Showing posts tagged signal boost

A New Chapter. Maybe.

fatbodypolitics:

gradientlair:

[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.

*DONATE to support my move to safety and health*

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!

kiriamaya:

villainsmouth:

villainsmouth:

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 flowrechild@gmail.com and you can add that in, sorry for the confusion

Boost

Netroots or Bust

everythingrhymeswithalcohol:

karnythia:

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!

transfolk:

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 ^_^

spiraljoestar:

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!

Take back crowd source fundraising from potato salad guy

badass-bharat-deafmuslim-artista:

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 guy

July 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:

http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/10/5887165/yes-potato-salad-belongs-on-kickstarter)

But more importantly, go here to support Imani:
http://igg.me/p/785440/x

Please share. Please give.

Help Charlie Move Out! YOUNG QTPOC IN NEED!

hopunk:

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.]
dynastylnoire:

lastrealindians:

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

boooooooooooooooooooooooost


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. 

[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.]

dynastylnoire:

lastrealindians:

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

boooooooooooooooooooooooost

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. 

View high resolution

Help Feed Strugg

so-treu:

strugglingtobeheard:

Hey community. I am reaching out to everyone because I need help buying groceries and feeding myself until next Friday. As many of you know, I have started a new job as a care counselor for youth in a group home who are referred there through foster care or mental health hospitals. I’ve done over 70 hours at the site but as I don’t get paid weekly but bi-weekly, I won’t see that money for about a week and a day. Most of my other finances are taken care of but groceries are not. And we need to eat. Any amount would be greatly appreciated, from $1 up! Anything will be appreciated. My paypal email is strugglingtobeheard@gmail.com and the link is here. If the link times out, just use the email address. If you can’t donate, please boost. I know a lot of people are mad at that potato salad shit, but I’m tryna make some of that too lol. So help me out! 

boosting!!!

SIGNAL BOOST THIS EVERYWHERE!!!

Black nb queer person in need of help — signal boost plz

verygaygirlfriendfoxmulder:

verygaygirlfriendfoxmulder:

My friend Chelle is in desperate need of help, monetary or otherwise. She has two rescue kittens she needs to feed, in addition to being able to feed themself and pay bills, as well as have transportation money to get to job interviews and possible jobs themself. 

They moved to NYC to go to school, after realising that their at-the-time home situation was going to disappear. They enrolled at NYU, and now due to the scammy nature of the financial aid office, the total lack of care the administration feels towards their students, she is struggling to make ends meet in Brooklyn.

NYU cut their aid, only offered only loans, and became more and more vague and unhelpful when it came time to discuss a financial aid package, her well being, etc. At one point, they retroactively took away Chelle’s pell grant and added that debt on top of the loans she had to take out to even attend. The situation is desperate, and with no family to fall back on, they really need help from the community. The only “positive” right now is that — God willing — their loans will come in in July. It’s just a matter of making it until then. 

Chelle is a Black 19 year old nonbinary queer living in poverty. She is a phenomenal writer, an extremely talented artist, honest, so incredibly bright and one of the sweetest, funniest, best people I’ve met. They suffer with various mental health issues that exacerbate the situation and make existing even more difficult than it already should be.

But this shouldn’t matter, because whether or not someone “deserves” help is beside the point. We have a young Black nb queer struggling to survive, exhausting their spoons every day by just existing, and in a financial hell. They need help. They need a little support right now to be able to stand back on their feet after being screwed over by people who shoulda been helping her out. 

They’ve asked me not to link their blog, but their Amazon is here and ckishelley@gmail.com is her Paypal. 

I know shit is rough, but she’s literally subsisting off like, fuckin’ listerine strips for meals. Anything at this point will help, any monetary donation big or small, any purchase from her Amazon wishlist.

Again, this is their PAYPAL (ckishelley@gmail.com) and here is their AMAZON WISHLIST. Please signal boost and help. 

Here is a list of finances they need:

******$112 for a pass, as she is going back to school in a month.********* (This is really important for mobility and independence)
$500 for rent
$150 for bills
$50-$100 for food/cat expenses

I saw some post about some potato kid or some shit and I wanted to re-signal boost this again. It’s still relevant, and I’ve gotten a lot more followers recently.

Please reblog, please send even $5 like. My friend is in a fraught living situation and needs help. 

Signal boost the hell out of this, people. And give what you can if you can!

Please help.

lichgem:

I’ve lost my source of income, and I need some help until I can figure out something else. I’m disabled, mentally ill, and basically alone. My needs are few, but without income, I’m afraid I won’t be able to meet them.

Donate to nymphbeast@gmail.com on Paypal if you can afford to. Please make a note that it’s for lichgem, since it’s not my Paypal. 

If you can’t afford to help, please signal boost. Thank you.

SIGNAL BOOST!

PSA

billboard-charts:

chihirobonbon:

agentsokka:

Hey folks, apparently 4Chan will be ‘invading’ tumblr as countermeasure against feminists swamping their site tomorrow. Apparently will involve hardcore porn, gore, etc., in the feminist tag. Dunno how bad or extensive it’ll be, but best be on the watch.

please please PLEASE be on the lookout, I went to /co/ and needless to say there was victim blaming left and right, so be v careful

signal boost!!!

Signal boost, take good care of yourselves, and the ask box is open here if anyone needs it!

I’m so sorry to do this again but I’m really desperate and freaking out.

neoliberalismkills:

I really hate asking for donations. but, as it is, I am currently mentally/physically stuck in a house that is really, really bad fo me.

as most of you know, I went thru a pretty shite situation recently. my best friend and lover was murdered, then I lost my two partners, then I was raped by two different people in the space of a week, one of which was at gunpoint.

my work, I’m a sex worker. I’ve been trying to make myself recover enough to get back into the game, but I can’t. due to the sexual assaults of recent, I’ve been really, really unable to work. too triggering. the second assault resulted in my living with the rapist for a few weeks and it’s kind of torn me apart.

Alastair (my partner) and I are trying to get out of the house we are currently staying in. it’s my parents’ house, but it is not a place I should be in for reasons you can assume but I can’t really type out. I need to get out so I can get back on my feet and get my life started again. I want to get us a hotel for a month ($800 here for a month; criminal record means I can’t get an apartment right off the bat). if you can donate, I’d be so fucking appreciative.

please. please help us if you can. donate button is on my blog, email for paypal is either hoekstraliebe@gmail.com or eattherichh@gmail.com, either one will work. thank you so much and I’m sorry to ask again, I really am. there’s also a donate button at the bottom of my description on my page. thank you.

SIGNAL BOOST THE HELL OUT OF THIS!

canon-trans-girls:

Hi I’m Robin, a 20-year old mentally ill trans girl. My parents gave me an ultimatum to either cut out my hormones until I graduate or to be cut off financially and I really can’t give that up, so I won’t be getting support from them during the next two years.

After making a budget, I’ll be coming up a few thousand short each year. Right now I require a minimum of $700 a month (rent and hormones) and in a month I can bring in just over $400 through a job, (the jobs aren’t even guaranteed for next year). 

Basically I’m really scared that I won’t be able to make ends meet by myself and I’ll have to ruin either my education or my transition to continue the other.

That’s why I’m going to be asking for donations right now. If you have a dollar or two to spare, I’d really appreciate it! The money will go towards covering the leftover money for living and funding my transition (clothing, makeup, and anything else that comes up).

The link to donate is here

Thanks!

(if I can’t get enough to get by i really will have to drop hormones so please help me)

Tumblr Call To Act!

writeswrongs:

writeswrongs:

Tumbr - 

A dear friend, writer, and Oregon black scholar, Walidah Imarisha, has had her work lifted without her consent and used to crowdsource and fund a documentary called Whitelandia. Whitelandia is supposed to be a movie about Oregon’s exceptionally racist history. Unfortunately the white film makers have built their entire work off the backs of black scholars and generations worth of black historians but have done little of their own research.

Walidah had this to say about Tracy MacDonald and Matt Zudrow, but I’m just going to quote a snippet:

And more than just using a clip of my program without permission, the producers stated several times, in our one face-to-face meeting as well as in various emails, that my timeline, my research and my analytical framework I put forward in my public scholarship form the spine of their film. Again, without my input or even knowledge. This situation, where my work as a Black female scholar has been used by two white filmmakers without conversation, credit, compensation or control reeks of intellectual colonialism. 

She continues:

My other concern is that this film raised a significant amount of money on a kickstarter using the faces, voices and stories of people who were not asked, and did not agree to it. I did not agree to be part of this project, and certainly not a part of a kickstarter campaign. It seems the majority of their money came from small donations, funded by everyday people who believe this is a vital topic that needs to be explored and shown on a larger level. People who thought they were funding a film rooted in and deeply connected to communities of color in Oregon, which unfortunately is not the case.

Here’s is Whitelandia’s facebook page. 

And here are the producer’s public contact info (I did not dig for this, this was openly available). Please write them and let them know that what they’re doing is hurtful to Oregon’s community of color, and that we are deeply saddened to see them profit off black bodies while simultaneously not allowing them credit or profit from the work they create. Although their intentions may be good, this does not absolve them from their profoundly racist behavior.  Please write to:

Tracy MacDonald (tmacdonald@uncolafilms.com) (503-490-4054)

Matt Zudrow (mzodrow@uncolafilms.com) (503-890-8132) 

For the rest of Walidah’s take down on the issue, please read her response to Whitelandia at her website here

Oh, and here’s their twitter.

They’re trying to delete and block black and other poc commenters on their facebook page now.