It's time to WERK for Mother Earth.
Last Tuesday, the Trump administration passed an Executive Order rolling back environmental regulations and slashed funding to the EPA, essentially halting the Federal progress the US has made in slowing the pace of climate change and on promoting clean energy.
In response, get ready to shake what your Mamma Earth gave ya and WERK it for climate justice! Thankfully, Ivanka Trump, “BFF of the gays,” supposed climate czar, and brand new employee of the Trump Administration has invited us to come and party in her neighborhood, leaving behind biodegradable glitter that will sparkle in the moonlight. It turns out Rex Tillerson, former CEO of Exxon, Sec. of State and Putin’s BFF, lives right next door!
We will meet at Dupont Circle (in the actual circle) and parade down Connecticut Ave. to Rexi and Ivanka-poo’s neighborhood to send the clear message that our climate and our communities matter.
We will surely be joined by Scott Pruitt, the climate denying head of the EPA and by Rick Perry, head of the Dept of Energy, an oil hawk who’s a flaming homophobe. They will come in their faux-leather-tight pants, and you should too!
The entire Trump Administration has shown a blatant disregard for our planet and it’s inhabitants, like paving the way for the Dakota Access Pipeline displacing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The reality is that the people most affected by the administration’s bad climate decisions are our most vulnerable friends: our poor, working class, native, trans & POC siblings. We must put our bodies on the line for our earth and for all who depend on its resources.
Also, in case you hadn't heard, Trump revoked protections for LGBTQ government employees and removed LGBTQ questions from the census--all the more reason to turn out and show that YOU COUNT.
It’s getting hot in here. So let's WERK.
Anthony Torres, 350 DC
Lourdes Ashley Hunter, Trans Women of Color Collective
It's time to WERK for Mother Earth.
JOIN US on the North Side of the White House from 5:30- 8 pm for a rally and dance protest celebrating the lives of trans people of color and trans youth.
The Trump administration has made it clear that the lives of trans youth are disposable by rescinding Title IX transgender guidance issued last year by President Obama.
Title IX protects transgender students and requires school districts to respect and affirm the lives of trans youth including access to appropriate services and facilities. Misgendering a trans person is an act of violence! Forcing trans youth to conform with oppressive gender performance and presentation is an act of violence!
We must send a firm message to the Trump administration! They do not decide who gets civil rights. We are ALL humans and are all entitled to live unapologetically in our truths!
Any attack on our young people will not be ignored or go unchallenged. NOW MORE THAN EVER, it is up to ALL us to form a united front that uplifts, celebrates and affirms the lives of trans youth.
In formidable opposition, we will take to the White House to WERK it OUT for our liberation. GET READY TO TWERK, SHAKE AND THROW THAT ASS IN A CIRCLE IN SUPPORT OF OUR TRANS BABIES.
This is an intentionally accessalbe event. If you require specific accomidations, please message us! This event is for everyone.
In response to Trump's egregious executive orders over the past week and a half, WERK for Peace and a number of organizations are teaming up to celebrate our diversity, intersectionality, and resistance and send a clear message to Donald Trump: discrimination, bigotry, and hate are not tolerated in our country.
We dont need #AlternativeFacts. Our hips dont lie and never had to. Instead, we embrace and honor the beautiful, magnificent truth of our intersectionality and the power our bodies have to claim space and assert:#WeAreHere and we are not going anywhere. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. We stand strongly in solidarity.
Get ready to move your bodies and booties to beats put together by our diverse community. Biodegradable glitter will make a re-appearance, as will rainbow paraphinalia. We will also have hand warmers.
We will meet at the Trump Hotel and parade to the White House. Now is the time to werk it for peace - together. Lets show Trump and his administration that their hate and discrimination are not welcome here.
Afterparty: Souled Out! feat. Vanniety Kills at Zeba Bar!
Collective Action for Safe Spaces
The Movement DC
Come join the qockblockade brigade as we hold a queer anti-Inauguration party at a security checkpoint! In the face of threats to our safety and our rights, we want to remind Inauguration attendees, as well as the world, that we’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going back in the closet.
Come dance, hold a banner, or participate however you'd like! Bring your glitter, rainbow flags, face paint, angel wings - bring it all! (although don’t bring any of the prohibited items, found here: http://bit.ly/2jx7TLt). Please don't come empty-handed: the least you can do is bring a friend!
Even though we're taking over a security checkpoint, we’re there to have a good time - have fun, dance, celebrate our queer identities - no matter how anyone else reacts. This is NOT a space to instigate, and we will not be trying to provoke arrest.
To make sure you can make it out to celebrate the queerdom, check out this link on road closures and transportation options: http://wtop.com/inauguration/2017/01/inauguration-day-2017-survival-guide-street-closures-metro-service-parade-route/
We will see y'all in the streets!
The homo/transphobic Mike Pence has graciously invited us to shake our booties and bodies in front of/around his house in Chevy Chase. We plan on leaving behind [biodegradable] glitter and rainbow paraphinalia that he can NEVER forget. #WeAreQueer #WeAreHere #WeWillDance That's right, get ready to WERK it and tell Daddy Pence: homo/transphobia is not tolerated in our country!
WERK for Peace and DisruptJ20 are teaming up to bring you the best dance party in the nation, so you betta' show up and weerrrrkkk! We will meet at the Friendship heights metro and make our way via carpooling or dance to Daddy Pence's neighborhood. Bring your flyest rainbow gear and your booty/body shaking skills!
Now, more than ever, we must come together. All those working to end gun violence in and against their communities will be affected by the incoming Trump administration.
WERK for Peace, in collaboration with CODEPINK and others, is organizing Strength in Synergy: An Intersectional Summit for Gun Violence Prevention. We invite you to join us for this important and timely summit on December 10th, 2016 at American University in Washington, DC.
The event is a one-day summit with workshops, panels, dialogues, and co-working sessions concluding with a happy hour and art performance. The summit will provide a platform to discuss the intersections of gun violence prevention with the movement for black lives, LGBTQ+ rights, anti-Islamophobia, immigrant rights, native lives, domestic violence prevention, police reform, poverty alleviation, gender and reproductive justice, and others.
PLEASE REGISTER so we know you are coming. Registration is free and is live! Learn more and register at: www.strengthinsynergy.com!
Trumpism is powered by groups like the National Policy Institute (NPI), a white nationalist “think-tank” that has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. They will be holding their white supremacist conference in DC the weekend of November 18th-20th, 2016.
We're participating with Smash Racism DC to hold a flash mob dance party outside of NPI's Friday night event. Bring yourself, your friends, your comfortable shoes, and your noisemakers! We won't let them meet without trying to drown them out.
WERK for Peace is standing in solidarity with the Coalition of Concerned Mothers, the Timothy Dawkins-El Project, Black Lives Matter, and CODEPINK to rally and die-in to stain the steps of the White House. We will be protesting recent police and community violence. Join us to call out the White House for its complacency.
Congress has been on recess for seven weeks and in this time over 4,400 people have died from gun violence. Join CODEPINK, WERK for Peace,Gays Against Guns DC, and a broad coalition of intersectional gun violence prevention groups to dance and die-in for peace.
After the violence against our diverse LGBT communities in Orlando, many in the DC area have responded with nationwide calls for healing, justice, and collective action. In light of the emotional, visceral reaction that has been felt through the country, the DC Anti-Violence Project seeks to also highlight the motivation that has been sparked around more local, community-oriented needs.
WERK for Peace was invited by the DC Anti-Violence Project to perform as a part of Taking the Stage, Taking a Stand, an event which will bring together LGBT artists, performers and community members to perform in a safe, LGBT-affirming space, and to share their art and talent as well as their connections to violence prevention and healing from violence.
Join us! We will be closing out the event to end on a positive, loving, queer-affirming note! You betta' WERKKK!
On the 14th of every month, the monthly anniversary of Newtown (Sandy Hook), a group of gun violence prevention and gun sense activists come together to protest the NRA and honor the victims. This month, we are bringing the power of dance to the NRA to claim space, join together, and dance for peace.
Join WERK for Peace at the Disarm Hate Rally to celebrate queerness and WERK it in the face of bigotry! On the day after the anniversary of the Pulse shooting in June, this rally will be a landmark moment in Gun Violence Prevention and LGBTQ history. Join us!
WERK for Peace will be performing to close out the rally in a way that allows us to express ourselves, support our own healing, and love and connect one another. Come watch us tear up the stage and join us in WERKing it for peace!
We have been invited to perform at the 9:30 club alongside the amazing and talented Queer DJ Collaborative, MIXTAPE. We will be WERKin' it on stage all night, so come and join us!
While you can definitely throw dollar bills at us, we would much more appreciate some $50's in the back, where some of our WERKlings will be collecting donations! Make sure to stop by and say hey with your mouth and pocket ;)
That's right, get ready to tell our government that we demand change! WERK for Peace, in collaboration with Code Pink, calls on YOU to come out and shake your money maker for peace - in front of the US Capitol. In honor and memory of the victims at Pulse Nightclub, we demand that our government changes gun laws (paid for by the NRA) and ends homophoic policies that contribute to the oppression of LGBTQAI+ individuals.