Dean Spade; Trans Activist & Professor

Dean Spade; Trans Activist & Professor

Tune to Out-FM Tu. 1/24 at 9pm on WBAI/NY 99.FM. The topics: Part 2 of Dean Spade’s Kessler Award Lecture. This lifetime achievment award is given by CLAGS, the City College Lesbian and Gay Studies Deptartment. Dean Spade is a founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project which serves trans people’s legal needs.

In Part 1, available on our website, courtesy of CLAGS, Dean Spade discussed how the system uses fake reforms to recuperate. The reforms are only for public relations and don’t provide actual relief, or just tinker at the edges for a few people. He also discusses 5 liberal myths that are dangerous to organizers.

In tonight’s presentation, Dean Spade outlines his criteria for judging whether activist organizing projects are progressive or not, and includes the criteria of a few other organizers. He discusses the importance of direct aid to marginalized people and what criteria to judge whether a project which deals with direct AID is good or a liberal nightmare project.

Naomi Brussel brings us sounds from the Women's march in Washington DC including the voices of J.Bob Alotta of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation/ Janet Mock, a Trans activist and writer; Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian activist and Exec. Dir. of the Arab American Assoc. of NY, and finally Sophie Cruz.