#OccupyLafayettePark Reinforcements

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In advance, who we are, and how your contribution is being used. 

We are Women's March For All, based in New York City, an inclusive women's rights group advocating for global equality for all and denouncing all forms of bigotry. We have partnered with the OccupyLafayettePark which is led by highly competent local Washington, DC protest organizers. Commarglo, Ltd., legally incorporated in Edinburgh, Scotland and is owned by an American woman, has donated their communications expertise to ensure our collective success.  

We are raising funds to provide materiel support (yes, we mean this in the warfare term) of food and water and security as might be required to sustain protesters at Lafayette Square (Washington, DC) for as long as these protesters stand ready to defend our democracy. 

Our story continues below the original Pret a Manger receipt. Further receipts will be posted as updates so you can see how your contribution is spent and in nearly real time! 

**We took a chance and fronted the monies for the first catering effort, your generosity means we covered the bill which fed 400, THANK YOU! **
Dear Americans and upholders of democracy around the world,

History repeating itself - once again.

We, all of us, are under siege. It’s easy to fall into the fear, to not want to draw attention to ourselves in such an environment. Stay off of ‘a list’ and protect what little remains of normal. 

But for… 

Gaslighting and ghosting.  Alternative ‘facts’ (i.e. lies). Unfathomable corruption occupying nearly every level of our governments. Grifters in concert with Dominionists and dictators. Technology used to undermine the fabric of civil society.  Denial of science and a coordinated assault to pillage our planet for personal gain and corporate profit. Freedoms hard-won vanishing in the time it takes to turn over a child’s Etch-a-Sketch. 

24/7 propagandists offer an endless menu of distraction and obfuscation. Criminals have stripped away barriers for the mentally ill to gain access to means of mass carnage, and then offer ‘thoughts and prayers’. Women denied control over their own bodies. Citizenship revoked, asylum seekers separated, deported or refused. Our most vulnerable denied – everything. Racism, bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia,violence are not, should never be, normal. (In the video taken at Washington, DC's Lafayette Square a Trump supporter - the bearded man wearing glasses and a suit - can be seen shoving one of the anti-Trump protesters to the ground.)  

When we can’t scream our outrage loud enough in cities around the United States others have done so for us. In Toronto. In London. In Edinburgh. In Paris, and in Berlin. In Helsinki. In cities in Poland and in The Philippines. Hundreds of thousands of people who are not Americans giving their energy to fill streets and public squares railing against the treasonous squatter and his minions occupying The White House and the offices of our Republic.
31425346_1532031385949917_r.jpegProtest in any form is exhausting. It’s time-consuming. It’s also expensive. And, it is necessary. If you can’t give your time to physically, we are asking for your financial help to support those who put their boots on the ground to protest. If you don't fully appreciate what we are protesting, allow us to share Sinclair Lewis's prophetic words from 1935.

Here’s what we are doing. 

Initially, we’re focusing our funding on supporting those in the #OccupyLafayettePark #OccupyLafayetteSquare effort in Washington, DC. We’ll expand as your generosity allows.

Vigils and marches make protestors hungry and thirsty.  We’ve gotten in our heads to feed the crowds and make sure they are hydrated. 
Each morning we assess documentation provided by OccupyLafayettePark's event page and in analyzing social media content using the relevant hashtags to determine the potential number of people attending that evening.

Given the time required for making upwards of 200 individual servings, (consisting of Vegan, vegetarian and two meat options), our catering orders must be placed in the morning to ensure on-site delivery by 8 PM. Local organizers accept the delivery (directly in front of the White House) and then distribute the food.  We’ve built into this effort a clean-up crew so that those protesting aren’t creating an undue burden on infrastructure, or creating a path to generate negative media coverage. At current we are working with Pret a Manger which has shown tremendous support for our reinforcements initiative and offered to incur some cost. It is our intention to expand this to include local vendors capable of delivering healthy, quality food, fulfilling such volume on relatively short notice. Our suppliers are all vetted to be in alignment with Progressive philosophies of inclusion. 

We hope to provide funding for resistance-based organizations to travel to DC and swell the numbers of protestors at LSq events.

It seems we might now need to address security as there have been a couple of incidents (no one hurt) where our protesters have clashed with supporters of the administration. We expect this will get worse before this is reconciled. 

We’ll continue to provide the support outlined above every single day until the nightmare we are living through is legally reconciled through the Justice Department and/or international bodies charged with protecting humankind from crimes against it. 

Here’s our request. 

Ideally, your donation (not, sadly, tax-deductible) would equal exactly the wages you would earn in a single hour if you can afford more that’s wonderful, but the price of a cup of coffee is also most welcome.

Join us in tapping into the best we are to amplify love and light.
Join us in our efforts to take back our democracy and restore a civil and just society.

Please share our Go Fund Me campaign on your social media accounts and, in advance, allow us to thank you for your support! 

**It really helps us to gauge provide food for all the protesters if people planning to attend mark GOING: on the OccupyLafayettePark's event page. Please spread the word by sharing the new event link posted daily on our social media.

In Solidarity,
Women's March For All
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#SundayMorning #Resistance it's last day of our #GoFundMe campaign!

You might have noticed we changed our goal total back to its original $10,000. We did this for a couple of reasons, let me explain. First, you can imagine our fatigue as jerks continue to harass our Lafayette Square protesters https://twitter.com/aravosis/status/1029373790650880000 and 'the situation' has not yet been legally reconciled to remove Trump from the White House. Second, just seeing that we met our goal with your collective help in 6 days boosts morale! Equally so, everyone 'loves a winner' and so we're hoping that on this last day you'll help us close out 33% above our target for the success that conveys for all our future efforts.

As the protests continue we'll continue to support those who show up to #OccupyLafayetteSquare (like this woman in the middle picture who hasn't missed a single night!)

For our next catering efforts, we're exploring foods from Trinidad and Ethiopia - you know, just because we happen to REALLY appreciate diversity.

As this will be our last update allow us to express the full measure of our gratitude once again. Because of you terrific people we've been able to share love and light with those equally amazing protesters. Thank you for joining us in this effort!
Yours in solidarity.
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#OccupyLafayetteSquare. #Protest is giving a voice to the visceral outrage we feel in the marrow of our bones. To me, this young woman's thoughtful solitude captures the awesome burden which exclusion has wrought upon our collective society, but her presence should not be singular.

Our fundraising campaign is in its final days but our support efforts for those who show up will continue. We're just $1376 away from making our $15,000 goal. If each of you who have already contributed shared the hyperlink and asked your friends to 'buy you a cup of coffee' here we'd wrap up with success.

In the meantime, a couple more receipts and our gratitude for joining us in this effort. We're all in this together and we really appreciate your support.
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#LoveNotHate - #HeatherHeyer #Charlottesville anniversary.
We're functioning in a state of disbelief with police protection for Fascists against their lack of intervention last year which could have saved Heather Heyer's life. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10155508163481969&id=673951968

That expressed the Love Not Hate protesters out-numbered (see tweet screen grab) and out-lasted the white supremacists (who bailed when it started to rain - not just rain but a torential downpour). And, in the end, decency triumphed this weekend. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/08/12/unite-the-right-flops-while-the-left-triumphs/?utm_term=.ec681c2cf246

Your contributions continue to make a difference to the people who gave their time to come to LSq and protest - thank you!
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Keeping the #lovenothate coming with your help!
Last night a steel drum player and a Mexican buffet, tonight it's a Middle Eastern banquet. So 'somehow' KC & The Sunshine Band jamming out Keep It Coming Love seems a perfect way to say thank you and get the weekend of protesting in high gear. As always, thank you.
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