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Turning Point Documentary Film Fundraiser

My name is Shelly Kapadia and I am a filmmaker with Below the Knee Films based in Richmond Virginia. We focus on films of global human importance, typically involving subject matter that takes on challenging social issues. Our current project is a feature length documentary about transgender people and their families called TURNING POINT.

I was very fortunate to grow up in a loving and open environment that allowed me to be whoever I wanted to be. The LGBT community wasn’t as visible in my childhood as it is now, but it was still there. Having a transgender son has lit the fire under me to make this film. The goal of the film is to showcase the experiences of transgender people and help the audience to reflect on what kind of relationship they would like to have with their transgender family member and friends.

 

Neutral Zone’s Riot Youth, a youth-led program, is a critical resource for LGBTQ+ youth and has changed the lives of hundreds of teens.
Recently Riot Youth teens launched a county-wide project to advocate and educate for high schools across Washtenaw County to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for all students.
Riot Youth has brought  together GSA & QSAs (Gay and Queer Straight Alliance student groups)  to understand the LGBTQ+ school experience through nearly 2000 surveys which they turned into key recommendations for school change. Next, they captured personal experiences of LGBTQ+ students through digital stories.
Now, the teens are being trained in dialogue to lead conversations for change with middle and high school students.  The goal is to share the video and host dialogues with 1000 students and to speak with 250 educators/school board members to advocate for inclusive policy, training and support.
Riot Youth teens are leading their school communities to be a space for school change.

Partnership Between Springmatter and the Stanford Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

We are pleased to announce a partnership between the Stanford Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute and Springmatter.org. The partnership will result in educational materials, workshops, and resources to expand the scope of the Liberation Curriculum. Plans are being made to formally launch this partnership on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King, April 4th, 2018.

“Preparing our youth to live in today’s world and to solve societies complex problems requires intentional teaching on diversity at very young ages. In fact, no age is too young to begin explaining and emphasizing the value of diverse backgrounds,” said Peter Tchoryk, Jr., Fund Advisor for Springmatter.org. “Central to the teaching of diversity are the ideals for which Dr. King gave his life and we’re honored to partner with Dr. Clayborne Carson (Founder and Director of the Stanford MLK Institute), to create educational materials that promote diversity in the context of Dr. King’s vision.”

Dr. Carson emphasized, “The success of democracy itself depends on the ability of the populace to understand and make decisions that have life and death implications, not just in one country, but the world over. Democracy and diversity are still a work in progress.”

“Our society needs to embrace the moral and social obligations that come with democratic process,” said Mr. Tchoryk. “In particular, the self-evident truth from our Declaration of Independence, ‘that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

“Dr. King was an advocate for human rights, not just civil rights, and firmly believed we all have a moral obligation to stand up for social justice,” said Dr. Carson. “I’m thrilled to partner with Springmatter and expand our efforts to teach the world about Dr. King’s philosophies.”