Special Council Meeting, November 22nd, Tuesday, pre-Thanksgiving

A Special Common Council Meeting was scheduled Saturday, for the following Tuesday, the 22nd, before Thanksgiving. Many elected representatives of Port Jervis, New York were ill-notified of the session, and subsequently, the public, which was in poor attendance of the most recent engagement this past Monday. With topics for public discussion on the Port Jervis Ambulance Corps and our current local water crisis, it is with high hopes that one expects the press to be present, and perhaps even a better turnout than the most recent Monday Common Council Meeting.

The Port Jervis Ambulance Corp, an independent body unconnected to the city, was once a wholly volunteer organization. However, in more recent years since it was originally organized, it has paid EMTs and Paramedics, in order to offset the costs of their training. Unfortunately, it has had to close due to its services remaining unpaid for by those that utilize it.

Second on the agenda is the current state of Port Jervis water. Where we aren’t discussing the drying reservoir system, we are most certainly speaking about the water quality in the city and its plumbing. The costs of renovating the piping and cleaning up the water as a whole is something of great debate for residents.

Again, please make it to the Special Common Council Meeting Monday in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building of Port Jervis, 20 Hammond Street, at 6pm.

Trans Community, Allies Press Back Against Police

WASHINGTON D.C. – Friday, in response to a traumatic and life-threatening incident that occurred Wednesday, trans woman of color organizer, speaker, and activist, Lourdes Ashley Hunter, made a call-to-action for those who stand in support of the transgender community, people of color, and anyone facing state repression by way of the now militarized police around the country. This rallying cry is resounding with the growing social awareness of police violence against the Black community, and louder still, in a year that isn’t just the most deadly on record for the transgender community, but one that saw the election of a President that many believe to be fuel to the flames of hatred, bigotry, white supremacy, and violence.
Lourdes posted this Friday afternoon: “[Metropolitan Police Department] has NO RIGHT to drag me out my home because a white woman was offended by my Blackness! I will be mobilizing if folks are interested in joining the team! Lawyers, organizers, folks with financial resources, cis folks who are ready to lay their body down for a Black Trans Woman!”
Late Wednesday night, 16 police officers illegally entered the home of Trans Women of Color Collective activist and organizer, Lourdes. Claiming an alleged report from a neighbor of assault by the known nonviolent activist. Without being read her Miranda Rights, she was taken into custody by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia’s 3rd Precinct.
Venus Di’Khadijah Selenite, who was present for the incident, reported that 16 police officers detained the single trans woman of color. The activist, Lourdes, wasn’t returned home until close to 4am, Thursday, the same day of a #TransCommunityBriefing at The White House including her and Venus. As of 10:30pm, Friday night, no formal charges are being pursued by the activist against the Metropolitan Police Department.
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Image Credit: Trans Women of Color Collective

16 Officers Unlawfully Detain Black Trans Woman

UPDATE: 3:35am, Thursday, 17th; Lourdes Ashley Hunter was returned home safely. .bmp
WASHINGTON D.C. – Late Wednesday night, 16 police officers illegally entered the home of black trans woman activist and organizer, Lourdes Ashley Hunter. Claiming an alleged report of assault, the known nonviolent activist, without being read her Miranda Rights, was taken into custody by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia’s 3rd Precinct. Venus Di’Khadijah Selenite, who was present for the incident, is as of 3 in the morning of Thursday, leading the action of individuals, calling the Precinct and others, for her release.
Trans women across Facebook, their friends, other transgender people, and their allies, are now doing what they can to ensure the safe return of Lourdes. The arrest comes the night prior to a Trans Community Briefing invitation to the White House that included her, Venus, and others. It is for this reason, that activists across the country are not only calling on the Police Department and Mayor Bowser of the District of Columbia for Lourdes safe return, but Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and the President of the United States himself, Barack Obama.

To assist the action for the steadfast release of Lourdes Ashley Hunter, please call and leave a message with the following numbers:

  • DC Police Department, 3rd Precinct: (202) 673-6815
  • DC Police Department, Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit: (202) 727-5427
  • DC Mayor Muriel Bowser: (202) 727-2643
  • DC Congresswoman, Eleanor Norton: (202) 225-8050

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Inlay Image Caption Credit: Ashleigh Shackelford