October 2nd’s OUTspoken Sessions will focus on allyship, with proceeds going to the legal defense fund of Jermond, a beloved queer gender nonconforming Black organizer, artist, and spiritual guide who is fighting several life sentences due to a homophobic attack last year. After the open mic set, performance poet Jade Phoenix and musician Rey Fukuda Salinas will grace the stage.
OUTspoken Sessions: An LGBTQA+ Open Mic and Safe Space
Friday • October 2, 2015
6:30pm to 9pm
675 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
at Downtown UCLA Labor Center, near MacArthur Park
$3 cover – please give generously to support our fundraiser
no one turned away for lack of funds
food and drinks provided
RAISING FUNDS FOR: Jermond’s Legal Defense Fund
Jermond is a beloved queer gender nonconforming Black organizer, artist, and spiritual guide to many of us, past present future. Jermond is fighting several life sentences due to a homophobic attack last year and is currently locked inside LA’s K6G Unit in Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail. In the powerful tradition of collectivizing our funds and resources to make more possible what we are told over and over again are unlikely chances for life and connection, please contribute anything small, large or in between to Jermond’s Legal Defense Fund. If you can’t, please share this note with networks, friends or family with resources that might be able to give this season.
As you might have already contributed before or seen the call for contributions from others, our collective resource gathering has thankfully allowed us coordinate emergency interpersonal community loans. However, we need to keep fundraising in order return these loans. We are about $1900 away from repayment (having raised $8000 in the last few months, and $10,000 prior for their preliminary hearing). That means through community events, fundraisers and email blasts, we have raised just over $18,000 in the last year to cover private lawyer legal costs. This is epic stuff.
All money that exceeds goals will go towards sustaining weekly money for phone calls/commissary/books.
Venmo: Ren-yo Hwang
title payments: “Jermond Legal Fund”
FEATURED ARTIST: Rey Fukuda Salinas
Rey Fukuda Salinas is currently a Project Manager in the East LA Community Corporation’s Real Estate Department focusing on equitable transit oriented development. When he can find time he enjoys supporting Dignity and Power Now and Black Lives Matter Los Angeles as an Asian and Latino ally.
Rey is also a mostly self-taught musician. Fortunate to have discovered writing music to express emotions as a teenage bi-racial transgender and queer person, music kept Rey going during hard times of being in the closet and growing up in an emotionally unstable home. Rey continues to find ways to write about what is very close to their heart – songs about family, love, immigration, prison industrial complex, and freedom.
FEATURED ARTIST: Jade Phoenix
Jade Phoenix is a Queer, Trans*, Femme, First Generation Filipinx-American, Parent, LA based Performance Poet and Activist/Educator. Their work is a poetic expression rooted in the multiple identities they hold and how they intersect with their day to day fight for liberation as they create and navigate our current social and political systems and structures. Jade Phoenix is a fierce story and truth teller, a vulnerable and engaging performer, and passionate and informative educator, organizer and activist.
Founded in July 2009, OUTspoken Sessions is an open mic and safe space for LGBTQ (and ally) folks. Originally an open mic for youth 19 and under, Equal Action saw a need for a safe multi-generational space – the space is still affirming of and respectful of youth and avoids tokenism.
Equal Action will be your hosts. We welcome all skill levels. There is no competition here. First timers welcome, you will be celebrated and always receive loving energy from your audience.
Arrive by 6:30pm to sign up for the open mic.
Questions? Contact Dahlia at dferlito (at) equalaction (dot) org