Join us for an evening of art, conversation, and community-building in NYC

Published on Sep 1, 2015

USA- New York

Astraea, Ford Foundation and WORD*ROCK*&SWORD invite you to…

BEYOND THE HASHTAG: Using Art and Technology to Combat the Criminalization of our Communities

Join us in Manhattan on Tuesday, September 15, beginning at 6:00pm, for a dynamic evening of performance, conversation and community building featuring artist-activists whose work powerfully calls for the safety, well-being and self-determination of LGBTQI and communities of color worldwide. Hear from LGBTQI activists utilizing art and technology to further the movement. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reserve your ticket now.

Facilitated by Art of Change Ford Fellow, renown musician, producer, and Word*Rock*&Sword founder Toshi Reagon; including a live performance by acclaimed Cuban hip-hop group Las Krudas Cubensi; also featuring Ashley Yates (Black Lives Matter), Chris Bilal (Streetwise and Safe) and J. Bob Alotta (Astraea’s Executive Director) in a discussion on mobilizing resources to build a transnational network of activists and technologists advancing human rights.

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Time: Cocktails at 6:00 pm; Panel and Performances to follow at 7:00 pm

Venue: Ford Foundation Auditorium, 320 East 43rd Street New York, NY 10017

We are continually impressed by people who are using technology and art to resist and respond to the policing and criminalization of LGBTQI individuals. Join us for an engaging and inspiring evening – RSVP now! To stay up to date on the latest event details, including performers, panelists, and more, be sure to check ou.t #BeyondTheHashtag on Facebook.


Word*Rock*&Sword, a week-long festival celebrating women’s lives, creativity and activism;

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the only U.S. based foundation solely funding LGBTI grassroots activism around the world and unapologetically supporting movement building at the intersections of race, gender and economic justice. We believe art and technology are powerful tools for resistance, inspiration and transforming culture: all critical components of lasting justice movements; and,

Ford Foundation, an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization working with visionary people on the frontlines of social change worldwide.