For 10 years, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) has been working to make gender self-determination a reality for all people. We are grateful for all the clients, community members, activists, artists, donors and volunteers like YOU who continue to enrich and sustain this organization. As 2012 draws to a close, we invite you to help make another ten years possible by donating today.
By strengthening the political power and leadership of low-income trans communities and trans communities of color, we are building a movement for transliberation centered in racial and economic justice. In the last 10 years, we have grown from a one-person fellowship project to a community-based collective with seven staff, over 300 clients per years, and a volunteer/donor base of supporters that’s 3,000 strong. Through it all, we’ve stayed true to our values that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice, and have operated with the understanding that building political power and leadership within trans communities is how we’re going to get there.
And last but certainly not least, through it all there have been community members like YOU who:
- formed a steering committee in 2003 to help establish SRLP as a collective;
- organized numerous fundraising events and made our annual art benefit – Small Works for Big Change – a success for the last 8 years;
- volunteered to make our service provision and organizing work more affirming, relevant and impactful on a daily basis; and
- gave generously because you know an effective and viable trans movement is also a well-resourced one.
In 2012, your support led to many successes in our Prisoner Justice Program! SRLP worked with our Prisoner Advisory Committee (PAC) to successfully push the Department of Justice to include meaningful protections for incarcerated transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex people within the final rule implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act. In August, over 50 community members came together at SRLP and sent hundreds of loving postcards to incarcerated trans and gender non-conforming people, making this our most successfulPrisoner Penpal Postcard event yet. We also published a new issue of In Solidarity, a collaborative newsletter created by PAC members to reduce state-imposed isolation and work against the injustices faced by TGNCI people both in and out of the prison industrial complex. Finally, SRLP is also pleased to announce that former legal intern and current Collective Member Alisha Williams is our new Prisoner Justice Program Director!
You can continue supporting the work of this project by purchasing a copy of our first ever 2013 SRLP Calendar.PAC members, working in conjunction with artist Caroline Paquita, put together this calendar, which highlights important dates and people in trans movement history. Order your copy of the 2013 calendar now!
In 2013, one of our primary focus areas will be immigrant justice. With your support, we will improve conditions for transgender detainees in immigration facilities, join new coalitions resisting the implementation of Secure Communities measures, provide more legal services for clients with immigration issues, and push immigration detention centers to become compliant with the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Please help increase the impact of this campaign in 2013 by making a tax-deductible donation today.
Thank you for contributing to the sustainability and vibrancy of SRLP for the last 10 years!
The SRLP Collective
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
147 W. 24th St. 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011