Jackson, MS – Last weekend, MSSC welcomed organizers from all over the region as part of GSA Network‘s Regional Organizers Convening (aka ROC). A majority of those present work with MSSC on the annual summer queer youth camp – QYLTS Action Camp, which will be held in Birmingham, Alabama this year.
In Mississippi, as in other areas of our region, there is often a sense that LGBTQ organizing with a Racial Justice lens is not happening and that local folks have to rely on national and East or West Coast organizations for support. This convening and the ones to follow hope to reframe that for the general Southern public. One mechanism for this work will be establishing a region-wide mentor network to support young people coming up through the organizations and programs that participated.
The convening was held at the newly opened Chokwe Lumumba Center for Economic Democracy and Development courtesy of Cooperation Jackson. An opening meet & greet for Jackson and Mississippi organizers welcomed the out-of-state participants who came from Georgia, Louisiana and East Tennessee. Representatives of GSA Network and Transgender Law Center also helped to bring in a National perspective.
QYLTS Action Camp
The Camp was founded in 2012 through a partnership between the Safe Schools Coalitions in our region and GSA Network. MSSC was host for the camp in 2013 and continues to be an anchor organization. This year, We’ll be taking about 10 youth and 2 staff to the camp and we are currently taking applications (apply here!).