June 27, Priya Janae returned to Stanford for her fourth open-heart surgery, traveling from MN to CA. She inspires all with courage and a joyful spirit. Fund supports expenses and loss of income.
I don’t usually ask people to do things like this, but please signal boost + donate if you can. This is a fund set up for my 2-year-old cousin Priya. She was born without a pulmonary artery, and just received her fourth open heart surgery after being flown from Minnesota to Stanford in California for the second time. From her page:Priya and her mother, Christy, will be in California for over three months, the first part for observation to make sure they’ve stopped all the internal bleeding and the remaining to recover from her fourth open-heart to address the underlying pulmonary artery problem.
Please go to caringbridge.org/visit/priyasmith for more background. Her underlying problems stem from being born without a pulmonary artery and a number of other defects. The surgeries are all to address those problems. They have been making progress, but is a very complicated situation.
In 2013, Priya spent almost 6 months in the hospital in different situations including 24 hours in operating rooms. This included the last 15-hour surgery at Stanford in October and November. Before going to Stanford this year, she was in and out of the hospital four times from late April to late June. In spite of that, she is a very joy filled little girl. She lifts everyone’s heart and nurses compete to care for her.Thank you!
COME BE A PART OF MY NEXT PROJECT!
So, I’ve started a new art project — but I need YOU to help make it come to life! It’s a little bit of a secret for now, but it should be fun. Please spread the word — the more submissions, the better this will turn out!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
It’s super easy! Just grab a scrap of paper and a pen, seriously meditate for a few minutes, and write down one wish that in your heart of hearts, you really would love to come true. Take a photo or scan it, and email it to me at sirin at sirinthada dot com, with the subject line: WISH. I don’t care if it’s a bit crumpled, or written on the back of a receipt — even better, actually. I just want it to be your REAL, genuine wish. (And just be sure that in the photo, I can actually read whatever you wrote!)
Please also include:
1) Your name (or tell me if you’d prefer to stay anonymous)
2) Your age and gender
3) Your city/ state and country
Also, please understand that due to volume, I cannot personally respond to every submission email — it’s just me doing all this, after all! But if your entry is used I will definitely let you know. And finally, please note that by submitting, you are granting me full permission to use your images for this project, all rights reserved.
Thanks so much — I can’t wait to see what you send in, and watch this come to life! More info to come as it progresses!
You’re probably aware by now, but if you live in Cambridge, Watertown, or the surrounding areas, stay inside today. I’m in Brighton, I don’t really plan on leaving.
Kate Bornstein has cancer. The good news, direct from the team of skilled doctors on her case, is that the cancer is curable. However, the treatment plan that gives Kate the best chance of beating cancer is incredibly expensive. Kate has spent the past thirty years helping the rest of us Stay Alive—now it’s our turn to give back.
Let’s HELP KATE BORNSTEIN BEAT CANCER AND STAY ALIVE!
I’m sure most of you know who Kate Bornstein is (and if you don’t, you should). Please take a moment to donate a buck or ten to save her life. I’m sure she will appreciate it, and it will mean a lot to her and the community.
(EDIT: there have been donation scams recently, so I want to point out this was cross-posted on Kate Bornstein’s official Facebook page, which means it’s for real. in case you were wondering.)
I’ve never asked anyone to reblog anything before, and I probably won’t again. But I am now - because this matters.
The Steubenville rape victim, when offered money for her legal expenses or counselling, asked that people donated to a shelter for abused women and children in her county, Madden House, instead.
Her attorney spoke in a local news article on why the family wanted this, and said they hope very much that “the attention … can help other people that have been victimized by this type of crime,” Fitzsimmons said, “and give them some strength and some assurance that people are there to help them when that happens.”
You can donate as little as $2 via your Paypal account to Madden House. (You can also navigate their website from that link, to be sure it’s a charity you can also believe in.) When I donated back in January, they had a message up that said, “Every single cent says, ‘We believe you, and we care.’” They had to remove it almost at once. I’m sure you can deduce the reasons why, in a case where even her status as “victim” was challenged before the trial.
The best way to show you support Jane Doe is to make a donation, however small and leave a Paypal note when you do saying “In the name of Jane Doe, Steubenville.” They are telling her how many people donate in her name so it’s a direct way of letting her know. Even if all you can afford is a dollar, a thousand Tumblr users donating that is a thousand dollars for abuse victims. And it’s also a thousand people telling her directly that they, unlike the likes of CNN and her erstwhile “friends”, care about her, support her, and believe in her. It’s what she has actually asked people to do. In a case where she has been so effectively silenced and sidelined, I think acknowledging she’s been heard is particularly important.
I think it says so much about this girl and her parents, that when met with offers of serious money they immediately asked that it went to a charity that helps other victims of violence instead. They are extraordinary people in my opinion, and that’s why she had the strength to come forward. Images of two other girls, naked and face down on that basement carpet, were found on a phone. The boy insisted he’d never seen them before, and had no idea who they were of. Jane Doe may well not have been speaking up only for herself. She has very possibly saved others with her courage. She deserves so much more respect than the mainstream media have given her.
If you can’t donate, I really do understand. I’ve been broke before too. But please, do reblog. Get the message out. There is a genuine, positive way to support the victim, in the way she has asked for, and this is it.
Sorry it’s so long. There are so many scams online that I wanted to provide ample links, so there can be no doubt this is legit. Please, if you can, donate/reblog. Show Jane Doe what you think of her.
[Jessica is to the left of the photo, to the right is her mother, Silvia]
My name is Jessica Sánchez-Rodriguez and I am an undocumented, disabled 18 year old currently living in Charlotte, NC with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. 17 years ago I crossed the border with my mother, Silvia, in order to receive life saving medical treatment. For years I was traveling to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Greenville, South Carolina, a two and half hour trip from my home, in order to receive medical care. Because I am undocumented and no longer a minor I no longer have access to the medical help I received before.
I have been living in the United States since I was 11 months old and have been educated here for 13 years. My parents, while undocumented, pay taxes yet I am still unable to receive government help. Access to Medicaid right now would mean that I would not have to continue to wait for an emergency surgery that would save my life.
Right now I need an emergency surgery to connect a catheter to my bladder and without financial assistance a surgery like that will cost my family $45,000 dollars.
I am starting this fundraiser because I want to do whatever it takes to get this surgery. $45,000 is not something we can afford on our own. Please donate whatever you can and help me save my life.
Advocates from all across the U.S are saying that 2013 is the year for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, as communities are organizing to ensure that all 11 million undocumented immigrants have a just pathway to citizenship, Jessica is one of millions of immigrants who is blocked from health services only because she lacks a social security number. Not having access to social services also means that she can’t get financial assistance to pay for a much needed, life saving surgery. Jessica cannot continue to wait.
WHAT’S IN THE $55,000 GOAL?
$45,000 for the surgery
$10,000 to cover specialist/doctor costs for follow ups and the fees charged by WePay/GoFundMe
Every year from November to early December the Netherlands, my home country, gets plagued by the racist Sinterklaas tradition: White folks in blackface, better known as Zwarte Pieten, troll the streets. Shantrelle Lewis is in the process of making a documentary about this phenomenon. Please reblog and donate whatever you can. This documentary needs to made.
Akiva Freidlin has launched a project, currently raising funds on indiegogo, to buy subway ad space that will counter those of Pamela Geller. […]
Freidlin, like many other New Yorkers, wasn’t too keen on Geller’s latest ad, which features a photo of the World Trade Center exploding in flames next to a quote from the Quran that reads, “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers.”
He writes on his indiegogo page:These ads attack our most basic communal values: they try to exploit the city’s grief and anger over 9/11, and they demonize and intimidate members of a particular religious group. That’s not how we roll. Everyone has a right to feel at home in this city, and that includes our Muslim neighbors.
Freidlin, who describes himself as a “thirty-year-old white guy who lives in Manhattan,” says he’s the “grandchild of Holocaust survivors who came to the United States looking for freedom, tolerance, and prosperity—and found it in New York.”
The “Talk Back To Hate” campaign hopes to raise $7,500 to design and buy 10 subway ads. Contributors are invited to submit ideas for the ads, and will be able to vote on the message. As of this writing, “Talk Back To Hate” has raised $2,480. (Update: it’s now over $6,000). Want to donate? Go here.
This is important. Last month, Sunando Sen was pushed in front of a subway train to his death by a woman who admitted to having attacked him because she thought he was Muslim. Pamela Geller’s ads went up that same week.
this is not my usual blog style but this is incredibly serious. EVERY ONE PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO READ THIS:: this design belongs to my close friend, Kelly Bastow. her design was stolen and screen printed without her knowledge and consent by forever21. she is an art student struggling to make her way with her art as is and this huge company is STEALING and CAPITALIZING her work without even a shred of credit. please EVERY ONE take the time to call customer support and complain about this sku. if enough of us get the message across, kelly can get the profits and credits she deserves.
the customer service number to call to file a complaint is 1-888-494-3837 (please be polite!)
even if you don’t want to call the number PLEASE reblog to get the message across!
here is the proof that her art was stolen:
here is the original post of the artwork by kelly.
** note the original post is dated ONE YEAR AGO.
Take a couple minutes to go tell Forever21 how unhappy you are. Also, let’s see if we can get something going on Twitter. Even if you don’t want to make a call, you can use the “contact us” form on the Forever21 website to register your displeasure.