CARE AND THE BLACK QUEER CAUCUS
Lighthouse Foundation has two teams that help us organize and advocate for our community: CARE, our direct-action organizing arm that’s open to everyone; and the Black Queer Caucus, Black LGBTQ+ leaders that host programming and identify issues affecting Black Queer people. Together, the BQC and CARE work to build a community based in healing, justice, and equity where Black LGBTQ+ people in the Chicagoland area can thrive.
THE BLACK QUEER CAUCUS
Who can join the caucus?
The Black Queer Caucus represents a cross-section of communities and interest areas within the Black LGBTQ+ community.
What are the expectations of caucus members?
Caucus members are expected to:
Attend Lighthouse events
Identify and vote on 1-3 campaigns annually
Initiate direct actions (demonstrations, protests) alongside CARE Leaders
Invite people to programming and caucus meetings
Share information about Lighthouse work and events to your social media and personal networks
What are the benefits of being a caucus member?
Caucus members will get training, political education, fellowship, and empowerment as part of a social justice organization dedicated to taking action. Members will also have the opportunity to build community with and network with a range of other Black LGBTQ+ folks. Together, we will be the catalyst for change for the next generation of Black LGBTQ+ folks!
How do I join?
Please complete the interest form below. Our Black Queer Caucus Corrdinator will reach out within 5 - 7 business days with more information and next steps. We're excited that you're looking to join us!
THE COALITION OF ACCOMPLICES FOR RACIAL EQUITY (CARE)
Who can join CARE?
Anyone committed to the pursuit of justice for Black LGBTQ+ people is invited to join. This includes non-Black and non-LGBTQ+ folks. CARE is open to both individuals and organizations (faith communities and non-profit organizations).
What are expectations of CARE members?
Attend at least half of CARE's monthly virtual meetings to help plan and execute racial justice campaigns by researching, developing campaign strategy, receiving anti-racism training, and preparing for direct actions.
Support fundraising for Lighthouse Foundation
Attend one community organizing training each year led by Lighthouse Foundation or an affiliated training entity
Participate in direct actions initiated by CARE
Amplify the work of CARE by sharing news of direct actions or fundraising efforts on social media networks, organization websites, newsletters, etc
Support CARE financially by paying the recommended membership dues to support the vital justice work (however, finances should NOT be a barrier to joining, and Lighthouse Foundation can work with you in this process).
What are the benefits of being a CARE member?
CARE members will have access to community-organizing training opportunities that will help them better serve CARE, pursue justice in their own lives, and offer others ways to pursue LGBTQ+ justice with a racial equity lens. Members will also have the opportunity to be in relationships with other leaders throughout Chicagoland, including nonprofit organizations, faith communications, businesses, and political leaders.
CARE members will also help develop concrete solutions to tackle racial injustice. Finally, being part of CARE is an opportunity to embody and extend your commitment to LGBTQ+ justice with a racial equity lens.
What are CARE membership dues?
Membership dues support staff salaries, programming and education for CARE and the BQC, and the Chicagoland community. Individuals are encouraged to give 1% of their monthly net income, faith communities are encouraged to make an annual membership commitment of 0.5 - 1% of their general operation budget, and nonprofits are encouraged to make an annual membership commitment at the following levels:
Wickie: $5,000 - $9,999
Beacon: $10,000 - $14,999
Guiding Light: $15,000 - $19,999
Luminary: $20,000 - $24,000
How do I join?
Please complete the interest form below. Our CARE Coordinator will reach out within 5 - 7 business days with more information and next steps. We're excited that you're looking to join us!