BreakOUT!

2014
2014

Releases We Deserve Better Report

BreakOUT! releases We Deserve Better: A Report on Policing in New Orleans by and for Queer and Trans Youth of Color, the result of over a year’s worth of participatory action research with help from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
2013
2013

Say My Name Show

Develops and performed our own show as part of the Undesirable Elements project with Ping Chong + Company called “Say My Name”, performed in Jackson, MS and later in New York, Philadelphia, and New Orleans in 2014.
2013

New Orleans Police Department Policy 402

On the 44th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, BreakOUT! secures the adoption of New Orleans Police Department Policy 402, prohibiting profiling on the basis of gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
2013

Rally at NOPD Headquarters

BreakOUT! holds a rally at NOPD Headquarters and pulls together people from the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association, Safe Streets Strong Communities, the Congress of Day Laborers, STAND With Dignity, Voice of the Ex-Offender, the Independent Police Monitor, and several other community members and organizations to deliver a statement to NOPD asking for a public […]
2013

School-to-Prison Action Camp

BreakOUT! members attend the School-to-Prison Action Camp, with local and national organizations dedicated to ending the rail to jail.
2013

Hires First Two Youth Organizers

BreakOUT! hires its first two Youth Organizers through a partnership with Job1’s Workforce Development Program.
2012
2012

BreakOUT! Receives Awards For Our Work

By December 2012, BreakOUT! receives the Out in the Silence Award for Youth Activism, the Justice for Youth Award from the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, the Hell Yes! Award from Resist Inc., and the Malala Youth Leadership Award from the Social Change Film Festival and Institute.
2012

Delivers Proposed Policy to NOPD

BreakOUT! presents testimony in front of City Council’s Criminal Justice Subcommittee Meeting about experiences of LGBTQ youth and the NOPD and delivers a proposed policy, written by members themselves, to the NOPD. They get a public verbal commitment from the NOPD to meet prior to the adoption of any policies.
2012

IGNITE Convening

BreakOUT! members attend the IGNITE Southern LGBTQ Youth of Color Convening in Atlanta, GA and the South Star Safe Schools Convening of the South.
2012

Win!

BreakOUT! wins an unprecedented victory for LGBTQ youth when the DOJ releases a Consent Decree with the NOPD that includes BreakOUT!’s proposed language, among other things, prohibiting profiling on the basis of gender expression, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
2012

Second Annual Allied Media Conference

BreakOUT! attends their second annual Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI.
2012

Right to the City’s Urban Congress

BreakOUT! attends the Right to the City’s Urban Congress and participates in an action and rally outside of ICE and City Hall.
2012

One-year Anniversary!

BreakOUT! celebrates its one-year anniversary!
2012

We Deserve Better Video

BreakOUT! delivers its video, produced with FosterBear Films, “We Deserve Better” to the NOPD for use in officer trainings.
2012

Vigil For Brenting & Githe

BreakOUT! remembers the lives of two community members lost to violence, Brenting and Githe, and holds a memorial vigil at Tulane and Broad.
2011
2011

Members Attend IGNITE! LGBTQ Youth Media Camp

Two BreakOUT! members attend the LGBTQ youth of color IGNITE Media Camp, hosted by SPARK in Atlanta, GA.
2011

BreakOUT!’s 1st Meeting w/ NOPD

BreakOUT! has its first meeting with the NOPD about adopting an LGBTQ policy.
2011

BreakOUT! Holds 1st Storycircle

BreakOUT! holds our first Storycircle with allies at the Congress of Day Laborers. Through a translator, we discuss similarities and differences in our experiences of police profiling, access to jobs, and access to public space in our own City. Calling our partnership “From Vice to ICE,” over the next 2 years BreakOUT! attends a rally […]
2011

1st Allied Media Conference

Three BreakOUT! members attend the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI.
2011

BreakOUT! Conducts It’s First Survey

BreakOUT! conducts its first survey and finds that 15 out of 15 young Black trans girls in New Orleans have been approached by an NOPD officer for sex.

BreakOUT!

2014
May 19

Releases We Deserve Better Report

BreakOUT! releases We Deserve Better: A Report on Policing in New Orleans by and for Queer and Trans Youth of Color, the result of over a year’s worth of participatory action research with help from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
2013
November 19

Say My Name Show

Develops and performed our own show as part of the Undesirable Elements project with Ping Chong + Company called “Say My Name”, performed in Jackson, MS and later in New York, Philadelphia, and New Orleans in 2014.
July 19

New Orleans Police Department Policy 402

On the 44th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, BreakOUT! secures the adoption of New Orleans Police Department Policy 402, prohibiting profiling on the basis of gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
May 19

Rally at NOPD Headquarters

BreakOUT! holds a rally at NOPD Headquarters and pulls together people from the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association, Safe Streets Strong Communities, the Congress of Day Laborers, STAND With Dignity, Voice of the Ex-Offender, the Independent Police Monitor, and several other community members and organizations to deliver a statement to NOPD asking for a public […]
April 19

School-to-Prison Action Camp

BreakOUT! members attend the School-to-Prison Action Camp, with local and national organizations dedicated to ending the rail to jail.
January 19

Hires First Two Youth Organizers

BreakOUT! hires its first two Youth Organizers through a partnership with Job1’s Workforce Development Program.
2012
December 19

BreakOUT! Receives Awards For Our Work

By December 2012, BreakOUT! receives the Out in the Silence Award for Youth Activism, the Justice for Youth Award from the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, the Hell Yes! Award from Resist Inc., and the Malala Youth Leadership Award from the Social Change Film Festival and Institute.
October 19

Delivers Proposed Policy to NOPD

BreakOUT! presents testimony in front of City Council’s Criminal Justice Subcommittee Meeting about experiences of LGBTQ youth and the NOPD and delivers a proposed policy, written by members themselves, to the NOPD. They get a public verbal commitment from the NOPD to meet prior to the adoption of any policies.
September 19

IGNITE Convening

BreakOUT! members attend the IGNITE Southern LGBTQ Youth of Color Convening in Atlanta, GA and the South Star Safe Schools Convening of the South.
July 19

Win!

BreakOUT! wins an unprecedented victory for LGBTQ youth when the DOJ releases a Consent Decree with the NOPD that includes BreakOUT!’s proposed language, among other things, prohibiting profiling on the basis of gender expression, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
June 19

Second Annual Allied Media Conference

BreakOUT! attends their second annual Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI.
June 19

Right to the City’s Urban Congress

BreakOUT! attends the Right to the City’s Urban Congress and participates in an action and rally outside of ICE and City Hall.
May 19

One-year Anniversary!

BreakOUT! celebrates its one-year anniversary!
January 19

We Deserve Better Video

BreakOUT! delivers its video, produced with FosterBear Films, “We Deserve Better” to the NOPD for use in officer trainings.
January 19

Vigil For Brenting & Githe

BreakOUT! remembers the lives of two community members lost to violence, Brenting and Githe, and holds a memorial vigil at Tulane and Broad.
2011
December 19

Members Attend IGNITE! LGBTQ Youth Media Camp

Two BreakOUT! members attend the LGBTQ youth of color IGNITE Media Camp, hosted by SPARK in Atlanta, GA.
October 19

BreakOUT!’s 1st Meeting w/ NOPD

BreakOUT! has its first meeting with the NOPD about adopting an LGBTQ policy.
August 19

BreakOUT! Holds 1st Storycircle

BreakOUT! holds our first Storycircle with allies at the Congress of Day Laborers. Through a translator, we discuss similarities and differences in our experiences of police profiling, access to jobs, and access to public space in our own City. Calling our partnership “From Vice to ICE,” over the next 2 years BreakOUT! attends a rally […]
June 19

1st Allied Media Conference

Three BreakOUT! members attend the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI.
May 19

BreakOUT! Conducts It’s First Survey

BreakOUT! conducts its first survey and finds that 15 out of 15 young Black trans girls in New Orleans have been approached by an NOPD officer for sex.
In late 2010, people from Women With a Vision, Brotherhood Inc., the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana’s LGBTQ Youth Project, and an unorganized group of LGBTQ young people come together with other community partners to meet with the Department of Justice, who is investigating the New Orleans Police Department.

After discussing issues related to the NOPD, Crimes Against Nature laws, and Orleans Parish Prison, the conversation turns to community solutions for problems we are facing in New Orleans.