Do you have $5 to donate to help a low-income person pay for their needed abortion?
Yup, I’m reposting the exact same thing I posted yesterday….
For all the moments of despair we feel in battle over reproductive rights, donating to an abortion fund is a concrete way to help actual people in moments of true crisis.
And all it takes is $5 to help someone who has no where else to turn.
Please donate if you can. Your money WILL make a real difference.
My bowl-a-thon effort goes to the Lilith Fund here in Texas, a state that needs all the help it can get when it comes to reproductive rights and health care. Even though Lilith Fund gave out the most money ever last year ($78,000), they could only help 25% of people who called needing financial assistance to get an abortion. They had to tell 75% of the people who called them asking for help that they could not do anything for them. That is tragic.
And if you want to donate to a fund closer to your home, check out the long list of funds participating in this year’s event.
Seriously, if 1/2 the people who follow just this blog donated $5/piece, that would be $7,500, nearly 10% of Lilith Fund’s total budget last year.
Maybe as individuals we can’t save the world but together, in small pieces, we can get damn close.
I don’t have any money to donate (literally, not even $5) so I’m reblogging this so other people can hopefully help out. Please reblog and do what you can!
I deeply appreciate how many people have re-blogged this post.
And for everyone who has donated - you have my heart.
As of this point, 54 different people have donated a total of $1425. Unbelievable. I feel like the Barack Obama of abortion fund fundraising: lots of small amounts from lots of people = BIG money.
Just…THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.
And THANK YOU.
This is one of those things where if it wasn’t /this very second/ I could.
So here it goes into my queue so I’ll see it in the morning after my paycheck is deposited.
Putting my money where my mouth is. The fact that legal abortion exists doesn’t mean anything if geography and class prevent people from accessing it.
Why You Shouldn’t Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers | The Bilerico Project
Since 1986 the Salvation Army has engaged in five major assaults on the LGBT community’s civil rights and attempted to carve out exemptions that would allow them to deny gays and lesbians needed services as well as employment.
- When New Zealand considered passage of the Homosexual Law Reform Act in 1986, the Salvation Army collected signatures in an attempt to get the legislation killed. The act decriminalized consensual sex between gay men. The measure passed over the charity’s objections.
- In the United Kingdom, the Salvation Army actively pushed passage of an amendment to the Local Government Act. The amendment stated that local authorities “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.” The law has since been repealed, but it led many schools and colleges to close LGBT student organizations out of fear they’d lose their government funding.
- In 2001, the organization tried to extract a resolution from the White House that they could ignore local non-discrimination laws that protected LGBT people. While the commitment would have applied to all employees, the group claimed that it needed the resolution so it “did not have to ordain sexually active gay ministers and did not have to provide medical benefits to the same-sex partners of employees.” After lawmakers and civil rights activists revealed the Salvation Army’s active resistance to non-discrimination laws, the White House admitted the charity was seeking the exemptions.
- Also in 2001, the evangelical charity actively lobbied to change how the Bush administration would distribute over $24 billion in grants and tax deductions by urging the White House deny funding to any cities or states that included LGBT non-discrimination laws. Ari Fleischer, White House press secretary, issued a statement saying the administration was denying a “regulation sought by the church to protect the right of taxpayer-funded religious organizations to discriminate against homosexuals.”
- In 2004, the Salvation Army threatened to close all their soup kitchens in New York City to protest the city’s decision to require all vendors and charities doing business with the city to adhere to all civil rights laws. The organization balked at having to treat gay employees equal to straight employees.
Good to know. I should start carrying rainbow stickers & have my daughters stick them onto the kettles when we go in/out of stores. Glitterbomb that shit - get on it!
Everything I try to explain to people.
They’re also annoying as fucking. They badger you whenever you walk past and they never stop ringing their damn bells…and I really just want to falcon kick their buckets and yell, “what now, mothafuckaaaa” while continuing to be unreasonably bro-like and obscene…but in all seriousness, the Salvation Army blows.
I knew they were anti-gay, but I didn’t realize they were quite so…activist-y about it. It just keeps getting worse.
(Source: existentialcrisisfactory, via maevele)