[Warning for suicide-related content below]
[Image: A person holding a sign up in front of a busy crowd that says “using the restroom is not a crime”. Beneath it is the text: “Arizona just proposed a bill to jail trans people who use the “wrong” restroom. We can stop this: www.allout.org/arizona”]
Tumblr, we need you! A rogue Arizona State representative, John Kavanagh, wants to pass a bill that would thow trans people in jail for using public restrooms. Anyone could be asked for I.D. to “prove” their gender, and if there’s a discrepancy they could face a fine or jailtime.
When asked why the bill targeted trans people, Kavanagh explained that it’s because he thinks “they’re weird.” Outrageous.
We can stop this bill by taking action at www.allout.org/arizona and spreading the word far and wide. Will you help?
Oh, and if you think it would stop at just “show us some ID?” you’re wrong. You know how long it’d take before a cop was all, “I think this ID is fake, I’m going to need to see your genitals”? I give it a good thirty seconds.
All laws and measures that would restrict the ability of trans people, esp. trans women, to move and live freely must be hacked to pieces and disposed of.
[Image: a split picture. One side is a photo of a Black man wearing glasses in a hospital bed with oxygen tubing under his nose. The other side is a sign that reads: “My name is Michael Hunter. I was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2013 & was told on June 11, 2014 that I only have a few months left to live if I can’t find a donor. Please help me with my biological family or a donor match! I was born in Columbus, OH 3/1/1985 at Doctor’s North Hospital and given the name Christopher Brown. Please share”.]
"My name is Michael Hunter. I was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2013 & was told on June 11, 2014 that I only have a few months left to live if I can’t find a donor. Please help me with my biological family or a donor match! I was born in Columbus, OH 3/1/1985 at Doctor’s North Hospital and given the name Christopher Brown. Please share"
Michael is a friend, I’m asking that you all take the time to share this. He desperately needs a bone marrow donor and there is very limited number of African American donors. Without a donor Michael is going to die.
Michael was adopted and does not know his birth family. We know he has a half brother but have no information about him.
He does not specifically need an African American Donor but because of all of the things that factor into finding a match (blood type, dna tissue etc.) , someone of similar descent is more likely to be a closer match.
If anyone knows anything about Michael’s birth family or if you would like to see if you are a match, please privately message me. I can put you in touch with him and his caregivers directly!
We hope through spreading awareness we can either find his birth family whom he does not know or find a donor match. Michael lives in the Cincinnati, OH area. Please dont just like this or scroll past. Please share this! You could save his life!
BOOST. Its so hard for Black people to find donors.
You can follow journalists on twitter that are on the ground in Ferguson. They are showing what’s really going on an verifying with pics and videos.
This is sad but what’s news they continuously lie to us
- Donate money to have those arrested in Ferguson released on bail. These people belong on the streets, especially at a time like this.
- Send a note of condolence to the family of Michael Brown. Let’s not forget the tragedy that started this.
- Donate to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund. This is an official fundraiser run by the Brown family’s lawyers. They are going through so much, lets make sure at the very least it isn’t a financial burden.
- Help get people on the ground. There are activists and reporters who want to do their part and get to Ferguson. Donate and get them there. I am so far aware of Zellie Imani, Zak Jemmott, and JR Valrey (a reporter for SF Bay View).
- Donate to the Ferguson Youth Initiative.The children of this community deserve better than to be gunned down. Make sure they get that in the future.
- Feed the children of Ferguson. Many children in America rely on school to get their meals and thanks to the civil unrest caused by the police, the children of Ferguson have been without school since Monday. These people want to make sure that doesn’t mean anyone is going hungry.
- Find a National Moment of Silence in your area. If one doesn’t exist, start one. Share this experience with others. Solidarity is important.
- Keep awareness up. Not just among the like-minded people on tumblr, this is something everyone needs to be aware of.
- Spread accurate information. There is a lot of distortion going on here and spreading every piece of information as it is reported only makes that worse. First and foremost make sure you are listening carefully, then share what is important and relevant.
If you are aware of any good causes or ways to help that I have missed, please reblog and add them.
if you’re interested, this person is trying to organize a food/meal drive for elementery school kids in Ferguson.
schools in Ferguson have been closed since Monday and that’s where a LOT of the kids in Ferguson get their food from, to explain how important this is.
[content warning: suicide ideation, sexual assault, emotional abuse, street harassment, online abuse]
If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know a bit about me and the things I face dealing with a great deal of violence online (some in response to this blog existing; some in response to me existing), from anti-Blackness/racism/sexism etc. and misogynoiristic trolling to the rape threats, death threats, doxxing threats and now even libel. However, what you may not know is this violence is mirrored offline as well, and not solely via microaggressive harassment in public space or the gendered/sexual violence that is street harassment—which I’ve experienced for 23 years as of this month—but in terms of violence because of where I live.
I live in the city I grew up in again, and it is difficult to live in; a place about 25K below average family income in the U.S. But it’s also difficult because I don’t live alone (when I used to pre-recession; alone is the only way I can live, from what I’ve experienced) and I don’t feel safe because of dealing with a great deal of emotional abuse, from having doors purposely left open and me waking up in a panic as a survivor of sexual assault, to people in the home while I am asleep and waking up in a panic again. I wake up in panic perhaps 6 out of 7 days a week and I already have Anxiety and PTSD. And my depression is back.
I do not get good sleep ever unless physically somewhere else, whether a recent pleasant staycation that I wrote about, to an even more recent emergency survivalcation that I took because that day (this past Wednesday) it was either run or suicide. It was. I deal with invasion of space, lack of privacy and no sense of safety whatsoever. There is no peace. Ever. I then leave this place daily to be street harassed from being demanded to smile despite carrying around all of this emotional weight on my back to being verbally or even physically assaulted and threatened during street harassment. Then I return to this place for more emotional abuse. Or I turn on social media mostly to be abused online (though a few kind people I interact with online as well).
There’s other factors that are too painful to discuss, but basically it’s like domestic violence (though it’s not “intimate partner violence,” it can still be emotional abuse in a non-romantic domestic situation) and I’m at the point where I thought I could wait to save and move but I’m not sure I’ll be alive long enough to do so. Further, because I am not the “rock” right now among some people who know me offline, they are further abusing me because how dare I not be a “mammy” to feel their pain and solve all their problems (which mirrors much of my online experience). I am only entitled to their ”love” as long as I coddle them and the moment I am not healthy enough to do so, I am immediately and vociferously betrayed. (Please believe that violence as emotional abuse exists outside of romantic or sexual romantic relationships.)
I know safety is mostly an illusion, especially as a Black woman, believe me. But even so, space, privacy, a security system and a slightly better neighborhood would go a long way. I’m not necessarily trying to buy “happiness” (as I wrote about in detail before) but I am trying to move by the time I return from out of state on August 8th. (Another escape trip because I have to try to be somewhere safe and happy for as many days as possible.) I’m not sure I can manage to remain on Earth much past that date in the current residential/city situation that I am in, on top of dealing with online abuse and public harassment including street harassment. I need at least one space to just “be” and a small safer place with alarm would help. A new space, enough $ for mental health care and extended break from social media after the first two happen would help me live.
I was gonna make GoFundMe but as I wrote about before, I don’t want to risk the attention (if you know me, you know I find hypervisibility to be very violent most of the time) and then deal with the threats I dealt with 8 months ago when I raised money for my brother after he was violently attacked. I know so many people think Black people and Black women in particular deserve violence and harm, (I mean, everyone is socialized to think so; it’s something we unlearn) so it doesn’t make sense to make an official fundraiser so that people see an amount collected and then decide I’m not “worth” that amount and then harm me or harm anyone who chooses to donate.
Instead, I will use my PayPal button on my blog and if you’re interested in helping me move, it’s greatly appreciated. Obviously I’ll have to raise a few thousand to add to what I have to move because as a freelancer who isn’t at an abusive but deemed “stable” corporate job anymore, as I was pre-recession before I was laid off, I have to put more money up front and there’s no “lease specials” and such for someone in my situation. I need enough to pay several months up front and some super inexpensive and simple furniture. Hopefully this problem, which yes, is solvable by money (not that all problems are; this one is; safer place to live and new mental health care require money), will be resolved by the date I need it to be.
I just want to be able to sleep at night. And be away from some abusive people. And have this happen sooner than later. That’s all. Trying to stay alive I guess; last straw I guess. Other than this I feel very…done. I don’t know.
If you are able to help, thank you. Means a lot. It’s really life or death. If it wasn’t, I would not have written this. In fact, I’m always very open on my blog but I still hid most of this particular situation away.
(And if you don’t want to help, don’t believe me, don’t care, or think I deserve harm, that’s fine—it doesn’t surprise me—but please keep that to yourself or keep that on your own blog; thanks. Just asking that any dissent or violence be kept away from this one post.)
Help her out. Share. Signal boost!
SIGNAL BOOST THE SWEET HELL OUTTA THIS, PEOPLE!
im black and queer and afab trans and disabled i cannot get a job or even stand up some days please donate to me so i can get a quad cane (my current cane is ok but really not doing much and i cant really afford to get a new one right now) and just generally have money so i dont have to worry about that while i worry about everything else
apparently the link is a general paypal link, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org and you can add that in, sorry for the confusion
Help get Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia), Jamie Nesbitt (@thewayoftheid), Shafiqah Hudson (@sassycrass), and Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones) to NetRoots Nation 2014
So this is the tiniest of fundraisers because we fell just a little bit short. If you can help, please do. Thanks in advance for even considering it!
Please donate to these amazing ladies!
SIGNAL BOOST SO MUCH EVERYONE. JUST DONATE AND SIGNAL BOOST LIKE YOU’VE NEVER BOOSTED BEFORE!
hi everyone! im dad and i have a much better cause for you to donate to besides dashcon so pls Listen Up
i was born with a super shitty birth defect called cleft lip and palate. its basically a huge……cleft where ur nose and lip is supposed to be.
i’ve had over 20 surgeries in my lifetime to correct it, but i still require cosmetic surgeries, which my insurance won’t cover.
my family has lived in poverty for about 5 years now. i was bullied to the point of dropping out of high school to treat my PTSD that resulted from years of abuse because of my disability.
which is why i made a gofundme page to collect donations for facial corrective surgery!
i really do require further surgeries to be able to function well enough that i can, hey, i don’t know, go to college or something. that would be super nice!
so please check it out, read it, send it to ur friends, reblog it, throw in 2 cents, whatever you can! thank u ^_^
ok so i dont have any money and i rly need hormones, like bad
i put up a donation button on my blog for you to donate with paypal
im autistic and trans and i cant get a job for a long while so seriously if you could donate, no matter how little you do, it would mean the world to me. i can draw you a picture or write a short story if you want, i just rly need the money.
and if you can’t donate, thats ok but i ask you to signal boost this if you can id even still draw you stuff if you asked.
SIGNAL BOOST, Y’ALL!
I got this in a forwarded email today and I wanted to help spread word about this project.
P.S - fuck that potato salad guy. seriously.
Take back crowd source fundraising from potato salad guyJuly 10, 2014 at 7:10pm
Alright folx, this white dude on Kickstarter has raised over $45K w/ 22 days left to go for what? Potato salad. Yes, you heard it right. He’s asking people for money so he can make potato salad.
Meanwhile our friend and champion activist Imani Henry is struggling to make $15k for a brilliant, beautiful, and necessary project about #gentrification in #Brooklyn. Here’s the link: http://igg.me/p/785440/x
Jerks like potato salad guy and his friends who feel they have nothing better to do with their money are buying condos and contributing to people losing their homes and communities in places like Brooklyn, San Francisco, East Harlem, Oakland, and so many other places. And this is one of many reasons why Imani’s project Before It’s Gone // Take It Back is so important. I know our communities aren’t flush with cash or the entitlement to ask for $$ for potato salad, but I’ll bet many of us know of at least one person who might have a little extra income. If that is the case, please ask your pals to donate money to Imani’s project.
Also, there are enough of us who can give $5, $10, or even $20 to this project. If enough of us give even the smallest amount, Imani can reach his goal. This project is a community project. Many benefit from it. Please please help make it happen! There are 9 days left to raise $10,470. It’s totally possible if we all get on board. Let’s help Imani take back Brooklyn and let’s all take back crowd source fundraising. (If you must know more about potato salad guy, go here:
But more importantly, go here to support Imani:
Please share. Please give.
Charlie is a young QTPOC currently living in Ottawa, Ontario. They’re a great and gentle soul who is perhaps the friendliest and funniest person you’d ever meet! Unfortunately, their home situation has been less than ideal and they recently got kicked out of their home once they came out to their parent.
Thanks to friends, they have a place to stay for a couple weeks while they try to find a job and housing arrangments but they are looking for a more permanent solution and immediate financial assisstance for things like food, clothing, personal items and certifcations that will aid their job search. Charlie is the sweetest person I know and it pains me to see them in such a position so we’re asking for donations to help them secure a place to live and the first couple months rent while they try to get a job and figure out life on their own.
The goal is to raise 3,000$ in the next 30 days and every dollar counts! Even if you can’t donate, just spreading the word and sharing this page would help immensely.
Thank you so much!
this is a really, really good friend of mine who I love so much and this entire situation breaks my heart. if you can donate, please donate!!!!! and if not, just reblog this and spread the word. thanks
Signal boost like you never signal boosted before, Tumblr. Let’s make sure Charlie gets taken care of.
[Image: A photo of all six members of the Eagle Bull-Oxendine family in the living room of a house, on a sofa with a brown dog to the far left.]
The Eagle Bull- Oxendine family is being sued by their child’s school for defamation, because they asked the school to permanently change their offensive and culturally insensitive Thanksgiving curriculum and to honor a two-year scholarship taken from their daughter after they voiced their concern over Native appropriation there.
They’re raising funds to defray mounting legal expenses. Please share this link and donate what you can. If they lose, we all lose. This case has the potential to set dangerous precedent where Natives are effectively gagged from speaking out against appropriation and the abuse of our culture and sacred ways by mainstream society. This is legal conquest. We can’t allow them to play Indian and hide behind judicial robes to do it. Thank you.
Contribute here: http://www.gofundme.com/8f3z30
Boost the ever loving hell out of this y’all.
Taking an educational opportunity from a girl because they don’t like the way her family says true things? This cannot EVER be allowed to stand. Punishing a child to silence her family. This school district needs to pay out of the nose for that bullshit.