This week the Trump Administration gave Stephen Miller more power over the already violent and racist Department of Homeland Security. We’re going to show up loud and yiddish to say "Shande Shande Stephen Miller."
Join Middlebury Queers and Allies for a series of events with Firas Nasr ’15, founding organizer of WERK for Peace.
Get ready to demand #WERKNotWalls and celebrate migrants and refugees in front of Stephen Miller's house! From the egregious response to the migrant and refugee caravan to the Muslim ban, Stephen Miller is Donald Trump’s right hand when it comes to immigration policy. That’s why he is going to love it when a parade of hip-bumping, salsa-dancing, debke-stomping, booty-shaking queer and trans migrants and refugees [and allies] show up at his house to celebrate our existence and demand that the US #LetThemIn, #AbolishIce, and WERK for migrants and refugees, not against them.
On August 12, the Unite the Right rally will descend onto our city, bringing dozens of nazis and white supremacists into our communities. As a part of a larger collective and organizations working to combat white nationalism, get ready to join your friends, neighbors, and fabulous strangers for the #ResisDance!
The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media by recognizing the influencers, brands and organizations on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Musically and more. Past winners include Tyler Oakley, Casey Neistat, Hannibal Buress, Malala Yousafzai, Jenna Marbles, J.K. Rowling, Adele, and DJ Khaled. WERK for Peace was nominated for a Shorty Award in the category of Dance.
With the Predator in Chief and his woman- and LGBT-hating sidekick Daddy Pence actively working to take our bodily autonomy, condone and excuse sexual violence, and silence survivors, get ready to #WERKforConsent! The Trump administration has worked tirelessly to silence and sideline individuals who experience sexual violence, especially those at the margins – queer and trans individuals, people of color, immigrants, sex workers, people with disabilities – who experience sexual violence at higher rates. Donald Trump himself has been accused by at least 19 women of sexual misconduct. It is time to uplift survivors’ voices and reclaim our bodily autonomy.
This class will benefit for Sanctuary DMV- a solidarity group of documented and undocumented people that pledge to resist the newly elected administration’s policy proposals to target and deport millions of immigrants and discriminate against marginalized communities including those who are black, indigenous, Muslim, latinx, and LGBTQ+.
The senate majority leader needs to know that we will not give him and his cronies a pass to blatantly attack our communities. The Senate's version of repealing and replacing Obamacare will target the most vulnerable members of our communities. In defunding Planned Parenthood, dramatically cutting medicaid, and repealing taxes on the wealthy, the bill will leave millions without coverage and especially target women, people with HIV/AIDS, people with disabilities, low income people, people of color, and people who use mental health services.
A sweeping draconian religious freedom Executive Order is about to crash through our communities. According to numerous sources, the leaked draft is likely to be signed today. It has rollbacks for reproductive rights and religious freedom opt outs to any person, org, entity on moral objections to trans identities, premarital sex, and same-sex marriage. In response, we are heading to the White House to send a clear message to the nation that this bigotry and hate will not be tolerated in our city and in our country.
In collaboration with the People's Climate Movement and local queer, environmental, immigrant, and workers organizations, we will boogey, shimmey, and booty-shake down Pennsylvania Ave, taking a tour of all the locations that are currently working daily to keep us oppressed! We will make special stops at the White House, the District Building, Department of Justice, Trump Hotel, EPA, IRS, Department of Labor, and Congress. Then in a glittery show of loving, glamourous, and fabulous hip-shaking, head-thumping, fist-pumping, booty-shaking celebration, we will demand justice and turn-up the ResisDANCE to a whole other level.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.