OLOC, INC.

aka Old Lesbians Organizing for Change   |   Cranston, RI   |  www.oloc.org

Mission

OLOC's Mission Statement:

We are committed to eliminate the oppression of ageism and to stand in solidarity against all oppressions by:

*addressing what it means to be Old and to be Lesbian
*finding ways to gather groups of Old Lesbians together for ongoing support
*working against all oppression that affects Old Lesbians
*standing in solidarity with allies for racial, economic, and social justice

OLOC serves the entire U.S., with numerous chapters throughout the country, and has members in other countries, including England and Victoria, Australia.

Ruling year info

1994

Administrator

Susan Wiseheart

Main address

P.O. Box 100129

Cranston, RI 02910 USA

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EIN

76-0393649

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

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National and Regional Gatherings

OLOC hosts bi-annual four-day National Gatherings of hundreds of Old Lesbians. Some years it hosts Regional Gatherings in years between National Gatherings. These events provide opportunities for Old Lesbians, who are often isolated in their own communities, to come together to celebrate, learn, experience camaraderie, and find and offer acceptance, support, and understanding for a few magical, very special days.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
LGBTQ people

OLOC publishes a monthly electronic newsletter and a quarterly print/electronic newsletter for members and supporters. These publications inform readers of the organization's and member activities, as well as other events and news of interest to the population served.
They are supplemented by an online member-only discussion group that provides real-time conversation on issues of importance to members.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Seniors

1) We maintain a Media Library of movies available for free home use. In addition, the Library has other media such as radio shows, music, and DVDs from pre-OLOC conferences and National Gatherings.
2) We provide support to the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project, which interviews Lesbians age 70 and over.
3) We honor Old Lesbians who have died in our Memorial Slide show, which we run at National Gatherings.
4) We sell Old Lesbian t-shirts and other items that promote Old Lesbian visibility with messages such as "This Is What An Old Lesbian Looks Like" in large, prominent print.
5) Our Research Gatekeeper vets requests for our participation in Lesbian research to ensure it will benefit and include Old Lesbians before recommending participation to our members.
6) We partner with other organizations with similar missions to engage in advocacy, activism, and social events.
7) We reach out to living facilities, retirement homes, and nursing homes to ensure that Old Lesbians stay visible.
8) We promote Old Lesbian visibility by attending
conferences of other national and local organizations,
presenting workshops on ageism and networking on
issues of mutual concern.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Seniors

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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We are a national network of Old Lesbians over age 60 working to confront ageism in our communities and our country. We use education and public discourse as our primary tools.

Our organization is directed by a Steering Committee that works to form and support local groups in their own communities.

We hold biennial National Gatherings, allowing us to come together to share experiences and ideas and recharge our energies for the tasks at hand.

We believe that we have a great deal of wisdom, experience, and strength to share with our communities, as well as among ourselves.

Everyone will have her older life made better by the work we do.

We are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Lesbian voice as well as increasing Lesbian visibility in a world that stifles it and threatens to erase it.
OLOC works for change by supporting:

· Comprehensive immigration reform

· Elimination of violence against women

· Enactment of universal single-payer healthcare for all

· An end to corporate “personhood"

· An end to any curtailment of voting rights

· The #Black Lives Matter and Black Women's Lives Matter movement

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OLOC, INC.

Board of directors
as of 01/10/2022
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Board co-chair

Alix Dobkin


Board co-chair

Sally Tatnall

Ruth Debra

Ali Marrero

Bonnie Wagner