We need each other.
If the pandemic has shown us anything, it's the importance of human connection. It's not just the one-on-one interactions, but also the collective network that's vital. As humans, we have the power to hurt or to heal, to sink or to save each other... no matter how helpless we may feel sometimes.
When I first learned of the escalation of anti-Asian harrassment, bullying and violence in this country, it was admittedly pretty late in the wake of it all. Coverage was and is minimal. But why? I will never understand how hate thrives and at a time when we need each other the most? Yet here we are... over 3,800 hate incidents deep and counting.
The Asian and Pacific Islander communities need us right now, collectively. So in lieu of that helpless, hopeless outrage we have all become so good at over the last 4-5 years, I made some art. Maybe I'm a bit dreamy-eyed, but I really think we can help to raise some awareness and even some dollars for this cause.
Think we can do it? (:
WHAT IS STOP AAPI HATE?
Stop AAPI Hate is a national coalition addressing anti-Asian racism across the U.S. The coalition was founded by the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) and San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department. Between March 19, 2020 and February 28, 2021, Stop AAPI Hate has received 3,795 reported incidents of racism and discrimination targeting Asian Americans across the U.S.
Stop AAPI Hate is fiscally sponsored by Chinese for Affirmative Action, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. CAA's tax ID number is 94-2161304.
Find out more about Stop AAPI Hate and what they are up to at stopaapihate.org.
Donate directly at Stop AAPI Hate GiveDirect donation portal.
1flychicken creations is an independent business that is not affiliated in any way with the CAA (Chinese for Affirmative Action) or the Stop AAPI Hate coalition. All donations will go directly to this GoFundMe fund, which will transfer donations to the CAA for use by the Stop AAPI Hate coalition.
DONATE + WIN
I created a stained glass panel just for this fundraiser. You can win this original piece by making a donation. Every $10 you donate counts as one entry. All donations go directly to the CAA for the Stop Hate AAPI campaign.
HOW TO WIN
A winner will be chosen at 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, May 15th, 2021*. Since it is for donation, I'll be trying to raise as much money as I can for this cause by promoting the raffle. I hope you will share too! The winner will be selected by a random number generator.
Don't forget to include your name when you donate and be sure to check your email. I will announce the winner on Sunday, May 16th, as a campaign update, which will contact you via email. Also, I will be announcing the winner on my Instagram (follow me: @1flychicken). No worries: I will not be giving out your contact info or anything like that.
If I can't get in touch with you in a reasonable time frame, I will have to select another winner, so please keep checking for updates!
*Raffle rules and dates are subject to change at my discretion in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
SHIPPING YOUR ART
I will cover the cost of shipping for winners within the U.S. Winners outside of the U.S. will be responsible for paying the shipping fees. These fees can be paid via Venmo or Zelle.
WHO AM I?
I'm Meghan Tutolo, the artist behind 1flychicken creations. I am a writer and artist living in my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. (Who am I kidding? I never left.) I make, illustrate and design everything from pins and magnets to greeting cards and—of course—stained glass. I sell my goods online and at local markets, popups and vendor events year-round (the Neighborhood Flea, I Made It! Market, Squirrel Hill Night Market, Handmade Arcade and more.)
Thank you so much for being a part of this fundraiser and for helping art to make a difference.