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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[livejournal.com profile] wldcatspstr_14 is fundraising to save her family home from foreclosure after her parents lost their jobs; she and her siblings can handle the regular mortgage payments but need help coming up with the lump sum of back money owed. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] sugar-and-bitter-blues linked to a fundraiser for Cassie, who is about to lose her home and will not be able to graduate college because of student loan issues (her co-signer wants her to attend conversion therapy before they will co-sign). You can read more and give at her gofund me here or her YouCaring here.

[tumblr.com profile] tangerine42 linked to a fundraiser for Ashley, Heather, and their baby daughter Frida of Frog Belly Farm, who just lost their home, farm, and livestock in a wildfire last week. They're raising funds to help find/build a new home and find work. You can read a news story about the fire here and give at their gofundme here.

[tumblr.com profile] jellyfishdirigible linked to a fundraiser for Ruadhan ([tumblr.com profile] ruadhan1334), whose disability payments have been temporarily but severely reduced. He needs help to meet his costs for HRT, bills, and food for himself and his cats. You can read more and give at his GoFundMe, support him at his Patreon or Bandcamp, or buy some awesome buttons and jewelry at his Etsy Shop.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Tiaras N Teakettles, who recently lost her disability benefits without being told her case had been decided. She is running a patreon posting thrifty princess advice to help cover bills while she job hunts. You can check out the patreon here.

[tumblr.com profile] katsuko1978 and [tumblr.com profile] apollymi are raising $1000 to deal with unexpected car repairs and other expenses; you can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They literally have no money left until their next worker's comp check comes, which means no gas money for their car, so they can't get anywhere to do odd jobs for bill money. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's job ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she can land another one. She has a donation page up here but is also selling beaded jewelery through Etsy; you can check out Saxifrage Designs and make a purchase here.

Holly was recently injured and needs surgery, but has to come up with $1800 before they will schedule her; she's in a lot of pain and will be until she can have her injury fixed. You can give via paypal at marajade@chattooine.com.


Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] howdoyoutmblr is a grad student in linguistic anthropology, researching the way people use language on specific social media platforms and how that relates to political/civic engagement. She has a survey up about the topic to gather more info; you can read more and reblog here, check out the faq here, and take the survey here.

[tumblr.com profile] jonaht's son is attending UNLV for Business Management and is doing a survey for a school assignment about Disney starting to use virtual reality. You can check out the survey and participate here.

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, possibly the best thing on any social media platform ever, is in the running for the Shorty Awards and needs your vote! You can vote daily now through February 16th. Go here to vote; there's also a rebloggable tumblr post here. Do it for Sharky.


Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[personal profile] marginaliana linked to a t-shirt her wife designed in order to provide a little humor for internet introverts who also feel strongly about activism: The Introvert Resistance. Proceeds from purchases go to the ACLU!

[tumblr.com profile] magpiesmiscellany has several gorgeous "tree of life" necklaces up in her etsy shop, with proceeds going to the Sierra Club, ACLU, Lamba Legal, Planned Parenthood, and other charities. You can check out the necklaces and purchase them here!


And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
So, I had a dream last night that has been haunting me all day. Maybe if I share it I can let it go a little :D

I’ve been re-reading (in some cases, reading for the first time) the Nero Wolfe books, by Rex Stout, which are classic golden-age murder mysteries. Usually I read for 15-20 minutes before going to bed. Last night I fell asleep while reading, and I had crazy-ass Nero Wolfe dreams. 

I dreamed that Nero and Archie were on a case, and somehow Archie ran afoul of the baddie, whose name very improbably was “Vic”. Archie ends up almost-dead in the hospital, which understandably ENRAGES Wolfe.

Vic, who figures out what he’s done, sends Wolfe a letter saying he’s very sorry, he know what he did was a dire mistake, and he’s leaving town. Wolfe is not placated, and says so.

Archie finally wakes up and finds that his hospital room is full of orchids, but no Wolfe; Saul Panzer tells him that Wolfe has gone to seek his revenge. 

At which point my dream did an epic smash-cut to Nero Wolfe, hot on Vic’s trail, out on the open road, blowing through the empty midwestern plains on a motorcycle. 

I am so sad I woke up before I got to hear his monologue on the horrors of riding a motorcycle. 

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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to a fundraising post by [tumblr.com profile] avpdhowljenkins and [tumblr.com profile] shitloadofdeer; their roommates are moving out and they need help converting bills, covering rent, and replacing appliances belonging to the roommates. [tumblr.com profile] shitloadofdeer is offering doodles and sketches in return for donations. You can read more and find where to donate here.

[tumblr.com profile] socialist-revolution linked to a fundraiser for an anti-fascist activist who was shot by a fascist during a protest in Seattle. You can read more here and help with their medical costs here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser by a friend who will be riding as part of a team in Cycle for Survival, which supports rare cancer research. 100% of every dollar goes to research efforts within six months of the events. You can read more and support the Tumor Terminators here.

Anon linked to Shedecides, an international fund launched by the Dutch government to finance access to birth control and abortion in developing countries, compensating for the reinstatement of the global gag order which prohibits US government funding of orgs that provide access to, or even information about, abortions. You can read more and support the fund here. (Anon, you did just fine, no need to worry!)

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's job ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she can land another one. She has a donation page up here but is also selling beaded jewelery through Etsy; you can check out Saxifrage Designs and make a purchase here.

Help For Free:

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, possibly the best thing on any social media platform ever, is in the running for the Shorty Awards and needs your vote! You can vote daily now through February 16th. Go here to vote; there's also a rebloggable tumblr post here. Do it for Sharky.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[personal profile] via_ostiense linked to a fundraising sale for Planned Parenthood; the t-shirts for sale have a drawing of a girl in a Wonder Woman costume and read "Resist & Rise". You can check it out and purchase the shirts here.


And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
It occurred to me while blocking someone the other day that the block and “delete journal” functions are VERY CLOSE TOGETHER on Tumblr, and it would be easy for this journal to vanish, and unlike LJ, google doesn’t quite cache a lot of tumblr in the same way. And I’m always telling people to back up their shit, so I’m going to Evernote a bunch of my information/explanation posts.

If there is a NON-FANFIC post that you find useful or particularly love or have bookmarked, either here, on DW, or on LJ, which is not in the linkslist on my sidebar, drop it in comments and I’ll evaluate it for archiving. This is mostly just a favor to me – the archive won’t be public unless you guys really want like a “best of” ebook or something – but it’s helpful to know what people use that I might not have linked. 

(DW/LJ users can find the linkslist here: http://ift.tt/1eTIRz5 )

Thanks everyone! 

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Welp, I just registered for my first 10K. It’s in June, so I have a TON of time to freak out about being unable to run six miles! 

(Realistically I can run four miles, and I can walk two miles after running four, so I’m sure I’ll be ok. Tell that to my anxiety!)

I will probably be doing some kind of fundraiser for the race, since it’s a Chicago Pride event. Stay tuned. 

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Sometimes to make my job more entertaining I pretend the corporation I’m researching is the baddie on Leverage. 

This firm is a “management consulting firm and corporate service provider” which frankly sounds like they used to employ Eliot to murder people on behalf of corporate interests. 

The last person I researched is CEO of an insurance corporation but also on the side owns a random parking lot and is on the board of a boat-sharing business. I’m guessing the latter two are some kind of intricate drug smuggling operation. (The boat-sharing business has an initiation fee, which is normal for upper class clubs but nevertheless always sounds super sinister.)

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I haven’t run in something like two weeks (I really should date stamp these) and my running playlist somehow got removed in the last sync, so it was an interesting time today. My makeshift playlist: 

Elton John - Yellow Brick Road
Blitzen Trapper - Fur
Simon & Garfunkel - Fakin It
The Pogues - Tuesday Morning
Jolene (the Slowdown) - Dolly Parton 
Mumford & Sons - The Boxer

On weights, two sets, 10 pound weights:
10 Standing Bicep Curl each, left and right
10 Standing Side Bend each, left and right
10 Shoulder Raise each, left and right

Plus one set:
15 Goblet Squats (15 pound weight) 

Datestamp 1.31.2017

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I magically learned how to strum while not playing the ukulele for several days. That’s nice.  

I’ve been going through a lot of old Staples Singers albums trying to find some good ones to learn as part of my Chicago Blues mandate, but a lot of them are difficult to adapt to a single stringed instrument. 

Also

COUNTRY ROAAAAAADS
TAKE ME HOOOOME
TO THE PLAAAAAA (keep strumming till you find the right chord) AAAAAAA (deep breath oh thank god) AAAACE
I BELOOOOOOONG 

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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Kristi, whose undiagnosed cancer eventually meant she had to have her right foot and lower leg amputated; she actually requested to be able to keep her foot and eventually created an instagram for her articulated bones. She is facing a lot of medical bills and has had to fight her insurance company on some of them; she is raising money to help with the rest. You can read more and help out here.

Holly was recently injured and needs surgery, but has to come up with $1900 before they will schedule her; she's in a lot of pain and will be until she can have her injury fixed. You can give via paypal at marajade@chattooine.com.

[twitter.com profile] jvfriedman linked to Games vs. Nazis, a weeklong anti-nazi game jam (video game creation event) taking place between 2/6 and 2/13 this year. All finished games will be played on livestream on the weekend of the 17th, and winners will be announced on the 24th. The prize pool will be donated to the winner's choice of RAINN or the SPLC. You can read more here and donate to the prize pool here.

[tumblr.com profile] banesidhe is doing her first Polar Plunge on March 4th. It's a big deal for her due to her anxiety, and she's raising funds for the Special Olympics, so she's hoping for lots of donations at any dollar amount. You can read more here or donate here.

The Victoria Islamic Center in Victoria, Texas was destroyed in a fire over the weekend. As of this posting they don't know what caused the fire, but the Council on American-Islamic Relations will be monitoring the investigation. The Islamic Center is raising funds to rebuild, and they're almost at their goal; you can read more and support rebuilding here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's job ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she can land another one. She has a donation page up here but is also selling beaded jewelery through Etsy; you can check out Saxifrage Designs and make a purchase here.

[tumblr.com profile] nivcharayahel is the only supporter for herself and her sister, who is recovering from a serious, years-long illness and trying to re-enter the workforce. Nivcharayahel is currently working but won't get her first check until mid-February, so they need help with February rent and a few weeks of groceries and supplies. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They literally have no money left until their next worker's comp check comes, which means no gas money for their car, so they can't get anywhere to do odd jobs for bill money. You can read more and help out here.

[livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon lost her job a couple of months ago and has been unable to find a new one; because of mounting rent and bills, the family is being evicted. They have the truck and are preparing to move cross-country to a better place for jobs and low housing costs, but still need help to get there and to get a new place once they arrive. You can read more and help them raise the move money here.

Help For Free:

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, possibly the best thing on any social media platform ever, is in the running for the Shorty Awards and needs your vote! You can vote daily now through February 16th. Go here to vote; there's also a rebloggable tumblr post here. Do it for Sharky.

Activism:

[tumblr.com profile] kungfunurse linked to an article about public comment on DAPL, the pipeline currently being protested at Standing Rock. There is an article here about what public comment means and how your comments on DAPL can help stop the pipeline.

RebelRouser is a new start-up company developing an online hub for activism, which is currently raising money to launch a site that will provide an activist resource library, basic activism training, and project competitions supported by donations and site ads. You can read more at their website or facebook, and support their launch fundraiser here.

And finally a reminder that if you don't know where to start helping to protest and fight the recent acts of our government, a good place to begin is Indivisible, which offers both a handbook for activism and a directory of local activist groups.


And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
I just saw a kid pulling his suitcase through the airport when the wheels on the bag hit a bump. The bag went over on its side, out of his hand, and the kid stopped, looked down at the fallen bag, and promptly collapsed next to it.

He didn’t cry or look sad or throw a fit, he just clearly felt his life was over, goodbye cruel world, I go to a better place (the carpet).

Been there, kid. Been there.

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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] nivcharayahel is the only supporter for herself and her sister, who is recovering from a serious, years-long illness and trying to re-enter the workforce. Nivcharayahel is currently working but won't get her first check until mid-February, so they need help with February rent and a few weeks of groceries and supplies. You can read more and help out here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Penn, a father of two girls who is currently living with his partners in a healthy poly relationship. His ex-wife believes his home is unfit for split custody because of his poly relationship, and the legal fees to battle her suit for custody are mounting. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] possibleweasley has had some medical bills take her by surprise, and she's traveling home after living for nine years in Japan. Her cat's travel costs are much more than expected, and she needs some help to cover them; she's had him for seven years and he was abandoned when she took him in, so she doesn't want to leave him behind again. You can read more and support Okoge's trip home here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's job ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she can land another one. She has a donation page up here but is also selling beaded jewelery through Etsy; you can check out Saxifrage Designs and make a purchase here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They literally have no money left until their next worker's comp check comes, which means no gas money for their car, so they can't get anywhere to do odd jobs for bill money. You can read more and help out here.


Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[personal profile] frith linked to a sale of My Little Pony fanart calendars produced by the Brony Thankyou Fund Charity; proceeds will go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Frith is also interested to see if any other fannish fundraiser entities produce calendars -- you can PM Frith on Dreamwidth to get in touch if you do!


Help For Free:

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, possibly the best thing on any social media platform ever, is in the running for the Shorty Awards and needs your vote! You can vote daily now through February 16th. Go here to vote; there's also a rebloggable tumblr post here. Do it for Sharky.


Activism and Resources:

[personal profile] tealin has a list posted of low-cost US healthcare resources, largely independent of government funding, for those who may lose their health insurance in the near future. The Dreamwidth version is here or there is a rebloggable Tumblr version here..

[tumblr.com profile] time-traveling-dragon also has a great post up about low-cost medication, including a lot of information about how to apply for it and how to bypass the hurdles involved in getting subsidy or low-cost medication if you lose your health coverage. The rebloggable Tumblr version is here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
I made another dollar origami! I did not make another elephant because it’s not a lucky dollar, I EARNED THIS DOLLAR BY THE SWEAT OF MY BROW when I accidentally busked in the subway today.

I took my ukulele out with me today because I wanted to get a case for it, and I didn’t end up with a case, but I did discover that a ukulele, even if it’s just the fretboard and knobs sticking out of your pack, is an invitation to conversation with ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE. 

So I went fruitlessly shopping for a case and talked to some people, then I got lunch and talked to some people, then I went to the movies (I was seeing The Untouchables at the Arclight; 100% worth the $14 to see it on the big screen) and then I got on the train to come home.

I swung my bag around to rest it on my lap, and the girl sitting across from me, who was probably around ten? got these BIG HUGE EYES and elbowed her (probably) brother next to her, who was about six, and he said, IS THAT A UKULELE?

And I said, “Sure, want to see?” and took it out and added, “It’s new so I can’t play much yet.” Undeterred, this kid, and also his sister, and also their two probably siblings started clamoring for a song and their probably mother, definitely the person who had been putting up with them all day, looked REALLY TIRED so I said, sure, okay, I can play ONE SONG.

Which is true. There is one song I can play competently in front of other humans, more or less, and it is “Rolling Home” by John Tams, because it only has three chords. So I played Rolling Home, just the first two verses, and then after the second chorus I busted out my SECRET WEAPON: I know how to play the chorus to Never Gonna Give You Up. For reasons which should be obvious. 

Rickrolling is such a universal meme at this point that as soon as I started in on the chorus the kids started CACKLING which is good because I don’t really know how to end it and this way they didn’t notice. 

After the rickroll I went to put my ukulele away, because I really can’t play anything else without the tabs at least in front of me, and as I opened my bag the truly tolerant old dude next to me stuffed a dollar into it. And I said, oh no, I’m not busking, the kids just wanted a song, and he was all, but you played some nice music, take a dollar, LEARN YOU SOME CHICAGO BLUES OK. 

So I earned a dollar illegally busking and also now I have to learn me some Chicago Blues on the ukulele. My patron commands it. 

My life. *hapless handwave* 

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Fanfic: Choke If You Voted For Trump:

Title: Choke If You Voted For Trump
Universe: Leader Of The Free World (President Barton AU)
Rating: Teen and Up
Summary: President Clint Barton, his very personal bodyguard Bucky Barnes, and Vice-President Steve Rogers have been kidnapped. This is not going the way the kidnappers thought it would.

If you’re reading this on DW/LJ, you can get to the fic here: http://ift.tt/2iSB5vG

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Surprise R

Jan. 18th, 2017 02:52 am
My buddy R is in town, which surprised me and I think maybe surprised him too; I was expecting him later in the month. Still, I have a very mellow social life so I was able to get out to see him, and we had dinner at a little Mexican place in our old neighborhood. He was telling me about this woman he’s dating.

For context: R is involved in helping California, which has just legalized some forms of marijuana (I don’t know the specifics) set up weed farms. His personal and professional life is heavily involved in many varieties of weed. 

R: Yeah, she’s cool, she’s like a break from all the work I do, because she’s not involved in that field at all.

Me: What does she do?

R: She’s an officer in the Navy. I don’t know what she does specifically.

Me: *choking on a chip* Does she know what you do?

R: What do you mean?

Me: Specifically what you do, does she know? I mean I know it’s legal, but.

R: She knows I’m working in agriculture.

Me: You should have that conversation.

R: Yeah, we…we probably should. 

It’s nice that no matter how far away he lives or how much he matures, it is apparent he will always need me for relationship advice. 

Then we got distracted because R’s friend Greg showed up and wanted to have a serious discussion with us about the fluoride in our drinking water and how it’s impairing cognitive function. 

I do miss R when he’s not around. He brings the circus with him.

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The Job Interview Job:

Title: The Job Interview Job
Rating: General Audiences
Fandom: Leverage
Summary:  Unemployed librarian Bobby Dismas isn’t sure how Leverage International found him or what they want with him, but apparently it has something to do with his conspiracy theory website about Roy Chappel (and Kenneth Crane, and Jacques Labert).

Read it here on AO3: http://ift.tt/2itSkrS

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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[personal profile] notalwaysweak linked to a fundraiser for [twitter.com profile] afullmargin, who is on the verge of losing her home because she's had to use rent money to pay her car repair bills. You can read more at her twitter or Donate at Ko-Fi here. (Ko-fi is a relatively new giving site but I'm given to understand you are not actually buying her a coffee, it's for the rent.)

Anon and [tumblr.com profile] edible_chemistry both linked to a fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] deadcatwithaflamethrower, who due to medical bills and related health issues, student loan problems, and other financial issues, will need support to get through the next few months. You can read more here or give through PayPal here; you can also help out by buying her book, Ashlesha, here.

[tumblr.com profile] lunaisfree is moving to Seattle to be with her partner, and while she currently has a job, money issues are making the move itself almost impossible. You can read more here and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] ambienne linked to a fundraiser for The Islamic Center of Eastside, Wasington which has been the target of numerous acts of vandalism and which was badly damaged in an arson fire this past week. You can read more and give to help rebuild here.

[tumblr.com profile] hypernatraemia is a chronically ill trans man, who has a job which provides insurance, but his car has broken down. Without his car he can't get to work, and he really needs to keep this job. He's raising money for a new (to him) car to help him keep his job and thus his insurance for healthcare and transition expenses. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] thephoenix04's partner, Zeah, is fundraising to afford bottom surgery. She has some money saved towards the surgery but an earlier surgery slot opened up and she's trying to pull the rest of the funds together as quickly as possible. You can read more and donate here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's job ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she can land another one. She has a donation page up here but is also selling beaded jewelery through Etsy; you can check out Saxifrage Designs and make a purchase here.


Help For Free:

Anon linked to the Brexit Book Club Campaign, which wants to send a book about the implications of Brexit to every member of parliament. They have the money to send the books but in order to get a response from their MPs, the books need to be accompanied by a note signed by one of the MP's constituents. They're still looking for constituents for some areas, and also would love to have constituents add their names to areas where they already have representation. You can read more about the campaign and add your name here.


Activism:

There are currently two charitable auctions going on in fandom:

[tumblr.com profile] fightbackfic, an organized effort to encourage people to donate to charities in return for thank-you fic. You can sign up to be an author before January 20th here and read more about how donation works here.

[tumblr.com profile] fandomtrumpshate, a fandom auction to benefit charities in the wake of the election. Signups for creators are closed, but you can read more about it here and search here for items to bid on.


And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
I had SUPER WEIRD dreams last night. In one of them I’d found a Secret Condo in the building I now live in, which had not just two bedrooms and a nice big kitchen but windows that looked out on the giraffe enclosure of a zoo. (Note: there is no zoo located in the immediate vicinity of my current home.) The problem was I couldn’t figure out how to contact the person selling it to make an offer. 

This is attached to a real life problem I am having which is how do I go look at condos when my realtor is in the hospital and how do I ask my agency this without sounding like a douchebag? I’m really worried about her but I am also really worried about buying a home.

In the other, I got to watch an extended trailer for a movie I’d written about a guy who has a three-month break between jobs, so he decides to take a culinary “boot camp” (they do offer a “bread boot camp” at the Chicago French Pastry School and I’ve wanted to take it, but it costs thousands of dollars and takes eight weeks). He’s embarrassed that he’s not a professional chef, so when everyone asks him where he works he invents a restaurant, and the restaurant is so secret and develops so much buzz that he has to actually set it up and invite everyone to have a meal there. 

I think it’s a pretty good pitch, I might give a shot at writing it. Maybe he lives in a nice condo overlooking the Lincoln Park Zoo. 

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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] thetoweratcharm's sister has left an abusive relationship, but has POTS and is experiencing ill-health. Her doctors want her to get on disability but her initial claim was denied, and while she has a lawyer working on the problem, at the moment she's just trying to stay in her apartment without any income. You can read more about POTS here and help her keep a roof over her head here.

[tumblr.com profile] hypernatraemia is a chronically ill trans man, who has a job which provides insurance, but his car has broken down. Without his car he can't get to work, and he really needs to keep this job. He's raising money for a new (to him) car to help him keep his job and thus his insurance for healthcare and transition expenses. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] prismatic-bell's synagogue was vandalized on the first night of Chanukkah recently; you may have seen the news stories about someone ramming a truck into their outdoor chanukkiyah and vandalizing their Holocaust memorial. You can read more about the hate crime here, and give to support the repairs and rebuilding here. In this kind of situation, giving isn't just to help people recover damaged property -- it shows support for the community and a stance against hate.

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] fightbackfic, an organized effort to encourage people to donate to charities in return for thank-you fic. They currently have thirty-two people offering fifty stories in more than eighty fandoms. You can sign up to be an author before January 20th here and read more about how donation works here.

[tumblr.com profile] thephoenix04's partner, Zeah, is fundraising to afford bottom surgery. She has some money saved towards the surgery but an earlier surgery slot opened up and she's trying to pull the rest of the funds together as quickly as possible. You can read more and donate here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's job ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she can land another one. She has a donation page up here but is also selling beaded jewelery through Etsy; you can check out Saxifrage Designs and make a purchase here.


Help For Free:

[personal profile] soc_puppet linked to Carnation Books, which is creating a charity anthology for Trans Lifeline; the anthology will feature new stories with characters from classic literature reimagined as transgender. Authors are encouraged to submit fanworks for any work in the public domain. Initial proceeds go to the charity, but authors retain the rights to their work and can republish after 12 months. You can read more about submissions here.


News To Know:

[personal profile] brithistorian linked to an updated version of LJArchive, for archiving Livejournal posts and comments, which is a little less buggy than the one circulating. I can vouch for this one; I use it myself. You can download it here. He also linked to LJ-SEC, a bulk post-management tool that allows you to lock, replace, or delete posts en-masse. You can download LJSEC here. I don't use it so can't vouch personally, but I know people who do and nobody's reported a problem. Brithistorian says "You can only delete about 800 posts at a time because of LJ's limits, but by deleting them in chunks (choose "select all" and then "delete selected" - it'll stop automatically when LJ cuts it off) every hour I was able to delete 4000 entries in the course of an afternoon."


Activism:

[tumblr.com profile] whatdoyoumeanitsnotawesome has noted that on January 20th, the @POTUS twitter handle will transfer to Donald Trump, in effect giving him a 13M follower bump. Whatdoyoumeanitsnotawesome proposes a mass-unfollow on the 20th at noon eastern, to tweak him and to show your protest of his administration.


And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
Alas, I did not get the condo. They said they “went with the other offer” but I bet ten shiny internet dollars that condo sits on the market for another month at least. Well, maybe in another month they’ll reconsider. 

I’m not heartbroken – it wasn’t my dream home and I couldn’t get over the weirdness of the only bathroom being off the kitchen instead of the bedroom. But I would have liked to have had this home purchase nonsense DONE, so I am ordering a pizza and having a pity party. 

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