An Appeal to Friends & Supporters

 Posted by A.E. on July 30, 2012
Jul 302012
 

Dear Friends & Supporters,

We hope you are having a terrific summer.  The Against Equality Collective has been busy, as usual, as we gear up for some exciting events, most notably the upcoming release this fall of our third pocket-sized book, Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You.  As you may know, since launching in 2009, we have been dedicated to searching for creative ways and a plethora of venues to critique the mainstream gay and lesbian movement.

In the last three years, we have ruffled feathers and become a recognized voice in national LGBTQ debates. Here’s a snapshot of our accomplishments:

  • Built a free online archive of radical queer and trans critiques containing nearly 100 entries.

  • Self-published 2 widely reviewed and acclaimed books that we continue to provide at no cost to queer and trans people who are incarcerated.

  • Created 2 sets of original postcards, 1 set of buttons, and distributed over 5,000 of our satirical “greater than” stickers.

  • Participated in 28 community events, lectures, and panels.

  • Presented at several academic and activist conferences, including the 2011 annual College Art Association Conference in New York, the 2012 After Homosexual Conference in Melbourne, and the upcoming Harry Hay Conference in New York.

  • Wrote for 6 popular press and academic outlets.

  • Appeared as guests on 12 television and radio programs and gave interviews for numerous of print and online publications.

And there’s more to come. But it’s getting expensive.

A.E. is entirely run by five volunteers in an anti-capitalist collective committed to staying outside of the 501c3 non-profit structure.  This decision means that we have no access to the grants and funding sources available to non-profit organizations, but we are able to maintain our autonomy from grant cycles and funders’ whims.  This allows us to focus our energy on our work instead of cumbersome organizational and financial management as well as the time-consuming task of writing grants we are not likely to receive because of the politics of our work.

This model of anti-capitalist organizing also means that we give most of our cultural products away for free or donations, we sell our books nearly at cost, and we work with the meager funds contributed by collective members.  We’ve received small honorariums from giving talks at universities, and we’ve collected some income from book sales, but most of the cost sits on our personal credit cards, collecting interest while we struggle to pay it down. Activism isn’t cheap, and we hope that if you think our work is important, you’ll be willing to help us out with a financial contribution.  We currently have just over $5,000 in debt primarily due to the printing costs associated with our publications, and we expect that this amount will significantly increase when we print our next book later this year.  We are looking at nearly doubling our debt.

If financial contributions are not possible for you at this time, or you would like to contribute in additional ways, there are numerous possibilities:

  • Request that your home university’s library purchase copies of our books
  • Consider incorporating one of our books into the course(s) you teach
  • Review our project or one of our books in popular or academic publications
  • Share our work with your colleagues and students
  • Invite one of us to speak about our work at your university with an honorarium
  • Cite our work in your upcoming publications if relevant
  • Send us articles and link to art and cultural projects that we can add to our archives

Thank you for considering to support the work of the Against Equality Collective. If you are considering a financial contribution, you can use the PayPal donation button on the bottom right corner of our website. If you’d like to know more about contributing in other ways, you can contact us at againstequality@gmail.com. We appreciate your time and consideration, and look forward to continuing to reinvigorate the queer political imagination with fantastic possibilities!

Together In the Struggle,

The Against Equality Collective
Yasmin, Ryan, Deena, Alex, and Karma

 
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