Welcome to Pride 2020

Today is June 1 and marks the opening of LGBTQ+ Pride month. Normally, we’d kick off Pride with lots of exclamation points, excitement, and glitter. Our hearts are heavy here at Equality USDA and we will not act as if Pride in 2020 is normal. We are plagued not just by a viral pandemic; we are also plagued by an epidemic of systemic and institutional racism that is killing our black and brown siblings.

Last year in 2019, we celebrated 50 years of Pride and the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall riots. Much was made over the bravery of those folx at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 who fought back against yet another police raid. Lest we forget – Stonewall was 5 days of rioting, looting, and protests against the police. These riots were led by black and brown trans, queer, and gender nonconforming folx and they were the catalyst for the rights we enjoy today [George M. Johnson]. And last year, as World Pride kicked off in New York City, the Commissioner of the New York Police Department acknowledged that the actions taken by the NYPD in responding to the Stonewall riots were wrong and issued an official apology.

This Pride month, Equality USDA asks its members and friends to reflect on how we can work individually and collectively to dismantle systemic and institutional racism. Specifically, and particularly, we ask our white members and friends to reflect and join us in doing the work. An Anti-racist resource guide is available here . If you feel helpless – turn it into curiosity and get started learning. Do the work. If you have questions or need help unpacking these resources, reach out to us at info@equalityUSDA.org.

Black Lives Matter

Equality USDA Stands with Communities of Color in their demand that the oppressive use of excessive and deadly force by police against Black and Brown people end immediately, and that we all across this country begin to tear down the ingrained systems of oppression that allow it to continue. We stand against the senseless murders of men and women simply for existing Black. We stand against the harassment of Black people being reported to police for just living their lives. To our members, the rights we enjoy today are a direct result of the work and fights of LGBTQ+ People of Color and it’s high past time our white brethren repay the efforts. We vow to use the resources at our disposal to support these causes, and educate ourselves and all of you on the issues affecting these communities, and how we can all be better allies. To Communities of Color, we see you, we hear you, we share in your pain and frustration. We grieve with you. We vow to show up and speak up leveraging our collective privilege in support of justice and equality. We are not here to tell you how to grieve or protest, we are simply here to have your back. We say the names of those fallen because their lives matter. Black Lives Matter. #GeorgeFloyd #TonyMcDade #AhmaudArbery #BreonnaTaylor #CoreyJones #JohnCrawford #TerranceCrutcher #KeithScott #CliffordGlover #ClaudeReese #RandyEvans #YvonneSmallwood #AmadouDiallo #WalterScott. #EricGarner #FreddieGray #PhilandoCastile #MichaelBrown #SandraBland #TrayvonMartin #NinaPop

Be more than words, be action.

https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

Pride is “Virtually” Upon Us!

Pride month is about to kick in to high gear, and even if we can’t all be together this year, we’re still ready to celebrate! We encourage everyone to participate in our Pride Scavenger Hunt! There will be awesome weekly prizes, and a Grand Prize!