Hey guys!! If you went to the summer NYC Supernats Meetup, you might remember the super cool Dean I had with me, my friend Jay! He’s a wonderful human being and sadly he’s in a bit of a tight spot right now, so I’ll reference his original post which I have already reblogged to tell you the situation:
Recently, I came out to my parents as trans*, telling them that I intended to start on T as soon as possible since I’ve been living out for more than a year now and the insurance my parents had me under would cover HRT. Unfortunately, when I told them, they didn’t react well at all and told me that if I wanted to go proceed with my transition, I would need to “feel the consequences myself.” So, long story short, they took me off of their health insurance.
Again, you can read the rest of his post here!
The goal is to raise enough money to put him on his school’s health insurance plan, which will cover hormones.
Jay has set up a DONATION PAGE where he’ll tell you his story and what’s needed and has some fun things as a thank you for donating!
Anything you can do to help out makes a difference, even if it’s just a little signal boost or some love sent his way. Thank you so much for your time everyone! <3
Thank you everyone for helping communities all over the world stay fed and happy! Let’s have another amazing year.
WHEN? Saturday, January 4th, from 11:30 AM until 4:00 PM
WHERE? The St. Louis Science Center, meeting at the main entrance/main lobby (depending on weather—ideally, we’ll gather outside to avoid blocking indoor traffic)
WHAT? Multifandom canned food drive and general hangouts!
WHO? You! And all of your friends!
WHAT IF I’M NOT A SUPERWHOLOCK/HOMESTUCK? Can Town is for everyone who wants to make a difference. This is a Superwholock themed event, but ALL fandoms are welcome — Homestuck, Hetalia, Nightvale, everybody.
PARKING: Main lot parking is $10. There is limited free parking at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. The last time CTSTL went to the Science Center, we met at the planetarium, and it was an issue, as free parking filled up quickly. Many people had to park far away and walk a great distance. Please expect to pay, carpool, take public transit, or understand that you may be walking a while to meet the group.
LUNCH: You’re welcome to bring your own lunch, or purchase it at the Science Center’s café. Teams will rotate for lunch, depending on attendance, at approximately 1:30 PM.
DONATIONS: Please bring soup, soap, and pasta (especially boxed mac & cheese), as these items are always in need. All donations are welcome, though: any nonperishable food items or personal hygiene products will be accepted! Please double bag your donations if you’re bringing them in plastic, as plastic tends to break!
COSPLAY: Is welcome, so long as it’s casual and will not bother other guests or interfere with Science Center exhibits. Please, no huge props, no masks, and no face paint. It’s likely to be cold, as well, so please dress appropriately for the weather.
VOLUNTEERS are always appreciated to help sort and carry donations. We’ll also need team leaders to keep groups together.
If you’d like to volunteer, or have any other questions, please email us: cantownstlouis[AT]gmail[DOT]com.
We’ll see you there!
Volunteering at a soup kitchen is one of the least productive things you can do to change the world. Art can inspire people and motivate them. Food is important, yes, but you aren’t changing that person’s life.
whoever wrote this post has definitely never been hungry
I remember one christmas we were short on money so my brother just drew us some pictures of mashed potato it was poppin!!! We ate the pencils too!!!
BEING HUNGRY SUCKS BALLS OKAY. There was a time when the bf and I were so short on money we could barely afford food and yeah, no, art wasn’t going to do shit for me in that time.
Can Town St. Louis would like to encourage everyone — and I mean everyone — to get involved volunteering at a food pantry, soup kitchen, or other food security organization.
As you may have heard on the news, the Philippines was hit by a massive typhoon over the last two days. Manila, the capital, was largely spared— but Central VIsayas, a group of islands right at the storm’s path, was not. There are still no telecommunications options with some of the provinces and cities, such as Guiuan, Samar and Tacloban, Leyte. Looting has begun as people are desperate for food, water, and medicine. The death toll is at 1,200 initial estimate by the Philippine Red Cross, but is expected to go up in the coming days.
If you can give anything, please give some to the following organizations as we really need help:
Philippine Red Cross — via PayPal and UShare, currently on the ground for relief efforts and have been very good in the past couple of storms.
Global Giving - Web based, credit and debit cards accepted.
Ayala Foundation (Laging Handa) - for overseas donors
Caritas Philippines - Catholic Relief Services
UNICEF Philippines - Accepting online cash donations
British Red Cross - for residents of the UK
PH Residents: Please donate food, medicine, and water to the DSWD. Volunteers are needed to help repackage relief goods for delivery, so please check your local DSWD unit or University for relief drives that you could participate in. Ateneo de Manila University and the De La Salle University will be holding relief drives and are always open for donations, so please give in-kind donations and take some time to help out!
Some pictures of the devastation from BBC can be found here.
If you have family and are looking for them, or if you are in the PH and have information about people, please check and update the following directories:
Send an SMS to:
2662999 (Globe subscribers)
4664999 (SMART subscribers)
22020999 (Sun subscribers)
with the message Search person-name.
Information can also be found in the #RescuePH #ReliefPH tag on Twitter and ProjectNOAH.
To give an overview about how bad it is: the gale speeds hit 230mph and wind speed at where the eyewall had sustained winds of 96mph before signal was lost at the station. To put that into perspective, the Concord take-off speed was 250mph.
We have some personal reports that entire villages in Antique province were flattened, and Tacloban airport is now just the runway. This wasn’t a rain-heavy storm and it moved at an incredible speed, so flashfloods and landslides weren’t so much the problem, but the winds were just terrifying and have caused so much damage to infrastructure and lives that we now have thousands upon thousands of displaced people who have no homes to return to.
Please spread and add-on any information you may have!! I will be updating this post with new information when possible.
PH residents: PAG-ASA is monitoring a new low-pressure area off Mindanao. It is likely to dissipate, but PAG-ASA is still watching closely.
Stay safe, everyone.
Update: AIR21 will be holding a relief drive until November 17. They will accept dried/canned food, blankets and clothes, and medicines. They will not be accepting monetary donations.
Update: Manuel Quezon III has a great page detailing all nationwide relief efforts. Please check it out.
- Photos collated by Buzzfeed…
- SMART Telecomms has a satellite link up to Tacloban and network restoration is in progress. It’s been going around that communications are horrible around Central Visayas because only 3% of all the cell towers survived.
- PHILIPPINE LA SALLIANS! There is a One La Salle Relief Drive on-going for Typhoon Yolanda Victims, Monetary and in-kind donations are welcome.
- PHILIPPINE ATENEANS: An Atenean call for donations has been released. Monetary and in-kind donations are welcome.
- PHILIPPINES: Cibo’s Margarita Fores is doing a relief drive starting November 18 onwards. Needed: rice, sardines or tuna in cans or tetra packs, corned beef or any meat in cans or tetra packs, 3-in-one coffee sachets, and instant noodles. Cash donations welcome. I can personally vouch for her as I know her and have seen her at work in relief drives for previous typhoons.
GMA-7 has some news and notes from survivors in Tacloban. Those looking for news on family in the area, please check.
A list of survivors as compiled by Leyte 1st District Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez can be found here.
Transmission line updates:
Masbate, Northern Samar, Samar, and Leyte: partially restored
Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Iloilo (except Carles, Ajuy, Barotac Viejo, Concepcion, Batad, San Dionisio, San Rafael, and Balasan): restored.
Eastern Samar, most of Leyte: No Communication.
Communications with Tacloban island being restored via Globe and Smart telecomm lines.
Bantayan Island, Cebu is completely isolated.
Capiz and Eastern Samar are badly damaged and have not received relief goods. Hospitals in Tacloban are running on over-capacity and looting has started. In Tacloban, only helicopters are permitted to land as the airport is gone.
Rundown on Rappler can be found here.
There are reports from Reuters that the death toll can go up to 10,000 (as reported by HuffPo). We are praying it does not.
Just got word that OCCUPY WALL STREET will be coordinating a relief drive ala Occupy Sandy Hook for victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. From a long-time Occupy Wall Street supporter, thank you so much, OWS. The coordination page can be found here.
Updated with missing persons search options via SMS. Please see above.
Philippine Amateur Radio: DX1PAR, http://par.org.ph
Please, please, please donate what you can. Any little bit will go a long way for my countrymen. Thank you for your kindness and your time.
"VIBER MESSAGING SERVICE is now operating a temporary service allowing Filipino Users to call non Viber numbers outside the PH for free. To call someone using this service, go to any contact in Viber and tap any of the numbers listed next to "Viber Out. Supported countries can be found here.” - VIBER
Charity Navigator has a list of recommended donation sources here!
Mark Sheppard on fans at Comic Con [x]
A reminder to anyone who’s ever been embarrassed about being in fandom, from one of my heroes.
V for Vendetta cosplayers.
On Nov. 5 the group Anonymous, know for being activists for the freedom of all people from oppression, censorship, and unjust laws, is planning a peaceful march and protest, called the Million Mask March, in D.C. and possibly several other Government run areas like military bases. They will be wearing Guy Fawks masks as seen in the movie, as well as their own variations of it. If you plan to cosplay V from the movie, or wear the mask at all, around that day in those areas Please be careful. If you don’t plan to be part of the march and protest, please be careful, as protests have a tendency to deteriorate due to Police forces and I don’t want anyone caught in the crossfire.
More info can be found at: Millionmaskmarch.org and Millionmaskmarch.wordpress.com
Sorry to clog your dashboard with this I just want everyone to remain secure. Stay safe out there.
I’ve been asked to reblog this.
The Million Mask March is not a cosplay event, and I’d hope that would be obvious, but apparently it’s not.
If you don’t want to be associated with Anon’s protest efforts, you should probably not run around wearing a Guy Fawkes mask on November 5th.
To those of you who sign: please consider mailing a physical postcard to their offices, as well.
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Hussie doesn’t allow the selling of scalemates or Homestuck items, even for charity :\