Local Democrats announce Black Lives Matter Pride march, webinar

Lassen County’s Democrat Party hosts the Marsha P. Johnson All Black Lives Matter Pride March at noon June 28 at the corner of Gay and Main streets.

According to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, “Marsha P. Johnson was an activist, self-identified drag queen, performer and survivor. She was a prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969. Marsha went by ‘Black Marsha’ before settling on Marsha P. Johnson. The ‘P’ stood for ‘Pay It No Mind,’ which is what Marsha would say in response to questions about her gender. It is the consideration of who ‘Black Marsha’ was that inspired The Marsha P. Johnson Institute.

Marsha P. Johnson was an activist, self-identified drag queen, performer and a prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969. Photo submitted

Marsha was the heart of the Stonewall Riots, the greater LGBTQ+ struggle of the 1960s and 1970s, and the one of the reasons we foremost reasons we are able to openly celebrate Pride.”

Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, another trans woman and activist (and her friend), were shunned from the greater movement after their initial contributions — as were many trans men and women, drag queens, and most people of color.

Johnson’s suspicious death was quickly ruled a suicide at the time because of mental health and LGBTQ+ discrimination within law enforcement and the greater society…that is until public pressure brought about change.

According to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, “On the 51st year celebrating Pride, Marsha will take her place as a hero of the movement for LGBTQ+ people, especially those who are people of color. We are pleased to honor her life, her work and her struggle.”

According to a statement from the Lassen Democrats:

  • We march not only to celebrate Marsha P Johnson and the LGBTQ+ community’s history, but to celebrate the recent Supreme Court rulings on LGBTQ+ workplace discrimination;
  • Show our outrage for the Presidential Administration’s continued rollback on a wide array of LGBTQ+ protections — specifically transgender people;
  • The US Health and Human Services Department’s recent ruling allowing healthcare workers the ability to deny transgender patients;
  • Show our solidarity with All Black Lives, no matter creed, color, sexual preference, gender, identity or ability; and
  • Shine a light on the trans lives we’ve lost this year.


Racism, Privilege and Ally-ship webinar with Gloria Kimbwala

The Lassen Democrats also host a live webinar entitled Racism, Privilege and Ally-ship on Zoom and Facebook from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 30.

According to a statement from the Lassen Democrats, Gloria Kimbwala is CEO and founder of Shule, a startup that challenges the $10 Billion Global Education Industry by using blockchain to create, store, and verify micro-certificates for underserved learners. She is passionately using blockchain technology to empower people economically. She also enjoys making the blockchain ecosystem an inclusive and diverse space for all. She recently presented to the United Nation on how to get more women into technology, specifically blockchain.

Kimbwala is named one of the Top Ten Women in Fintech by Fintech Ranking. She serves as the Technical Advisor on the Board of Directors for the Society of Women Coder’s (SOWCoder’s) and runs the  “Ask Gloria” advice column in Reinvented Magazine. In her spare time, you can find her coding with her sons, doing yoga and playing the drums.

The event is not only open to Lassen County, but anyone who lives in a rural area and who wishes to learn about these topics.

Before you attend the webinar, Kimbwala asks you watch the movie 13th on Netflix.

To register go to docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf8jblji2-RSDHfG7-3okkkTvs5aZ7bpwbxefTvqXVb2Umj1g/viewform.