Advocacy in all its forms seeks to ensure that people, particularly those who are most vulnerable in society, are able to have their voice heard on issues that are important to them, defend and safeguard their rights, and have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives. – SEAP
FCSJ’s advocacy efforts center LGBTQ issues, voter disenfranchisement and equal protections under the law. All of our work is intersectional and intergenerational. We collaborate in close partnership with other organizations and efforts within the social justice sphere.
In 2019, we…
- Created a digital resource library — a collection of resources to help people support the LGBTQ folks and allies in their lives. It also serves as an informational portal to keep our networks up-to-date on matters of politics and justice.
- Shared our stories at the annual HK on J Rally. HKonJ is an annual event hosted by the HKonJ Coalition, during which over 125 North Carolina NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters and over 200 other social justice organizations march to stand against legislative attacks on the people of North Carolina, and to demand that state leaders pass policies that protect the state’s marginalized communities.
- Provided resources and experience-based strategies to the NC NAACP to ensure that those on the margins of the margins (Black people and people of color who are lesbian, gay, queer, transgender, non-binary and/or gender non-conforming) are included in the fight for racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society. The NC NAACP took a historic, bold stance in favor of equality and protections for the LGBTQ community by including LGBTQ concerns and protections in each of their 14 core issues on the People’s Agenda.
- Advocated for victims of sexual assault. This year, the NAACP came under scrutiny for an NC-based sexual harassment case. Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls, FCSJ’s Founder & Executive Director, joined the Elder Women of the NC NAACP to urge current leadership to enact a Nationwide sexual harassment policy and supported the victim in this case. The NAACP made a historic commitment to formally addressing complaints of sexual harassment.
- Spoke about advancing the Equality Act and pushing forward LGBTQ+ rights in North Carolina at the The Equality Act Town Hall in Charlotte. Through the sharing of our stories and support, we were able to increase awareness of the need for the Equality Act and move us one step closer.