Dear fellow POCA people,
It seems like every day there is a new brutal blow to our collective humanity. Like many of you, we are feeling so much rage, grief, and heartache as many of our communities and the most marginalized among us continue to face mounting attack after attack. As the Movement Building Circle, we are committed to funneling our collective rage and grief into action and power, and so we invite you to join us in a POCA-wide fundraising drive on December 10th, International Human Rights Day.
This year is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and so this day carries extra significance. Let’s leverage our individual clinic efforts to build national impact by joining together to raise money for human rights. Many of our clinics already engage in fundraising efforts to support local, national, and international community work: this is an opportunity for us to join forces (COOPerate, as we already love to do), to do more, together.
Pick an organization to fundraise for. You may already know who is doing human rights work in your community, or this may be a great opportunity to build or deepen a new relationship. We really encourage you to use this day to support and build locally. If you need some help getting started, we’ve made a list of national organizations, including those with many local chapters doing great work at the bottom of this email. Decide financially how to support the campaign. Some options include:
Give a percentage of your day’s earnings to this organization;
Give all the profits made that day to the organization
Post a donation jar at your clinic on December 10 for patients to contribute
Your idea here
Get the word out!
Share social media posts about your efforts with your community
Share this article in your clinic’s December newsletter
Report back on what you did and how much you raised so that we can measure POCA’s collective impact
Let us know if you want to be involved and how you are planning on participating by filling out this form by November 15th. We will be sharing graphics and blog posts for you to use to promote on social media in the coming weeks.
Timeline for involvement:
Now: Talk with your punks, volunteers, patients and communities about your
interest and ideas in participation. Decide what local orgs you’d like to support.
November 15: Let MBC know of your plans for involvement so we can support
your efforts by amplifying your efforts on social media.
December 1-9: Share newsletter articles and social media posts with your
patients to build momentum.
December 10: Campaign day to raise funds
December 11-30: Send in donations; report back to MBC; galvanize further
support for ongoing organizing efforts through sharing stories and successes
Read more about the UN’s day here:
Artist Meredith Stern recently made an amazing portfolio of prints of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She is open to POCA people using these images to share on social media to promote your clinic’s fundraising drive. If you are interested in using any of her images, she asks that you communicate with her directly about how you plan to use it by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org and crediting the image like this (Meredith Stern justseeds.org).
With love, rage, and solidarity,
The Movement Building Circle
Here’s some amazing organizations doing human rights work to consider fundraising for, if you need some ideas to get started. They are all national/regional organizations with many local chapters: see if there’s an affiliate in your area!
The Movement for Black Lives
United We Dream
Right to the City
The National Domestic Workers Alliance
US Human Rights Network
Southerners On New Ground
Trans Justice Funding Project (not a network per se, but funds many small, rural, small-town transgender-led organizing projects)
Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People, and Families Movement