Between 2007 and 2013 alone, the Philadelphia Police shot 382 people and 88 of them were killed. 81% of the people shot by cops were Black. There’s no pride in racist police violence, and no place for cops at Pride, yet Philly Pride Presents has chosen to honor GOAL (Gay Officer Action Alliance) as one of this year’s Pride Grand Marshals.
As members of Philadelphia’s queer and trans communities, we are deeply concerned about the blatant disregard for Black life expressed in this decision and the impact it will have on accessibility and safety at Pride for Black and Brown queer and trans folks profiled and targeted by the police.
Sign the petition demanding that Philly Pride Presents rescind their decision to honor GOAL (https://www.change.org/p/philly-pride-presents-philadelphians-against-police-as-pride-grand-marshals-2016), and join us on May 26th as we strategize next steps that honor queer and trans resistance to racist state violence and the struggle for liberation for us all.
WHAT: Meeting to strategize next steps in response to Philly Pride Presents’ decision to honor GOAL as Pride Grand Marshals
WHEN: 6-8pm on Thursday, May 26th
WHERE: Leeway Foundation, 1315 Walnut St # 832, Philadelphia, PA 19107
We hope to see you there!
Philadelphians Against Police As Pride Marshals Planning Meeting