A Message from OLOC about the Epidemic:

The coronavirus is having a tremendous effect on our all lives. Many of us have been instructed to shelter in place and stay in our residences as much as possible in an attempt to slow and stop the spread of the virus. This can pose a major problem for Old Lesbians, who are often already isolated. However, there is no need to despair! OLOC is still active and thriving. The only thing that has changed at this point is that we are not meeting in person. But the chapters and the Steering Committee are finding other ways to carry on. There is something that almost all of us can find some way to do: reach out to others, stay connected to those who are important to you, ask for help if you need it, and look into the many opportunities to help others, whether that be with practical or financial assistance, a friendly check-in, or simply a smile. Spread some kindness around! Make THAT contagious.

And if you are interested in connecting with other members, you can check out our online forum at groups.io/g/NationalOLOC.

Please stay safe, everyone. You do not need to distance yourself socially from others, only physically! We are survivors and we will get through this.

National OLOC Invites ALL Members to Participate in a Virtual Get-Together “Meet and Greet” via Zoom

In response to discussions on the National OLOC Listserv and other requests, we are inviting all OLOC members and Old Lesbian friends to participate in a national Zoom call.

We have had such an overwhelming response to this Zoom Meet and Greet that it is now closed. If you’d like to be added to the wait list please email OLOCccZoom@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
4:00 P.M. Eastern / 3:00 P.M. Central / 2:00 P.M. Mountain / 1:00 P.M. Pacific

Topic: Getting to know each other a little better…

This meeting will be very informal but a little structured so we can all participate. Please come prepared to reflect on this question:
• What has been your favorite thing to do during these pandemic months? What keeps you “sane”? For example, have you discovered a new hobby?

We hope this will be the first in a series of calls. If this experiment goes well, we will be seeking input for future Zoom calls on specific topics and at different days/times.

Don’t be afraid of Zoom!
You can participate via your computer, tablet, smartphone, or landline. Our team will make this as easy for you as possible–and offer a quick tutorial prior to the call if you’ve never used Zoom before! Please direct questions to: OLOCccZoom@gmail.com.

To participate, PLEASE REGISTER HERE.
When registered, you will receive instructions on how to join the Zoom and participate in the discussion.

Facilitators:
Mev Miller, 1955, Rhode Island Chapter Coordinator
Deirdre Knowles, 1947, Puget Sound Chapter Coordinator

By the way, June 2 is National Donut Day! Bring your own favorite donuts–or snacks.

 

Tickets are now available for this FREE Film Festival.
For more info and to get tickets…

OLOC Zooms!
The Rhode Island chapter is meeting biweekly via Zoom. “It’s been a relief, blessing, and touchstone support for all of us. We enjoy it a lot and are grateful to have this way to stay in touch!”—Mev

Top l-r: Dee Bird (1951), Sally Hay (1950), Nancy Howard (1953), Mev Miller (1955), Deb Valletta, (1952). Middle l-r: Elda Dawber (1944), Cathy Gorman (1946), Marj Moskol (1932), Joan Dermody (1946). Bottom: Thea Ernest (1954).

OLOC Mission Statement
To eliminate the oppression of ageism and to stand in solidarity against all oppressions.

OLOC Vision Statement
OLOC will be a cooperative community of Old Lesbian feminist activists from many backgrounds working for justice and the well-being of all Old Lesbians.

OLOC in Action

WHO WE ARE

We are a national network of Old Lesbians in our 60th year or older working to confront ageism in our communities and our country. We use education and public discourse as our primary tools.
Our national organization is directed by a Steering Committee that works to form and support local groups who will work 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 movement
  • the Say Her Name! movement
  • the civil rights of all indigenous people
  • efforts to achieve net zero CO2 emissions
  • efforts to reduce climate crisis impacts that fall disproportionately on the poor and vulnerable