Seriously, Lilith Fair? Just when I was thinking of attending you because my country music crush Loretta Lynn is playing your festival this year, you have to go and encourage your fans to support anti-choice charities. Boooooo.
This year, the women's music fest organized a giving group on Facebook called Choose Your Charity where fans can vote for a charity to receive $1 for every ticket sold to the Lilith Fair concert in their city. I'll admit that I joined this group yesterday, voted for a charity in the Portland area, and didn't think twice about it. However, Lilith Fair fans in some cities are having a more frustrating experience.
From LifeNews (that's right Lilith Fair, you are garnering praise from anti-choice blogs):
To the surprise of pro-life advocates, the Lilith Fair team included pregnancy centers in the mix of groups and the Facebook users who voted decided to award them as their charity to receive the funds.
Fans in Minneapolis and Indianapolis, for example, are given the option of supporting Metro Women's Center and Indianapolis Life Center -- both are life-affirming pregnancy centers that help women find abortion alternatives and legitimate pregnancy support. Other cities such as Atlanta and Seattle also saw pregnancy centers selected.
For an organization that, despite the jokes about kumbaya sing-a-longs, has always had a reputation for standing up for women's rights and serving as an alternative to more mainstream music festivals, this is disappointing. Why is Lilith Fair lending their support to organizations that are anti-choice?
A Lilith Fair: No money for crisis pregnancy centers! group has been started on Facebook if you'd like to join in telling Lilith Fair that this so not cool.
•"Lilith Fair Empowers Women to Support Anti-Choice Charities" from The Stranger
•"Anti-Choice Organizations Among Potential Beneficiaries of Lilith Fair's Choose Your Charity Campaign" from The Chicago Reader