[Nfbnet-members-list] May Survivors Task Force Updates and Invitation to Join Events

Daphne Mitchell dauroramitchell at gmail.com
Mon May 3 04:22:20 UTC 2021

Greetings, all:

The Survivors Task Force invites you to review and participate in the
following public-facing events being held by or featuring the
Survivors Taskforce during the month of May. Content Warning: links in
this message will lead you to resources that mention sexual assault
and abuse and domestic violence.

Survivors Taskforce May Calendar of Events

•	Saturday, May 8: Communications and Engagements Branch meeting 4pm Eastern
•	Sunday, May 9: Training and Culture Branch meeting 3pm eastern
•	Tuesday, May 11: Procedures and Oversight Branch Meeting 8pm eastern
•	Wednesday, May 12: Climate Assessment Survey closes
•	Saturday, May 22: Communications and Engagements Branch Meeting 4pm Eastern
•	Sunday, May 23: Training and Culture Branch meeting 3pm Eastern
•	Sunday, May 23: Encore Open Call to Collect Feedback on the Code of
Conduct 8pm eastern
•	Monday, May 24: Monthly feature on Nation’s Blind Blog
•	Tuesday, May 25: Procedures and Oversight Branch meeting 8pm Eastern

Find below the Zoom Participation Information for the Code of Conduct
FAQ Open Call on Sunday, May 23 at 8pm eastern. Registration is not
required to participate. Survivors, allies, members, and nonmembers
are all invited to participate. This is an encore meeting for those
who were unable to participate in one of the April open calls.
Provided feedback will be aggregated and forwarded to RAINN and those
working on the annual Code of Conduct review. Information for closed
captioning and Espanol will follow in another announcement.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 919 9201 0607
Passcode: 524424
One tap mobile
+13462487799,,91992010607# US (Houston)
+14086380968,,91992010607# US (San Jose)

Please use the registration links found below to sign-up with either
of the Survivor Task Force branches. Survivors, allies, members, and
nonmembers are welcome to join, and there is a field for volunteers to
communicate access needs to enable full participation in meetings.

Communications and Engagement:
Procedures and Oversight:
Training and Culture

All branches will announce special topic meetings in advance

Other Announcements:

The Survivors Task Force will provide an update on our internal
accountability process in the near future.

Your Feedback is important: Climate Assessment Survey Now Open!

As mentioned in the April 15 open letter from President Riccobono,
RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, is
partnering with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) to gather
feedback from the blind community, including NFB members and
nonmembers, in a climate assessment survey to help inform
recommendations for further sexual misconduct prevention and response
programming. This effort will assist in determining additional and
continuous training, which will ultimately provide consistency across
the organization. This is a baseline measurement to target our future
efforts and will continue to be assessed as a component of our
accountability measures.
All responses go directly to RAINN and are completely anonymous. RAINN
will deliver a report detailing findings and implications that will be
shared at the time of our 2021 national convention.

Take Survey via the Web or Phone
Participate in the assessment survey either via the web or by phone.
It will take approximately thirty to forty-five minutes. Please
complete by Wednesday, May 12, 2021. For the web*, use the following
link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/rainn-nfb2021
*Web survey note: if completing the survey with a screen reader, a
helpful tip when currently navigating pages in SurveyMonkey is to
press Control+Home before answering the next set of questions.
The survey may also be completed over the phone by calling
229-632-7878 or toll-free 833-632-7878. Please note that the phone
number above provides the survey in an automated system and will
require the survey to be completed at one time. There is an option to
pause the survey for five minutes and the pause can be extended as
needed. Push # for help.

Your participation in the survey is greatly appreciated. Thank you for
your commitment to the movement.

The NFB Code of Conduct may be found on NFB-NEWSLINE. Simply navigate
to the NFB National Channel, and you will find the Code of Conduct and
the Code of Conduct Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). They are
available in audio and text versions. Point your browser to
www.nfb.org/codeofconduct to view the document online. Links to the
Code of Conduct FAQs and Obligations for Responsible Leaders may be
found on this web page.

April 26, 2021 Blog:
The People in My Life Don't Believe Me: How to Proceed after Sexual
Abuse | National Federation of the Blind (nfb.org)

Sarah Erb and Rachel Grider have requested that the Task Force share
the following announcement:

#ListeningTogether is a YouTube playlist of songs that have been
instrumental in the individual journeys of those whom have experienced
misconduct within the blind community. We encourage use of this
playlist to increase representation, empathy, solidarity, and respect
in the blind community.
Each song contributed to this list has helped someone feel validated,
and was chosen because it has been meaningful to them in some way.

This is a collaboration for the use of those in the blind community—
whether blind, partially sighted, or sighted, who have experienced any
type or level of misconduct, trauma, abuse, harassment, and /or
assault. It will also be a tool for those who do not have firsthand
experience to listen together.

- Songs are added to the playlist anonymously. We are not collecting
personal data, and signing in is not required to fill out the form.

- Songs will be separated into two groups: secular and sacred.

- No specific consumer or advocacy group within the blind community
has claim to this collaboration, and those who add their songs to the
playlist need not be a member of any consumer or advocacy group.

- Email listening.together2021 at gmail.com with questions.

- Please feel free to share this information with others.

It is our sincere hope that we can truly listen together to encourage
empathy among the the various intersections that many identify with in
addition to blindness and we believe that we can rebuild a safer
future and a brighter culture in our blind community.

We will be using #ListeningTogether on social media to share the
submission link.


Thank you for your time,


You may find updates related to the Survivors Taskforce and a speaking
engagement request form on our website: www.nfb.org/survivors. You may
contact us by emailing survivors at nfb.org or call (410) 659-9314 Ext.
2238 to leave a voice mail. All information shared with the Survivors
Taskforce is held confidential and is not shared without consent of
the individual.

RAINN's National Sexual Assault Hotline: If you or someone you know
has experienced sexual violence, you are not alone. The National
Sexual Assault Hotline offers free, confidential support, 24/7, at
one-800-656- HOPE (4673) or online.rainn.org.


The Survivors Task Force

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