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Stop Trump, jump-start the future

$32,210 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 612 people in 2 months
Created August 25, 2018
Fundraising Team
Help the Yes Men  do their biggest (and most important) project ever! It's secret, but:

1. It'll build on the 2018 midterm elections, and provide a clear blueprint for a future we can all be excited about.
2. It'll put a smile on your face, and an ugly orange grimace on someone else’s.
3. No one has tried anything like this, at least not since that calamitous 2016 election. It's simple, it's bold, and... oops! we've said too much already!

We've got great support—including from a huge progressive organization with millions of members, who will help spread this widely when the time comes—but they're (rightly!) spending their finances on the midterm elections, so we need to raise a budget to do this right.

For donations of $60 or higher, when the time comes we'll send you two secret items we can't talk about yet, but that will thrill you, and all of your friends or descendants, forever. Note that these items won't be available until the project happens!

For $100 or higher, we'll send you twenty secret items plus an awesome tote bag and a few other things that'll enable you to participate—wherever you are—in this top-secret project when the time comes. (We'll be going big with it in only one or two cities.)

Thank you!!


More about us, and about this project: The Yes Men are an activist group who for twenty years have used humor and, basically, clowning to reveal important political truths, and to direct media attention to corporate and political wrongdoings. Through our nonprofit incubator the Yes Lab (headquartered in New York City), we help organizations and individuals do the kind of creative activism that we've done. You can learn more about the Yes Lab here, more about our history as the Yes Men here, and more about a few past projects here (full list here).

This current project—our biggest!—is being created and executed in collaboration with Onnesha Roychoudhuri and L.A. Kauffman. All donations go to the Yes Lab, our 501(c)3 nonprofit, and will be put to exclusive use in developing and deploying what we feel sure will be our most important project to date.
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Hey everyone! It's been a while since our last post - but now that we've all taken a step away from the abyss (PHEW!!), our team is now back into gear to make sure it's also a big step TO the future we all want and need.

We'll send out another update soon - meanwhile, here are some pictures from our GOTV in Delgado country last weekend.

We still have a bit of a budget shortfall, but with the urgency of the midterms over, we're feeling good about that.

Onwards to the future!
The team
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Thank you again for all your AMAZING help!! Because of you, we've got a great new partnership. And because of the new partnership—and reach—we're now entering the final phase of our fundraising push.

Please help spread this, now more than ever!

More details here: http://yeslab.org/boom
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Amazing news!!!! As of yesterday, we have an official partnership with a huge progressive organization with millions of members, who will help get this project to a giant swath of Americans. Along with your donations (we're just about to our goal, and after only five days!!), it's an immense mark of confidence, and also means the project will have much larger reach.

More about this coming on Monday in the form of an email!! If you aren't already on the Yes Men mailing list, sign up here: http://theyesmen.org/ (bottom left of the left navigation bar).

THANK YOU!!!!!
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Dear Friends,

With your donations, you've done a huge amount both to make this project happen, and to raise our spirits even higher!! We'd figured it would take us at least a couple of weeks to raise $10,000, so even though we needed substantially more for this project, we kept our ambitions modest and assumed we'd just have to scrounge around elsewhere.

Then, about 1 pm on the day we launched our appeal, we received an update that we were at the halfway point, and that we'd better thank and update our donors. But before we could do that, boom, we'd reached $10,000, with a $163 donation. We were thinking this campaign might take weeks, but it happened in a single day.

So, um, we're now thinking this project can be bigger than we first imagined possible, and we're increasing the goal.

If, over the next few hours or days, you feel moved to help spread this some more on your social media poison of choice, here's some suggested text (which of course you can edit exactly as you like!):

"I supported the Yes Men's secret new Trump-stopping, future-jumpstarting project - and look how happy I am that I did! If you're feeling down cuz of looming fascism, why not head to https://www.gofundme.com/StopTrump-JumpstarttheFuture and help chart a much better course for the future?"

Also - most importantly - if you're in the U.S., PLEASE make sure to get involved in the midterms. You can visit https://swingleft.org/ (or other resources) to find out which candidate near you to support - by phone banking, knocking on doors, or financially. (For our part, we're helping with some campaign videos here in New York and will be helping get folks to the polls.)

For one small thing, this project depends on things going well in those elections - so please safeguard your investment by making sure that they do!

Love,
The Yes Men and friends
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$32,210 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 612 people in 2 months
Created August 25, 2018
Fundraising Team
Funds raised will benefit:
Yes Lab Inc
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