Saved by the bell shirt
The People’s Bodega’s seven or eight regular New York volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds—they are artists, film-production workers, restaurant employees, art handlers—but they’re insistent on being thought of as a collective. “We want to promote the Saved by the bell shirt In addition,I will do this idea that anyone can do this,” said Chloe. They’re cryptic about how they find events to attend—“we have our ways”—but they’re a regular presence at protests around the city. Most volunteers attend several within a week and source supplies between donations (which make up 90% of their haul) and regular trips to the Costco in Astoria. The People’s Bodega volunteers are jokey and cheerful as they move through the city, comparing the virtues of Kind bars versus Fruit Roll-Ups and debating new haircuts. But the work they’re doing is undeniably challenging. In addition to the risk of COVID-19 and police intervention, they’re on their feet for hours, attempting to turn crowds of unfamiliar faces into community—using only Costco supplies and goodwill. Ultimately, the People’s Bodega volunteers are aware that their job is to amplify the unheard through physical means of sustenance. I want to give marginalized voices a Ricola and a water and help them yell something that needs to be said,” explained Margaret as the van neared the financial district. As I hopped out and waved my goodbyes, I could hear the group behind me, plotting their next move. Night was falling over New York, but as long as people were still showing up to protest, the People’s Bodega would meet them with supplies and a smile. This year’s Pride month has looked, to put it simply, unlike almost any other. Even a pandemic couldn’t stop LGBTQ+ people and allies for fighting for Black liberation, whether at a massive rally for Black trans lives outside the Brooklyn Museum or a Juneteenth march toward the Manhattan Bridge. (It’s worth noting that there has been no reported spike in COVID-19 cases in cities associated with these protests, possibly in part because much the LGBTQ+ community doesn’t have the luxury of taking good health for granted: nearly every march and rally in New York was a cornucopia of masks and hand sanitizer.) Now the final weekend of Pride month is upon us, with no shortage of socially distanced events planned in New York and around the country. Of course, many revelers will be donating to Black LGBTQ+ fundraisers and organizationsf from home, which is a great way to keep carrying the spirit of this year’s more intersectional Pride celebrations past June. Below, find a roundup of what’s going on this Pride weekend, both in person and virtually.
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