My name is Karim Ahmad, and I am a writer, cultural strategist, husband and father, and member of the Guild of Future Architects (futurearchitects.com).
I recently wrote a comic book called DIVIDE, a dystopian science fiction epic about the war our administration has been waging against immigrants, Muslims, and all Black and Brown communities. It was a way to depict my deepest fears about our future and how we can all fight against it.
We actually just wrapped our first issue, and I and my co-creators had planned to use this first issue to Kickstart the rest of the book, but with the most critical election of our lifetimes right in front of us, we can’t in good conscience seek to raise money for anything except for those that are doing the work in the streets to get out the vote, and get this clown out of office.
That's why today I’m instead asking you to donate to an amazing organization that is doing that work, called SEED THE VOTE. They are partnering with grassroots organizations rooted in working class communities and communities of color in battleground states.
In Arizona they are making calls with LUCHA, who fought SB1070, took down Sheriff Arpaio, and are building power within Latinx communities.
In Florida, they are partnering with the New Florida Majority, who focus on building electoral power within marginalized communities.
In Pennsylvania, they - and I personally - are working with PA Stands Up, a coalition of groups throughout the state who are committed to fighting for racial and economic justice on the state level.
If you donate to this campaign, your funds will go toward the support of:
1) Logistics for hundreds of in person volunteers door to door canvassing in Arizona & Pennsylvania
2) Stipends for 75 Generation Rising Fellows: young, working class, and people of color receiving organizing training, political education, and leading GOTV efforts in their communities
4) Staff to support coordination of over 3,000 volunteers
I personally have been putting in the hours volunteering with them to help folks make a plan to vote early and get their ballots in securely and safety. Seed the Vote will make a difference!
And because we still have hundreds of comics arriving from the printer any day now anyway, for any donation of $25 or more, we will send you a copy of our comic, DIVIDE, for free. We hope you enjoy it and I hope it inspires you to take action or sustain actions you are already taking in your communities.
Thank you so much for your time and attention, and I hope we can count on your support!