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hummeline:

Just want to point out that this exists as a full song.

omgggggggg !!!!!

Posted 18 hours ago

Stacey's Medical Expenses

tarae:

mappingthemoon:

Hey y’all. As you may know, about two years ago I was hit by a pickup truck while riding my bicycle. I broke both my legs and shattered a knee and got a concussion (tw: gross pictures here). The driver was charged with a DUI.

I had no health insurance at that time and my total medical bills exceeded $100,000.

Luckily, my attorney did some serious negotiation with the hospital and they settled the majority of my account for a much smaller amount, which was paid by the other driver’s insurance company. I also had access to $15,000 through the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Fund; this money was sent directly to most of the (relatively) smaller bills that were not included in the main hospital bill, such as the ambulance ride, x-rays, individual physicians, etc.

Right now, I only have one bill remaining: $12,250 owed to the orthopedic clinic. This is for checkups during the beginning of my recovery, physical therapy sessions, outpatient x-rays, and the metal hardware in my legs (see x-rays here).

I have been making out-of-pocket payments towards this bill for over a year and a half ($30-$100/month depending on what I can afford) and so far the clinic has been nice enough to not send the account to collections even though the total balance is technically long overdue. But even if I can pay $100/month (the most I can reasonably afford considering my current income and living expenses), it would still take 10 years to pay this off. So far I’ve paid a total of $516 since August 2013. I have a full-time job. I only have a few hundred dollars in (emergency) savings. I have a number of other debts I’m trying to manage as well. I have lousy credit and I am not qualified to take out a loan for this much money, either.

Some people have told me that the other driver who hit me should be responsible for paying this bill, and I have suggested that to the District Attorney who is handling this case. But even if that person is legally required to pay my bill, that doesn’t mean I’m going to receive the full amount all at once… or anytime soon… not to mention it does little good for me if the person who is court-ordered to pay my bill can’t afford it as much as I can’t afford it!… and either way, the bill remains in my name (and attached to my credit score).

Also, I recently tried to make an appointment at the Orthopedic Clinic to see about getting some of the metal hardware removed from my knee, since that may reduce the pain I have. Even though I have health insurance now, they told me I couldn’t make any new appointments until I take care of my outstanding balance.

I feel really embarrassed and self-conscious about making a fundraiser because I feel like as an Adult with a Job, I should be able to HANDLE IT, ya know… and I am afraid of this sounding like a ~sob story~ but for real: I am 30 and I have been in some kind of overwhelming debt or another for literally my entire adult life. In the past year I have finally been able to pay off all the bad debts I had and start rebuilding my credit very slowly. My debt-to-income ratio is still scary but at least I don’t owe anything to a collection agency right now, for the first time in like a decade! So I would be totally overjoyed if I can get this one last medical bill paid off before it gets sent to collections and messes up my financial life all over again.

So please, if you can contribute to this fundraiser, any amount helps! Or if you would prefer to receive a physical item in return for your money, please consider supporting me by purchasing a photography print through my Society6 page, or buying a zine, patch, or monotype from my Etsy page. I can also accept PayPal donations to cicada_drone at yahoo dot com.

~*~ T H A N K * Y O U ~*~

Feel free to ask me any questions you may have, and please share/reblog/signal boost this post!

PS Re: Financial accountability, I will be keeping copious documentation of all money received as a result of this fundraiser. (I am in accounting school! I am very organized & I love to make spreadsheets! I save receipts! :). I will post follow-ups with scans of my monthly statements from the orthopedic clinic bill to show exactly what got paid.

Stacey is great and like, as a cyclist all of this is my worst nightmare. Please consider helping her out! I’ll say too that the 5th issue of her zine Phases of the Moon is incredible and I would recommend buying it immediately even if she weren’t fundraising to pay off her medical debt. 

Posted 18 hours ago

Ways to buy Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives

fabianswriting:

niaking:

  • If you live in the Bay Area, you can buy it at Pegasus Books in Oakland or Berkeley (downtown).
  • If you live in the US, you can PayPal $20 to niaking@zoho.com and I will send you a signed copy. Put your address in the “notes” section.
  • If you live outside the US, please order the book on Amazon.

I’m included in this book. Please support Nia! 

xx fabian

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Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.
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Hong Kong’s unprecedented protests & police crackdown, explained
September 29, 2014

Protest marches and vigils are fairly common in Hong Kong, but what began on Friday and escalated dramatically on Sunday is unprecedented. Mass acts of civil disobedience were met by a shocking and swift police response, which has led to clashes in the streets and popular outrage so great that analysts can only guess at what will happen next.

What’s going on in Hong Kong right now is a very big deal, and for reasons that go way beyond just this weekend’s protests. Hong Kong’s citizens are protesting to keep their promised democratic rights, which they worry — with good reason — could be taken away by the central Chinese government in Beijing. This moment is a sort of standoff between Hong Kong and China over the city’s future, a confrontation that they have been building toward for almost 20 years.

On Wednesday, student groups led peaceful marches to protest China’s new plan for Hong Kong’s 2017 election, which looked like China reneging on its promise to grant the autonomous region full democracy (see the next section for what that plan was such a big deal). Protest marches are pretty common in Hong Kong so it didn’t seem so unusual at first.

Things started escalating on Friday. Members of a protest group called Occupy Central (Central is the name of Hong Kong’s downtown district) had planned to launch a “civil disobedience” campaign on October 1, a national holiday celebrating communist China’s founding. But as the already-ongoing protesters escalated they decided to go for it now. On Friday, protesters peacefully occupied the forecourt (a courtyard-style open area in front of an office building) of Hong Kong’s city government headquarters along with other downtown areas.

The really important thing is what happened next: Hong Kong’s police cracked down with surprising force, fighting in the streets with protesters and eventually emerging with guns that, while likely filled with rubber bullets, look awfully militaristic. In response, outraged Hong Kong residents flooded into the streets to join the protesters, and on Sunday police blanketed Central with tear gas, which has been seen as a shocking and outrageous escalation. The Chinese central government issued a statement endorsing the police actions, as did Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing chief executive, a tacit signal that Beijing wishes for the protests to be cleared.

You have to remember that this is Hong Kong: an affluent and orderly place that prides itself on its civility and its freedom. Hong Kongers have a bit of a superiority complex when it comes to China, and see themselves as beyond the mainland’s authoritarianism and disorder. But there is also deep, deep anxiety that this could change, that Hong Kong could lose its special status, and this week’s events have hit on those anxieties to their core.

This began in 1997, when the United Kingdom handed over Hong Kong, one of its last imperial possessions, to the Chinese government. Hong Kong had spent over 150 years under British rule; it had become a fabulously wealthy center of commerce and had enjoyed, while not full democracy, far more freedom and democracy than the rest of China. So, as part of the handover, the Chinese government in Beijing promised to let Hong Kong keep its special rights and its autonomy — a deal known as “one country, two systems.”

A big part of that deal was China’s promise that, in 2017, Hong Kong’s citizens would be allowed to democratically elect their top leader for the first time ever. That leader, known as the Hong Kong chief executive, is currently appointed by a pro-Beijing committee. In 2007, the Chinese government reaffirmed its promise to give Hong Kong this right in 2017, which in Hong Kong is referred to as universal suffrage — a sign of how much value people assign to it.

But there have been disturbing signs throughout this year that the central Chinese government might renege on its promise. In July, the Chinese government issued a “white paper” stating that it has “comprehensive jurisdiction” over Hong Kong and that “the high degree of autonomy of [Hong Kong] is not an inherent power, but one that comes solely from the authorization by the central leadership.” It sounded to many like a warning from Beijing that it could dilute or outright revoke Hong Kong’s freedoms, and tens of thousands of Hong Kong’s citizens marched in protest.

Then, in August, Beijing announced its plan for Hong Kong’s 2017 elections. While citizens would be allowed to vote for the chief executive, the candidates for the election would have to be approved by a special committee just like the pro-Beijing committee that currently appoints the chief executive. This lets Beijing hand-pick candidates for the job, which is anti-democratic in itself, but also feels to many in Hong Kong like a first step toward eroding their promised democratic rights.

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