Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network Fund
What the funds are for:
This fundraiser replenishes funds for an emerging Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network in Washington State. This network is led by Trans people of color and advances the lives of Trans Women, Femmes, Two-Spirit and people of color living in Washington State by ensuring basic needs are met.
Background / Call to Action:
"Trans women and femmes of color are still fighting for the same things as in 1969: freedom from daily criminalization, police brutality, racist & anti-trans violence, discrimination in employment, housing and healthcare...fighting for the right to live and flourish and bloom." - Micah Bazant.
The TWOC Solidarity Network upholds the self determination of Two-Spirit, Trans Women and Femmes of color and creates opportunities to exercise collective and community care. The fund is one element of how we are confronting the systematic economic disempowerment and violence that Two-Spirit, Trans Women and Femmes of Color face in our region. We know unrestricted financial resources can really make a difference and we believe that the resources already exist in our community to support TWOC to survive and thrive.
Our first fundraiser generated $2700 in funds that have been distributed to community members. As if this statement, there is only $200 remaining. Our goal this week is to replenish the fund by raising $10,000.
Why we’re launching on Trans Day of Remembrance:
We know Two-Spirit, Trans Women and Femmes of Color face horrifying levels of criminalization, discrimination, and overt interpersonal and state violence all over the world. While more attention is being paid to this dire reality— we are inviting our community to go beyond the rhetoric of supporting TWOC to take real actions that alter the actual realities of our community members. This fundraiser offers an opportunity for those of us with financial resources to spare to put our money where our mouths are! Let’s support living Two-Spirit, Trans Women and Femmes of Color while also fighting like hell so we don’t have to keep mourning the loss of trans lives (esp our Black and Indigenous community members).
How the funds are distributed:
Community members can contact the network via facebook or email (TWOCSolidarityNW@gmail.com) with requests for up to $250 per month. We are intentionally challenging gatekeeping models and will not ask for a justification as to why someone is requesting funds because we trust people to know what they need. As such, we will give money as requested until the fund needs to be replenished.
In the long-run, we want to set up a monthly giving project so the fund is sustained and readily accessible as needs arise in community. We will also establish a housing network that will have an organized list of rooms that are available when our community members are facing housing instability. We will also provide opportunities ranging from community meals for 2STPOC to dance parties for community to connect, support each other and build the network out. We will also support anyone who is interested to host their own fundraisers for the fund on occasions like birthdays, trans affirming surgeries, etc.
Photo credit: Amir Khadar "We Keep Each Other Safe"
Blessings and gratitude to everyone for helping us to make a Solidarity Network that works! Please help spread the word!
We want to let you all know- we’re on Patreon! Monthly sustainers are so important for making sure we have enough money to fulfill all financial requests from community members each month! If you are interested in becoming a monthly sustainer- head over to our Patreon at tinyurl.com/twocsnpatreon!
We’ve also made some mercy, which you can access by becoming a patron— t-shirts, tote bags, and stickers!
We love and appreciate you
Mattie, Lourdez, Yani, Isyss and Kelsen
We are so grateful and moved by your support since we launched our community mutual aid fund in September of 2018. As of today, we’ve moved just over $20K directly into the hands of community members! $20,000! A M A Z I N G
We are also writing to let you know we are OUT of funds and we need your help to sustain the fund through the months of May and June, and to match requests from community members who’ve reached out to us. Can you support with a contribution, or asking your friends to make a contribution? Would you be down to host a fundraiser for us? Donations can be made at bit.ly/TWOCSN2019, and plz use the graphic that’s posted here. Thank you for your generous support of this entirely grassroots run effort
Your Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network Team (Mattie, Isyss, Lourdez, Yani and Kelsen)
We wanted to share an update on what the Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network has been up to since we launched!
Since September, we've raised just over $14,000. We've already given $12,000+ in cash grants directly to community since then. This has supported our community members with things ranging from rent to food to moving costs to clothing to travel costs for accessing gender affirming care. We're also slowly but surely building relationships so we can figure out ways to sustain the fund and also expand what we can offer in the future.
We're small, growing, feisty and committed to building from the grassroots to make sure people don't have to do the song and dance that a lot of non-profits or government agencies require to access necessary survival funds. We are SO GRATEFUL for your ongoing support, and want to offer you an idea of ways you can continue to support TWOCSN.
(1) Follow us on Facebook (TWOCSolidarityNW), Twitter (@TWOCSolidarity) & Instagram (@TWOCSolidarityNetwork) & tell your friends about us.
(2) Spread the word that we need help replenishing our fund. (See the attached photo, and send it to five of your friends with an invitation to give at bit.ly/TWOC2018)
(3) Let us know if you're interested in hosting a fundraiser on our behalf! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if this is something you'd like to do.
Thank you again for your generosity loves <3 <3
Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network Core Team
Isyss, Lourdez, Mattie, & Kelsen
We’ve almost reached $4,000 after just THREE DAYS of launching this fundraiser!!
We have so much gratitude for your generosity- and for your trust in this emerging network that exists to support and build collective power with our living Two-Spirit, Trans Women and Femmes of Color fam in Washington state. We know there is more than enough to go around and are excited to keep building this network with you. We know there is no reason other than lack of will that our community can’t be at the forefront of redistributing resources and creating the changes our politicians and decision makers aren’t gonna create.
A few things:
1- please spread the word about the network to all of the Two-Spirit, Trans Women and Femmes of Color you know! Your generous contributions mean we have funds to pass through to people again. Folks can contact us for up to $250 per month until funds run out, either via FB or our email address (twocsolidaritynetworkNW@gmail.com). We also have lots of bus passes for people in King County to pass on, so people can hit us up for that, too.
2- We will be hosting a l(a)unch for 2STPOC soon, so stay tuned for dates and times! It’s gonna be hot & delicious & grounding & rejuvenating
3- we have FB (TWOCSolidarityNW), Instagram (TWOCSolidarityNetwork) and Twitter (TWOCSolidarity)!! Follow us!!
4- we will also be building a housing network (both emergency and longer term) and a rideshare network. Send us a message on FB or email if you think you’ve got something to contribute to either of these options!
Love, gratitude, and solidarity from yours truly,
The TWOC Solidarity Network Organizing Team