10th Annual Shorty Awards
Apr
15
4:30 PM16:30

10th Annual Shorty Awards

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.

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WERK for Consent: A Queer and Trans Dance Protest
Jan
27
12:30 PM12:30

WERK for Consent: A Queer and Trans Dance Protest

  • Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Shake it 4 Sanctuary DMV
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Shake it 4 Sanctuary DMV

  • Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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+.

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WERK for Your Health - at Mitch McConnell's House!
Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

WERK for Your Health - at Mitch McConnell's House!

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.

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 Dance Protest against State Sanctioned Violence & Discrimination
May
4
6:00 PM18:00

Dance Protest against State Sanctioned Violence & Discrimination

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. 

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Tour of #ResisDANCE
Apr
28
7:00 PM19:00

Tour of #ResisDANCE

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.

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Queer Dance Party for Climate Justice at Ivanka Trump's House!
Apr
1
6:00 PM18:00

Queer Dance Party for Climate Justice at Ivanka Trump's House!

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! 

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Dance Protest Celebrating the Lives of Trans Youth
Feb
24
5:30 PM17:30

Dance Protest Celebrating the Lives of Trans Youth

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! 

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WERK in Solidarity: Celebrating Intersectionality & Resistance
Feb
3
6:00 PM18:00

WERK in Solidarity: Celebrating Intersectionality & Resistance

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!

Co-sponsoring Organizations:
Collective Action for Safe Spaces
The Movement DC

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Queer Dance Party at Mike Pence's House
Jan
18
6:00 PM18:00

Queer Dance Party at Mike Pence's House

  • Friendship Heights Metro Station (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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!

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Strength in Synergy Summit: An Intersectional Approach to Gun Violence Prevention
Dec
10
9:30 AM09:30

Strength in Synergy Summit: An Intersectional Approach to Gun Violence Prevention

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!

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All Out Flash Mob Against Trumpism, Racism, and Fascism
Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

All Out Flash Mob Against Trumpism, Racism, and Fascism

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.

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Stain the Steps Challenge and Die-In
Oct
15
1:00 PM13:00

Stain the Steps Challenge and Die-In

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.  

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Taking the Stage, Taking a Stand: LGBTQ Voices Against Violence
Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

Taking the Stage, Taking a Stand: LGBTQ Voices Against Violence

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!

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Dance Out in front of the NRA
Aug
14
2:00 PM14:00

Dance Out in front of the NRA

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.

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Disarm Hate Rally Performance
Aug
13
11:00 AM11:00

Disarm Hate Rally Performance

  • West Potomac Park Washington, DC (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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!

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Performance and Fundraiser at the 9:30 Club
Jul
9
to Jul 10

Performance and Fundraiser at the 9:30 Club

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 ;)

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Flash Mob Dance to Honor Pulse Victims
Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

Flash Mob Dance to Honor Pulse Victims

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. 
 

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