Marches in NYC

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Marches in NYC

NYC has quite a few marches.

From parades to protests, NYC has many options to get out there and let your voice be heard. Fogo Azul NYC does it rather loudly, and we were honored to play our drums for the 2020 Juneteenth “Break the Chains with Love” march. Joined by organizers from the NYC Dyke March, Fogo Azul NYC drummers were there. Check out this article from one of our new members, Hayley Gorenberg. Follow us to know about marches in NYC!

On Juneteenth, Fogo Azul reunited for our first drumming gig since New York’s coronavirus shut-down. Dozens of drumming women gathered at Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park to send off the “Break the Chains with Love” march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

On the waterfront, with marchers gathering, masked Fogo Azul members distanced ourselves, measuring with arms outstretched, mallet-to-mallet. Our conductor Velma galvanized the group, leading a set that aptly included our “This is what democracy looks like!” break and dramatic crescendo-decrescendo patterns.

Valarie Walker Speaks to the Crowd

Valarie Walker, a member of the Dyke March Committee and organizer of the demonstration and march, exhorted participants to leave “loving someone you didn’t love before.” 

Velma and Stacy parted the blue sea of drumming women to create a passage for marchers to step off, toting signs reading “Revolting Lesbians” and “No pride for any of us without liberation for all of us,” along with placards naming Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and too many others lost to police violence.

Photo Credit : M Layne Lawson 

Leaving the space, I crossed paths with people who laid eyes on the blue-flamed surdo 1 drum and gave thanks for our performance, exclaiming, “That was awesome!”

Fogo Azul NYC Drummers wearing masks!

As I toted the drum back to Prospect Heights, I passed the Barclays Center, lit with an MLK quote: “The time is always right to do the right thing.” The quote winked across Flatbush Avenue to Modell’s, with decorative fronting of red x-marks over silhouetted dynamic figures that may be intended to depict cheering sports fans, but always make me think of energetic protest. As street activism these past few weeks caught up with that interpretation, I took pride in Fogo Azul’s righteous sound and fury — and celebration of taking action to bend the arc.

Photo Credit: Scott Lynch, Gothamist

Read more about this and other marches in NYC.

How NYC’s Dyke March Reorganized Around Black Liberation This Juneteenth

Popular images of the protests currently ongoing in New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and around the country often tend to favor young adults, but that wasn’t the scene around Jane’s Carousel in DUMBO on Friday, June 19.

Dyke March for Black Lives Draws Thousands

Thousands of women who traditionally participate in the Dyke March the day before the Heritage of Pride’s LGBTQ Pride March were joined by members of Rise and Resist, the Reclaim Pride Coalition, Gays Against Guns, and other activists in a Juneteenth Break the Chains With Love March.

Black Queer New Yorkers Front And Center At Juneteenth March In NYC

Thousands of New Yorkers gathered in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Friday evening and marched into Manhattan in what was likely the city’s first ever Juneteenth event organized in collaboration with Dyke March. For about four hours, Black queer women along with many others took to the streets to demand justice for Black people killed by the police and a transformation of the criminal legal system.

RECAP: Juneteenth Break the Chains with Love March on the Brooklyn Bridge 06/19/2020 – Shunsuke Takino Photography

Juneteenth (6/19) is the celebration of the end of slavery in the USA on June 19th 1865. I’m glad to be a part of the protest at last. Black Lives Matter movement is very important for not only black people but also people of color, LGBTQs and so on.

A Dream of Lasting Solidarity at the Dyke March

The march began soaked in the thrill of being outdoors, near the water, in Brooklyn Bridge Park: Sun bounced off skin, and glances were exchanged over bicycle handlebars. Held annually since 1993 in New York, San Francisco, and many other hotbeds of queer sedition, the Dyke March is politically to the left of mainstream Pride™, accepting no corporate sponsors and ordinarily requesting no permits.