Rashawn & Beyond: Anti-Violence News for Queer People of Color

The Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund aims to establish a sustainable tribute to Rashawn that promotes critical thought about the impact of violence and intolerance, particularly upon queer communities of African descent.

Through this blog, we provide action alerts, event postings and breaking news as a means of informing these communities in ways that enable them to combat racism and homophobia.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Black Pride Town Hall Focuses on Crime, Politics

Source: Windy City Times

About 70 people attended at the Windy City Black Pride that took place at the Anderson Playground gymnasium, 3748 S. Prairie.
What attendees—who included mayoral LGBT liaison Bill Greaves and International Federation of Black Prides President CEO/President Earl Fowlkes, Jr.—heard involved everything from agendas to concern about crime.

On the political front, people were urged to write their state representatives to show support of various measures, including the Quality of Life bill, which would offer a special instant scratch-off game; revenue from the game would be put into an endowment fund for HIV/AIDS agencies.

Other issues mentioned included domestic violence in same-sex relationships; stopping ClearChannel radio stations from airing songs with violent content; and gun control ( in the wake of the incident at Virginia Tech ) .

The next meeting is scheduled for June 4 at the same venue at 6 p.m.


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