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My name is Hanalei and it’s my birthday week.
This year, in lieu of being on the receiving end of expensive dinners out where we talk about people we didn’t like in high school at length, a Patron-induced hangover in the morning, and quirky knickknacks from your last cruise, I am asking you to help send me to the Philippines in July 2013 for two reasons:
One: I primarily organize with the New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP) a grassroots organization. Currently, I am one of the local organizers for the International Human Rights and Peace Conference (ICCHRP), an international human rights gathering which will take place on July 2013. This year, I am asking for your support to offset the costs of attending this event, and the International Solidarity Mission (ISM), a trip designed for delegates to better understand the human rights situation in the Philippines.
Two: Since September 2012, I have been working on Bloom, a new multimedia piece which will marry 2 great loves of mine: the people’s movement and poetic storytelling. In July 2013, I will launch a curated online series of interactive essays and interviews tracing the stories of Filipino migrant communities I work with in the U.S, On this trip, I will be chasing ledes (pun intended!) and telling stories which can only be collected in several areas of the Philippines. The name Bloom is taken from former political prisoner, Angie Ipong’s, iteration - encouraging all those to “bloom where they are planted.”
However, to get to the Philippines and to make Bloom happen, I need close to $4,500.000 by July 2013, and a lot of your help! I understand we’re in some tough times right now, so every bit counts! If you can’t give, please help celebrate my birthday by reposting this all over the place - Facebook/Twitter/Instagram! Hey, who knows? Maybe your friends have some room for generosity? Or maybe they’re Scandinavian, and the exchange rate is just stellar? Or maybe you know Kevin Bacon? (…I mean, don’t we all.)
For those of you who can donate, I am truly grateful. I know a free lunch doesn’t exist, so here’s what you get in this lovely barter: (click the bold to be taken to the link!)
FREESTYLE DONATION! - For those of you on-the-go! Quick and simple way to donate. Enter any amount you want, and you’ll be matched to the brackets below!
Any amount under $10 - you have my utmost thanks and will see your name credited online, friend! <3 Facebook/Twitter shout outs, too!
$10 or more - the above and a personal email from me thanking you for your commitment to human rights. AND sneak peeks into the Bloom project!
$50 or more - all of the above and a personalized poem for you AND autographed copies of Letters to Martha & Foiled Stars AND have your name in the end credits of Bloom videos! AND an exclusive link to MY SECRET VIDEO of new work that won’t be released until October 2013!
$100 or more - all of the above and a photo thanking YOU on a sign LIVE! from the PHILIPPINES! AND a special video dedication posted for you on Youtube/Facebook!
$350 or more - all of the above, but instead of a photo of me thanking you, YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR OWN MESSAGE!
$500 or more - First of all, thank you for having $500.00+ worth of belief in my work. B of all, you get all of the above. 3, you will be credited as a producer for Bloom. Last, have I told you lately that I love you?
FREESTYLE DONATION! - enter any amount you want, and you’ll be matched to the brackets above! (I know I’ve written this already, but just in case it took too much for you to scroll back up…)
Again, I am utterly grateful to you for taking your time to get all the way down here, and reading about my crowdsourcing efforts. I’ve decided to go this route to build awareness on human rights violations in the Philippines and create a supportive community around Bloom. To find some links to my past projects, click here - and be on the look out for some updates from me!
Thanks again, and I’m looking forward to building this community with you, as we surface the stories of the people’s movement of that Philippines, and the everyday heroes we may never have the chance to meet.
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