Rashawn & Beyond: Anti-Violence News for Queer People of Color

The Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund aims to establish a sustainable tribute to Rashawn that promotes critical thought about the impact of violence and intolerance, particularly upon queer communities of African descent.

Through this blog, we provide action alerts, event postings and breaking news as a means of informing these communities in ways that enable them to combat racism and homophobia.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

THE LIBRA PARTY... A Multi-Tiered Benefit for the Michael Sandy Foundation

The Michael Sandy Foundation presents A Multi-Tiered Benefit to
Celebrate Libras and the Life of Michael J. Sandy which will take
place on Saturday October 11th 2008 at 5pm. This event will be held
at 128 Meserole St. Brooklyn, NY 11206. We are presenting this event
to heighten the awareness of hate crimes and to raise money to benefit
hate crime victims and their families. This three tiered event will
include a silent auction (5pm-7pm), a pumpkin carving contest with
celebrity judges (7pm-9pm, $25 to enter), and a dance party with your
favorite DJs (9pm-midnight). A cash bar will be available featuring a
special pumpkin martini.

This event was created to celebrate all Libra birthdays including that
of Michael J. Sandy. On October 13th 2006 Michael's life ended after
being struck by a car on the belt parkway. He was lured to this
remote location through the Internet by a group of four adolescent men
with the intention rob him. Scared, Sandy fled the scene only to run
into oncoming traffic being struck by a vehicle which caused his
death. All four perpetrators were found guilty of hate crimes and are
now serving prison terms.

All proceeds will benefit the Michael Sandy Foundation 501(c3)
committed to creating awareness of hate crimes in under served
communities and providing financial and emotional support to victims
of hate crimes and their families. If you would like to submit
artwork or a service for the silent auction please contact TONY at
TRBRUCE@GMAIL.COM with the following details: Your Name, Gallery or
Studio Affiliation, Phone Number, Email Address and a description of
art with image if possible. Checks or cash will be accepted payment
for all items won at auction.

If you are unable to attend donations can still be made via paypal at




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