Members of the BSA Family and Community,
It has come to our attention that the organizers of this march, Activate Chi, have disturbing ties to White-owned businesses and institutions in Chicago that have historically upheld anti-Blackness and transphobia in the queer and trans community, and across the city.
Furthermore, as planning for the march proceeded, it became clear to Brave Space Alliance that we were being tokenized at this event, and deployed for clout by the organizers. Black trans voices are not sufficiently centered at this event, which purports to be about Black Trans Lives mattering. Their claim that Black Trans Lives matter to them is so false, that individuals who are NOT Black trans individuals, or even QUEER individuals, are being centered at the event, and being given a stage that should belong to our community, and our community alone.
Most concerningly, it has been brought to our attention that this march is not, in fact protesting police brutality, the presence of police in our communities, or the existence of police at all. Instead, organizers with Activate Chi are openly collaborating with CPD, and encouraging their presence en masse.
These egregious issues, along with Brave Space Alliance discovering that the Activate Chi's claim that the march was sponsored by our partners at Black Lives Matter Chicago was false, have led us to decide to completely withdraw our support and presence from this space. In fact, we actively condemn this march, and call upon Activate Chi to do better, cede their platform and funding entirely to Black Trans People from the South and West Side who will be most negatively impacted by a fraudulent march held in our names. We further call on Activate Chi to examine why their privilege and access to moneyed elites within the LGBTQ and North Side business communities would cause them to lend further legitimacy to the brutal, racist, and transphobic Chicago Police Department.
In Power, and Community with Black Trans People Everywhere,
Brave Space Alliance