2017-04-15 04:08 am

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Hi guys! Quickie post because I see people following me here -- this is an archive, not an active journal. You're welcome to follow, I certainly don't mind! But I want to make sure people know there will not be any updates here, this is a static archive of my LJ.

If you're looking for my active journal, that's [personal profile] copperbadge. :) Thanks all!
2017-04-03 10:06 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[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 are frequently running out of money for gas to even do odd jobs for pay. You can read more and help out here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] magpiesmiscellany has a selection of tree-of-life pendants in various shapes, colors, and sizes for sale, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood, Lambda Legal, the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, and the National Immigration Law Center. And Mother's Day is coming up, at least in the US! You can read more and purchase them here.

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] darlingarmadillo's third roommate is moving out to get married and they're seeking a new roommate. THey have a three-bedroom condo with one bedroom available, unfurnished, two cats, in-unit laundry, workout room in the basement, and near to the Noward red line stop in Chicago. You can read more and get in touch here.

[tumblr.com profile] tzikeh is looking for a new roommate to share a 2br/2ba condo in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, available May 1. You can read more and reblog here or check out the Craigslist post 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.
2017-03-27 08:21 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

A NOTE TO ALL before we begin -- I will be traveling next Monday, and I'm not sure of how much access I will have or when I will have it. Radio Free Monday next week miiiiight be postponed to Tuesday. Thanks everyone!

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for [livejournal.com profile] delaese, who is in the process of divorcing, moving, and setting up a new business, and needs funds to help with all three, as well as care for her animals. You can read more and help out here (and also look at fluffy pictures of baby chicks!).

[personal profile] brainwane linked to Con Or Bust, a nonprofit which helps fans of color get to conventions. They're starting up their annual auction fundraiser and would love to have people offer items to donate; you can read more about donating here. Deadline is April 23 so there's still lots of time!

[tumblr.com profile] liviconnor linked to Charity: Water, a charity which helps internatioanl communities get clean water, and one of their fundraising methods is to ask people to get donations for their birthdays instead of presents. The birthday person then gets a thank-you gift of pictures from the community their money went to. You can read more and help out here, and you can also donate to them through CharityMiles, which donates money for every mile you run.

Anon is fundraising for Families For Freedom, a human-rights organization by and for families and their loved ones who are facing deportation. They run a national hotline for those imprisoned in immigrant detention centers, and provide emotional and social support to families going through deportation proceedings, as well as raising community awareness of rights and abuses. You can read more and support FFF 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.

Help For Free:

Since I managed to both put it in the wrong place and lose the link last week like a loser, a repost: [tumblr.com profile] kitrona is in her last semester of college before graduation, and for her capstone is researching the hypothesis that social support can ease mental health issues that trans* and nonbinary people face. She has a survey up and would appreciate trans* and nonbinary people participating; the survey doesn't collect any identifying information and she is happy to share the resulting paper with people if they're interested. She's planning to specialize in trans* issues, so this is not simply a class project but a foundation for future work in the field. You can take the survey here and please feel free to pass it on to people who could help contribute!

News to Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has updated its guide to protecting your private data when entering the United States, in response to recent events. You can read more and download the full guide here.

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] tzikeh is looking for a new roommate to share a 2br/2ba condo in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, available May 1. You can read more and reblog here or check out the Craigslist post 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.
2017-03-24 04:49 pm

Intrepid Investigator Starbuck

I love it when I’m researching a potential new donor and it turns out that not only do they have past felony convictions for financial crimes, they may have defrauded my own organization already. 

That’s what I call getting out ahead of the curve.

(Actually it’s kind of cool to be the one to uncover potential criminal malfeasance until I have to figure out who to report it to and probably give some kind of statement if it turns out to be true.) 

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2017-03-20 05:24 pm

I saw a book title this morning that I misread

I saw a book title this morning that I misread as “Sampire” (I think it was a really fancy “Empire”) and I thought, haha, yes I rise before dawn to prey on those still awake from the night before. I am the dark hipster, the sampire.

And then I thought, what would you call a hipster vampire, and it came to me, hot sauce dripping off its fangs: 

Sriracula.  

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2017-03-20 08:42 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

I had an unusually quiet RFM this week, which sometimes happens, but just in case -- if you submitted an item and don't see it below, please get in touch! I can do a second RFM post if it turns out that like, something ate all of this week's responses or something.

Ways to Give:

Ursula is an aide to a research chemistry professor with physical disabilities who uses a wheelchair. Her professor has been invited to present at a prestigious conference in April, but the University isn't willing to pay for disability accommodations (such as her aide traveling with her). They have a gofundme up to raise funds so that they can both attend; you can read more and support the fundraiser 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.

Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] kitrona is in her last semester of college before graduation, and for her capstone is researching the hypothesis that social support can ease mental health issues that trans* and nonbinary people face. She has a survey up and would appreciate trans* and nonbinary people participating; the survey doesn't collect any identifying information and she is happy to share the resulting paper with people if they're interested. She's planning to specialize in trans* issues, so this is not simply a class project but a foundation for future work in the field. You can take the survey here and please feel free to pass it on to people who could help contribute!

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] tzikeh is looking for a new roommate to share a 2br/2ba condo in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, available May 1. You can read more and reblog here or check out the Craigslist post 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.
2017-03-17 07:14 pm

I’m gonna write an updated comedy of manners

I’m gonna write an updated comedy of manners about excel spreadsheets and webcomic artists in which Jack Worthington is a data analyst who has invented a fake free-spirited webcomic artist brother so he has an excuse to visit the city; his STEM mentee Cecily lives in the burbs and builds robots but dreams of going to the city to meet Jack’s romantic artist wastrel brother. Meanwhile Jack’s friend Algernon, who is a “startup entrepreneur” with no visible employment, has discovered Jack’s secret life and threatened to tell his girlfriend, hipster social justice activist Gwendolyn, who thinks Jack works for Algy’s startup because that’s way hipper than wrangling Excel spreadsheets all day. 

All is upset by Mrs. Bracknell, the imperious baby boomer who can never get the right coffee order or change from Dr. Frederica Chasuble, a barista who has an unmarketable PHD in feminist classical theology and a crush on Cecily’s college admissions coach Ms. Prism. Mrs. Bracknell doesn’t want Jack marrying Gwendolyn because due to a database error at the hospital when he was born, most institutions (banks, cellphone providers, insurance companies) think Jack is deceased. 

I will call it The Importance Of Saving Versions. 

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2017-03-13 08:26 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] Skochius's grandmother is disabled with neuropathy in both feet, and has had to undergo several surgeries and treatments recently, including some emergency surgeries. She's currently in danger of losing her house if she (or the family) can't pay the taxes on her property (which were bought in October 2016 at auction), which are accruing interest daily. Her fixed income won't come close to covering it, and the family is raising funds to keep the home. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] fled-is-that-music is a high school teacher working on new hands-on learning opportunities in a rural school, and she's raising funds for camera/camcorders to start a journalism department, since there's no district funding. RFM helped to fund their startup drama program a few years ago, which has apparently taken off in a huge way; now you can help do the same for their journalism project. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] katsuko1978 and [tumblr.com profile] apollymi are raising $600 to pay a pet deposit on their rent, which comes at a particularly bad time for them financially. 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.

Help For Free:

Anon linked to the Troopon program, where you can send coupons to military families living overseas, who can use manufacturers coupons on-base for up to six months after they expire. You can send coupons to a domestic address, and they then ship them overseas. You can read more and find out how to participate 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.
2017-03-12 01:07 am

IRC Fanfics: Archived!

I have archived almost all the International Rescue Committee Fundraiser fanfics I did last month. They’re up on AO3! 

In addition to archiving them I made the post a “gift” post to anyone whose AO3 handle I could find. If you look at the IRC Fundraising Fics and your fic is there, but you don’t see your name gifted and want to be added, just shoot me an ask or comment with your AO3 handle and I’ll add you! And if you look at the links below and don’t see the fic I did for you, PLEASE let me know so I can find and add it.

The only one that hasn’t been archived is the Rescuing Baby Magneto fic, because I haven’t finished the follow-up and will be posting it independently. STAY TUNED FOR THAT ONE sometime in the next few weeks (hopefully). 

Most of the IRC Fanfics are at one big chaptered post here. (http://ift.tt/2mdGgs1)

The Leader of the Free World Codas are attached to the LOFW fic here. (http://ift.tt/2nbt1wW

The Photo Booth coda is here. (http://ift.tt/2mdwB4t)

I did one longfic that I posted separately, Looking After America (http://ift.tt/2nbm7Yu

Happy reading!

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2017-03-06 06:30 pm

BASEBALL IS COMING

Now that most of the farm leagues have their 2017 game schedules finalized, I’ve been building my summer baseball calendar. My stepdad got me a ten-game pass to the Railcats for Christmas, but I’m also within an hour’s train ride of the Cougars, Boomers, and Slammers (sounds like the title of a hip anthropology book about middle-aged white people). So I have a calendar set up to list which games I can get to, and which games I should especially try for. Sadly, it looks like I won’t be seeing the Wingnuts play this year.

All of the teams have “theme nights” meant to draw crowds; there’s almost always a Star Wars Night, a Christmas In July, a Bark At The Park where you can bring your dog, a “Halfway to Halloween” costume night, and interestingly a Princess Night. There are lots of firework nights and a few all-you-can-eat nights and cheap draft beer nights. 

But I think my favorite so far is that the Kane County Cougars have a Peanut Free Night. I’m not so allergic to peanuts that I can’t even be around them, but some people are, and peanuts are all the fuck over the place at ball games, particularly non-MLB games. So despite not ever having seen the Cougars play, they have already endeared themselves to me for that. (I can’t actually go to the Peanut Free Night game, but I’ll be cheering for them in spirit.)

If I do it right I can attend every Bark in the Park, two Star Wars, Christmas, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, two all-you-can-eats (one is crawfish, which seems…unwise) and something called Strike Out Stroke Night which I think could have been better named. 

And maybe I’ll take out a small loan and go to a Cubs game at some point. 

BASEBALL! 

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2017-03-06 08:32 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles linked to a fundraiser for Miranda, a close friend who is escaping an abusive home; yesterday morning she was assaulted by her father and is planning to live in her car until she can get her feet under her, but hoping she doesn't have to. You can read more and help her afford a safe living situation here.

[tumblr.com profile] guineapigwithaflamethrower recently had a really terrible day (the anniversary of her father's death) and spilled an entire glass of wine on her laptop, which now needs to be replaced; as a receptionist at a rape-crisis center she's not exactly wealthy. You can read more and donate at her youcaring; also if anyone has a line on a used macbook they'd be willing to sell, you can get in touch via tumblr. (I know her a bit and she's really good people; this is a suck thing to have happen on an already terrible day.)

[tumblr.com profile] rionsanura linked to a fundraiser for Tredici Bacci, an italian-cinema-soundtrack inspired band/chamber orchestra. They're trying to get to South By Southwest but will be playing without compensation, so they need travel funding. You can read more and give here; I think $10 for their entire discography in download form is a pretty good deal, having listened to some of their tunes. You can also check out the group on Band Camp here but warning the banner is a little NSFW (butts!).

[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.


Help For Free:

[personal profile] brainwane has a post up calling for volunteers with fluent written English to provide 90-minute online English tutoring sessions between now and April 3rd. This will be helping non-US students applying for (primarily tech) internships who are at a disadvantage because of undeveloped written English skills, who need some kind, nonjudgemental help with their written applications. You can read more and find out how to help here.


Activism:

Alma linked to Children Of A Different Sky, a forthcoming story anthology which is raising funds for refugee aid. You can read more and support the Indiegogo here.

I'm relinking this week to She's Running, a new podcast about women running for local, state, and federal office. The podcast interviews women about their inspirations, support systems, and challenges. You can listen to the first episode here or on iTunes -- and remember to rate and review if you do! (I really enjoyed episode one; I haven't listened to episode two yet but I'm looking forward to it.)


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.
2017-03-05 07:38 pm

POST OFFICE BOUNTY! Hurrah! Up top, I don’t

POST OFFICE BOUNTY! Hurrah! 

Up top, I don’t know why I’m so startled that there’s a Ukulele Magazine, but there IS and it’s GREAT. Thank you for sending me some copies, YMFaery (on Dreamwidth, I’m hoping this crosspost goes through with the proper image.) I took out a bunch of other stuff 'cause you guys can't see the photo anyway (only the first photo of a set crossposts) but you can always scope it at the link!

Anyway thank you [personal profile] ymfaery! These are super enjoyable :D

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2017-03-04 03:31 pm

I woke up this morning, messed around on the internet for a while, and then worked on the...

I woke up this morning, messed around on the internet for a while, and then worked on the Neverending Jacket (it’s just a jacket that is taking me a Long Time to finish) and I hit that point where like…it’s so close to being done that all that’s left are some small fit adjustments and adding some decoration. You know the point, where the project is essentially finished but you gotta go to the store to get some last-minute odds and ends. 

So I’m like cool, I’ve been working on this for a few hours, the store’s probably open – 

And I look up and it’s 7:30 in the morning.

Apparently I got up at three and just started sewing. Because that’s sane and rational. And hey, I managed to attach two sleeves seam-inwards at 3:30am, which for me is quite the accomplishment. 

Anyway I guess I’m going to Jo-Ann’s…when it opens…in an hour…to get buttons and black thread. 

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2017-03-02 06:36 pm

Oh my god I broke the Lays Flavor Creator. They

Oh my god I broke the Lays Flavor Creator. 

They rejected my “Vending Machine” flavored chips. (Cheddar and BBQ, the two flavors you find in every vending machine ever.) 

Maybe Lays thinks Vending Machines are restaurants? 

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2017-02-28 05:23 pm

I forgot it was Paczki Day today until Office Grandpa brought me a paczki from a box some blessed...

I forgot it was Paczki Day today until Office Grandpa brought me a paczki from a box some blessed soul left in the kitchen. 

God bless the Polish, I mumble, covered in strawberry jam and powdered sugar with my mouth full of fried bread. 

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2017-02-27 08:21 pm

Emerging from the Sinus Haze

So, the doctor last week said I should use a nose spray for two weeks before switching to antibiotics, but I felt like such crap by Saturday evening that I said fuck it and started taking antibiotics. THEY ARE MAGIC. 

but now

a) I am realizing how much I let fall by the wayside in the past MONTH, sorry EVERYONE WHO EMAILED ME and anyone who asked me even a slightly detailed question in asks

b) I am back at work and expected to be a competent human being especially since half the team is now out sick (probably my fault). Also one of our newest analysts is very sweet and has imprinted on me just a little – I am her preferred question-answerer, I think – which is fine except for how I gotta know answers and stuff. 

And one of the highest-up guys in our company – who I used to smartass around with because I didn’t know he was one of the highest up guys in our company – emailed me today like I NEED. A THING. PLEASE. NOW. HELP. and I, having realized Who Exactly He Is, made tiny mental screams of terror while procuring the thing. 

It’s been a day.

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2017-02-27 08:09 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] inquisitorhotpants is raising money to keep a roof over her family's head while dealing with Portland's unforgiving rental housing market. You can read more and reblog at her tumblr, support the fundraiser at her YouCaring, or help out by subscribing to her Patreon.

[tumblr.com profile] casapazzo linked to a fundraiser for The Lit Bar, an indie bookstore and wine bar that hopes to fill a gap -- that there are no bookstores operating in the Bronx. Noelle Santos has been working on this for two years and is hoping to open the bookstore this year; you can read more and help out here.


Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] alyyks is moving from Columbus, OH back to France, but because oil paints are a fire hazard to ship, she is selling her paints to fellow artists for a modest price. You have to be in Columbus or willing to drive there to pick them up, but you can read more and get in touch about them here.

[tumblr.com profile] marginaliana linked to the Angry Introverts shirt, for those who are introverted but still angry about what's going on in the US; this is the last week to buy the shirt, with proceeds going to the ACLU.


Activism:

Elaine linked to She's Running, a new podcast about women running for local, state, and federal office. The podcast interviews women about their inspirations, support systems, and challenges. You can listen to the first episode here or on iTunes -- and remember to rate and review if you do!


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.
2017-02-22 03:45 pm

Do Lays A Flavor

Do Lays A Flavor:

GUYS IT’S BACK. Lays is once again soliciting for flavor suggestions at http://ift.tt/1gQCrAV . I’ve already turned in my ode to the hot dog potato chip. Go ye and suggest a flavor! (Then reblog this or comment and share your flavor so we can cheer you on.)

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2017-02-21 12:54 am

Holy crap, so I went to the trigger-point reflexology place tonight for a cheapo half-hour...

Holy crap, so I went to the trigger-point reflexology place tonight for a cheapo half-hour head-and-feet massage to see if that would help the headache. It was great; IDK if trigger-point or reflexology actually work but a super hardcore focused massage definitely does something.

But he was about five minutes into the head massage when he pressed his thumbs down on my jaw and something on the left side of my face BURST. Like, that side’s been sore for a week, but he pressed on it and it was like there was a teeny tiny water balloon in there somewhere. We both felt it pop.

The rooms are not entirely private, because you don’t undress for the massage, so there were two other people also getting massage work done, which meant we had to keep quiet. But he froze, and then leaned over and whispered, “What just happened?” and I was like “I don’t know!” and he was like “Are you okay?” and I was like “I don’t know!” but I wasn’t bleeding or, like, leaking anywhere, so eventually he just kept going.

My headache isn’t gone, but it’s a lot better, and it has shifted around, so I guess there’s that. Also my nose is running like crazy. 

Maybe there was a poltergeist in my face. 

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2017-02-20 08:21 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] jedilora and [livejournal.com profile] ashbet both linked to a fundraiser for Luna, an infant who was hospitalized after she stopped breathing in her sleep. Her parents don't have a lot of money, and lost wages and medical bills will be considerable; 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 read more and give to her fundraiser here.

[livejournal.com profile] ereshai linked to a fundraiser for their cousin Jess, who has just undergone her seventh eye surgery for treatment-resistant pediatric strabismus. She's in a tight financial situation, but her surgery has a 60% chance of success if she can stay off work until March 8th. You can read more and help cover her bills and expenses here.

[tumblr.com profile] thewightknight linked to a fundraiser for friends who are trying to stave off foreclosure after health and job issues. You can read more and help out here, or support them by shopping for steampunk wonders at Tin Plate Studios or jewelry at Deja Views.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Angie, who needs a new transmission for her car right after having paid out for new tires. She's raising funds for the transmission so that she can continue to cover her bills and eat. 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 was forced to move. They've gotten jobs, but it will be the end of the month before they are paid, and they still have bills and expenses to cover. You can read more here 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.


Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] quidwhat linked to a kickstarter for Seven Strengths, a coloring book for resiliency. The book draws inspiration from survival strategies in the natural world and uses them to meditate on strength and resiliency. You can read more and give to the kickstarter here.

[tumblr.com profile] anonymousalchemist linked to [tumblr.com profile] studioaltf4, who is making and selling tote bags, with at least half of all proceeds going to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and women's shelters in Philadelphia. You can check out and purchase the tote bags here; they're pretty cool, including a nifty "HEX THE PATRIARCHY" one.


Activism:

[tumblr.com profile] arukou reminds everyone that Congress is in recess and town halls are in session; this is a great time to go to a town hall and hold your representatives responsible for their decisions about things that matter to you. Make your voices heard! There's a great resource for how to get started at Resistance Recess.

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.