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Here's your chance to support free media. 
28th-Sep-2011 12:00 pm
Illyana/soulsword
Originally posted by cluegirl at Here's your chance to support free media.
spiderine is covering the Occupy Boston movement, and in order to keep her feet on the ground where the news is happening, and to keep her access to us, her audience who actually want to know, she needs a bit of help.

For those of you who know her not, she is a woman with years of journalism experience, a legal background, and best of all, access to the news as it's happening, and a willingness to share it with us for as long as she can. She has also been looking for work for three years now, and has rolled off the back end of unemployment.

So help her out if you can manage it, please -- I, for one, really want to know how this is going to shape up.


Originally posted by spiderine at I know this is getting tiresome, but...
I know this is getting utterly tiresome for you, but I have to keep passing the hat to raise bus fare and phone minutes so I can maintain a presence at Occupy Boston. There's another planning assembly on the Common tonight. The full occupation starts Friday in front of the Federal Reserve, so once that starts it's okay if I don't have bus fare home because I can just stay on Dewey Square indefinitely. LOL (Like Charlie on the MTA *snicker*)

Just to assure you, I'm not only bothering you. I also passed the hat at the assembly meeting last night. I was able to get a couple of quarters here and there from the protesters by going amongst them and telling my Tale of Woe. Basically it's begging, but w'ever.

A fare on the Boston T costs $1.70. So $3.40 is my round-trip goal every day.

The cheapest deal for Tracfone minutes is a $9.99 online deal that gives me 30 minutes. I get double minutes so that gives me 60 minutes. If I can get $9.99 a month I can enroll in a monthly plan that gives me 50 (100) minutes a month. I mostly use the minute for texting to Twitter; every text costs .3 minutes. Photo texting costs more depending on the size of the photo and how long it takes to upload. Right now I have 2 hours left on my phone so that isn't a priority at the moment.

This protest has been a long time coming, and it's my duty and privilege to be directly involved. If you're a regular reader of this LJ you know how heavy the impact of the Great Recession has been on me. I literally have no income, and I use my food stamps ($200/month) to contribute to the Summanulla household. I'm trying to get Gonzo working again, but that's not up and running a profit and even if it were I need that money for my own expenses.

I also know how heavy the recession has impacted on y'all. If you can't donate that is absolutely cool. But if you can, and if you support direct nonviolent protest that is already building momentum around the country, please give what you can so I can represent all our voices.

In other words, a dollar helps. 50 cents helps. Anything helps. Please help.



This entry was originally posted at http://spiderine.dreamwidth.org/502094.html. There are comment count unavailable comments over there. I've disabled LJ's Facebook and Twitter cross-posting idiocy as much as I can, but if you're especially concerned, feel free to comment there.
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28th-Sep-2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
OMG THANK YOU. I'm so very grateful for the signal boost!
28th-Sep-2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Paypal doesn't seem to want to let me donate, but that's probably the firewall at work.
I'll try later.
28th-Sep-2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
<3 <3 <3
28th-Sep-2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
OK, the donation page won't let you log in until you've committed to a donation, which - should it turn out this is the paypal account you haven't updated - it won't let you cancel.

So yeah, the technology sucks.
28th-Sep-2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
Please don't worry about it. Your kind thoughts are worth more!
28th-Sep-2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
And it won't accept the Canadian credit card either.

I'll see if I can think of something later.
28th-Sep-2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
Really, it's okay! Don't worry about it.
30th-Sep-2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
Hope it helps! I'm helping a friend move tonight, or I'd be there...
28th-Sep-2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
Need to know how much a couple of unexpected prescriptions will cost (Z-pack, and diflucan to cope with the results of taking an antibiotic); it's end-of-the-month and Social Security won't show up til the 3rd, but if I've got something left over this evening, will toss it in. (And I'm always saying "I wish I could do more"; this fixed-disability-income thing sucks glacial erratic boulders through tiny coffee-stirrer straws; no cost of living increase for two years now; despite the Medicare Part D coverage, the cost of my monthly prescriptions has more than doubled; yadda yadda... and I'm ashamed to be whining, because at least I *have* income, and a Section-8 subsidized place to live.)
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