Voices 4 is the non violent activist collective advocating global queer liberation.
If you’re anything like us and your ambivalence towards Instagram is the result of time lost in a blackhole of thirst traps, commoditising teens making more than you and sponsored ads that prove Google Home and Alexa know you better than your best friends…then let activist and Co-Founder of Voices 4, Adam Eli Werner reconstitute your relationship with social media and humanity…
Adam is leading a new wave of activism whilst redefining how we interact with social media. Harnessing social platforms’ potential to reach 1000s of profiles, Werner and his team are providing a safe gateway for socially conscious individuals with little to no activism experience to march hand in hand in non-violent protests. Preceding their most recent march for the murder of Stephen Clark, Voices 4 assembled crowds at Stonewall Inn one year ago for the Voices 4 Chechnya March.
Congregating outside the Trump World Tower the uniformed activists demanded humanitarian visas and donations for asylum seeking queer Chechens at risk of abduction, torturing or death at the hands of Russian authorities. Money raised via the march was donated to RUSA LGBT, the Russian-Speaking American LGBT Association who along with the Human Rights Campaign have partnered with Voices 4.
“To use non-violent direct action activism, as inspired by ACT UP and Gays Against Guns, to achieve global queer liberation.”
Eli reflects on the instance when he decided that action needed to be taken for queer victims in Chechnya and around the world, lending to the unintentional inauguration of Voices 4. “In that moment I just read Masha Gessen’s article in The New Yorker about what was happening in Chechnya and I just knew that I couldn’t stand by anymore and then that is when I had the idea to do that first big march which eventually turned into Voices 4.” Read Adam’s full interview in our Bent on Rolemodellin’ series.
In a Trumpolytic age of extreme nationalism and hate crimes on the rise, Chechnya is only one example of Voices 4’s activity. A mass queer kiss in opposing the exiling of queer individuals in other Eastern European countries Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan took place outside the Uzbek Consulate in New York City rallying more than a crowd, igniting a burst of media attention condoning the act of defiance, and applauding the agency of a community with a common goal.
Much like social media, Voices 4 is built on the foundations of community, connection and conversation. The activist collective encourages you to join them in their New York based community meetings which consist of informative queer news, inspiring narratives and topped off with affirming team snaps.