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BLOCK PARTY!

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On August 19th, at 5pm at the PrYSM office, there’s going to be…

the best….

the most delicious…

the most inspiring…

BLOCK PARTY PrYSM HAS EVER HAD !! (it’s our first Block Party actually)

Please join us as we have food, performances, and various games/activities starting at 5pm.

Located on 669 Elmwood Ave, we will be celebrating community safety and pride through food, art, games, performances, and support are all key components to solidarity. We want to hear the community’s experiences with police misconduct, profiling, and safety, which align with our other campaigns such as the Community Safety Act and the Community Defense Project.

RI Pride 2016 Statement

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Providence Youth Student Movement
RI PRIDE 2016 STATEMENT
Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Good afternoon Rhode Island Pride members, Rhode Island government officials, members of LGBTQIA communities, families, friends, and supporters.

Before we begin, we would like to acknowledge that we are standing, marching, parading, and celebrating on stolen Narragansett and Wampanoag lands. We onor the indigenous communities whose lands we are occupying. We also honor the Black and Brown communities who have experienced and continue to experience violence on this land.

We are members, coordinators, and family of the Providence Youth Student Movement, also known as PrYSM. PrYSM organizes at the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation by centering youth, women, queer, and people of color leadership in our campaigns, our organization, and our communities. PrYSM mobilizes queer Southeast Asian youth, families, and allies to build grassroots power and organize collectively for social justice. Our program, Queer and Trans Thursdays creates safe spaces for queer and trans* people of color to advocate for ourselves, support our communities, organize for political empowerment, and build community.

This year, Rhode Island Pride has named PrYSM “Honorary Marshals” for the 40th RI Pride Parade. In addition, RI Pride representatives, in conjunction with Mayor Elorza, supports the over-policing and increased surveillance of RI Pride. According to Options Magazine, RI Pride representatives met on Monday, June 13th, with Providence Police, Rhode Island State Police, the Providence Emergency Management Association, and local business owners, “to review [their] safety plan and coordinate [their] efforts and communication,” after the Orlando mass anti-LGBTQ shooting. As a result of RI Pride and Mayor Elorza’s blatant disregard of the trauma, histories, and experiences of LGBTQ people of color with state violence, PrYSM rejects the position of Honorary Marshal. PrYSM rejects RI Pride’s tokenizing of communities of color. PrYSM rejects RI Pride.

In response to a tragedy where predominantly Latinx and other people of color were murdered, Rhode Island Pride defaulted to encouraging the police and other institutions that perpetuate violence against LGBTQ people of color to violate our communities. It is telling that RI Pride chose to work with local businesses and representatives of State Violence before communicating with the local and grassroots organizations that work to defend marginalized communities every day, and that RI Pride uses for its diversity shots in Pride propaganda.

The roots of Pride are embedded into a history of police violence. The Stonewall Uprising of 1969, and the courage of queer and trans* people of color fighting against police forces that continuously brutalized their communities catalyzed the first American Pride parades of 1970. Pride is a symbol of LGBTQIA communities’ survival against forces of oppression, hatred, and destruction. We must recognize that the police and the oppression they sustain are simply extensions of the violence that took the lives of our queer siblings in Orlando, of our queer siblings overseas slaughtered by U.S. warfare, and our queer communities attacked by the same cops who claim solidarity with us during Pride then beat us once the rainbow flags are lowered.

PrYSM has prioritized community safety since our inception, arising in response to gang violence that put the lives of Southeast Asian Youth at risk. PrYSM will be continuing our legacy of keeping marginalized communities safe and prioritizing the real NEEDS of communities of color. We will be boycotting Pride until RI Pride prioritizes queer and trans people of color.

We are calling for:

– Decreased police presence and surveillance of communities of color during RI Pride
– Financial and programmatic support of local grassroots organizations that seek to find alternatives to the police for community safety
– Rhode Island Pride must make public efforts to support LGBTQIA people facing or experiencing homelessness, to demonstrate support for our most endangered community members
– Rhode Island Pride must encourage other organizations to support the Community Safety Act, a city-wide ordinance that would protect the people of Providence against police misconduct.

PrYSM will be hosting an alternative Pride celebration later tonight at India Point Park from 6pm to 9pm. This celebration is for LGBTQIA-identified or allied people who would like a safe, welcoming, and free space to celebrate our survival and to heal from the violence against our community. If you would like to build community with us, you may speak to one of our coordinators or members to join.

For more information, contact Charles at cchhor@prysm.us or Helen at helen@prysm.us.

Pride 2016

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In regards to the Pulse Orland shooting, PrYSM and its program Queer & Trans Thursdays are committed as always to our community. We will provide what we can for those who need it (especially queer & trans* folks), whether it’s a meal, a friend, or a space to be yourself. We will continue to fight for the liberation of all our people, especially queer & trans* folks.

We know it’s not a lot, and we wish to be able to provide everything that our community needs right now so that we can stop fearing for our safety. But we hope that with this effort, we are closer and closer to our liberation.

In regards to Rhode Island Pride, PrYSM has been invited as Honorary Marshals. We are glad to be a part of this year’s parade, especially as our hearts are heavy with our queer & trans* siblings that we have lost in Orlando. We will be bringing the same message we always bring: that we need community safety, that we need less police, that we need resources for our youth.

Please join us this year as we march and demand more for our community. Too long we have been asking for the basic necessities that have been denied to us, such as housing, employment, safety. So we will continue to march, and shout, and scream and do whatever it takes so that our queer & trans* family feels safe, protected, but mostly loved.

Check out the facebook event for more details.

Liberation Kitchen! A Pop Up Fundraiser

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PrYSM is proud to partner with the Olio Culinary Collective to bring a special edition of their pop up kitchen to Providence, RI.

Liberation Kitchen takes May 15th at 2 different times (5pm and 730pm) at 109 Summer Street. Proceeds from this dinner fundraiser will go to support PrYSM and the work against police violence and racial profiling in Providence.

This 5 course meal will be featuring sugarcane smoked duck, tea leaf salad, and even rabbit shumai with shitake mushroom! Thank you to Movement Ground Farm for providing locally grown fresh food to help make this event so mouthwatering.

Check out the facebook event and feel free to invite your friends. Tickets are limited so make sure to go to our Eventbrite page to reserve you tickets. Contact sarath@prysm.us for more info.

Peace,

Launching Community Defense Project

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CDP

The Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) is proud to announce the launch of a new program called the Community Defense Project (CDP). Developed by Steven Dy (former lead organizer) and Shannah Kurland (community lawyer), CDP aims to a variety of services to community members who have faced police brutality.

CDP aims to offer:

  • free to low cost legal services
  • training and support for CopWatch
  • investigating and intel on problem police
  • community education and outreach
  • healing ourselves from police abuse

PrYSM hopes that through CDP, we will be able to further reclaim our streets and take safety back into our own hands. If you are interested in learning more about the program, contact our Organizing Director Steven or Legal Director Shannah. Check CDP out on Facebook too and look out for us at CSRI’s Khmer New Year’s Celebration where we will be officially launching the program.

If you’re interested in helping out or finding out more about the work CDP is doing, feel free to fill out and share this google form.

Happy New Year!

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We want to wish you all a happy new year and many blessings to the our community, our family, and our friends. May this one be our best one yet as we continue our fight for love and justice!

Come celebrate with PrYSM and Cambodian Society of Rhode Island at the CSRI’s Khmer New Year Celebration next Saturday April 23rd at the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet! We will be there to debut the Community Defense Project, outreach for the Community Safety Act, and do cop watch! Come say hi, dance the marizone, and ring in the new year with us!

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Peace, Love, Power,

PrYSM Fam

Paypal Donate URL

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So, we’ve noticed that it’s kinda hard to donate to PrYSM.

Which defeats the purpose.

Luckily, we’ve made it easy by using a tinyurl. If you want to donate but don’t want to visit our website or are passing the URL along to a friend, give them this link: http://tinyurl.com/prysmpaypal.

We hope that this will make things easier!

#OurHistoryMatters: Ethnic Studies for Providence Schools

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Providence Student Union (PSU) has kicked off 2016 with a new campaign, Our Schools Our History. PSU has found that the American History textbooks used in the classroom mention people of color only 55 out of 1,192 pages. Providence’s students are 91% youth of color yet the history curriculum they are being taught does not teach them the history of their own people in schools.

We are excited to join PSU in their campaign to demand Ethnic Studies classes in Providence Public Schools because #OurHistoryMatters.

Share this petition widely and follow PSU on Facebook & Twitter for the latest updates!

#PasstheCSA: 14 Years of SEA Youth Organizing

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It’s our favorite time of the year again: our birthday! It’s unbelievable to think it’s been 14 years of Southeast Asian youth organizing aimed at confronting and ending state, street, and interpersonal violence affecting our community.

So we’re celebrating big as always. We are having a night of food, music, and community-love on December 11th at the Portugese Holy Ghost Society. Our birthday celebration will also double as a fundraiser to help us continue our work, such as passing the Community Safety Act and funding our drop in programs for youth (QT Thursdays & After Hourz). Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at www.prysm14years.eventbrite.com. You can also reserve a table of 10 for $200 as well as reserve an ad in our program booklet through this form.

If you are unable to make it to the event but would still like to donate, then please click the Donate button located on the side of this webpage.

For more info, check out the Facebook event or email sarath@prysm.us.
Hope to see you there!

SEAFN National Campaign Launch Day!

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We are excited for the Southeast Asian Freedom Network‘s National Campaign Launch happening on October 24th, aimed to end displacement of our people through deportation. Our Southeast Asian community has been fighting deportation for almost 2 decades, since the 1996 US immgration laws passed and since 2002 when Cambodia signed the repatriation agreement with the US. We have hustled and struggled with determination and love to overturn policies that target our community members with past criminal convictions and their families for separation.

This year marks 40 years since Southeast Asian communities have been resettled in the US after being displaced from our home countries. It is in this year that we rise up as a UNITED Southeast Asian community and demand an end to further displacement of our people through deportation.

Check out the facebook event to see how you can support us in this campaign for the #Right2Return.