For 5 years we have operated as a volunteer collective. We've organized rally's and vigils to uplift trans and gender non conforming folks lost to state or interpersonal violence. Hosted countless workshops and trainings to educate our community. And coordinated direct support to folks experiencing housing/food insecurity, incarceration and immigration detention. We have done all of this work without exceeding a budget of $50,000 a year.
Now we find ourselves called to rise up and take action like never before. Our Black trans and queer communities have been disproportionately impacted by the issues that are ravaging our society today. Racism, transphobia, COVID-19, rising rates of unemployment and job loss, housing insecurity, police and interpersonal violence and so much more.
We are asking for your help to make a major investment in our youth led, Black trans/queer organizing work that is vital to the health and well being of our communities. We are raising $100,000 so that we can stand up and fight back! We aim to expand our mutual aid work, coordinate direct actions that center and uplift Black trans lives, to increase our educational capacity to train the next generation of youth activists, and increase our support for incarcerated trans folks fighting to survive in U.S prisons, jails & detention centers.
The funds will be used as follows:
--$50,000 for bail funds, legal fees and food/ride share support for Black trans/queer youth in NYC (50%)
--$20,000 to build out organizing and arts mentorship program for Black trans/queer youth in NYC (20%)
--$15,000 to send commissary funds to incarcerated or detained Black trans/queer young folks nationally (15%)
--$15,000 to continue mutual aid micro grants program to Black trans folks impacted by COVID-19 nationally (15%)
To create a world where #BlackTransLivesMatter we need to organize around the issues that impact our communities while we are still here! We need to create the conditions for our communities to THRIVE, not just survive.
Young people, particularly young Black trans/queer people have been some of the world's most valuable contributors to movements for racial and gender justice across human history. Unfortunately, for far too long our work has gone under-resourced and overlooked.
During this moment of reckoning in our country the Black Excellence Collective is answering the call to fight for our freedom. We humbly ask you to donate to and share our campaign widely! Now is our moment to change the world!
**all donations to this campaign will be 100% tax deductible through our 501c3 fiscal sponsor Gallery Aferro**
Check out the work that we have been leading at the link below:
- Matene Toure
- Whitney Barnebey
- Katie Gleason
- Elizabeth Light
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