In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement, we have postponed June First Saturday.
This First Saturday (June 6) was organized to celebrate Pride, which started as an uprising, led by trans people of color, against police brutality. In this spirit, and after speaking with our participating artists and staff, we are pausing our regularly scheduled First Saturday to stand in solidarity with the fight against anti-Blackness and police brutality. For more than twenty-one years, First Saturdays have been a site for Black joy, community, and culture. Below are suggestions to honor the space that our collective grief requires, and the focus that this moment of protest asks of us.
Participate in Desire: A Sankofa Dream, a new work by MBDance Director Maria Bauman-Morales that explores imagination as a mechanism of Black queer survival. This program was originally planned to be presented for June First Saturday. RSVP.
Support Black-owned businesses in the neighborhood, such as @Bottomsupwinesonfranklin, which is our go-to for stocking First Saturday greenrooms. Follow @blackownedBklyn for more.
Donate to organizations fighting for collective liberation, if you’re able:
Black Trans Protestors Emergency Fund, in partnership with Black Trans Travel Fund, For the Gworls, and the Okra Project, supports Black trans protesters with resources, medical care, and bail. (Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org; Cash App: $btfacollective)
Black and Pink is a national organization of more than 20,000 currently and formerly incarcerated LGBTQIA2S+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS that dismantles the criminal punishment system and those affected by it.
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund secures the freedom of New Yorkers who would otherwise be detained pretrial due to their poverty alone. It is committed to liberating those arrested in current demonstrations against police violence.
Brooklyn Movement Center is a Black-led, membership-based organization of primarily low-to-moderate income Central Brooklyn residents. It builds power and pursues self-determination in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights by nurturing local leadership, waging campaigns, and winning concrete improvements in people’s lives.
The Campaign Against Hunger is one of the most trusted anti-hunger nonprofits working vigorously to end hunger and build health in New York City.
COVID Bailout NYC is a volunteer-based, emergency grassroots initiative, raising donations to post bail for medically vulnerable people held in NYC jails, and providing comprehensive post-release support including shelter and food.
Emergency Release Fund, in response to COVID-19, has expanded their mission to raise and post bail for pretrial medically vulnerable individuals and anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+. The Emergency Release Fund is a member of the National Bail Fund Network.
G.L.I.T.S. is dedicated to protecting the health and rights of transgender sex workers holistically. Funds go directly to securing necessities for trans people being released from Rikers Island, including temporary and long-term housing, food, harm reduction materials, laundry, and health care.
F2L: Relief Fund provides commissary support for incarcerated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit people of color in New York State.