National Stonewall Democrats is officially “on hiatus,” Executive Director Jerame Davis said in an exclusive interview with Dallas Voice on Monday.
The organization suspended operations on Jan. 1 but plans a relaunch for 2014.
“A lot of decisions are being made,” Davis told the Voice. “It’s likely our office will be closed for most of this year.”
Davis continues to work as an unpaid volunteer and will use the current office in Washington, D.C., at least through the end of the month.
Local and state chapters will continue to operate normally. Stonewall Democrats of Dallas President Omar Narvaez said his group’s regular monthly meeting is Jan 15. He described the Stonewall as very grassroots, operating from the bottom up, and said locally nothing will change.
In an email to members in early December, Davis warned the organization was facing a $30,000 deficit and might be forced to close if the money was not raised.
Davis became executive director of National Stonewall Democrats in December 2011 and inherited the organization’s debt.
“We’ve never raised enough money out of dues alone to keep the organization going,” he said.