The Hunt Continues!

 

Pride at USDA goes live TODAY!

Hello EqualityUSDA members and friends,

Today we launch the first of three virtual Pride events for USDA!

You can watch today’s LGBTQ+ Pride Month Observance starting at 11am ET at the following link: https://youtu.be/WaOwgJNbYNQ

Today’s video features USDA employees and keynote speaker Robyn Ochs, author and consultant on sexual orientation and gender identity. Refer to the attached Observance Poster and Program.

Starting Monday, June 15 through Sunday, June 21, you can watch the Lavender Scare documentary online – email info@equalityusda.org for login info.

And on June 25, we’ll premier another LGBTQ+ Pride Month Observance with more USDA employees and keynote speaker Amber Hikes, a social justice advocate and community organizer. Link to be provided. 

Please share these virtual Pride events with your colleagues, Civil Rights Committees, and work unit.

Thank you to the USDA agencies who are sponsoring these events in partnership with Equality USDA:

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

Economic Research Service (ERS)

Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC)

Farm Service Agency(FSA)

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Risk Management Agency (RMA)

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

Foreign Agricultural Service

Forest Service

National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Rural Development (RD)

And don’t forget to join Equality USDA’s Virtual Pride Scavenger Hunt on Facebook and Instagram! Email outreach@equalityUSDA.org to receive the clues direct to your inbox. Later today the clues for Week 3 will drop. Congratulations to Week 1 Winner Rachel Yeatman and Week 2 Winner Brandon Caley

Scavenger Hunt Continues!

 

Welcome to Pride 2020

Today is June 1 and marks the opening of LGBTQ+ Pride month. Normally, we’d kick off Pride with lots of exclamation points, excitement, and glitter. Our hearts are heavy here at Equality USDA and we will not act as if Pride in 2020 is normal. We are plagued not just by a viral pandemic; we are also plagued by an epidemic of systemic and institutional racism that is killing our black and brown siblings.

Last year in 2019, we celebrated 50 years of Pride and the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall riots. Much was made over the bravery of those folx at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 who fought back against yet another police raid. Lest we forget – Stonewall was 5 days of rioting, looting, and protests against the police. These riots were led by black and brown trans, queer, and gender nonconforming folx and they were the catalyst for the rights we enjoy today [George M. Johnson]. And last year, as World Pride kicked off in New York City, the Commissioner of the New York Police Department acknowledged that the actions taken by the NYPD in responding to the Stonewall riots were wrong and issued an official apology.

This Pride month, Equality USDA asks its members and friends to reflect on how we can work individually and collectively to dismantle systemic and institutional racism. Specifically, and particularly, we ask our white members and friends to reflect and join us in doing the work. An Anti-racist resource guide is available here . If you feel helpless – turn it into curiosity and get started learning. Do the work. If you have questions or need help unpacking these resources, reach out to us at info@equalityUSDA.org.

Black Lives Matter

Equality USDA Stands with Communities of Color in their demand that the oppressive use of excessive and deadly force by police against Black and Brown people end immediately, and that we all across this country begin to tear down the ingrained systems of oppression that allow it to continue. We stand against the senseless murders of men and women simply for existing Black. We stand against the harassment of Black people being reported to police for just living their lives. To our members, the rights we enjoy today are a direct result of the work and fights of LGBTQ+ People of Color and it’s high past time our white brethren repay the efforts. We vow to use the resources at our disposal to support these causes, and educate ourselves and all of you on the issues affecting these communities, and how we can all be better allies. To Communities of Color, we see you, we hear you, we share in your pain and frustration. We grieve with you. We vow to show up and speak up leveraging our collective privilege in support of justice and equality. We are not here to tell you how to grieve or protest, we are simply here to have your back. We say the names of those fallen because their lives matter. Black Lives Matter. #GeorgeFloyd #TonyMcDade #AhmaudArbery #BreonnaTaylor #CoreyJones #JohnCrawford #TerranceCrutcher #KeithScott #CliffordGlover #ClaudeReese #RandyEvans #YvonneSmallwood #AmadouDiallo #WalterScott. #EricGarner #FreddieGray #PhilandoCastile #MichaelBrown #SandraBland #TrayvonMartin #NinaPop

Be more than words, be action.

https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234