Tuesday, February 20
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
The Nonprofit Center / 89 south street / boston, MA 02111
Wheelchair accessible. RSVP to attend or watch a livestream.
Douglas Rogers is a formerly incarcerated individual dedicated to the work of Black & Pink for the LGBTQ community of every race, ethnicity, creed and color in Boston and around the country. Douglas cared for and advocated on behalf of other prisoners while incarcerated. He provided suicide prevention, hospice, dialysis care, and helped other prisoners file grievances to demand adequate medical treatment. Douglas was locked in solitary confinement after reporting being sexually assaulted by a prison guard. He will share his story and talk about how his experience in solitary has shaped his advocacy after his release from prison.
As a founding member of Black & Pink, Douglas has worked to support prisoners and people being released from prison, who may be navigating the halfway houses, struggling with suicidal ideation, and living with HIV. He will describe his ongoing work on the campaign to end solitary confinement and explain how audience members can get involved in this important human rights struggle.
Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Our work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. We are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing.
Grassroots Speaker Series: Learning and Action with Local Organizers
In the midst of today’s hostile political climate, grassroots organizers remind us that the struggles of oppressed people are not new. TSNE MissionWorks, with our long history of nonprofit capacity building, seeks to use our platform to lift up the voices of grassroots community organizers working on some of our society’s most pressing issues.
The Grassroots Speaker Series highlights the creativity, resourcefulness, and resilience of local community organizers. Our speakers will share how their lived experiences shape their organizing and the difficulties they face leading grassroots organizations.
Our speakers will explain how audience members can get involved in supporting their work, and may include a facilitated action step during their talks. We hope that attendees will leave with ideas about how to continue to support these important organizations and causes in their own lives—as nonprofit workers, funders, students, or community members.