What a week! What. A. Week. We're still celebrating the results of Ireland's May 25th referendum (ok, more than a week ago now, but these wins keep us going in dark times!).
This was truly momentous for Ireland, but there's still a lot of work to be done expanding abortion access and rights. Groups like Abortion Rights Campaign continue to need your support for upcoming efforts! If you're curious about what's coming next, Rewire's take has you covered.
The success in Ireland was largely due to the efforts of grassroots organizations (who have been campaigning for YEARS, mind you, against the 8th Amendment), volunteer canvassers, independent artists and activists who have tirelessly fought to turn the tide toward compassion for pregnant people and recognition of their bodily integrity and freedom. Because that, my dears, is the bottom line.
In a world where cultivating empathy and compassion is this fucking hard, we need to support not just the SRHR NGOs with name recognition and seats at UN tables, but also these makers and thinkers and doers who are making creative incursions against patriarchy in all sorts of ways.
So now is when we ask you for money - but I'm sure you already knew that from the title! So smart you are.
The RJ Happy Hour is on the verge of a major opportunity: to do a live recording at Abortion & Reproductive Justice: The Unfinished Revolution III (ARJC) this July at Rhodes University, South Africa! It is beyond cool that they have invited us to perform at this major biennial forum on abortion and reproductive justice. ARJC won't happen again until 2020, so this is our shot to make an impression with a large number of interested attendees, and build our audience and networks so we can make this podcast sustainable.
We are doing everything we can to gather funds to take advantage of this opening. But as an independent feminist venture with no current sponsorship, we can only knock em' dead with our signature moxie (and well-researched commentary, ahem) if you support our journey!
Every cent we've received in sponsorship since launching The RJ Happy Hour has been directly invested in the podcast, so you can be assured your donation goes exactly to the budget items outlined. Take a peek at our Go Fund Me page here.
We know it's not always possible to give cash, but sharing the campaign widely on your socials and in person is another amazing way to help us out. You are all stars for sticking with us as we propel this work forward, and we are so grateful for your support in any form. Many thanks from the bottom of our feisty feminist hearts to those who have already trusted us with their cash and their endorsement of our work.
In love and solidarity,
K & S xoxo