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The ACLU received $24.1 million in online donations this weekend

  • In a typical year, the American Civil Liberties Union gets about $4 million in online donations. 
  • But over this past weekend, the organization received $24.1 million from online donors, six times what it normally receives in a whole year.
  • By the end of the night on Sunday, the group had received a total of $24,164,691 from 356,306 people over the weekend — many from people who had never donated to the ACLU before. Read more
Help a gay trans girl who got outed to her parents

(Emergency, Share if You Can, Please) 

My sister (who was the only person irl who I came out to) recently told her boyfriend that I am gay and trans, and now he is hinting to my parents (who have both threatened my life over minor things).

I live in North Carolina, so this is a real problem and I will face physical and emotional abuse if they figure things out. I might not ever be able to get out of this state if they do.

I’m looking for donations and putting together plans to get out of here and land on my feet. Any amount would be super helpful and if you can’t donate, please pass this around?

My paypal is Freezerburnlinira@gmail.com.

I also take writing commissions if you want to get something in return, and a couple friends (@excusemethatsnotcanon and @yashkonu) will be helping me with any commissions I receive.

How to donate food to Standing Rock

Sacred Stone Camp

  • With cold weather approaching, Sacred Stone Camp is in need of firewood, as well as woodstoves, propane and fire extinguishers. Because of lack of solar and wind energy at the camps, burning wood and gas will be the primary source of warmth (for both bodies and cooking) in the winter months. 
  • Supplies as well as donations can be sent to Sacred Stone Camp P.O. Box 1011, Fort Yates, ND 58538 and 202 Main Street, Fort Yates, ND 58538. 
  • Sacred Stone Camp has also created an Amazon wish list to assist you in your purchasing of supplies. A small cast iron logwood stove starts at about $317 (plus shipping), which is less than that new iPhone you’ve been fantasizing about.

Oceti Sakowin Camp

  • Bracing for winter, the Oceti Sakowin Camp has a similar need for propane, heating stoves and cold weather attire, as well as bulk food supplies to be stockpiled for winter, as their current stock of bulk food is dwindling or expiring. 
  • Pick up a few extra cartons of rice or preserved meats on your next Costco trip and ship them to Oceti Sakowin Camp, P.O. Box 298, Cannon Ball, ND 58528 or donate funds directly atwww.paypal.me/ocetisakowincamp.
  • This advocacy group has created a wish list of supplies, on which hundreds of packages of buffalo jerky are requested along with survival supplies and several camp stoves.

Red Warrior Camp

  • The Red Warrior Camp is fundraising $100,000 through a GoFundMe page that will be used for supplies on the ground for individuals protecting the sacred Mni Sose River in sovereign Lakota Territory.

Individual efforts

  • Individuals and businesses across the country are organizing fundraisers and food drives to donate supplies to Standing Rock. Washington resident Ben Sittingbull has set up a donation page to fill a trailer with thousands of pounds of donated organic food
  • Students and activists near Madison, Wisconsin, activists from Santa Cruz, California, San FranciscoLos Angeles and beyond, as well as Texas-based hot dog restaurant Frankand plenty more concerned people and businesses across the country have volunteered their time and services to collect food and deliver it or ship it to Standing Rock. 
  • All it takes is some time and organization to involve your community in a fundraiser and drive to collect supplies and express solidarity with Standing Rock en masse.

And, of course, you can donate funds directly to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which will be allocated appropriately to support the on-the-ground efforts. Read more

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How does Planned Parenthood get its funding?

Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. An estimated 1 in 5 U.S. women will visit a Planned Parenthood health center in her lifetime. And a number of recent national polls have shown overwhelmingly that the American people support Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood funding comes from:

  • Medicaid reimbursement, which is a combination of state and federal funds
  • Title X
  • Patients who use private health insurance or pay out of pocket
  • Donations
  • Other government programs and grants

You may have heard some politicians talk about defunding Planned Parenthood. But what does “defunding Planned Parenthood” actually mean?

There isn’t a line-item in the federal budget for Planned Parenthood. And the federal government doesn’t just write blank checks to organizations. When people talk about “defunding,” what they’re really talking about is removing Planned Parenthood from federal programs — specifically, Medicaid and Title X.

Medicaid

Medicaid is government-funded insurance for low-income people. Like many hospitals and clinics around the U.S., Planned Parenthood participates in the Medicaid program. There’s federal funding for Medicaid and also state funding for Medicaid.

When a patient goes to a Planned Parenthood health center and uses their Medicaid insurance, the Medicaid program reimburses the health center for the cost of the patient’s visit — just like it would for any other provider. At least 60 percent of Planned Parenthood patients rely on government-funded health care like Medicaid.

Do your tax dollars pay for abortion services at Planned Parenthood health centers? The reality is no federal money can be used to pay for abortion services except in rare cases of rape, incest, or if the pregnant person’s life is in danger. That’s because of The Hyde Amendment: The Hyde Amendment is an unjust federal policy that prohibits federal dollars from paying for abortion with very few exceptions.  

However, the Hyde Amendment doesn’t keep states from using their own money to cover abortion. Right now, 17 states permit state funds to cover abortion for those who have insurance through Medicaid.  

Reproductive health, rights, and justice activists — including Planned Parenthood — are working to overturn the Hyde Amendment, since it unfairly affects poor women, especially poor women of color, by keeping them from accessing abortion services.

Title X

Politicians have also tried to defund Planned Parenthood through Title X, the nation’s family planning program. Planned Parenthood health centers care for about 1.5 million patients through Title X — roughly one third of the more than 4 million people served by the program.

After Kansas attempted to block access to care at Planned Parenthood, Parenthood and other reproductive health providers, the number of people accessing birth control, cancer screenings, STD tests, well-woman exams, and other care through the Title X program fell by more than 14,000.

So despite what some anti-abortion groups or extreme politicians might say, the only thing “defunding” Planned Parenthood accomplishes is to take away access to lifesaving cancer screenings, STD testing, and other essential health services that Planned Parenthood provides.

For every $1 that Americans contribute to public family planning programs, we save more than $7 that would have otherwise been spent on unplanned pregnancies, or from delayed cancer screenings and other health problems best addressed with preventive care. Medicaid and Title X funds are government dollars well-spent.


Planned Parenthood also receives money from a few other sources: health center visits, donations and other government grants.

Health center visits

Like all health care providers, when patients use private insurance, Planned Parenthood benefits by receiving the revenue. As a non-profit, the revenue gets used to fund the organization’s operations and programs. The same is true for people who don’t use insurance and pay out of pocket for their health care.

Private donations and grants

Private donations are critical for non-profits, including Planned Parenthood. Some Planned Parenthood health centers use a sliding scale, so patients only pay what they can afford — this is because of grants or programs set up thanks to private donations.

If politicians out to “defund” Planned Parenthood have their way, they’ll block millions of patients who depend on Medicaid and other public health care programs from accessing care. Their ultimate goal is is to shut down all Planned Parenthood health centers.

Many Planned Parenthood patients — nearly half of whom are people of color, and many of whom live in rural areas — would have nowhere else to turn for health care. Defunding Planned Parenthood would cause a national health care disaster.  

Keeping Planned Parenthood funded isn’t only the right thing to do, it just makes sense.

Learn more: https://www.istandwithpp.org/

Whipped Shea Butter Sale

Hey everyone.

So my donation post got almost 1000 notes but few donations (though I am VERY grateful for the ones I got!). 

I’m still struggling to find work and have managed to hold off all major bills until October 28th. I need to raise $671 by the 28th to make it to November. 

I’ve decided to sell my whipped shea butter creme now and I hope yall will purchase some! 

My SB creme is a great multi-tasker! You can use the same mixture for your hair and body! A little goes a long way! 

Ingredients I use:

*unrefined shea butter

*unrefined coconut oil

*extra virgin olive oil

*avocado oil

*grapeseed oil 

*castor oil

*aloe vera gel

*rosewater

*various essential oils

I also have a SHIMMER option! 

These are 3 oz but I can go up to 34 oz currently. 

Prices start at $4.50 and US shipping is $6 (for packages under 1 lb).

You can inbox me your order here or at kanesbabygirl2004@yahoo.com. 

You can pay through Paypal (kanesbabygirl2004@yahoo.com) or through the Donate button on my page. 

I’m still accepting donations if you aren’t interested in my shea butter creme. Regardless, THANK YOU! 

Please reblog and signal boost even if you can’t purchase or donate! 


I wonder if it would be wrong of me to try and finance enough money to be able to go back to college. See heres the thing, I originally had a full ride to University of Oregon right, I didn’t have to pay a dime, all I had to do was keep my grades up and attend classes and I’d get to attend any class I wanted to at their expense. 

But here’s the thing, I started to get really sick, both physically and mentally, and there were several really close deaths in my family at the same time, so I just couldn’t attend class because I was too sick, I was too psychotic [literally, I’m schizophrenic they didn’t know at the time so I wasn’t getting treatment], and was grieving the loss of some close family members, so I couldn’t make the attendance record, so my scholarship was taken away, but that isn’t the problem.

The problem is I owe University of Oregon itself $12,891.65 for not showing up to classes.

And the problem with this is, until I pay this off I can never go back to any college ever again, because FAFSA will not give you a loan unless you send all of your transcripts to the university you want to attend, and University of Oregon has frozen my transcripts.

I attempted to apply to a nearby university here, they accepted me, but said they couldn’t register me for classes or get me funding via federal aid until I sent my University of Oregon transcripts, they said this was the case with any university I would ever attempt to apply to. 

I worked so hard to be so near graduation, and all those courses that had already been paid for are frozen because of one term where I got too sick to function. 

It’s my dream to study physics and mathematics at school, I’m really interested in these fields, and I’m devastated that I’ll never be able to go to university ever again, because of this. I just wanted to go to school and learn about things I’m interested in, and now I never can again.

… would it be appropriate to try and raise money over the course of years via this blog to try and go back to university one day in the future, or is that selfish of me? I honestly don’t know, there’s just so many other people who need money to survive, and I just want money to go back to school, so I don’t know.

Like I don’t care how long it takes to raise it … I just ….. want to go back to school eventually, and every month they add 87 dollars to the total.

I’m disabled and on SSI so I can’t ever pay this back by myself, it is literally impossible. Is it selfish of me to make a youcaring for this and advertise it on this blog? Again I don’t care how long it takes I just want to go back to school sometime in my life?

i just want to say … everyone who reblogs donation posts, everyone who donates to people in need, everyone who cares enough to help on here … you’re life savers, you truly are. 

Like I know it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal to a lot of people to just reblog a post or to just donate a couple dollars, ….but … you save lives.

you got me the medications I needed to live my live, you have gotten my friend the money so they can not starve, you have raised money to get people out of abusive and potentially deadly living situations, you’ve helped people have proper funerals so their families can mourn, you’ve helped me pay for surgeries I needed to improve my quality of life, you’ve helped people get gas money so they can go to work and not become homeless, you’ve literally fucking given me a computer so I can continue to gather donations so I don’t die.

I’m just floored by the generosity of each and every one of you, yall contribute to saving lives, yall do, every single one of you who do all you can is quite literally unimaginable to me. I never in my wildest dreams would have expected such compassion all of you have shown. 

I owe yall my life, and I’m sure so many other people would agree. 

So shout out to all you who reblog donations posts, and to all you who donate however much you can … Thank you.

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World-famous chefs cook up ‘Soup for Syria’ to support Syrian refugees

  • Soup for Syria: Recipes To Celebrate Our Shared Humanity isn’t filled with food one might find in war-torn Aleppo. 
  • Instead, you’ll find soup recipes to connect home chefs with cultures across the globe. 
  • The book, published in October 2015, is more relevant than ever: All profits will now go toward “various nonprofits” that are funding food relief efforts. It has already raised $300,000, NPR reported Friday. Read more
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Feminist clothing store The Outrage is selling 100% of new line’s proceeds to Planned Parenthood

On Thursday, The Outrage announced via an Instagram post that 100% of its profits from the sale of its Pantsuit Nation line will go toward Planned Parenthood in Hillary Clinton’s name. While items from the “Nasty Women” line will be donated to Planned Parenthood in another person’s name.

This is not a minor problem; after the Haiti earthquake in 2010, unsolicited toy donations poured in so hard and fast that they piled up on the tarmac to the point that planes delivering crucial supplies couldn’t land, and volunteers had to waste most of their time dealing with well-intentioned donations instead of actually helping the bleeding quake victims.

We’re not trying to be too hard on these good-hearted people, but it honestly doesn’t take much research to find out what the victims on the ground actually need. It’s almost like people sometimes donate to make themselves feel better, with no thought to what is actually going to solve the problem (spoiler: That is going to be something of a running theme in this piece).

As a result, after any tragedy, approximately 60 percent of your donations are thrown in the garbage for the simple fact that they can’t possibly be utilized. Instead, crisis workers beg you to do the same thing that you do when your nephew or niece has a birthday and you don’t know them well enough to give a personalized gift: send some goddamned money.

6 Side Effects Of Famous Charities That Make Things Worse

Taylor Swift donates $100,000 to Dolly Parton telethon to help Tennessee fire victims

Taylor Swift has pledged to join the Academy of Country Music in donating $100,000 to help the people affected by the East Tennessee fires.

Both Swift and ACM will donate $100,000 to Dolly Parton’s upcoming “Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund” telethon set to kick off on Tuesday, bringing the total to $200,000 to start the telethon.


ACM Executive Vice President and Managing Director Tiffany Moon says “The Academy and ACM Lifting Lives are honored to contribute in a meaningful way to Dolly’s heroic efforts to help the people of her hometown – and when Taylor heard what we were planning, she offered to match our gift, which gives it that much more impact. We are so grateful to Taylor for her support to the Academy’s charitable efforts through the years, and for helping us and Dolly Parton assist families in need at a time of crisis.”

I know black friday, and cyber monday are coming up, and I’d like to ask you that if any one of you maybe buys a new laptop and still has their old one if they’d donate it one to me, I badly need a new laptop mine is near breaking point and I can’t afford a new one. It’s one of the few joys in my life lmao. If you feel like donating your old one to me send me an ask here