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GROUPS TO MARCH TO CITY HALL TO LET NEW ORLEANS KNOW #BLACKTRANSLIVESMATTER

on Sat, 11/14/2015 - 02:37

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GROUPS TO MARCH TO CITY HALL TO LET NEW ORLEANS KNOW BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER
CALL ON CITY TO BECOME “SAFE CITY” FOR TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY


BreakOUT!, a community-based organization that seeks to end the criminalization of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans, along with local and national partners, will take to the streets on November 20th, 2015 to honor the lives of 22 trans women murdered and countless other trans and gender non-conforming youth lost to deportation, suicide, interpersonal, and state violence this year, most of whom were women of color.

Led by trans and gender non-conforming youth of color, the march, known as the National Trans March of Resilience (TMOR), will start at Louis Armstrong Park with a rally and gathering at 11am and end with a press conference

SAVE THE DATES: Transgender March of Resilience, Resistance, Celebration, & Healing Nov. 17th - 22nd

on Sat, 10/24/2015 - 19:32

 

JOIN US FOR A WEEKEND OF EVENTS TO COMMEMORATE TRANSGENDER RESILIENCE & RESISTANCE!

BreakOUT!, along with partners in New Orleans and across the country, will take to the streets to celebrate the lives of 22 trans women murdered and countless other trans and gender non-conforming youth who lost to deportation, suicide, interpersonal, and state violence this year, most of whom were women of color.

Building on the tradition of Trans Day of Remembrance, we will also take this time to celebrate the resilience and resistance shown by queer and trans youth of color every day. 

 

NOVEMBER 17th, 7-8:30pm
*MY EXISTENCE IS POLITICAL: TRANS TALK PANEL*

The week of action kicks off with an intergenerational panel discussion with Women With a Vision and BreakOUT!

BreakOUT! Partners with National, Local Groups to Release "Who Pays?" Report

on Thu, 09/24/2015 - 03:23

Report Shows True Cost of Incarceration on Families

BreakOUT! is excited to announce the release of a report, Who Pays: The Real Cost of Incarceration on Families, the result of a partnership with national partners the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Forward Together,along with local partners Voiceof the Ex-Offender and Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children and 17 other organizations around the country.

Learn more about the project and download your copy of the report here.  Be sure to check us out on p. 35!

Katrina, 10 Years Later...

on Thu, 08/20/2015 - 04:02

Check out this video featuring BreakOUT! for the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, along with The Nation article, A Movement Lab in New Orleans, featuring some of our work.

Also check out www.katrinatruth.org for the real story of New Orleans, including a showcase of BreakOUT!'s research that demonstrates many of the disparities faced by LGBTQ youth of color in New Orleans and this video by the Greater New Orleans Organizers' Roundtable that includes images and footage from BreakOUT! actions.

Where you'll find us during K10 events:

BreakOUT! will be participating in many of the Gulf South Rising and other Katrina 10 Year Anniversary events around New Orleans.  Here's where you can find us:

Monday, August 24th - Tuesday, August 25th America Healing: A Community Engagement Experience

BreakOUT! Featured in New Video from Signified

on Sun, 07/12/2015 - 15:16

BreakOUT! Celebrates the Life of Core Member Leader, Diamond D'Maree

on Tue, 06/30/2015 - 15:24

Diamonds Are Forever

It is with great sadness that we write to our community and supporters today to let you know that BreakOUT! has experienced another great loss, the death of one of our Core Member Leaders, Diamond D’Maree.
 
Diamond died on Saturday, June 27 at her home surrounded by close family and friends, with BreakOUT! flyers scattered across her floor and a leftover protest sign that read Dignidad.
 
In addition to being a daughter, sister, cousin, mother, and friend to so many, Diamond was also a leader in our community.  Through the Posh Academy, Diamond was working to achieve her HiSET and was also a part of the first Building Our Power Institute cohort where she refined her organizing skills.  She rallied with BreakOUT!

Queer and Trans Youth of Color Say NO MORE YOUTH PRISON BEDS!

on Wed, 06/10/2015 - 14:41

NO FUNDING FOR MORE YOUTH PRISON BEDS!

Did you know that at least 20% of youth in Louisiana's juvenile detention centers are LGBTQ??

Yesterday, the Senate approved a version of the state’s general operating budget that restores $3.5 million for the Office of Juvenile Justice to open an utterly unneeded new juvenile prison!  Today, the House will consider whether to concur in the Senate’s budget.  PLEASE CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY TO TELL THEM TO VOTE NO.  

If the House does not concur, a conference committee will meet to try to come to a compromise.  PLEASE CONTACT THE HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERS who will likely be on that committee to tell them to use your money wisely -- for services that youth actually need!

The Backstory

The Jindal Administration proposed $3.5 million in

BreakOUT!'s "We Deserve Better" Report Findings Brought to Geneva Hearing on Human Rights

on Sun, 05/17/2015 - 21:06

In October 2014, BreakOUT! participated in human rights hearings in New Orleans with the U.S. Human Rights Network, along with New Orleans' organizations New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ), Congress of Day Laborers, VOTE, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, Survivors Village, Public Interest Law & Advocacy Resource of Coastal Louisiana (PILAR), Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), VAYLA, and Women with a Vision.

Now, the U.S. Human Rights Network (USHRN) has compiled the information into a report, Testimonies of Human Rights at Home: Documenting Injustice in the United States.  The report and testimony findings were presented in Geneva for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States, which also included data from

BreakOUT! Celebrates #40ToNoneDay With Passage of LGBTQ-Affirming Policy at City's Only Youth Shelter

on Wed, 04/29/2015 - 14:53

BreakOUT! members long ago recognized that transgender, gender non-conforming, and queer youth of color experience high rates of homelessness in New Orleans (and make up between 40-50% of homeless youth nationwide), leading to increased criminalization through “quality of life” policing, curfew laws, and actual or perceived involvement in survival crimes or street economies.

In fact, in 2014 BreakOUT! released a report called We Deserve Better: A report about policing in New Orleans by and for queer and trans youth of color, in which LGBTQ youth were surveyed about their experiences with policing in New Orleans. When asked the question “What would make LGBTQ youth safer in New Orleans?” 59% of LGBTQ youth surveyed identified housing as a priority for a safer New Orleans, followed by education at 47%. (72% identified jobs as the answer while only 16% responded solving crime and more police.)

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BREAKOUT! UNVEILS BILLBOARD IN HONOR OF BLACK TRANS LIVES

on Wed, 04/22/2015 - 13:36

LGBTQ youth take lack of local media coverage into own hands

In just under three months in the beginning of 2015, at least 10 transgender women were murdered in the U.S., mostly transgender women of color.  Several other gender non-conforming and queer people of color were also killed, including Jessie Hernandez, killed by the Denver police.  Shortly following, the nation saw a rash of suicides by transgender young men of color.  And just a few weeks ago, New Orleans lost another Black transgender woman to an illegal silicone injection.

According the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, transgender women of color were the majority (72%) of victims of reporting hate violence in 2013 and 7x more likely to experience police violence and physical violence from police.

Of those

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