|Registration Opens||Feb 6, 2020 2:00am|
|Registration Closes||Feb 17, 2020 12:00am or when space runs out.|
The Black Heritage Celebration committee presents Reclaiming Our Community: A Day of Service. In collaboration with The DC Center for the LGBT Community and Free Minds Book Club, the BHC committee invites you to attend this service day on February 16th from 1-3pm. Volunteers will have the option of assembling safe-sex packages, responding to poems written by incarcerated individuals or both. Lunch will be provided. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about other service opportunities in local DC.
Reclaiming Our Community means taking the initiative to give back to those who came before us and also those in the present who represent our everyday struggle to overcome. In 2014, Black people constituted 2.3 million, or 34%, of the total 6.8 million correctional population while only representing 13% of the U.S. population. African Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of whites. The imprisonment rate for African American women is twice that of white women. Many of us have lost sisters, brothers, mothers, and fathers to the criminal justice system. Without the access to the resources afforded to us to be where we are today, what separates us from these individuals? Many of us may be unfamiliar with the double oppression faced by those who identify as Black and queer. We must stand in solidarity with Black trans women who have fallen victim to violence. Regardless of how we identify, it is important for us to Reclaim Our Community by uplifting and empowering all members of the Black community. It's time to give back.
The DC LGBT Center educates, empowers, celebrates, and connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. To fulfill their mission, they focus on four core areas: health and wellness, arts & culture, social & peer support, and advocacy and community building.
Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youths and adults to their own potential. Through creative expression, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, these poets achieve their education and career goals, and become powerful voices for change in the community.
|Causes||Advocacy Arts & Culture Children & Youth Civic Engagement Economic Development Education Environmental Education Faith-Based Food Insecurity, Hunger Gender Immigrants & Refugees LGBTQ+ Nutrition Placemaking Politics Professional Development Race & Ethnicity Social Justice Sustainability Veterans & Military Families Water Conservation|
|Sustainable Development Goals|
26 Positions Filled | 21 Impacts | 42 Hours