One Month In
First off, we want to thank everyone who has already shared, donated to, or even just looked at Support.fm. Since launching our fundraiser, we’ve already reached 20% of our financial goal. We’ve also received press coverage that puts this project and its goals into context.
Donations have ranged from $10 to $2,000—from longtime prison abolition activists, to donors who are just beginning to think about how they can organize against the injustices of the prison system. We’ve received support from friends and strangers, organizations, collectives, and parties (Providence’s monthly Dyke Night raised almost $500 for Support.fm).
We’ve also started conversations with a handful of additional organizations that run community bail funds and work to support incarcerated queer and trans people of color. Out of those conversations, we’ve established partnerships with two more grassroots organizations—F2L (Fight To Live) and the Lorena Borjas Community Fund, both based in New York City.
The past few weeks have made it abundantly clear, if it wasn’t already, that communities are ready and willing to share their resources—even when they are limited—to bail people out of jail. Amidst ongoing police shootings of Black people and murders of trans women of color, activists continued to be arrested for taking to the streets in protest. Organizers across the country responded by rapidly raising bail money (in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana National Lawyers Guild raised just under $300,000 to bail out the 210 arrestees), showing that bail and bond can be raised quickly and collectively. It’s urgent that this kind of support be utilized on behalf of queer and trans people facing criminalization.
Now that we’ve hit our first two fundraising goals, we’re ready to launch an online forum and begin facilitating community discussions in the cities where our primary partner organizations are based—Los Angeles, Phoenix, and now New York City. As we’ve said from the start, we see our work as listening, not directing; responding to existing organizing efforts rather than dictating needs. Our partner organizations have deep knowledge and experience navigating the intricacies of the prison system and its heightened impact on queer, trans, and GNC communities, especially of color. Our task now is to understand the most urgent needs this platform can address.
With gratitude and excitement,
Blaine + Rye + Grace