Below is a message from the amazing Jess Hoffmann about fundraising and planning efforts for CR 10, the Critical Resistance gathering happening in Oakland this September. Thousands of people will be coming together to organize against the prison industrial complex and work to create a world everyone – in every community – has access to basic necessities like food, shelter, and freedom, the things that really make us safe.
The planning for this gathering is amazing: there are over 85 people on the planning committee, and the voices of people most affected by the prison industrial complex will be centered throughout. The whole event is designed to be accessible to as many people as possible, with buses and vans coming from across the country and free admission for all. (There's even a whole track of activities for kids!)
Bringing thousands of people together from far and wide is a LOT of work, and takes a LOT of money. Critical Resistance National has already raised over $200,000 – about half of the budget for the gathering and related organizing – and local chapters of Critical Resistance in New York, New Orleans, Boston, Oakland, Los Angeles, Durham, and Philadelphia have collectively pledged to raise $30,000 at local parties on May 31. The May 31 parties are specifically aimed at raising funds to pay for people's travel from all over the place to Oakland in September – to make sure that everyone who should be there can be.
I'm working with a group of my friends and fellow CR member/supporters to help the organizers reach their travel-budget goal. I believe that we can match the $30,000 they plan to raise at the parties with contributions from folks who won't be able to attend one of the May 31 parties, but still want to support this amazing gathering and organizing work.
Please take a moment now to go to donate $5, $25, $50, $500 whatever amount feels right to you.
And if you live in one of the cities organizing a local party, please attend and spread the word!