October 15, 2016
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First of all, thank you for taking the time to look at this. It means so much to me. My goal is to raise $1000.00 by December 1st. I hope you will help me reach my goal.
As many of you may know, I am passionate about issues related to domestic violence and the LGBTQ community. Violence has shaped so much of who I am and what kind of work my heart pulls me to do. As someone who does not fit the dominant narrative, I am constantly reminded of the violence that happens towards my identity as a woman, a person of color, and someone who is queer, not to mention the violence towards my body as someone who is heavier set and short. And I know I am not alone in this. I understand the privileges I have as someone living in the United States and that violence happens in various ways across the world, but I also know that they are interconnected and I believe that each of us know someone in another country who may be experiencing violence in some form or perhaps they know someone.
I spent 4 years working at a domestic violence shelter centering Asian women and I've spent 7 years organizing in the LGBTQ community with 5 years specifically in the Hmong LGBTQ community. Everytime that I went out to do trainings or to talk to young Hmong LGBTQ youth coming out, I hear stories of violence, hatred and shame towards many of them. And I know that across the world many others are also experiencing this type of violence. This has proven to me that violence, whether it is domestic violence, abusive international marriages, trafficking or any kind of violence towards us, is truly a global issue; that it is not confined by the contours of a state or country or community. I also know that it takes more than one person to do this kind of work and that is why I am asking for your support, because I know you care about social justice, about equity, about self-accountability, and about the health and wellness of our beloved communities.
In December, there will be an international global Hmong women's summit so that all of us across the world can come together to share our stories, understand how gender-based violence occurs in our community locally and globally and address the root causes. It will be the first one.
And that's not it. Additionally, we will have our first Hmong international LGBTQ convening because we know that we cannot talk about gender-based violence without talking about how it occurs in the LGBTQ community every single day; that our transgender brother and sisters experience policing of their bodies, physical violence and even murder and that LGBTQ people are less willing to report domestic violence because authorities are homophobic/transphobic and oftentimes, don't take these reports seriously. Many of our LGBTQ Hmong brothers and sisters in other countries cannot even come out because it is illegal or they fear for their safety.
So I ask for your support. To help make this summit happen because it is so important, not just to me but also to the world. Your support will help fund the summit, fund traveling expenses for people in Laos, Thailand and Vietnam in orde for us to meet, and it will invest in the bigger movement addressing gender-based violence and domestic violence.
You can read more about the work below - thank you so much for your support.
A network of community change agents and movement builders across the United States and Southeast Asia launched Building Our Future (BOF) in 2013 as a movement platform to focus on community-first efforts across the globe that critically looked at how we can change value systems, practices and cultural norms in order to end gender-based violence and build safe, strong, and thriving families.
In its first two years, BOF raised awareness about the harmful effects of domestic violence and abusive international marriages on families in the US and abroad. We brought together Hmong American organizers across the country in 2014 so that they could go back to their local communities and organize local efforts. Then, in March 2015 BOF convened 30 community advocates from China, Laos, Vietnam and the US in Thailand to begin connecting our work globally.
At this gathering we explored how we could build global solidarity in order to make deep cultural shifts. We considered what else might be needed to dramatically change the practices that negatively impact Hmong women and girls’ lives across the globe, because we recognize that our liberations are tied together. We knew we could no longer afford to work just in our countries, because we witnessed how oppressive gender practices are exported from country to country, disproportionately having negative impacts of young people and women.
We found great value in our time together and agreed that organizing a Global Hmong Women's Summit that includes more countries, and that brings more people is critical to growing a movement that builds international solidarity that transforms harmful practices.
To enable us to bring more sisters from across the globe who would otherwise not be able to join, and to help us with the expenses of putting on a global gathering, we now turn to you to ask for your support to make this first Global Hmong Women’s Summit possible. We aim to hold the Summit in Thailand in December 2016 if we can raise the funds needed.
We believe this Summit will strengthen each country's local work, and deepen our relationships to each other across our global Hmong communities to support those who are leading transformative work that ends gender-based violence so that families can thrive.
We know that building strong and thriving communities free of gender-based violence takes all of us, so we ask for your generous financial donation to support this Summit.
Thank you for supporting us!
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