In an effort to address racial inequality and promote opportunity for Black folks, my ad network, Adthrive, is matching donations by its publishers/bloggers, dollar for dollar, to four organizations that are fighting for racial justice, opportunity, and reconciliation. I’ve chosen to donate to Black Voters Matter Fund, a Black-led organization dedicated to increasing voter registration and turnout. Organizers also advocate for “policies to expand voting rights/access, including expanded early voting, resisting voter ID, re-entry restoration of rights and strengthening the Voting Rights Act as well as policies that intersect with race, gender, economic and other aspects of equity. They help develop an infrastructure where little/none exists. This includes staff training, candidate development and network development.”
You can read more about the work of Black Voters Matter, which NBC News called a “radical way to mobilize Black voters in 2020,” here. The organization helped Doug Jones get elected as the first democratic senator of Alabama in 27 years, and you may have heard about a bus from a senior center that they were responsible for driving to a voting poll in Georgia in 2018 when Stacey Abrams was running for governor. (The seniors were asked to disembark by law enforcement in an obvious voter suppression tactic.)
Voting is the most important component of our democracy, and for too long Black votes have been intentionally and successfully suppressed. This is a great opportunity to fight that injustice and have each dollar that you donate doubled. If you’d like to join me in donating to this amazing cause, there are two ways you can do that. If you’d like your donation matched by my ad network, Adthrive, please PayPal your donation to me at [email protected] and I will add it my donation, which I plan to make on Monday, June 22. If you prefer to donate directly to the organization, and forgo the matching contribution by my ad network, you can do so here. Either way, the donations to this organization are not tax deductible as it’s a 501(c)(4) and not a 501(c)(3). I’ll send everyone who donates to the Dear Wendy pool what the total amount is on Monday. Thank so much!