Monsters Raises Funds for the ACLU

Friday, 27 January 2017

It's been a tumultuous few months, and a strange time to be fundraising. People are trying to find ways to express themselves, to help others and take care of themselves, and artists are struggling to find a space for their voices and their work in this new landscape. To be honest, this fundraising effort has rarely been at the forefront of my mind since November.

That's why I felt compelled to reach out to my donors (and potential donors) Tuesday morning to ask that if Monsters doesn't reach its funding goal, folks donate their returned funds to an organization doing important work they believe in, and to announce that if I do reach my goal and the novel is published, I will be donating at least half of the proceeds from sales to such an organization.

Shortly after I made this announcement, a dear friend reached out to me and said that for the next twenty-four hours, they would anonymously donate two dollars to the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) for every dollar donated to Monsters. The response was amazing; this morning the ACLU received a check for $1,100 from those twenty-four hours.

I know that my donors come from different political backgrounds and my goal here is not to force my own beliefs on anyone, but simply to share what I think is a testament to the potential for people to use their strengths to work together to create change. I write because I love writing and I think I'm good at it; I was never really ambitious enough to think that my love for writing could intersect with social justice or political action. Now, it's happened, with the help of friends who are driven by similar passions, and I feel a great sense of accomplishment in that, no matter what happens with this campaign. And if I felt any hesitation in my initial promise Tuesday morning-- some fear that it was quixotic or untenable or meaningless-- it's gone now. My Unbound campaign is starting to really feel like what I'm supposed to be doing right now, amid all of this turmoil (okay, maybe I'm a little quixotic).

After today, I feel confident in saying-- again, to all of you, your ideology notwithstanding-- we are not powerless. We are creative, determined, and resourceful; and we are lucky, because we have each other for support.

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