Boston Poetry Marathon 2021 Fundraiser!
It’s summer, which means it’s…BOSTON POETRY MARATHON time again! And this year we are raising funds for three organisations that fight for racial justice.
Usually, donations to the Boston Poetry Marathon go to cover the operating costs for the event. However, because we are online again this year, we decided to forgo taking donations toward the event and once again make this event a fundraiser for outside organizations.
We stand firmly with the Black Lives Matter movement and recognize that words of support must also be accompanied by concrete and meaningful action. Last year’s fundraiser for the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM) and SISTA Fire RI was an overwhelming success. We are supporting these organizations again this year, and–in support of the AAPI community and #StopAsianHate movement–we are including a third important organization: Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC). We denounce the staggering rates of hate crimes towards the AAPI community in misguided response to the pandemic. The most vulnerable populations within the AAPI community are disproportionately targeted, with women reporting 2.3 times more hate incidents than men, and the elderly at especially acute risk. Racism is a virus.
Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM):
The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM) is one of the oldest affiliates within the National Urban League movement. Its mission is to enable adults in Eastern MA to overcome racial, social barriers, economic inequities, sexual and domestic violence to employment and economic development opportunities. For 100 years, ULEM’s programs and services have given hope to participants and made a lasting, impactful statement in the community.
More info: https://www.ulem.org/
SISTA Fire RI:
SISTA FIRE seeks to support and nurture women of color to come together to build our collective power for social, economic and political transformation. We aim to connect the patterns and practices of community strength from the past, building on the present, and–-with great intentions–-planting the seeds for the future. We take lessons from our grandmas holding it down in Black Lives Matter, our Indigenous aunties fighting for their own homelands here, our trans sisters who fight for their rights to be who they are, and our immigrant and refugee mommas demonstrating their strength with unrelenting love and profound sacrifices.
More info: http://sistafireri.org/
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC):
Since 1969, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) has been a vital presence in Greater Boston and beyond, empowering Asians and new immigrants to build healthy families, achieve greater economic success, and contribute to thriving communities. They provide a broad range of innovative programs and services centered around education, workforce development, family support, and arts and culture, leaving a significant and lasting impact on the lives of more than 13,000 children, youth, and adults every year.
More info: http://bcnc.net/
Donations in any amount are very much appreciated! Be sure to follow our social media for updates–including more information about the work being done by these organisations! When the event wraps in August, we will divide up all donations between the three.
In addition to your own donations, please also share this Go Fund Me campaign with your friends and community!
Thank you in advance for your generosity!