RVA Trans Day of Remembrance 2014 is looking for volunteers
The awesome folks behind the RVA Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) are looking for help planning and executing this year, below is a message we were sent. If you can lend a hand, shoot an email to Rvatdor@gmail.com.
Richmond TDOR 2014 is Thursday, Nov. 20th.
Hello everyone! Thanks to everyone who’s helping out this year and to those who came to our first planning meeting!
Just to catch everyone up to speed: at our first planning meeting, we had 20 attendees, we reviewed feedback from last year, discussed venue options, and signed up for committees – Service Planning, Events, and Media.
There was a lot of positive feedback as well as some critical feedback about last year’s event that we reviewed from our survey, although 86% of our respondents reported having a “Very Good” or “Good” experience. Some of the recurring themes were about the venue (people requesting a secular venue instead of a church), inclusion of the entire community and raising up the voices of trans women of color who are disproportionately represented in the names read on TDOR, the participation of the police chief and LGBT liaison at the event (some highly praised it, some were highly critical of their presence). These concerns are primarily related to the service itself and will need to be addressed primarily by the Service Planning committee. I would encourage us to try to accommodate as much of this feedback as we can.
In the past couple weeks, I have written and submitted a proposal to the VMFA to do the service in their event hall or in the Atrium, but have not heard anything back. I will also be reaching out to the Virginia Historical Society. If you have any contacts at these organizations or other possible venue options, please get in touch or consider joining the Service Planning committee. I have been told that First UU will not be able to accommodate the number of attendees we had last year, and I am unsure about St Pauls availability yet.
The Service Planning committee works on designing the service itself – what happens, in what order, what the venue will be, getting volunteers signed up, getting food organized for the reception. The Events committee organizes and promotes the other events that support TDOR, usually things like community panels, film screenings, and trans awareness events. The Media team gets the word out through Facebook, community newsletters, sponsorships, and local media.
If you weren’t able to attend the first meeting, we still need folks for these committees! If you would like to be involved in Service Planning, Events, or Media, please get in touch and I’ll get you signed up to join them.
The first emails have gone out to those who signed up for these committees about planning their first meetings. If you signed up for one of those committees, you should have received an email a little earlier with Doodle links to let us know when you are available to meet. Please let me know if you were expecting an email you haven’t received.
TDOR SECOND PLANNING MEETING: Please go to this link and check off the dates/times that you are available for our second group planning meeting. Please share this link far and wide with anyone who would like to help us! http://doodle.com/turicd2245q7kufe
We really need everyone’s help this year! We had 250+ attendees last year which makes it harder to find a venue, and I have a full time job this year (thankfully) but it limits my availability while maintaining all of my volunteer commitments, so anything anyone can do to help organize and get the word out is much appreciated!
Thank you everyone so much for all your help!
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