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We’re up to $585 with the fundraiser, but we still have a long way to go. We’re trying to raise enough money to cover printing and publishing costs for a variety of formats so the anthology will be available in as many formats as possible.
Also, the official call for submissions will be out really, really soon. For now, folks thinking about submitting should know that it’s open topic, open format (length and style), and deadline November 15th this year. (For people who prefer or need more concrete or specific rules, I will be happy to give those on request. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Making sure that people with a variety of communication styles can submit to the anthology is very important, so I don’t want to specify certain types of writing (especially linguistically privileged academic writing) or lengths (since many people can’t write longer form things). We’ll be welcoming submissions ranging from very short statements to longer formal essays and everything in between.
If you already have something you want to submit, you can email it either as an attachment or in the body text of an email to email@example.com.
I know a lot of folks in our community, especially disabled POC, QTPOC, etc. are poor or otherwise low-income, so I don’t want to pressure anyone into giving money who can’t afford to.
BUT if you *can* give anything, every dollar does help. And if you can’t give money, we could still use all the help possible in getting this out to people who do have money to give, and in getting the word out to other autistic POC who may want to submit writing and stuff for the anthology.
Thanks so much for all of the reblogs and likes! Let’s keep the momentum so we can make this anthology become an actual thing.
I’m editing this awesome new project in partnership with the Autism Women’s Network, and I hope folks will consider donating if they can to help make this a reality.
Stay tuned in the next few days, because we’ll be releasing the formal call for submissions then! Until the official thing goes out, questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks everyone!We matter. We invite you to support us in amplifying the voices of autistic people of color.
I am a proud autistic of color working with the Autism Women’s Network to create the first ever anthology of writings by autistics of color about our lives, our experiences, our histories, our communities, our struggles, our passions, and our resilience. Our stories deserve to be told both for us and for future generations that will come after us. They are stories of segregation in education, police brutality, families of birth, adoption, and choosing, ableism connected to racism, finding community, making home, survival, and resilience. They are stories of being autistic in a neurotypical world and stories of being racialized in a white-dominant world.
Disabled, queer, and racialized activist Mia Mingus urges us to leave evidence that we existed so that our stories and our lives will not be erased or forgotten. The Autism Women’s Network is committed to supporting projects that connect disability rights to other struggles and movements. This anthology will help us explore new ground for autistic communities of color whose stories need to be told.
As an autistic person of color, it’s not uncommon for me to go to autistic community events and find myself to be the only non-white person there or sometimes one of only a few. Yet it is impossible to separate my experiences as autistic from my experiences as a transracial East Asian adoptee. Here’s the important part — I’m not the only one. We are everywhere. Indigenous and native, mixed-race and multiracial, Black, Brown, South Asian, East Asian, of color, racialized — and autistic. Our lives and our stories matter.
We invite you to support us in amplifying our voices.
What We Need
We are raising money to cover the costs of printing and publication, which include print and alternate formats, ISBNs so we can place copies in libraries, and small stipends for the project leads.
Additional funds raised will go toward increasing availability of alternative formats, including online access. Any further additional funds will go to the Autism Women’s Network to support other projects empowering autistic women.
Risks & Challenges
Because we are soliciting contributions from people who may have multiple disabilities, chronic pain or other illnesses, and language and communication impairments, it is possible we will fall behind schedule. We aim to finish publishing the anthology in 2015, but may need to be flexible about deadlines.
Who We Are
My name is Lydia Brown (though you might know me better as Autistic Hoya). I’m an activist and writer focusing on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, including hate crimes, policy brutality, and prisoner abuse. At present, I am serving on the board of the Autism Women’s Network. I am also president and co-founder of the Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective. I have worked with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s national office, and am a past Patricia Morrissey Disability Policy Fellow at the Institute for Educational Leadership. In 2013, I was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for disability rights.
The mission of the Autism Women’s Network (AWN) is to provide effective supports to Autistic women and girls of all ages through a sense of community, advocacy and resources. AWN is committed to recognizing and celebrating diversity and the many intersectional experiences of Autistic women. AWN welcomes all women, supporters of women, those who have at one time identified as women and non binary gender variant individuals. AWN recognizes and affirms the gender identity of each individual. AWN also welcomes the support and community of those who do not and have not identified as women as allies to support us in our work.
Other Ways You Can Help
You may not be able to donate money, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help:
- Ask folks to get the word out and share our fundraiser on social media and in your network! (Indiegogo has some nifty buttons that let you do that.)
- Consider submitting your own writing or suggesting autistic people of color who may be interested in submitting!
Thank you so much for your support. Onward!
We’re now over $2,600 for the fundraiser, but still have a whiles to go. If you are able, we would appreciate anything you can give.
We also have the official guidelines up. They’re at the Autism Women’s Network site. We are seeking contributors who identity as non-white and autistic (especially people outside the U.S. and people with additional marginalized identities). Submissions may be in any non-fiction or poetry format, of any length, and on topics ranging from disability theory to racism to daily life. The guidelines page has a list of suggested topics, but you don’t have to use one of those. Submissions are due by 15 November 2014 to the editor, Lydia Brown, at email@example.com.
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GoFundMe is allowing a campaign for people to donate money to Darren Wilson, the cop who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.
When called on this, and how it violates their ToS, GoFundMe’s response was to delete the hateful, disgusting, racist comments from the donations. They refused to end the campaign. Apparently it is only “promoting hate, violence, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime” if people can see the deplorable sentiments behind the donations. Somehow deleting the evidence of those sentiments magically changes what those donations are for: rewarding a police officer for killing Michael Brown.
This is absolutely a direct violation of GoFundMe’s ToS, yet GoFundMe is refusing to act. These are people giving money to an individual that gunned down an unarmed black teen. He is profiting from this killing, and it directly promotes racial intolerance and violence. There is no reason why GoFundMe should allow this campaign to continue…
… Except that GoFundMe gets 5% of the cut. In this case, 5% of 235k is $12,500. GoFundMe and Darren Wilson both are profiting off the killing of Michael Brown, and GoFundMe has decided they’d rather take their cut of the money than follow their own ToS. $12,500 is apparently what it takes to abandon justice.
Please, join in the boycott of GoFundMe, and consider signal boosting this.
Go fund me has done other shitty things as well.
Just wanted to remind everyone: My housemate and I are still taking donations to help fund treatment for our cat with lymphoma. For those who don’t want to use GoFundMe, you can also use PayPal; I’ll take the donations I get through PayPal and send them to GoFundMe so people can see how close we…
There is a verbal and sexual abuser trying to (re) enter the Tumblr pagan community. He is a well known abuser and predator in other communities and has a history of abusing people. He also has a history of playing the victim and blaming his victims for deserving his abuse or not ‘really’ being abused. They have also stolen information (religious and spiritual) from other people and caused damage in other religious and spiritual communities through their theft.
Please keep an eye out for starcrossedserpents on both Tumblr and WP. They are participating in the Pagan Blog Project, so you may run into them there. Please signal boost this so people know to avoid this person.
Good news all.
Starcrossedserpents has shut down their blogs. For the time being, our community is a little bit safer. I encourage you all to keep your eyes out for any blogs that look similar to starcrossedserpents, though. (And remember, their other blog is blackeyedchildren.)
Through speaking out, we’ve kept someone from worming into our community and hurting people. Which makes me feel good, because at least for now, someone will not have to go through what I (and many others) did.
Yes, they’re still active on that blog. BEC’s partner-system, who have supported their behaviour (and have contributed to some of the verbal abuse) blog at on-ash-tree-lane. BEC have another blog called we-men-of-letters. Do be careful. BEC/Obi& mistreated us as well (although we were never romantically involved with them).
Many thanks to plures for providing more information! Please remember to stay away from all of those accounts, and don’t let them get a foothold in our community. Let them know we don’t support abusers! Tumblr is not a hunting ground for them to find their next victim!
Starcrossedserpents is currently shut down, but remember to stay away from blackeyedchildren, we-men-of-letters, and their partner, on-ash-tree-lane.
blackeyedchildren is back as three different tumblogs. I’m reblogging this so that new followers can know. Previously, he tried to be active in the religious sides of tumblr. Now he’s focusing on fandom. Please don’t let this disgusting man continue abusing people!
Obi/BEC/Suhina is currently blogging as star-system, yes-yes-strawberries, omgthingstiel, and emperor-rising. He is incredibly unsafe to be around, ESPECIALLY if you are a young (early 20s) queer person. I’ll be reblogging my experience later for those who want to read it.
(Switching to “standard” pronouns in this post because this is a time when I really really can’t deal with flack for using nonstandard ones. For my friends, just substitute the ones you know I prefer when you read this.)
One of my cats has been diagnosed with lymphoma. She’s always been kind of runty— my housemate and I suspect she may have been the runt of her litter— and had some health problems, but she’s been getting more and more of them over the past year and with increasing frequency and losing weight. The vet is pretty sure it’s lymphoma because all the symptoms match and she has a mass in her intestines plus swollen lymph nodes.
We’ll know more on Monday, when she goes in for a lymph node biopsy and some ultrasounds. There is some good news in this. One of them is that lymphoma is one of the most treatable feline cancers, and with most types, the earlier you catch it, the better the prognosis is. Cats with it can and do go into remission, sometimes permanent remission. The other good news is that she is still eating, a lot, and she needs to gain as much weight as possible right now, before she starts any kind of treatment. (One of the problems my 18-year-old cat who died of chronic renal failure some years ago had, was that she had already lost a lot of weight before being diagnosed and starting treatment, and weight loss is one of the biggest hazards for cats with that illness.)
She’s a big fighter. She’s always been a big fighter. She’s gone through respiratory problems, recovered from a torn ligament and gone from walking around on three legs to tearing around the house on four, has a deformed vertebra in her spine and something like minor hip dysplasia but it sure doesn’t slow her down, etc. She tries to bring home lizards half her size (generally playing dead, and we thank her very much for trying to help feed her human family). She’s a cat who absolutely embraces life and all the fun things in it.
My housemate is very close to her, and she’s really more my housemate’s cat than mine. Not only are they very emotionally bonded, she helps out my housemate with her own health issues— meowing and walking on her chest to wake her up if she’s showing signs of getting sleep apnea so she won’t stop breathing in her sleep, or if she’s showing signs of refluxing in her sleep.
The cost is going to be a problem. I have savings accounts that I can draw on, and so does my roommate, but we try to be careful about those because jobs have always been an on-and-off thing for both of us due to disability issues. There’s a chance I might be able to get a long-term one lined up later this year or next year, but I don’t want to hang my hopes on anything before it comes through for sure, and I’ve been burned in the past by jobs that never materialized. Anyway, the thing is, because of all that, my housemate has set up a fundraiser. (The name is a pseudonym because she doesn’t like to use her legal name online for some very valid reasons, but any money donated from it will go straight to her bank account.)
We don’t expect to raise anywhere *close* to the $5000 estimate, so don’t think we’re asking for thousands of dollars or anything— it’s more like “every little bit helps.” The $5000 is more like a worst-case financial scenario for the costs of tests plus treatment. (There was one story my housemate found online from a guy whose cat had feline lymphoma for five years before the vets finally caught it, and was successfully treated and is still alive. It cost him $7000 in the end though, mostly for tests.) If we do somehow manage to meet that goal and the total cost of treatment is under $5000, my housemate and I will do everything we can to refund some money to everyone who donated.
What will help most now is any spare money for the initial round of tests (lymph node biopsy, X-rays and ultrasound) plus emotional support from friends and reminders to take care of myself while all this is going on, because neglecting myself is not going to help her. And this doesn’t mean I won’t contribute what I can to other signalboosts, too. But I think health treatment for companion animals can be every bit as important as it can be for humans, and is especially important when the animal in question serves as both emotional support and health support (in whatever ways they can) to a human.
Please help these people out. They’ve been good friends of mine for over ten years.
There is a verbal and sexual abuser trying to (re) enter the Tumblr pagan community. He is a well known abuser and predator in other communities and has a history of abusing people. He also has a history of playing the victim and blaming his victims for deserving his abuse or…
Seriously guys he’s not leaving me alone. He keeps sending texts and I don’t even know who is it.
His number is (920)523-1101
Blow up his phone if you can. Please?
Text or call this number and say WHATEVER you want. But end the call or text by saying “24 days.” Do it, please! Sick fucker.
People like this piss me off so much.
Anyone know how to track the guy down?
He texted me my street address so I reported him to the police.
They couldn’t do much except write a written report so please if you can, keep harassing me. He keeps texting me and has called me a few times. He knows I reported him because the cop talked to him. He keeps saying he can pick me up and hook up and texting my address. I go to work alone, I’m at home alone at nights on some nights and I am not going to let some fuckbag become a paranoia over my life.
Keep harassing, please.
And thank you so much for those of you who have texting him or spread his number. I appreciate your time very much.
Okay, now that is WAY beyond out of line. What the actual fuck?
Signal boosting again to help Jiji out!
Everyone on my Tumblr dash, PLEASE watch this. Especially if you are a creative artist:
Adobe is going to scrap their hard copies (disks) for their software (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Flash), and have you pay a subscription for the latest software called the Adobe Creative Cloud. $50 per month. Could you really afford such an expense in the long run?
This is really disturbing. Please hear what he has to say, it really is a serious situation for working artists. Pass this along so others may know about the Adobe Creative Cloud and how horrible it is.
Yep… Just went to see how much Flash costs. You know, to just buy the program? Guess what? After spending a while looking, it appears that you CAN’T anymore. You have to pay an outrageous subscription fee. I hate adobe. Is there a petition going around to stop this nonsense? Because I want to sign it.
Thanks! I know a lot of artists and people who like art follow me. You guys should go sign that.
Today I just signed the petition in the voice against the Adobe Creative Cloud. For those who are not familiar with what the new Creative Cloud can do to you as an artist, I really suggest you watch this video.
For those who have seen, reblogged, faved, here’s the link (as shown in the previous reblog) to sign the petition. Anything can happen, Adobe really needs to know that many artists are not supportive of them controlling not just the software..but the content worked on the Cloud.
Signed! Boosting the signal, I prefer to be able to buy my software.
I’m not going to fucking SUBSCRIBE to Photoshop. What the fuck do you expect me to tell people, “sorry, can’t do your commission this month. Couldn’t afford the Photoshop rent”?
This is why I use Corel Painter :|b So few people seem to and I don’t understand why. It’s so much cheaper, super versatile, and doesn’t have this bullshit surrounding it :/
we need some brilliant programmers out there to write something better than photoshop, maybe something versatile and open source? i’d crowdfund that.
There is the GIMP, but in my experience… it is NOT user friendly, and nowhere near usable for professional illustration.