BYP100 Detroit Black Liberation through a Black Queer Feminist Lens

BYP100 Detroit Chapter

Waddup doe! We are the Detroit chapter of BYP100. Since our chapter began in September of 2015, we have been committed to centering the voices of the most marginalized in our communities. We do this through programming including outreach, political education, and promoting Black Joy and healing. Our membership is mostly comprised of amazing women, trans and non-binary folks, and queer folks of all kinds. We truly believe in living the values and mission of our organization. For more information, email us at detroit.chapter@byp100.org

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ACTIONS

Our chapter has been working toward Black Liberation through a Black Queer Feminist Lens since Fall 2015. We got our start helping to disrupt the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in October 2015, calling to Stop the Cops and Fund Black Futures. In summer 2016, we worked with Mertilla Jones and the community to #RememberAiyana by marching through Detroit speaking out against Officer Joseph Weekeley’s continued employment with DPD after killing 7 year old Aiyana Stanley Jones. Members of BYP100 Detroit and BLM Detroit also chained ourselves to the 3rd precinct to interfere with business-as-usual in the face of a miscarriage of justice for Aiyana’s family.

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OUTREACH

BYP100 Detroit recognizes that this work cannot be sustainable by simply organizing within our movement communities. We believe that outreach is one of the most important aspects of the work we do. Our chapter is always thinking of ways to engage with community members who may not be actively involved in movement work. We have a strong focus on mobilizing young people. Some examples of this includes our Juneteenth Black Joy Ride and barbeque, social events, street teaming at bus stops, parks and laundromats across Detroit, holding workshops for high schoolers about our political lens and talking to the folks we see about the work we do. We are dedicated to making this work accessible to any Black person who wants to be involved.

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