Crowdsourcing: tell Feministe about your fundraiser

My friends at the Ada Initiative are fundraising for their work supporting women in open technology and culture and there’s only a few days left for them to reach their target.  You may already be aware of the work they’ve done over the last few years to persuade various orgs and socs in the open source, fandom and secular communities to adopt well-publicised and consistently enforced anti-harassment policies at cons etc  so that these gatherings can be more awesome for everybody.  They have lots more ideas for projects and resources they want to develop, so if what they do is relevant to your interests, please consider donating to them ASAP. If you need any more persuasion to donate, this is my birthday week, so you can think of it as a gift in my name!

Since I don’t want to only boost my friends in this space, please use this thread to tell the Feministe readership about other projects you support for which fundraising is happening at the moment.  Guidelines are that the projects should be in some way social-justice oriented – that’s it.

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9 comments for “Crowdsourcing: tell Feministe about your fundraiser

  1. z
    August 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Not to mention harassing and getting people who talk about harm minimization procedures booted out of conferences?

  2. Echo Zen
    August 28, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Huh… we’re on similar wavelengths. The bloggers at the UnSlut Tumblr are planning a documentary on slut-shaming and bullying, and are trying to raise enough Kickstarter funds by next Wed to launch. There’s a chance I might even help with their technical side of things, having directed advocacy ads in the past, so…

    Here’s the Kickstarter for anyone curious:

  3. Donna L
    August 28, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Tigtog, that’s a great article. I happen to have met a couple of the people mentioned in the section on the anti-harassment campaign with respect to science fiction and fantasy cons, so I’ve been following that for the last year or two. I’m very glad that it’s been so effective, and not only in that specific area.

    The only people I’ve heard of who’ve gotten kicked out of conferences have deserved it. Although I have no idea what z is referring to.

    • August 28, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Donna, I suspect z was referring to a controversy generated by some of the non-fans of the Ada Initiative, but was unwilling to be specific. Since just about any group who is outspoken on social justice issues will have some fairly vociferous non-fans, I’m not willing to let a stoush/derail develop on this thread where I’m hoping that many readers will take the opportunity to publicise a wide range of projects they support – that’s why I’ve switched full moderation on now for this thread.

      Let’s take it as read that not every project will appeal to everybody and people can choose for themselves which projects they want to support with their dollars/time/energy. If anybody wants to engage in specific criticisms of any orgs/projects linked to in this thread, please take the details to #spillover and leave a very brief and carefully worded link here to your comment there.

    • z
      August 29, 2013 at 12:54 am

      I’ve expanded and clarified as per instructions by the OP in #spillover here.

  4. Tara
    August 29, 2013 at 7:08 am

    I’m not sure if it’s the sort of thing you had in mind, but some friends and I are currently raising money for the Chatterbox Challenge (

    Essentially it’s an event thought up by a group of 7 Australian disability charities. The two main goals are: 1 – to raise awareness of and show solidarity for disabled voices in the community, and 2 – to raise money for the disability-specific services provided by the charities like visits from nurses/carers to help people live more independently.

    The idea is a bit cheesy and gimmicky – to go a day without speaking and ‘give up one’s voice’ to promote voices that are not usually heard. But I like the charities (including Life Without Barriers, the people who run Lifeline, and others). I also plan on tweeting a lot of links to work by disabled people in the lead up to double down on giving those people a signal boost. Some suggestions of awesome writers would be great too to add to my list!

  5. August 29, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I’m part of the volunteer staff of Shameless magazine, a youth-focused, trans-inclusive feminist magazine with an anti-oppressive mandate based in Canada (we distribute internationally!). We’re working on an ongoing campaign to make our work and our publication more sustainable. Please check out the “Hall of Shameless” and consider donating and/or circulating to your networks!

    Since 2004, Shameless magazine has been a fresh alternative to typical teen media. Shameless is a magazine for young women and trans youth who want more from life than makeup and diet tips. From day one, Shameless has been publishing on 100% pure volunteer power. But to keep publishing this independent magazine, full of the smart, sassy content so many have come know and love, we need your help.

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