A Better Home for BMad

$6,384 of $5,500 goal

Raised by 79 people in 23 days
A Better Home for BMad; A Family in Need =

Seeking Emergency Safe Housing Fund for Bonfire Madigan  & Kiddos

Hi, this is Madigan .

I'm writing now, encouraged by several movement activist compañerxs, to ask my wider community for help. I'm fortunate to have made my primary living as a working artist my whole life, and have performed hundreds of benefits for the collective liberation values and communities I believe in, but always while living on the margins of society. With two small children and rough economic times, making a living, maintaining a functional work space and keeping everyone fed is harder than ever.

But what has pushed things over the edge is my current need to find a new place to live as soon as possible. A predatory landlord who sexually harassed me and attempted to assault both me and a single woman neighbor, has made my home of the past 5 years unlivable. For my own safety and my family's I need to move, and i cannot do this on my own. I'm asking for your support in helping with these overwhelming emergency relocation expenses, as well as the unexpected first month's, last & security deposit, a truck and professional piano mover in addition to securing extra childcare support to get us out of this toxic environment. Money raised beyond this will enable me to upgrade my work space/healing space (i'm still somehow limping along on a 2009 MacBook Pro), re-root a loving environment for these kids, rehearse new works, take on bookings & finish my sixth studio album!

I'm a cellist, vocalist, composer, performing artist, harm reduction activist and single mama of Sil age 6 and Nat age 8, living in Kumeyaay Territory at the border of California & Mexico. I've been making music, theater, activism and touring creative performance projects since I was 8 years old. I've collaborated onstage and in studio with artists including Phranc, Kimya Dawson, Joan Jeanrenaud, Carey Perloff, Cat Power, Olympia Dukakis & Elliott Smith. I was an early leader of the budding Riot Grrrl movement as well as a founding collective member of The Icarus Project,  a grassroots support & media education network led by & for people living with experiences commonly labeled "mental illness"; all the while continuing as musical director & bandleader for the chamber punk, art song ensemble & solo cello act, Bonfire Madigan .
 I may have been the one to suggest "Friends Make the Best Medicine" as the title of The Icarus Project's mutual aid support manual, yet it's still very hard to ask for help for myself, and I wouldn't if I didn't need it. This is my life's calling & work. As soon as I have a stable home, I will pass your support forward especially here in the borderlands where I raise these children sin fronteras as many fight for basic survival; because of them, we continue being & supporting interdependence & self-determination. No donation is too small. Everything helps. Even just passing this plea on to your community, especially with a simple mssg of why it may matter to you is valuable. We are in this all together, and together we rise.

Thank you for being my Bonfire;

On the conspire,


#ontheconspire #helpmamads #helpmamadsmove #laBMadre #togetherweaspire #aspire #rise #covertconstellations #conspire #leaderfullness #homefullness #housingishealthcare #aqueerfamilyinneed #wearefamily

bonfiremadigan.bandcamp.com / whisperrapture.com / bonfiremadigan.com / theicarusproject.net
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Hello Everyone!
We're just a day over 2 weeks into this campaign, where i felt so vulnerable & a bit ashamed to have to reach out to you all, well not only have we met the funding goal but we have passed it!
Yes, we /You did it! Mil gracias! You have eased so many immediate fears & anxieties about having to relocate my home, many years running from the consistent low grade threat of homelessness but also about the nature of being in commUnity, trust & solidarity w those you share values & style and space/time passions alongside.
It has been very moving & empowering for me to receive your donations & just as much o perhaps even more your feedback on what my music, organizing and relational efforts have brought back to me frm you thru all these years.
i have indeed been given a much needed morale boost and posi energy jolt frm this to bring you all more of what has been so effective: raw, honest, passionate, healing energy music, & performances towards more connection & wider harm reduction!!!
these have been some of the more humbling & empowering days for me & i couldn't be getting to the other side right now without you;
i truly love & value each of you.
so it's quite appropo that it's Feb 14th as i type this;
Happy Day of Love & Friendship today & everyday to everyone of you reading this!
& remember that there is still time to donate & pass this plea on w 4ever
Mad Love & Gratitude,
ma Mads
#wearefamily #ontheconspire #bonfiremadigan #laBMadre #singingcellist #anewworldishere #listen #aspire
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So much thanks again everyone for sharing & contributing to this emergency housing campaign. I'm overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. Tho we still have a 'lil ways to go & we still haven't found a place to move to. so Pls share this link on your favorite social media platforms or email to a friend, etc. <3 Stay safe today, keep looking out for one another, as super bowl Sunday in the usa shows more domestic abuse & gender based violence than any other day of the year. You are my Bonfire; We are the ones we are waiting for #ontheconspire #helpmamadsmove #aqueerfamilyinneed #bonfiremadigan
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Wow, thanks so much everyone! We're already more than halfway to goal!!! i found a place i actually really liked but it was suddenly rented to someone else. so the house hunting game is on. it's ok because your support is making it truly possible!! pls pass this campaign on, post, share, spread the mutalismo; every bit means so much to us! Soy otra tu, tu eres otro yo #ontheconspire
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OMG! Thank you so much to everyone that donated already! i kinda closed my eyes and hit post last night then woke up to so much encouragement this morning. Your support truly warms my heart. It's easy to feel isolated in this life. Thanks again for reminding me that i don't have to be alone even when i don't feel well. If you are able, please post this link on your other social media. On the conspire, breathing together, we are, we aspire more mad love-full commUnity ♥
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