501 244 9690
A large section of CAR’s new space is being designated as a youth center to house our existing DYSC program that serves LGBTQ and ally youth and young adults ages 14-23. Our current roster numbers 200+ members and we have anywhere from 15-35 members who meet each week.
This program meets every Friday night from 6:30-9pm – summer hour start times may vary. During these meetings participants follow a curriculum developed by CAR that is based on developing leadership and learning skill sets using CAR’s working principles of education, organizing, advocacy and cultural work as the platform.
These meetings also serve to provide these youth with peer to peer interaction. Many members of the program are isolated and do not have access to other LGBTQ youth and young adults. For some this time is their only opportunity to spend time with their peers.
The “Center” will initially be open on Tuesday and Wednesday during the day from 9am until 9pm. Friday the Center will house regular DYSC meetings and curriculum activities. We plan to expand hours as our staff resources increase.
On the open days the youth will be able to “hang out”, listen to music, watch videos, play games, make art, do homework, visit with other members, etc. We are exploring fundraising opportunities that will allow us to house a computer center for their homework and media needs. The Center will also provide information on resources that can meet other needs participants may have.
****NOTE: We will be collecting furniture for the other side of CAR’s office (there is a divider wall between this space and the youth center) where we will be providing space for various group meetings such as PFLAG. We will also be building an adult oriented library of interest to LGBTQ community members.
The annual Rainbow Camp takes place every Memorial Day weekend from 5/27 - 5/30. LGBTQ and ally youth/young adults ages 14-23 are invited to participate. Fee is $15.00 for the weekend, includes all meals.
The camp will take place at Wild Magnolia in Boxley Valley (near Ponca, AR). This land is private, beautiful and held by queer women.
For more information: http://www.facebook.com/?sk=lf#!/event.php?eid=171310886259977
****NOTE: The Camp is supervised closely by CAR staff and vetted volunteers. We also are in need of the donation loan or funds for tents, sleeping bags, ground pads and refillable water bottles for the camp.
First Defendant to Be Convicted Under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that Sean Popejoy, 19, of Green Forest, Ark., pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of committing a federal hate crime and one count of conspiring to commit a federal hate crime. This is the first conviction for a violation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which was enacted in October 2009.
Information presented during the plea hearing established that in the early morning hours of June 20, 2010, Popejoy admitted that he was part of a conspiracy to threaten and injure five Hispanic men who had pulled into a gas station parking lot. The co-conspirators pursued the victims in a truck. When the co-conspirators caught up to the victims, Popejoy leaned outside of the front passenger window and waived a tire wrench at the victims and continued to threaten and hurl racial epithets at the victims. The co-conspirator rammed into the victims' car, which caused the victims’ car to cross the opposite lane of traffic, go off the road, crash into a tree and ignite. As a result of the co-conspirators’ actions, the victims suffered bodily injury, including one victim who sustained life-threatening injuries.
“James Byrd, Jr. and Matthew Shepard were brutally murdered more than a decade ago, and today the first defendant is convicted for a hate crime under the critical new law enacted in their names,” said Thomas E.. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “It is unacceptable that violent acts of hate committed because of someone’s race continue to occur in 2011, and the department will continue to use every available tool to identify and prosecute hate crimes whenever and wherever they occur.
“It is terrible and disturbing that violence motivated by hatred of another’s race continues to occur,” said Conner Eldridge, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. “We are committed to prosecuting such crimes in the Western District of Arkansas..”
If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison.
This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Fayetteville Division in cooperation with the Arkansas State Police Department and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Edward Chung of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyra Jenner for the Western District of Arkansas.
June 3, 2011 – 6:30pm
800 Scott Street (inside First Presbyterian Church)
For families with LGBTQ or straight ally youth ages 14-23 CAR’s youth program DYSC meets in the same building at the same time.
The PFLAG meeting is open to parents and friends of LGBTQ community members as well as LGBTQ folks.
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families, and friends through:
Support: to cope with an adverse society;
Education: to enlighten an ill-informed public; and
Advocacy: to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.
PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
A Transgender and Gender Variant Support and Discussion Group
Wednesday, June 8, 2010 – 6:00pm 800 Scott St., Inside First Presbyterian
CAR offers support to Transgender and Gender Variant community members through GEAR. This program is open to anyone who is Transgender, no matter where you are in your process of thought and/or transition! It’s open to folks who wish to transition, those who identify outside of the social normative constructs of “Male” or “Female” or have questions about gender and/or the overall parameters of gender. These meetings are a safe space to be respectfully heard, to share information and to create support networks. Partners are initially welcome, but this may shift into its own group depending on the group’s needs and desires. All ages are welcome.
Lineup at the Pink House – 1605 Robinson – Conway, AR
We need volunteers to work with CAR that day. 501-244-9690 if you can help!