All Black LGBTQ+ Advisory Board to Move Forward with ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER Solidarity March, June 14

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Christopher Street West (CSW), the non-profit that produces the LA Pride parade and festival made the following announcement regarding the planned Solidarity March, now being billed as an All Black Lives Matter Solidarity March, on Sunday, June 14, 2020.

The official announcement made today is as follows:

To the Community –

On June 7, 2020, an Advisory Board, made up of all Black LGBTQ+ leaders was formed to move forward in organizing the All Black Lives Matter solidarity march on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 10:00am PT in Los Angeles. The protest is in direct response to racial injustice, systemic racism, and all forms of oppression.

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera bravely started a movement at the Stonewall Inn in 1969. They stood up to systemic racism and bigotry. We must acknowledge and recognize the many tireless years of service and action by Black LGBTQ+ people. The LGBTQ+ community must extend its support to unite against oppression, police brutality, racism, transphobia, and the many other disparities disproportionately impacting the Black community.

We are here to amplify Black Queer voices and come together in solidarity. Endorsed by BLM-LA and the Black Advisory Board, the All Black Lives Matter solidarity march aims to bring the community together to peacefully exercise our First Amendment rights and heal together.

Out of recognition and respect to the years of work and action of Black LGBTQ+ leadership and community organizers, Christopher Street West and LA Pride will no longer co-organize the All Black Lives Matter march. However, they are in full support and stand unapologetically in solidarity with efforts to dismantle racial justice, systemic oppression, institutional barriers, police brutality and discrimination of all kinds.

The Advisory Board is not working with CSW on the pre-march rally program, but will serve as an independent body creating a program aimed at amplifying the voices of the Black community and allies. Additionally, in tandem, we will engage Black-owned businesses to help support and put this peaceful march together

The Advisory Board will neither engage corporate sponsors from or through CSW nor official police involvement in organizing the All Black Lives Matter march. For the All Black Lives Matter solidarity march on Sunday, June 14, 2020, we recognize the safety concerns around COVID-19 and the pandemic currently plaguing the nation, and disproportionately the Black and LGBTQ+ communities, and ask protesters to take protective measures, including wearing face coverings and avoiding large crowds if you are at high risk or displaying symptoms of COVID-19. California Department of Public Health recommendations can be found here.

For more information, contact infoablmmarch@gmail.com

Respectfully,

Black Advisory Board

Gerald Garth, Garth Management Group,

LLC Brandon Anthony, B.A.S.H LA

Pastor Sammie Haynes, Vision Church Los Angeles

Paul Scott. LA Black LGBTQ Movement

Princess Murray, Compton Pride

Dr. Christopher Jackon, Black Lives Matter Los Angeles

Stacy Alford, MPH

Yuriel “Miss. Shalae” Young, The Glasswing Group

Blossom Brown

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