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2021 Abortion Access Fund-A-Thon

What is Fund-A-Thon?

  • An annual spring (March-May) fundraiser hosted by the National Network of Abortion Funds. In 2019, DSA raised over $100,000 nationwide and we’re trying to match that again this year!
  • Abortion funds are mutual aid organizations that close the material gap for people seeking abortion care. They pay for the procedure & associated costs as well as provide other support like navigating scheduling, contacting an abortion doula, and more!
  • We are fundraising for ACCESS Reproductive Justice. They are a California statewide abortion fund based in Oakland. 🤠 FUN FACT: the executive director of ACCESS (Jessica Pinckney) is a UCSB alum and is very excited to see Santa Barbarians participating this year!

But Medi-Cal covers abortion – do we need this in California?

  • We have strong reproductive rights protections in California BUT there are still many barriers!
  • Many people who need an abortion live hours from the nearest clinic (or further to find an in-network provider), cannot afford time off work, need childcare, make too much money to qualify for Medi-Cal but still can’t afford an abortion, or are afraid to seek care due to immigration status. ACCESS can help with all of these things through their myriad supports.

How do I join the SB DSA team?

  1. Go to https://fund.nnaf.org/sbdsa
  2. Click “Join team” under our logo
  3. Create your page
    • Set a goal! Anything helps but don’t be afraid to be bold!
    • Email your link to your network. Share it on social media. Tell people WHY funding abortion matters to YOU!

Any tips on how to fundraise?

  • The DSA Nationwide Socialist Feminist Working Group has a training to help with this! 

Isn’t a pandemic a terrible time to ask people for money?

  • You know the circumstances of the people in your circle best. For some, this pandemic caused financial strife so this is not the time to ask for money. For others, employment has remained stable. But what has not changed is that people need access to abortion care and cannot afford it. So let’s lean on our community who have the privilege of stability right now!
  • Redistribute that stimmy! Some folks received a stimulus check and may be in a position to treat it as extra income. Ask folks to consider if they are in a position to redistribute their stimulus for mutual aid.
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Mass Text for Prop 10

You can do it on your own, or get together with some friends and help text 1,000,000 Californians about Prop 10! To get started, follow the instructions here.


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If you follow us on Facebook and Twitter you’ll see important messages about YES on Proposition 10 — an excellent way to take action at this very moment is to take a minute or two to CLICK ON and SHARE a few of the memes and message we’ve posted. As you know, the reach grows tremendously when you share posts with your own networks.

Here are a few excellent Prop 10 posts to share around.

California is facing a crisis of housing affordability. Factoring in the cost of housing, California has the highest poverty rate in the country, despite being the 5th largest economy in the world! Of California’s almost 6 million renter households, over 1.7 million are “severely overburdened” by rent, meaning they pay more than 50% of their income toward rent. And, more than 1/4 of the entire homeless population of the country resides in our state! Skyrocketing rents are so bad that for every 5% rent increase in Los Angeles, 2,000 more individuals and families find themselves on the street. California tenants can’t “wait” for more affordable housing stock to be built; renters need more protections, like rent control and just cause evictions, now! Interested in getting involved in our chapter’s Housing Justice Committee? Keep an eye out for volunteer opportunities, or email housing@dsasb.org if you’re interested in joining!

California’s Housing Crisis: Created by corporate landlords; maintained for corporate landlords. Let’s stop this – Vote YES on Prop 10 on November 6! #YesOn10 #StopTheGreed Interested in housing issues? Contact us at housing@dsasb.org

“Rent bumps.” We don’t consider a $1500 rent increase a “bump.” We don’t consider displacement of seniors, families and long term residents out of our communities a bump.

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