TWOCC IN SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN
Trans Women of Color Collective was established in September of 2013 out of a critical need for our community to come together, heal from trauma, celebrate our lives and strategize around the issues that impact our lives. In order to shift paradigms that create revolutionary change we must center healing, restoration, fellowship and action in social justice movement work.
Our efforts foster opportunities for trans people of color to leap into their leadership. Our work facilitates courageous conversations around accountability and solidarity. We understand how structural violence impacts our socio-economic growth and development. Our movement is centered in restorative justice and cooperative economics. We are a grassroots, volunteer led collective of revolutionary freedom fighters.
We must center healing, restoration, fellowship and action in social justice movements in order to shift paradigms that create revolutionary change.
In October we held our #BlackTransRevolution leadership Summit. Our fundraising efforts brought 25 trans and gender non-conforming youth of color from all over the country to Pittsburgh for 4 days of healing, restoration, fellowship and action. We had the amazing opportunity to engage leadership development, team building, peer mentorship and writing and healing sessions that encouraged our youth to leap into their destiny as thought leaders and organizers of revolutionary change. The curriculum development and implamentation, the funding model and strategic planning was all led, guided and centered around the lived experiences, leadership and narratives of trans and gender non-conforming people of color!
THIS IS WHAT SOLIDARITY LOOK LIKE WHEN OUR MOVEMENT IS FUNDED!
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Our Time is Now!
#TWOCCSolidarity is creating opportunities for trans youth to access health care opportunities, name changes, further collegiate goals, paying folks rent and putting food on the table of folks in need.
We are doing the necessary work to improve the lives of our community members, JOIN US as well make this final push towards our goal of 35K. Join us by sowing a meaningful seed into our work,
Join our End of the Year Campaign to raise funds to continue our work. Your solidarity has been amazing in support of our summer activities. We are raising funds to cover our operating costs, stipends for volunteers as well as lay the framework for our leadership institute launch in 2015! Show your solidarity by becoming a monthly contributor!
Our time is now!
LGBT orgs that lack Trans Women of Color (plural) in leadership roles and on their boards are problematic. We see them as a threat to our work due to this lack of inclusion and visibility. These orgs cannot speak for us. It's not enough to have trans programming. It's not enough to employ trans folk as front line workers. When we are not included in the leadership and decision making processes, our narratives and voices are erased.
Our work is not community organizing or advocacy and we are not activists. We have been forced to the margins and left with crumbs. However, all the crumbs from the table of the oppressor will never equal a feast. In the words of my sister Samantha Jo Dato, "this is not activism, this is survival". We are fundraising for our lives.
Yesterday's Call To Action to end violence against our community was a clear indication that we cannot compete for funding with LGBT organizations with government funded budgets, established development departments with experienced grant writers. I mean we can and WE WILL, we just cannot do it alone!
We are raising our goal to 20K because of course, 10K could never fund our work! 20K will not be enough, but we must continue to raise funds to support the work we do to uplift the narratives, lived experiences and leadership of Trans Women of Color. We can no longer wait for equality to trickle down to our communities.
We are the change we seek!
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Its that time again, we are raising funds to continue our work to raise the lived experiences, narratives and leadership of trans people of color. We have had an amazing year. We have launched 5 weekend leadership and healing retreats, started a new website and launched chapters in Ohio, New Orleans and our national headquarters in Washington D.C. We are raising funds to cover operating costs and stipends for volunteers as we prepare to launch our leadership institute in 2015. Join us in Solidarity! Become a monthly contributor! Every dollar helps.
Two days ago we launched a campaign to fund our work. We are a grassroots collective. Our funding comes exclusively from the community. A study of foundation giving by Funders for LGBTQ Issues in 2012 shows that “for every 100 dollars awarded by U.S. foundations only 24 cents goes to LGBTQ issues.” Of that that 24 cents per 100 dollars, only two percent goes to community organizing work, and one percent goes to work in communities of color." The government does not fund us or even acknowledge us! Philanthropic entities do not fund us! This is why we must raise our own funds. We can no longer wait for trickle down legislation and politics to heal, build or sustain our communities. We must do the work ourselves. TWOCC is funded by our members and allies. Trans women of color are disproportionately underpaid and underemployed. We know our worth, so we are doubling our ask! The goal is 10K! Help us reach it! Help us create a world where Trans Women and People of Color thrive unapologetically in their truths! Our time is now!
Society keeps telling us that our lives don't matter, that we don't have a voice. We don't believe them and in fact our voices are louder than ever! We started this movement and our fight for liberation is not over contrary to what society thinks. We must continue this work! 5 trans women of color were brutally murdered in 41 days surrounding our nation's PRIDE celebrations. Where is the outrage, where is the CALL TO ACTION? It's right here. JOIN US as we continue to do the work to uplift the narratives, lived experiences and leadership of Trans Women of Color.