LGBTQ & BIPOC Solidarity Fund
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At Cortland County Mutual Aid we recognize the historical and current oppression of Black, Indigenous, and other Persons of Color as well as members of the LGBTQ community. BIPOC and LGBTQ individuals face daily barriers to their survival and wellbeing. The effects of chattel slavery still linger for Black communities who are currently targeted by mass incarceration. Indigenous peoples are suffering from ongoing colonization of their lands. Marginalized folks are more likely to struggle in school due to mistreatment from teachers and classmates, and they are less likely to be hired by potential employers. In many cases, LGBTQ youth don’t have access to supportive families and are forced to survive on their own. Our Solidarity Fund prioritizes the most marginalized in our community by providing funds to help them meet their needs.
The fund aims to provide help not only financially, but by fostering a sense of community and connecting marginalized folks with each other in an area that can be incredibly isolating for anyone outside the norm. Community support for those experiencing oppression is so important. Finding others with shared identities is essential for mental health, self esteem, and can be literally life-saving. It also allows folks who have dealt with similar issues to share advice with each other. Community brings us joy and makes us resilient. The goal of CCMA’s Solidarity Fund is for BIPOC and LGBTQ folks in our area to be able to thrive, not just survive. We believe this is not only possible, but that anything else is unacceptable. We are practicing solidarity, working for justice, and dreaming freedom.
We at Cortland County Mutual Aid have been having some deep and difficult conversations about how to truly put solidarity into practice. How much are we really helping if we are just making folks dependent on this organization for short-term relief? How do we move past the model of band-aid solutions and get to the root of the problem? How can we create sustainable communities of care that permanently change people’s lives? We would like to extend an invitation to BIPOC and LGBTQ community members to join these conversations about how we can best make change in our community. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.