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Gotham Volleyball League Statement of Solidarity

June 4th, 2020

Gotham Volleyball has always strived to improve the quality of life for GLBTQ+ individuals. Today, we would like to reinforce that mission, by showing our solidarity with the Black community, and to enrich the spirit of our members with hope and understanding.

As we all bear witness to the ongoing protests around the world, Gotham reflects and recognizes that our “pride” is rooted in the celebration of a rebellion and a collective struggle. We cannot ignore the connection between these current uprisings and Stonewall, the Black Cat, and other demonstrations in our GLBTQ history; we recognize champions like Marsha P. Johnson and Bayard Rustin, black heroes, that fought against police brutality to afford us the civil rights we have today. We implore that everyone reflect and memorialize this year’s Pride month by being vocal allies to our black brothers and sisters who are not only fighting for their rights, but for all of our rights. Stand up to the violence and murder against all people; “We are all in this together.”

Suggested Resources

For those in our Community wishing to learn more or become more engaged on these issues, we have compiled the suggested resources below from knowledgeable members of the Gotham Community for your consideration.  We also encourage all of you to explore other educational and informational resources as well as donate to appropriate causes.

1. Voices:

-White people and solidarity 

https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

-Black voice on Rioting:

2. Media:

black Feminism

– documentary Racial inequality on Netflix: ‘13th’by Ava DuVernay

https://www.netflix.com/title/80091741

3. Mental Health:

– NAMI: https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/Diverse-Communities/African-American-Mental-Health

– Beam Virtual Therapy: https://www.beam.community/bvtn

4.Literature:

– So You Want to Talk About Race
Book by Ijeoma Oluo

– White Fragility
Book by Robin DiAngelo

– How to Be an Antiracist
Book by Ibram X. Kendi

– The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Book by Michelle Alexander

Juneteenth — June 19, 2020

Click here to learn more about Juneteenth!

Gotham Election Results!

May 3rd, 2020

Our Gotham Board elections have now concluded! You can find the election results on the results page.

Coronavirus Status Update

March 11th, 2020

Our mission is to build community through the sport of volleyball.  The events surrounding the recent Coronavirus outbreak leads us into an uncertain and challenging time.  We have been monitoring the information being released by federal, state and city authorities regarding Coronavirus. 

Given the most recent updates from these sources and the rapidly moving state of events, the Board of Directors has voted to cancel all Gotham activities for the next two weeks.  After that time, we will reassess the situation and provide an additional update on the status of all activities. 

We will also continue to update information on the front section of our website, so please check here for further updates.

Black History Month Spotlight: Bayard Rustin

February 25th, 2020

In honor of Black History Month we’re spotlighting Bayard Rustin, a Civil Rights Leader and LGBTQ+ pioneer who is the namesake of the school that hosts so many Gotham activities. 

Bayard Rustin was an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, pacifism and non-violence, and gay rights. He is best known for his work as adviser to Martin Luther King Jr.

Rustin taught King about Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violent resistance and advised him on the tactics of civil disobedience. He assisted King with the boycott of segregated buses in Montgomery, Alabama in 1956. Most famously, Rustin was a key figure in the organization of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at which King delivered his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963.

Rustin also influenced young activists, such as Tom Kahn and Stokely Carmichael, in organizations like the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Rustin was a gay man who had been arrested for a homosexual act in 1953. Rustin was attacked as a “pervert” or “immoral influence” by political opponents from segregationists to Black power militants, and from the 1950s through the 1970s. To avoid such attacks, Rustin served only rarely as a public spokesperson. He usually acted as an influential adviser to civil-rights leaders. 

Later in life, as the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement gained momentum, Rustin supported the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. In the 1980s, he became a public advocate on behalf of gay and lesbian causes, and testified in support of of New York State’s Gay Rights Bill in 1986.

On November 20, 2013, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

It gives our League great pride to be associated with such a notable and visionary leader and a proud member of our Community!

Biography and recap courtesy of Amy Santiago and the Gotham Volleyball Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.

 
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