Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Olympia Monthly Meeting (Quakers) creates a “Friends Ugandan Safe Transport” project to aid LGTBQ Ugandans

This is something I am involved in, passionate about and need your help on. This is a Minute from Olympia Friends Meeting (Quakers) which I am involved with:
Olympia Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends has noted with deep concern the Ugandan Government’s passage of a law targeting the LGTBQ population.  This law has created a climate where the life, health, and freedom of all LGTBQ Ugandans and those who help them are at immediate risk.  We are appalled at hearing about those who have already been kicked out of their homes, denied basic rights, abandoned, beaten, imprisoned, or killed, or who live in constant fear.

Olympia Monthly Meeting has been called to create a “Friends Ugandan Safe Transport” project (originally named Friends New Underground Railroad) to aid LGTBQ Ugandans who are fleeing their homeland for their lives and safety.   We have been given an opportunity to provide direct assistance that will save lives. In the first few weeks of this effort we have helped 17 LGTBQ Ugandans get to safety and freedom.  Many others remain at risk, and are trying to escape. 

We call on all Friends, both individually and in their Meetings, Friends' organizations, and all people of good will, to help us in in this effort. 
For more information, contact me, Gabi Clayton, Co-Clerk, Peace and Social Justice Committee, Olympia Monthly Meeting: 360 888-5291; gabi@gabiclayton.com

Send checks to:
Olympia Friends Meeting
1717 18th Court NE
Olympia, WA 98506

Make checks out to Olympia Friends Meeting and put “for Uganda” or “New Underground Railroad Project” in the memo line.

Please let me know privately if you are donating so we can plan.
And please share this link: http://gabiclayton.blogspot.com/2014/04/olympia-monthly-meeting-quakers-creates.html with your friends to help us ask them for assistance.
 

Thank you,
Gabi Clayton

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Emergency Fund for Ugandan LGBTQ Friends Seeking Escape: Talcott Broadhead, Danger Dot Publishing

I want to share this with you. On their website, my friend Talcott Broadhead of Danger Dot Publishing wrote:
This is no “Savior” effort. This is a response to the request of Ugandan LGBTQ communities to get.them.out. DangerDot is honored to provide 1 case of “Meet Polkadot,” as a beginning to this immediate relief effort.

The Polkadot Series [Danger Dot Publishing] » Emergency Fund for Ugandan LGBTQ Friends Seeking Escape - by Talcott Broadhead
http://dangerdot.com/emergencyfundforugandanlgbtqfriendsseekingescape/

April 6, 2014

At this moment DangerDot is working closely with the Olympia Friends (Quakers) to support 3 of our gay friends in Uganda. The brutality, imprisonment and deaths suffered by LGBTQ Ugandans is not merely a blip on your news feed– it is real. It is happening right now. Ugandan police and civilians are hunting down LGBTQ folks. It is on. We know of 3 murders just this week and those are just the murders that were public and undeniable. We know that many more of our brothers and sisters are imprisoned and have lost their lives because of their sexual and gender identity. Both real AND perceived.
and:
This is a moment to think seriously upon our collective commitment of “Never Again.”
and:
I know, and our friends in Uganda know, that creating an Underground transport to move them out of the country where they experience this oppression and violence is not the “answer” to fixing the broken system there.  However if we don’t move these friends now then we will be dealing with a recovery effort rather than a rescue effort.  We do what we have been asked to do.  We seek to use our privilege to create relief for those who are suffering.  This is no “Savior” effort.  This is a response to the request of Ugandan LGBTQ communities to get.them.out.  DangerDot is honored to provide 1 case of “Meet Polkadot,” as a beginning to this immediate relief effort.

As of Thursday morning, 4/10/14 DangerDot has raised $751. 
The goal is to raise $1500. 

Please learn more (read the whole piece) and make a donation here:
http://dangerdot.com/emergencyfundforugandanlgbtqfriendsseekingescape/

About the book: “Meet Polkadot” is written and illustrated by Talcott Broadhead, MSW.

“Meet Polkadot,” the first book in the Polkadot Series is an accessible introduction to our main character Polkadot. Polkadot as well as Polkadot’s big sister Gladiola and best friend Norma Alicia, introduce our readers to the challenges and beauty that are experienced by Polkadot as a non-binary, trans kid. http://dangerdot.com/faq-the-polkadot-series/
About DangerDot:
DangerDot is a small independent publishing company in Olympia, Washington, started by Talcott Broadhead in order to provide a landing spot for anti-oppression and liberation-focused literature for all ages. http://dangerdot.com/

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Important - regarding Andrew and --- - please help and share:

---- wrote 18 hours ago:
"Thanks to your prayers, solidarity, love, support and faith...Andrew is now still receiving treatment and medication!!! However, its heartbreaking that --- is still stuck in Uganda, her hunters and the homophobic haters are looking for her, if they land their hands onto her she will stoned to death the mob. So far we have raised $324 for her Airticket and more is still needed ASAP"
About an hour ago ---- wrote:
"The police have intensified their search for ---. All she needs now is a top up on her flight ticket out of Uganda. She needs $691 and some pocket money. "Meanwhile --- has been forced to close down our offices and one volunteer has been arrested. We are stuck with 13 people in Malaba and have insufficient resources to get them out. We need $865 for immediate need. Please stand with us to help get LGBTQ Individuals safely out of Jinja Uganda.
One of our supporters and partner in solidarity offered to help us fundraise by allowing us to use her paypal account which is interlinked with our http://www.gofundme.com/6suykk You can read more about Kristy on www.kristyboyce.com She is a photojournalist and has worked in Africa. We get the money directly within minutes of your donating. For comments and more information please contact us on --- or inbox us in fb."
Information about Andrew is in posts below. RE --- if you don't know who she is, here is an April 6 post by ----:
URGENT: ---  26yrs old has been an LGBTq Volunteer with --- in HIV/AIDS Program since 2008. On Tuesday she was exposed on over 6 FM Radio Stations in Jinja. Since she has been outed, she has been attacked several times, escaped 3 arrests and she is on the run. --- has been having a Visa to Canada for some time and now she is appealing to your our friends to make contributions towards her airticket. Please make a donation if you can and willing. She needs $1.025 to make it to Montreal Canada ASAP. http://www.gofundme.com/6suykk"
For more information about --- and Andrew Waiswa, see other posts on my blog: http://gabiclayton.blogspot.com/
I will have more information soon about this work to save LGBTQ people in Uganda which I will post as soon as I can. You can subscribe to get my posts via email. See the form for that on the right side of the page.

Please make donations via ---


Thank you! 
Gabi