tdc formed as a response to the reality that after three generations of calls for abolition feminism, from the Combahee River Collective Statement of 1977, to the Critical Resistance INCITE Statement on Gender Violence and the Prison Industrial Complex of 2001, to the Moment of Reckoning letter of 2020, the response to gender-based violence is more carceral and insular than ever before. The co-op formed due to the critical need for Southern collaboration on addressing violence in all forms (gender-based, reproductive, and state), as well as to begin building and resourcing the infrastructure necessary to have a community response to interpersonal violence that is outside the state and its institutions.
statement of cooperative labor politic
- tdc will operate as a worker-led, collectively-managed cooperative. While each worker-member brings a different skillset to the cooperative, which will shape that individual’s responsibilities, decision-making, financials, and strategic planning will be collectively managed by worker-members. In this regard, tdc utilizes policies and practices that contribute to collective buy-in and self management.
- The choice to operate as a cooperative was to actively resist the non-profit industrial complex. By decentralizing leadership and collectively managing our labor, tdc seeks to not replicate systems of workplace power dynamics which predominantly affect black and trans individuals.
- While a multitude of feminisms from QTBIPOC feminists have informed our work and effort, tdc actively salutes the liberatory power of centering Queer Black Women in the tradition of the Combahee River Collective Statement. In this regard, tdc seeks to incubate projects and campaigns which work for all survivors, with a focus on creating options that work for survivors from under-resourced communities.
statistics in georgia
- In the 2012 Annual Report of the Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project (GDVFRP), family violence experts observed that “many abused women face the reality of these two tragic endings: losing their life at the hands of their abuser or losing their freedom by killing their abusive partner” (GDVFRP, 2012, p. 39).
- Georgia’s authority on domestic violence has reported that victims have contact with law enforcement 79% of the time. Despite these numbers, only 17% of victims have had subsequent or prior contact with advocacy services (GDVFRP, 2018, p.66).