The second organizational meeting of The Aaron Scheerhoorn Foundation for Change will be held tomorrow Saturday, January 29, 2011, 2pm-5pm, at the Houston GLBT Community Center, 1900 Kane Street. Please use the Silver Street entrance.
Longtime activist Ray Hill will be serving as temporary chair, helping the group get formally organized. Nominations for officers will be made at the meeting this Saturday, with voting a! t the next scheduled meeting.
The Foundation is a grassroots effort born out of the tragedy of Aaron Scheerhoorn’s death on December 10, 2010. Pursued by an assailant, and with a visible knife wound in his shoulder, Scheerhoorn asked for refuge at Blur Bar and was refused. While attempting to find refuge elsewhere, he collapsed and was stabbed to death as his assailant caught up with him, in Blur Bar’s parking lot.
Members of the Foundation will work to end apathy about the incident, increase safety on Montrose streets especially near clubs, and begin a ‘safe shelter’ program to enlist local bars and businesses to promise to offer safe shelter to any person in peril.
The group also plans to revive a community neighborhood watch similar to the now-defunct Q-Patrol.
The meeting is open to the entire community.