QEJ

(redirected from Queers for Economic Justice)
AcronymDefinition
QEJQueers for Economic Justice (New York, New York; also seen as Q4EJ)
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Women of Color Against Violence, Critical Resistance, SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Southerners On New Ground, Queers for Economic Justice, Tewa Women United, ubuntu, The Boarding School Healing Project, Red Bone Press, Black Lesbians United, International Federation of Black Gay Prides, FIERCE, AFFINITY, POW-WOW, Zami, Black Women's Blueprint, Trust Black Women, Fire and Ink, and Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind are a very abbreviated few of the many radical organizations and collectives in the United States.
Another example that combines queer politics and queers doing politics comes from the community activist organization Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ) in New York City, whose mission statement reads, in part, as follows:
Queers for Economic Justice is a progressive non-profit organization committed to promoting economic justice in a context of sexual and gender liberation.
I couldn't find an organization that really talked about these issues in very complex ways," says Amber Hollibaugh of her drive to cofound Queers for Economic Justice in 2002.
Likewise, using data from Welfare Warriors Research Collaborative of Queers for Economic Justice, Vaid reveals the number of low-income LGBT and gender nonconforming people in New York City where, for example, 58 percent currently live in shelters and eighty percent of the respondents receive city and state services from Medicaid and the New York City HIV/AIDS Service Administration, as well as federal benefits such as food stamps, public and housing assistance, and Social Security disability.
A collaboration between Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ), where I am co-director, and the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW), it's dedicated to enhancing our capacity to name and claim uniquely gendered bodies and sexual desires; to amplify our ability to connect movements for social justice across class and race; and to strengthen vision and our organizing by helping to structure a movement that does not leave desire and gender outside the door.
Social justice organizations such as Gender JUST, FIERCE, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and Queers for Economic Justice exemplify queer organizations that reject challenges to violence based on rights-based, individualistic approaches requiring special attention to LGBTQ1 victims and calling for criminalizing hate crime legislation and campus anti-bullying policies.
Meanwhile, small groups of progressive, queer activists, many of color in groups such as Gender JUST, FIERCE, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and Queers for Economic Justice, refused to have the violence they experience divorced from the systemic violence that Derrion Albert and other young folks of color endure daily.
A former researcher for Amnesty Inter national and Human Rights Watch with a background in Latin America, she has also worked with Queers for Economic Justice and Bluestockings, a women's bookstore in New York.
In Quarter Share's first two years the group raised almost $50,000 and filled the coffers of groups like Generation Q, a drop-in center serving the LGBT youths of Queens, and Queers for Economic Justice, which works to end poverty among gay people.