the #BlackPride4, community organizers associated with the BP4, and other invited Black LGBTQ+ community members.
On July 17, exactly one month after the arrests and police brutality inflicted on peaceful protesters at their own Pride Parade, Stonewall Columbus (SWC) organized a “community conversation” to address people’s concerns. This conversation was called in the wake of a planned meeting between the #BlackPride4 and Stonewall on June 22 that was canceled after the BP4’s arrival, with the BP4 facing disrespect from the SWC board members who told them of the last-minute cancellation.
Stonewall’s community conversation on July 17 was disrupted by community organizers associated with the #BlackPride4 to insist that Stonewall take responsibility for the police violence that occurred at their event and take the issues surrounding the #BlackPride4 seriously. The BP4 community hosted a short panel of their own at the meeting so that the community in attendance could hear responses from the people most affected by the situation.
Since this panel lasted only a short amount of time, we invite all interested to a community conversation led by the #BlackPride4 and their community of Black LGBTQ+ individuals.
Please fill this form out if you have any questions for the BP4 and affiliated organizers so we can best direct the conversation and address your concerns.
More information to be announced.
For updates and information regarding the #BlackPride4, visit blackpride4.com.

#ShameOnStonewall

#ShameOnStonewall

In response to Stonewall Columbus‘ disregard for the #BlackPride4 and LBGTQ+ people of color, we are calling for a demonstration outside of their community meeting this Monday at 6pm at Northland Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd, Columbus.

https://www.facebook.com/events/319354768517035

Exactly one month after the arrest of four peaceful protesters at Stonewall’s Pride Parade, this Monday, July 17, Stonewall Columbus has called for a ‘community conversation’ ‘for a renewed focus to end discrimination based on race, gender identity’ (stonewallcolumbus.org/event/community-conversation/).

Organizers around the #BlackPride4 refuse to attend a meeting proctored by Stonewall without Stonewall proving that they take the needs of the BP4 seriously. Through their failure to condemn police brutality against people they claim to serve, their having silenced the BP4 and BP4 supporters behind closed doors, as well as their lack of support of the #BlackPride4 more broadly, Stonewall Columbus has demonstrated their complicity in the violence against LGBTQ+ people of color.

We call on our community and our allies to stand in solidarity with the #BlackPride4 and aid us in shedding light on Stonewall’s shameful practices.

This Monday at 6pm, we will gather outside of the Northland Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd, Columbus, where Stonewall will be having their community conversation. We will peacefully demonstrate against Stonewall Columbus for their blatant disregard for the #BlackPride4 and LGBTQ+ people of color.

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LIST OF GRIEVANCES:
1. Stonewall has given no support to the BP4 nor condemned the police violence that happened at their event
2. Stonewall is proctoring a community conversation without taking the BP4’s demands into account — and SWC leadership has avoided direct conversation with the BP4
3. Stonewall has a longstanding history of exclusion of LGBTQ+ people of color, their recent inaction being no exception to the rule

LIST OF DEMANDS:
1. Immediate resignation of executive director Karla Rothan and Stonewall Board executives
2. Stonewall Columbus contact prosecutors Ron O’Brien and Richard C. Pfeiffer, Jr. to demand that charges against the BP4 be dropped
3. Public apology with explicit nod to Stonewall’s inability to follow through on their mission to serve the entire LGBTQ+ community
4. Public condemnation of CPD for deploying violence on peaceful protestors

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Please bring signs pertaining to our grievances and demands and wear ALL BLACK.

For press inquiries, please contact blackqueercolumbus@gmail.com.

#ShameOnStonewall #NoConversationWithoutResignation
#SupportBlackQueerLiberation

Please continue donating to cover the #BlackPride4’s legal fees at www.youcaring.com/blackpride4.