Black. Lives. Matter.
(1) What is the background story behind this campaign?
For too long, our country has "accepted" the continued mistreatment of Black people in the US. It’s wrong, disgusting and shameful. It shouldn't take a world-wide crisis for humanity to finally pay a bit more attention.
The time to act is now. A very simple and extremely effective way that anyone can help is by giving a donation to a reputed organization that will help during this crisis. As we all know, money is always needed for causes like this.
(2) Who are the Beneficiaries?
I decided to select the 'New York Black Lives Matter Inc.' chapter as the beneficiary for this fundraiser. I have set up this fundraiser so that your donations to this campaign go directly to them.
(3) Why the NY BLM chapter if you are based in Seattle?
I knew someone would ask that! :)
It is because --believe it or not!-- the Seattle BLM group doesn't seem to be registered as a Non Profit 501(c)3 yet. I spent 48 minutes trying to find an EIN number for them and finally decided they must not have it set up yet. (I mean.. I even called the IRS to see if an agent could help me out.) Not to mention that their own main org website does NOT list Seattle among the Chapters: https://blacklivesmatter.com/chapters
--> But if I am wrong PLEASE CORRECT ME, and I would LOVE to run something for the Seattle chapter too!
As it stands, you can see that even GoFundMe comes up blank when you search for Seattle chapter.
Thus, in the absence of supporting the Seattle chapter, I am running individual fundraising campaigns for individual BLM chapters.
This FIRST fundraiser is going to the NY BLM chapter.
The SECOND (current) fundraiser is going to the Atlanta BLM chapter .
(4) What do you hope this money is used for?
First of all, it is going straight to BLM and I leave it up to them to use it as they see fit!
Second, it is my hope that this donation can be a help toward raising bail funds for all our brave protestors. This is a great way to oppose the unlawful arrests and rounding up of people.
-Alejandra y Canela
More information on the Atlanta BLM fundraiser:
- Kendra Ehrenberg
- Joshua Burgin
New York Black Lives Matter Inc
Donations are 100% tax deductible.