Welcome to DotOUT
The DotOUT Steering Committee/Board had been actively planning for our new calendar year (starts in April) with an exciting “new” event with the Dorchester Brewing Company in March and then the pandemic happened. The city and state shut down, our members lost jobs, our business sponsors closed their doors, friends and family members got sick and hospitalized, we went into survival mode.
Currently, the DotOUT board is trying to stabilize our own lives, some of us working longer and harder on the “frontlines”, some of us re-engineering our businesses and careers and all of us hoping for the best even as the challenges continue to mount with social unrest and threats to our freedoms.
Moves To DC
It has been extremely hard to imagine our board without Marie as Madame X of social media, a staunch advocate for transgender rights, the pre-eminent fanciful applicateur of name badges and all around wonderful person, but career led her to our nation’s capitol for the foreseeable future. One day she will return and she still tweets on occasion.
New Board Members
Take Virtual Helm
We will feature our new members on our board page but before things crumbled around us, we were able to recruit these three fantastic Dorchester transplants, Mike Hall, Sean Garren and Jack Vendetti. While they were supposed to be crowned at our annual meeting in April, we had to make do with a virtual coronation.
With the state and country on its way to a hopeful future relative to the pandemic, we will dedicate the next few months to sponsor outreach to help rebuild local businesses and those who remained loyal to the DotOUT mission. We just need time to rebuild our network and determine the best ways for all of us to support the critical infrastructure of our neighborhoods.
With the shocking repeat of the countless inequities against our nations people of color, we find ourselves reflecting on how can we make this stop, at the very least from the perspective of police actions. In this case, the images of George Floyd lying on the street next to a police car with a knee to his neck stimulated a visceral response from people of all colors proverbially locked in their homes due to a pandemic and frustrated by the lack of a government response. It reminds this community, no matter what color, of the frailty of living as an “outsider” despite the major social changes of previous decades. In the ranking of reported hate crimes by motivation, last available by the FBI for the calendar year 2018, while race ranks highest at 50% of incidents, almost 20% of incidents are against victims due to their sexual orientation. Trans-gender or gender non-conforming victims make up another 8% but with a tendency towards more violent crimes and death. We stand with the local and national protests for change and hope. This is a reminder that any of us may be victimized.
Our Goals This Summer
- Accommodating safe virtual social outlets
- Updating our membership with our network of local sponsors that gave to us so graciously in the past so that we can give back with our business
- Facilitating volunteer outlets for our membership to align with a redevelopment platform
- Building back upon our political advocacy foundation through virtual events around upcoming elections and register to vote endeavors