Crip Fund is pooling money for chronically ill, disabled, and immunocompromised people in serious financial need during this ongoing time of love, coronavirus, and apocalyptic joy & pain.
They say COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate, but we know sick and disabled people are disproportionately affected by pandemics and public health crises long before and well after corona. Officials say people will die, but we say we aren’t dead yet. When anyone (and what right now can feel like everyone) says it’s only the old and unhealthy who are dying, we say stop racist-eugenics now. Much love to all life!
With your support we’re hoping to support your real hope of collective care. In recognition that disabled people's self care is already collective, that auto/immunity is already an entire herd, and in sickness beyond every notion of health we already care in and for communities in the face of ongoing infrastructural failure. We are your infrastructural frailure and killing us (or "letting us die") for the healthy's protection just isn't a good look.
The funds raised here will be distributed via venmo to those requesting money for goods, services, and sustaining measures during the impact of COVID-19 in the United States. In order to disburse funds quickly we will close this GoFundMe on Sunday April 5th. Funds can continue to be added to and distributed directly via CripFund’s Venmo: @cripfund. For those who are interested in accessing funds: we will update this GoFundMe with that information as well as circulate how to request funds through other channels.
Some of us are losing work due to the closings and coming up short on rent, food, meds, pay for care work, etc. Some of us never had a job in the first place and live off of disability income--which always comes up short. Some of us are stuck at home well before lockdown and some are still looking for housing. We know that ableism, American individualism, and racial global capital want us dead and will try to kill every single one of us. But we also know they can’t kill us all! The time is now. It was actually weeks ago but we were in bed. Still are. What we want is free but groceries, rent, and healthcare still aren’t. Please give if you are able, or share where you can, or just vibe something good.
Crip fund is comprised of disabled, chronically ill, and immunocompromised people who are pooling funds for direct distribution to chronically ill, disabled, and immunocompromised people in serious financial need during the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States.
Crip Fund is: Carolyn Lazard, Park McArthur, Constantina Zavitsanos, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Alejandra Ospina, Josephine Shokrian, Alice Sheppard, Jordan Lord, Shannon Finnegan, Taraneh Fazeli, Amalle Dublon, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and anonymous crips. Special thanks to Akemi Nishida and Tourmaline for their invaluable support in linking this fund to some of those who need it most right now.
We only have the capacity to organize in-home care work and in-kind meds, food, supplies delivery in New York City through April 5th; cash distribution nationwide starts on April 5th. This is a collective effort but because we don't have a collective bank account, the funds will be deposited into a designated CRIP FUND account under one of the organizer's names, Park McArthur. The funds will be disbursed from this account via Venmo and Paypal to self-identified chronically ill, disabled, and immunocompromised people who requested funds via our form.
If your situation is pressing, please email us to discuss and we will do our best to meet your need in part before April 5th or to connect you with someone else who possibly can meet your need now.
Cash distribution will privilege immunocompromised and disabled people in need of in-home care; QTBIPoC (Queer/Trans/Black/Indigenous/People of Color) will be prioritized. Please note that in moving to cash distribution, we can no longer organize in-home care and deliveries in New York City. Crip Fund has no connection to any governments, non-profit organizations, or for profit businesses.
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