Our September Newsletter!

Our Director, Toni-Michelle Williams (left) with Stacey Abrams (middle) and Devin Barrington Ward (right).

Our Director, Toni-Michelle Williams (left) with Stacey Abrams (middle) and Devin Barrington Ward (right).

Our September Updates and Upcoming Events!

We've been gone for a minute now we're back with the jump off! SNaP Co. is in full bloom after our transformative Chrysalis and we have so many exciting updates and upcoming opportunities to share with you!

What We've Done: When we fight, we win! In an amazing collaborative campaign led by Women on the Rise and Racial Justice Action Center, we shut down the Atlanta City Detention Center (ACDC) and have moved into the work of repurposing the jail into a wellness center with the Close the Jail Task Force. Our people will never thrive in cages, and that's why we continue to fight for a world without them. 

We launched our newly designed website with all our newest updates and ways to get subscribed to all our events, newsletters, and campaign announcements! View the new site here. We also have our amazing Black Trans Futures Zine and the Trans Day of Visibility Artwork with Forward Together on our site. 

We had our August Membership Meeting and had over 30 collaborators show up and show out! We had deep and intentional conversations on how our folks want to build power in addition to an assessment of our communities' needs. We also got to share our juicy organizational updates with the squad to keep all of our collaborators in the know about our ongoing campaigns and our events coming up!

To close out August, our director, Toni-Michelle Williams, graduated from the Black Feminist Futures School led by Paris Hatcher. Additionally, she had the amazing opportunity to talk with Stacey Abrams at Atlanta Black Pride to uplift the work of Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative as a trans-led organization in the South fighting to invest in trans leadership and protect trans and queer folks in Georgia. (See her pictured with Stacey Abrams and Devin Barrington Ward in the bottom right photo.)

What's Brewing: Right now, we're gearing up for our transformative campaign to protect sex workers through deprioritizing arrest in Atlanta, which has been a part of our long standing work and mission illustrated through our Most Dangerous Thing Out Here is the Police Report and the March for the Gurlz. As we prepare for the end of Hot Girl Summer, we're working on how to be the most intentional and powerful in Build Black Trans Futures Fall. Come to our upcoming events and opportunities so that we can collaborate and build power on our newest campaign, and in the ongoing work of SNaP Co.!

Upcoming Opportunities: 

  • The Community Task Force Forum: On September 10th from 4PM to 6:30PM at The Gathering Spot (384 Northyards Blvd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313), the Repurpose the Jail Task Force is meeting with community members to hear from us about we want to see implemented and provided through the repurposed jail! This is the time that we need to be showing up and showing out for all the diverse and powerful communities that make up Atlanta. We are the experts on our experiences and our truths. Trans, queer, formerly incarcerated folks, folks living with HIV, and sex workers need to be seen, heard, included, and protected! Meet us there in your SNaP Co. gear!

  • Our Next Membership Meeting: On September 18th from 6PM to 8PM, we are having our next Membership Meeting to discuss updates from Black Pride, upcoming events, and our newest campaign updates! If you want to make sure you're down with us, come out. We'll be in the Brick House at 2855 East Point St., one block from the East Point Marta Station.

    RSVP through our Facebook Event Page here.

  • The Trans Visibility March: On September 27th and 28th, we'll be in DC with a squad of SNaP Co. Collaborators to represent and show out at the Trans Visibility March on DC. The March The #March4TransEquality weekend will begin Friday night, September 27, with the Torch Award Ceremony honoring TGNC/NB leaders for their more than 15 years of national service. The ceremony will take place at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

    Registration for the National Trans Visibility March is suggested, but not required. For more information, to register for the NTVM, or to purchase tickets to The Torch Awards please go to transmarchondc.org. We can't wait to see you!

  • Afropunk Atlanta: On October 12th and 13th, we'll be repping SNaP Co. at Afropunk Atlanta and taking over the Solutions Sessions panels on Saturday and Sunday! We need volunteers to table for us, set up/ clean up, and help us connect with all the amazing communities that come out!

    If you're interested in tabling, please fill out this Afropunk Interest Form by: September 27th! [You will get free admission for the weekend with stipends for lunch/ dinner (depending on your shift).] 

Opportunities Through Our Collaborators:

  • Pre-Arrest Diversion is hiring for a Care Navigation Manager and an Outreach & Harm Reduction Specialist! To read the full job descriptions and apply, click here. Applications are due September 18th!

  • MediaJustice is hiring for a  Co-Director and Campaign Strategies Director!

  • Atlanta Out of GILEE Event on Tuesday, September 17th from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library (111 James P. Brawley Dr. Sw., Atlanta, GA 30314). A coalition of Atlanta community organizations, faith leaders, scholars, and human rights activists have called upon Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to end the Atlanta Police Department’s participation in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange program.

Are you an organization collaborator and want to plug an opportunity for our next newsletter? Send it to SolutionsNotPunishment@gmail.com.

Thank you! We love and appreciate you all. See you at the Community Task Force Meeting on September 10th at the Gathering Spot from 4PM to 6:30PM! 

We #Snap4Freedom! Connect with us on our social media accounts and new website! Look out for our October Newsletter next month! Shake a hand, tell a friend!