This just in from David Mariner at the DC Center:
Come to Columbia Heights Plaza [14th & Park Rd NW] this Wednesday, August 21 at 6:30 PM to find out about a new group that seeks to coordinate advocacy and services around lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) experiences of violence.
Washington, DC -- Local LGBT organizations and advocates are coming together to launch the DC Anti-Violence Collaborative (DCAVC), a new group dedicated to ending cycles of violence and oppression impacting LGBT community in the District of Columbia.
"The DC Anti-Violence Collaborative will allow us to start coordinating vital services for survivors of violence in our communities," said Ruby Corado, founder and executive director of Casa Ruby. "There is a tremendous need, and by working together across organizations, we will be better able to address that need," Corado added.
Hassan Naveed, co-chair of Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence, said, "DCAVC will help us create an inclusive advocacy agenda in a safe space for all intersections of the LGBTQH communities. It's time for us tighten coordination in our advocacy efforts and make sure we are providing representation for everyone."
"The central idea behind the DC Anti-Violence Collaborative is that organizations and activists can come together in a place to address, collectively, issues of police violence, hate violence, sexual violence, and partner violence through advocacy, education, grassroots organizing, and providing services," said Jason Terry, anti-violence organizer with the DC Trans Coalition. "I see this as really long-term work that over time can build collective power and collective safety."
The DC Anti-Violence Collaborative will meet monthly, and plans to organize two town hall meetings later this fall. DCAVC will also soon be launching in new online tool to report incidents of anti-LGBTQH violence.