- NPA Statement on the murder of Ahmaud Arbery:
The NEW Pride Agenda joins in the collective grief and outrage over the murder of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery who was shot to death while jogging in his own community. While the facts of this particular case are still unfolding, and there has been no trial, Arbery’s murder is a bitter reminder that despite entering a new decade we still have much work to do to eradicate racism and white supremacy in our country.
Hatred and bigotry are diseases that have long plagued our nation and have terrorized our communities of color, particularly black and brown folks. We at the NEW Pride Agenda firmly believe that the work to address systemic racism, hatred, and bigotry must not rest on the shoulders of vulnerable communities of color — it must be shared, felt, and carried by all of us. To be clear, the burden to resolve and eradicate racism, bigotry, and hatred is not equally shared by us all—people of privilege, specifically white Americans, must be leading the charge. It is not up to black and brown folks to fix these problems alone.
We must turn our empathy into collective action and stand firmly with the family of Ahmaud Arbery and with all communities who are impacted by forms of hatred, bigotry, and racism. We must continue to discuss the impacts of racial inequity and white supremacy, centering those who experience oppression in our hearts, our voices, and our advocacy if we are to truly heal and thrive as a country.
- The NEW Pride Agenda was featured in Gay City News (Paul Schindler): https://www.gaycitynews.com/two-lgbtq-advocacy-efforts-aim-at-albany/
- March 30, 2020 Press Release:
New Pride Agenda Responds to Killing of Transgender Woman in Harlem
Cecilia Gentili, co-chair of the New Pride Agenda (NPA), a nonprofit which advocates across New York State and educates members of the LGBTQ community, its allies, and the general public about legal protections and rights, particularly for the most vulnerable members of the queer community, issued the following statement following the murder of a transgender woman in Harlem early Saturday morning:
“We are devastated by the murder of a young transgender woman this past weekend.
“Too often the lives of members of our trans community are at risk and too many are senselessly killed. This is particularly true for trans women of color who are seven times more likely to be murdered than a member of the general population.
“Our hearts go out to the friends and family of the woman who lost her life.
“We are grateful to New York City personnel for their efforts in responding to this tragic incident and we are thankful for their efforts to navigate the situation with sensitivity and respect.”
- The NEW Pride Agenda was featured in Jimmy Vielkind’s (The Wall Street Journal) State Street column: https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-roils-new-york-election-plans-11584314429
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