Get ready for our next grassroots training webinar: “Queer the Vote: Taking Back our Democracy,” scheduled to take place on Wednesday, August 15, 5:30-7 p.m. Central, 6:30-8 p.m. Eastern.
This webinar will cover what groups can and can’t do around elections and how much much they can spend (with 501(c)3 funding); how to use existing resources to get people to the polls; and different strategies for how to target populations that have had lower turnout.
As we rally, protest and demonstrate in the streets to promote dignity and safety for all and to bring an end to the criminalization of our communities – queer, immigrant, poor, black and brown – it is imperative that we also show up to the polls this November. Now, more than ever, our votes matter.
Voting in local, state and federal elections is part of how we can change policies to end local law enforcement’s collaboration with ICE. To end the practice of money bail. To pass local non-discrimination ordinances. To make our schools safer for trans and LGBQ students. To create living wage jobs. To increase access to quality and affordable healthcare.
This webinar, along with our annual #QueerTheVote grant round, is part of our commitment to supporting grassroots groups across the South to mobilize voters through non-partisan voter registration and turn out drives.
The webinar will be led by Fletcher Page, Community Organizer with the Campaign for Southern Equality, and a panel of organizers from across Alabama who helped turn out record numbers for the U.S. Senate special elections last year: Que Bell, with the Knights & Orchids Society; TC Caldwell with Coffeehouse Poets; and Tori Wolfe-Sisson with Blk Pearl. See below to read more about the panelists.
We know voting alone isn’t enough to create the world we want to live in, but it is a necessary part of the work.
Join us on August 15 to learn how to turn out the vote in your hometown, and on November 6 at the polls!
About the Panelists:
Born and raised in Piedmont, South Carolina, Fletcher Page is a trans man who’s been working for social justice since 2012. As a Community Organizer at CSE, Fletcher’s work focuses on mobilizing and supporting communities and community members; this includes coordinating voter registration, digital and rapid response organizing, and supporting LGBTQ Southerners in accessing resources and support in times of crisis. In 2017, his work with CSE included helping organize 26 free Pop-Up Clinics to provide direct services to LGBTQ folks across the South. Fletcher has served as the Program Coordinator of Gender Benders, a grassroots support and advocacy group for trans and GNC people, since January of 2016; in this role he does education work surrounding trans issues and assists with organizing Camp GB, an annual summer camp for trans and GNC people across the southeastern US. Fletcher is also a proud graduate of the Front Line Leaders Academy.
Quentin “Que” Bell is a Black Trans activist, entrepreneur, and mentor born and raised in historic Selma, Alabama. Que received his Bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University in Business Administration with an Entrepreneurial Concentration. While at ASU in 2012, Que founded The Knights & Orchids Society a southern centered grassroots startup led by black, queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming people fighting at the intersections of racial and gender justice. Since 2012 Quentin’s goal remains unchanged, to improve the quality of life within the LGBTQ+ community by creating safe spaces that empower, educate, and unite Trans, GNC, & Queer role models of color. Que has dedicated his adult life to actively serving in leadership positions to help advance the fight for LGBTQ equality and inclusion while increasing visibility for Trans men of color.
Traniesa “TC” Caldwell uses she/they pronouns. Poet activist. Grew up in the rural south. Believes in community. Founder of CoffeeHouse Poets and Creative Director for The Knights & Orchids Society.
Tori Wolfe-Sisson is a Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer at BLK Pearl. BLK Pearl is a learning and leisure organization empowering Black, Brown, Indigenous, Transgender and Queer Women in the American South and Rural places around the Globe. Lead organizer of the largest protests and rallies in support of LGBTQ+ people and youth immigrants in Alabama this decade, Tori has been a bridge between movement moments. Equity for all is the vision they work to see each day from dusk to dawn. A proud wife to the brilliant Shanté Wolfe-Sisson, lovingly aloof parent to Whammie the cat, Tori enjoys painting with friends, horseback riding and trips to the driving range. Secretly they are a conference call comedian, dial 7 for details. (;
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