Queers for Flint: A May Day After Party
Sun, May 1 '16
We're Hir We're Queer Presents Queers for Flint: A May Day After Party
Drag performances by Lady Simon, Hysteé Lauder and Ms. Ter; Music by Felix and the Future and DJ Meerkat; Art by Cristy Road and Flint-Based Allora Art & Design, Raffles/Prizes (massages, books, and much more)!!!
Why do we support Flint? With the rise of neoliberal strategies to manage the economic crisis, Flint has been at the forefront of capitalist decline. This means that in recent decades people in Flint have been struggling for their very survival, losing jobs, housing and access to health care. This majority Black city (57%) has experienced deep cuts to education, public transportation and infrastructure. These attacks are deeply racist and patriarchal, as women and queers of color, mostly Black, must increasingly bear the burden of the crisis, by working 2-3 shit jobs on top of familial responsibilities.
There are many queers living this nightmare in Flint. Those of us not living in Flint share a sense of solidarity, as we are murdered in the streets, pushed toward suicide, kicked out of our homes, and denied access to health care, services and other basic needs.
Why May Day? May Day is International Working Peoples' Day. Flint has a long, militant history of struggle, including a sit down strike at a General Motors Factory in 1936-37 that birthed the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. In the 1950s and 1960s there were riots, marches and rallies against racist "urban redevelopment" and segregationist and unfair housing practices. Today, a movement is building against Michigan's governor and the politicians who turned their back on a city they thought they could just throw away.
We are coming together to celebrate Flint's militant history as queer people, exploited and oppressed people. We are in solidarity with the people of Flint, their struggle for survival and against the #FlintWaterCrisis
Who is this supporting? We are linking up with First of May Anarchist Alliance (M1) who has been on the ground in Flint. M1 is planning an action and water delivery at the Genesee County Jail.
Detainees (and some state prisoners due to intense overcrowding in Michigan) are rationed only 4 bottles of water per day to drink, and are still cooking, washing, etc., in lead-poisoned water. On top of that, Flint police were recently exposed for using the water crisis as an opportunity to hunt down and arrest people in Flint. M1 has been building with people in Flint, many people living in public housing who have intimate connections to the County Jail, who are working on the action with them. The money will support purchasing the water.
Here's some more info on all this: http://hellobeautiful.com/2016/02/07/flint-water-police-arrest-warrants/
Any left over money will go toward delivering water directly to the doors of elderly and disabled public housing residents, who are also in a vulnerable position. Many of the public housing administrators are delivering water to a central location and not directly to doors. Obviously picking up giant cases of water is difficult for people. M1 will support getting water into their hands.
100% of the proceeds from the event will go to these efforts. There are no individuals or organizations getting paid at all. Sponsors: AK Press, Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center, Common Notions, Interference Archive, PM Press, Verso Books