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A Statement on New Orleans Pride Parade

on Sun, 06/19/2016 - 01:48

It is with deep regret that BreakOUT! has decided at the last minute to pull our participation from the New Orleans Pride Parade today due to increased law enforcement that has our community and youth- many of whom are undocumented, youth with negative experiences with police & sheriffs including sexual violence, youth who feel unsafe and triggered when our bodies and belongings are searched, and youth who have already been the targets of private patrols and security in many of the gay bars in the French Quarter (including some that are notorious for not allowing transwomen inside)- feeling unsafe. We were originally marching today under the banner "How can we walk down the aisle when we can't walk down the street," which we feel is important now more than ever.

Tonight, New Orleans'

COMING SOON! VICE TO ICE TOOLKIT

on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 13:20

 

SNEAK PREVIEW FROM THE INTRODUCTION:

With police profiling of Black transgender women as sex workers and Latino communities profiled as undocumented, both immigrant and LGBTQ communities of color in New Orleans are heavily criminalized with their right to move safely and freely in our own city compromised for fear of law enforcement.  Whether it is “Driving while Latino” or “Walking while transgender,” BreakOUT! and the Workers’ Center for Racial Justice project Congress of Day Laborers, know that our movements are intrinsically linked, and that our successes are dependent on one another.

BreakOUT! Statement

on Wed, 06/15/2016 - 13:41

BreakOUT! Statement

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that another young, Black trans/ gender non-conforming person, Devin Diamond, has been murdered in New Orleans, just a few weeks after 24 year old Erica “E” Davis was shot in the Treme neighborhood on her way to work.
 
We are all aware of the horrific massacre in Orlando where 49 queer and trans people, majority of whom identified were under 30 years old and Latinx or other people of color- were murdered at a nightclub this weekend.  The immediate families of both those we lost in Orlando, as well as those recently lost here in New Orleans, are in our hearts and minds as we know this is an extremely difficult time.
 
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BreakOUT! Launches #15in15!

on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 18:52

Help us reach our goal of 15 new monthly sustainers at $15/ month in 15 days!

Starting today on #GiveNOLADay through May 17th (a date our friends at TGI Justice Project have dubbed #TransGiveOutDay), we need your help to build our grassroots donor support base for a stronger and more sustainable movement!  Our goal is to get 15 new monthly sustainers to give at least $15 each month in the next 15 days, or until May 17th.

If we reach our goal, that's $2,700 a year that we can rely on to help us build the power of queer and trans youth in New Orleans!

*NOTE: To become a monthly sustainer, you will need to DONATE HERE, rather than through GiveNOLADay.

Vote NO on April 9th!

on Tue, 03/29/2016 - 14:35

 

More Police ≠ Safer Cities

Fund Jobs, Housing, and Education to Keep Us Safe!

On Saturday April 9th, New Orleanians are being asked to vote on a new public safety millage to fund the NOPD by an additional $17.7 million a year to increase the size of the NOPD from 1100 to 1600 officers, a 40% increase, by 2020.  

  • What’s a millage? 

A millage is a property tax that is a based on a percentage of how much a property is assessed as being worth. Unlike millages for road repairs or education, public safety millages are not eligible for homestead exemption.  

  • Isn’t this tax going to fund the firefighters pension? 

Mitch Landrieu did decide to fold this policing millage together with a new millage to fund the firefighters pension.

#JusticeforEricHarrisNOLA

on Fri, 03/11/2016 - 23:08

by Kwan Moonlite

Photo credit: BYP 100 New Orleans

Here in New Orleans, Jefferson Parish officers chased Eric Harris and his girlfriend until their vehicle crashed- and proceeded to shoot multiple bullets into their crashed car, leaving Eric Harris dead. Some in the city have tried to uplift his name and story through actions and hashtags like #JusticeforEricHarrisNOLA (having to add the "NOLA" after his name because there is another Eric Harris that was murdered by police that people are still trying to get justice for.)

Many people in the city still don’t know about it because it happened on Lundi Gras, the day before Mardi Gras, and people were involved in parades or partying and mainstream news outlets barely covered it.

We want these killer cops out of the streets!

NO JUSTICE,

BreakOUT! Answers the Question: WHAT'S YOUR ISSUE?

on Fri, 03/11/2016 - 22:25

written by Kwan Moonlite, Jai' Shavers, and Lhundyn Fernandez

BreakOUT! is taking our 2011 We Deserve Better campaign to the next level in 2016 through a new partnership with WHAT’S YOUR ISSUE?  WHAT’S YOUR ISSUE? (WYI) is the first national survey created by and for LGBTQ youth (ages 14-24). The survey focuses on our experiences and centers the experiences of people who are usually left out in our community- such as LGBTQ youth who are poor, people of color, living with disabilities, undocumented or immigrant youth, and those that fit into more than one of these categories, while also making sure to focus on our needs and desires to change our conditions in this world.

Register Your New Orleans School GSA with BreakOUT!

on Wed, 03/09/2016 - 18:10

BreakOUT! is coordinating all the New Orleans GSA's and other LGBTQ groups at local high schools.  Please register your GSA with the New Orleans GSA Network, powered by BreakOUT!

BreakOUT! Participates in Southern Network to End Mass Criminalization

on Mon, 02/22/2016 - 20:00

Photo: BreakOUT! presents at Southern Network to End Mass Criminalization meeting in North Carolina 

BreakOUT! is excited to join with Representatives from Spirit House, Racial Justice Action Center, VOTE, Southerners on New Ground, Justice 4 Families, National HIRE Network, BreakOUT!, TOPS, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Texas Advocates for Justice, New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice, Center for Community Change, and other southern truth tellers to develop the Southern Network to End Mass Criminalization.

The Southern Network to End Mass Criminalization first convened in 2015 and developed this concept paper, which contains more background about the need for the Southern Network and its activities to date.  In 2016, the Network will be developing a Southern Social

Posh Academy Enrolling New Scholars

on Mon, 02/22/2016 - 14:20

BreakOUT!'s Posh Academy prepares LGBTQ youth and young adults to take their HiSET (formerly the GED) and is currently accepting new scholars.  The program is possible through a partnership with the Youth Empowerment Project's NOPLAY Program.

The classes meet three times a week, Tuesdays-Thursdays 4-6pm. All classes take place at BreakOUT!’s drop-in space and office, 1001 S. Broad St. #119. Contact Anthoni for more info!

Download the 2016 Posh Academy Brochure

Read the press release from the 2015 Posh Academy launch here.

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