Help Aaminah Shakur Survive the Summer

For: Aaminah Shakur
Organizer: Aaminah Shakur
Help Aaminah Shakur Survive the Summer (Aaminah Shakur)
$430
of $1,500 goal.
Raised by 12 donors
28% Complete

The Story

Hi,

I am a QTPOC who is also disabled, with chronic illness, chronic pain, and mental illness. I am a full time student of art history, an artist, poet, culture critic, and freelance writer/editor. I received financial aid that has allowed me to continue attending classes in the summer months towards my degree. I work in the school gallery a few hours a week and the rest of my small income is from freelance gigs. Because of my disabilities I have to use Uber to get to and from school/the gallery - averaging about $60 a week just for that. Because of disability/illness/transportation costs I don't get to go out to art related events like I should, which also means I miss out on potential opportunities and clients. 

Summer courses are six weeks that cram an entire 15 week class into that shortened period. Right now I am attending one class two days a week for four hours each day, and I spend a lot of time on the homework. At the end of June I finish this class and begin to take TWO classes. That means from late June to mid-August I will be in classes four days a week for about 4 hours a day, and have homework/reading/writing to keep up with for the classes. My financial aid covered the classes and a little extra that pays rent through August, but I have other living expenses (transportation costs, food, phone bill, credit card bills from buying textbooks for fall and groceries/household needs, etc.) and will not have another financial aid disbursement until late September. 

I'm short the rent for September and struggling to keep up with the other bills. Once I start the second half of summer class sessions, I will have very little ability to maintain my freelance gigs for those six weeks and also have little availability when the gallery has hours. 

If you have the means to support a crip/sick QTPOC to survive this summer, it will give me the ability to do my best in classes (which means more scholarship possibilities in the future) without adding to my illnesses/pain. It will allow me to eat properly and keep my most basic bills paid. And it will be greatly appreciated.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 21, 2017

Posted on July 21, 2017

Quick Update:
  • My transportation costs have gone up, which is a burden. From averaging $60 a week, they are now going to be about $80 a week (this is base rate, but it can vary if I'm forced to pay surge pricing or if I have to make a stop at the post office or to pick up prescriptions on the way to/from school). This is disability life, no way around it.
  • Thanks to kind donations, I have finished paying July credit card payments and my August phone bill in advance.
  • Need $250 for August credit card payments AND $500 for September rent. 
Many thanks to everyone who has donated here or elsewhere, people who have ordered needed things off my Amazon wishlist, and people who have made use of my intuitive reading services. I am taking intuitive clients Friday thru Sunday, details here: http://aaminahshakur.com/intuitive-services 

Also, here's my newest published writing, an essay looking at the Black Femme Lesbian Identities and Aesthetics of Mickalene Thomas' art: http://www.rigorous-mag.com/v1i3/aaminah-shakur.html 

Posted on July 11, 2017

Posted on July 11, 2017

This month's phone bill is paid, but I still need $250 to cover this month's credit card payments - due next week. In addition, my transportation costs are approximately $60-75 a week. And I'm still trying to gather up the the expenses for August and the rent for September as well. If you can't donate, can you please share this with your networks? Thank you! Other ways you can also support me:

Schedule an intuitive reading with me: http://aaminahshakur.com/intuitive-services

Buy one-of-a-kind art: http://mkt.com/shakur-arts

Become a sustaining patron on Patreon with a monthly donation, and get access to patrons-only written content: https://www.patreon.com/AaminahShakur 

Posted on June 21, 2017

Posted on June 21, 2017

Just a status update. July rent is paid but I barely have the August rent sitting in my account. I don't have September rent together at all. My transportation costs are not cheap, and beginning next week I will be in classes four days a week and still having to go in other days to the gallery as well. Obviously, I also need to eat and make other bill payments between now and late September when my next financial aid disbursement comes through - and that disbursement is intended to cover rent for the following six months at least. My basic rent and monthly bills are relatively low - just $750, plus transportation (average $60 per week), plus food and household needs. You can also support me ongoing by becoming a patron on Patreon. Because of my class schedule over the next six weeks, I will have little time available for freelance work but will take intuitive reading clients as I'm able and do still have a shop full of art and more. aaminahshakur.com 

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