On October 2nd
, Yvonne McNeal
, 57, a POC elder, community member and resident at the New Providence Women’s Shelter
in midtown Manhattan was [allegedly] murdered by NYPD outside of her shelter. A regular at Queers for Economic Justice
events and support groups, Yvonne was an elder and a kind, reserved member of our community. She walked with a cane and marched with us at Pride this past June. Yvonne was also a reliable source for other LGBT people at New Providence. NYPD [allegedly] shot Yvonne five times.
In response to this violence, QEJ is partnering with New Providence to hold a vigil and silent march in Yvonne’s honor outside of the shelter. The vigil will be on Friday, November 18 from 5 – 7 pm at New Providence Women’s Shelter, 225 East 45th Street.
You can lend support by: Attending on behalf of your organization or yourself. Volunteering to prepare dinner for people attending the vigil by going to QEJ’s office on Nov. 18th at 2pm. Just call 212.564.3608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Thanks for your support especially in these times of violence. QEJ is very shocked and saddened by this brutal act, we are not silenced–we will continue to organize around low-income, working class queer issues in New York, and will not be stopped by police brutality. Your love is what inspires us; your support is what empowers us.
Amber Holibaugh, Interim Exec. Dir
Queers for Economic Justice