Dear ALP community,

As our communities begin to rebuild in the aftermath of hurricane sandy we want to affirm and raise up the leadership of CAAAV in Chinatown, Red Hook Initiative, and other groups that have supported their communities pre- hurricane and have continued to hold it down for their communities during this time.  We are continually inspired by our collective resilience and our ability to take care of ourselves and each other, even when government and city leaders do not prioritize us. For those of us who are still in crisis or involved in relief efforts, our love and support goes out to you.
We also want to acknowledge the level of trauma* that many of us are experiencing from the storm.  As LGBTSTGNC of Color we are survivors of generational trauma and violence in our individual and collective lives and this recent experience can only further add to our conditions of stress and isolation.  Some of you might also be experiencing 'secondary trauma'  which is another form of trauma when we witness another persons incident of emotional and physical crisis.  The 'symptoms are usually rapid in the onset and may include experiences of being afraid, and difficulty sleeping' (resourced by the Anti-Violence Project).  We know many of us are holding a lot of stress and trauma from this experience and wanted you to be aware of how it might be impacting our individual and collective well being. In light of this, ALP will be providing some resources for trauma awareness and healing this week including community acupuncture and yoga!

This week at ALP
Our Manhattan office is now up and running after being out of power for a week.  We will be open to the public [at 147 w 24th st] during the  hours of: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1:00pm-7:00pm.

We will however not be holding regular programming, but instead offering a space for our members to drop by for healing and reflection.   Third Space practitioners will be providing Trauma Awareness & Community Healing support for LBGTSTGNC of Color on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.


The Brooklyn office [85 S oxford] will be closed and we will no longer be operating as a donation drop off station.  Thanks to everyone for donating their goods to communities in need!  If you choose to volunteer we know many communities are leading their own support initiatives and ask folks who want to volunteer to follow the guidance & leadership within those communities!  We also encourage you to bring materials to the following locations:

Clinton Hill
Click here for needs and volunteer info
*Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew
520 Clinton Avenue (between Fulton & Atlantic)
Hours: 9am – 9pm

Click here for needs and volunteer info
St. Gertrude's Church
B38 beach channel drive
96th and Rockaway Beach Blvd
The Red Hook Initiative
402 Van Brunt Street or 767 Hicks St

Trauma Awareness and Community Healing
FREE Community Acupuncture
Tuesday  4:00pm-6:00pm
Wednesday 1:00-2:00pm
Thursday  1:00pm-3:00pm
147 W 24th st, 3rd floor
Donations are welcome
Open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non Conforming people of color
Join this community acupuncture session and help break down isolation during a time when community is most vital. Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points in the body to help stimulate natural healing processes.
FREE Yoga to Ground and Restore
Tuesday 6:30-7:45
147 W 24th st, 3rd floor
Donations are welcome
Open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non Conforming people of color

Life brings all kinds of uncertainty. Whether or not you've felt directly affected by the hurricane, join us for this community class to gather together and re-ground our dedication and re-build our visions post-Sandy. This class will focus on restoring our energy, working out tension and breathing deeper.
*Please bring your own yoga mat if you have one, there’s a limited amount of yoga mats available at ALP for those who don’t have a mat.

*Trauma: We are defining as a physical, emotional, and/or psychic experience that can be life altering and impact short term and long term well being. 

The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color community organizing center focusing on the New York City area. 147 West 24th St. 3rd Floor, NY, New York 10011 Tel: 212-463-0342 * Fax: 212-463-0344 Web: To Unsubscribe