Matilda Bliss

is creating "Beyond Valley Street" Research, Writings, and Actions

8

patrons

$64

per month
Hearkening back to the days when Valley St was not just a dead end in Downtown Asheville, but was the heart of the Black business district, "Beyond Valley Street" is a collection of tools, schedules, and essays written to assist racial justice activists who are seeking to begin or expand their work, in hopes that they will help move us into era of racial and economic justice. Also as a White transgender woman who was raised middle class and who has focused her research and schedules on Asheville, NC, it is my hope that my work might strengthen alliances, and that the information and tools can be applied throughout the U.S. and cross-culturally when appropriate. I wish that this site can be of true benefit to those most impacted by White Supremacy and its Capitalist economic system.
 
I am creating this Patreon in order to continue providing 13-25 hours per week to the work of dismantling White Supremacy in Asheville (and hopefully beyond), and once I meet my first goal, I plan to raise funds for local Black or People of Color-led organizations, projects, and initiatives.

As a queer transgender woman, I have encountered cultural, health, and workplace discrimination, and it has endeared me to the causes of Black and Brown Liberation. As these barriers related to my identity have added up, I have lost my economic independence. I identify as poor/ working class. Members of these communities negatively impacted by race and class have been some of my staunchest allies in my process of coming out and existing, and it is my strong desire to continue working alongside of some of the wisest, powerful, and biggest hearted leaders in Western North Carolina..

From December of 2016 until June of this year, I had facilitated my own own SURJ meeting, the Do!scussion, and had expanded the meeting to include a work session, attending up to six additional meetings per week, and compiling a weekly calendar. I am part of the core team and collaborate on weekly Outreach, Advocacy, and Appreciate events, work to plan poor and working class caucuses, community potlucks, and more. My weekly calendars have expanded to include events taking place in rural Western North Carolina, disability justice centered events, community resources, and poor and working class centered events.

During the Fall of 2017, I also served as Letter to the Editor Coordinator for the Green Party campaign to elect Dee Williams, a local Black, living wage activist. This Spring, in hopes of ending cash bail and mass incarceration in Buncombe County, I added volunteer hours to my paid hours working with the Ben Scales campaign. I coordinated letters to the editor here as well. This Summer, I coordinated letters in support of written consent to search policy in the Asheville Police Department. As one of the volunteers providing the final push on a year and a half campaign, I feel I played some part in shifting dialogue and in council finally approving the policy unanimously. I coordinated letters in support of Firestorm and Steady Collective when they were confronted with notices of violation for offering harm reduction services in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. The notices were rescended. Most recently, I pushed for letters in support of the Transit Can't Wait campaign. The actual results of that work remain to be seen. 

And finally, following the release of video showing an officer with the Asheville Police Department beating an unarmed Black man who had been stopped for jaywalking, I began my work with the Real Asheville Initiative. I have scheduled events, coordinated directly with leaders in United Community Development and Asheville Black Lives Matter, and guided volunteers in work to compile racial disparity data in Asheville and to transfer the necessary skills, leadership, and ownership of the project to poor and working class segments of the Black community. Though in recent months, my work with this group has been reduced, I hope to begin collaboration again soon as ASURJ seeks to help form a Housing Coalition. Through these experiences and more, I have connected to and worked with many individuals and groups, shared and learned many new skills, and am excited to take this work to the Patreon platform.

* * * * *
Here's a little about Patreon. Becoming a contributor is easy, and all of my contributors help me to shift my focus away from cleaning and pet sitting gigs, and towards this crucial allied liberation work. Just sign up to contribute any amount whatsoever, and as I meet certain goals, I will be able to do such things as expand my schedules to include weeks and months instead of days, give a significant cut of what I make to Black and Brown community members and organizations (once I get to $500 per month, I will contribute half of all additional funds), give myself a library day, write well-researched essays, collect community members's stories, supply myself with additional training, and coordinate with community leaders to launch additional and effective campaigns, for public office and otherwise.

All is possible with a little bit of help, and Thank You!
Beyond Valley Street is an Asheville we can all find livable. Let's go there.
Tiers
Thank you!
$1 or more per month

Your contribution helps me continue this work! 

Goals
$64 of $250 per month
Meeting this goal will help me confidently take the step of facilitating a monthly support/ action group with the explicit goal of bringing more poor and working class and persons with disabilities into the movement. I will be able to give myself larger breaks between pet sits and be able to focus intently upon making contact and keeping contact with folks who would like to dismantle White Supremacy and our class system, as well as coordinating to make sure the meeting is as accessible as possible.
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Hearkening back to the days when Valley St was not just a dead end in Downtown Asheville, but was the heart of the Black business district, "Beyond Valley Street" is a collection of tools, schedules, and essays written to assist racial justice activists who are seeking to begin or expand their work, in hopes that they will help move us into era of racial and economic justice. Also as a White transgender woman who was raised middle class and who has focused her research and schedules on Asheville, NC, it is my hope that my work might strengthen alliances, and that the information and tools can be applied throughout the U.S. and cross-culturally when appropriate. I wish that this site can be of true benefit to those most impacted by White Supremacy and its Capitalist economic system.
 
I am creating this Patreon in order to continue providing 13-25 hours per week to the work of dismantling White Supremacy in Asheville (and hopefully beyond), and once I meet my first goal, I plan to raise funds for local Black or People of Color-led organizations, projects, and initiatives.

As a queer transgender woman, I have encountered cultural, health, and workplace discrimination, and it has endeared me to the causes of Black and Brown Liberation. As these barriers related to my identity have added up, I have lost my economic independence. I identify as poor/ working class. Members of these communities negatively impacted by race and class have been some of my staunchest allies in my process of coming out and existing, and it is my strong desire to continue working alongside of some of the wisest, powerful, and biggest hearted leaders in Western North Carolina..

From December of 2016 until June of this year, I had facilitated my own own SURJ meeting, the Do!scussion, and had expanded the meeting to include a work session, attending up to six additional meetings per week, and compiling a weekly calendar. I am part of the core team and collaborate on weekly Outreach, Advocacy, and Appreciate events, work to plan poor and working class caucuses, community potlucks, and more. My weekly calendars have expanded to include events taking place in rural Western North Carolina, disability justice centered events, community resources, and poor and working class centered events.

During the Fall of 2017, I also served as Letter to the Editor Coordinator for the Green Party campaign to elect Dee Williams, a local Black, living wage activist. This Spring, in hopes of ending cash bail and mass incarceration in Buncombe County, I added volunteer hours to my paid hours working with the Ben Scales campaign. I coordinated letters to the editor here as well. This Summer, I coordinated letters in support of written consent to search policy in the Asheville Police Department. As one of the volunteers providing the final push on a year and a half campaign, I feel I played some part in shifting dialogue and in council finally approving the policy unanimously. I coordinated letters in support of Firestorm and Steady Collective when they were confronted with notices of violation for offering harm reduction services in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. The notices were rescended. Most recently, I pushed for letters in support of the Transit Can't Wait campaign. The actual results of that work remain to be seen. 

And finally, following the release of video showing an officer with the Asheville Police Department beating an unarmed Black man who had been stopped for jaywalking, I began my work with the Real Asheville Initiative. I have scheduled events, coordinated directly with leaders in United Community Development and Asheville Black Lives Matter, and guided volunteers in work to compile racial disparity data in Asheville and to transfer the necessary skills, leadership, and ownership of the project to poor and working class segments of the Black community. Though in recent months, my work with this group has been reduced, I hope to begin collaboration again soon as ASURJ seeks to help form a Housing Coalition. Through these experiences and more, I have connected to and worked with many individuals and groups, shared and learned many new skills, and am excited to take this work to the Patreon platform.

* * * * *
Here's a little about Patreon. Becoming a contributor is easy, and all of my contributors help me to shift my focus away from cleaning and pet sitting gigs, and towards this crucial allied liberation work. Just sign up to contribute any amount whatsoever, and as I meet certain goals, I will be able to do such things as expand my schedules to include weeks and months instead of days, give a significant cut of what I make to Black and Brown community members and organizations (once I get to $500 per month, I will contribute half of all additional funds), give myself a library day, write well-researched essays, collect community members's stories, supply myself with additional training, and coordinate with community leaders to launch additional and effective campaigns, for public office and otherwise.

All is possible with a little bit of help, and Thank You!
Beyond Valley Street is an Asheville we can all find livable. Let's go there.

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Tiers
Thank you!
$1 or more per month

Your contribution helps me continue this work!