Operation Get Michon to Austria to Present Intersectional NM

For: Michon Neal
California
Organizer: Michon Neal
Operation Get Michon to Austria to Present Intersectional NM (Michon Neal)
$985
of $3,000 goal.
Raised by 21 donors
32% Complete

The Story

The Great News, Everyone!

I was accepted to do a workshop at the Nonmonogamies and Contemporary Intimacies conference in Austria. That's rare, because people at my loci of intersections are usually erased in these conversations. Here's my chance to make an impact with people from all over the world that I would never be able to access otherwise due to systemic barriers.

I created and developed the framework for intersectional non-monogamy, integrated feminism, and cocreated the inclusive approach of multi-linking - to say the least; I tend to create a lot. I was chosen to present on Intersectional Non-Monogamy, which would mean so much to me considering that the ill-named and remarkably noninclusive SoloPolyCon sought to discuss it - without crediting me or consulting me and without even grasping the irony of non-Black people handling issues of race. It's not like they didn't know that I was working on it, but I digress.

Why I need you

I have been erased, shoved out, and undergone such horrors in the past year, let alone my entire life. Help me help people do better. Give back by granting me bigger platforms so that the vulnerable and left out can actually be heard for once. 

The conference is also a rarity for it's accessibility: both the event and the hotel are kid-inclusive, meaning I don't have to worry about my kids or leave them behind. They will assist me as best they can to ensure I can attend, but obviously I still need your help as a lifelong impoverished person. I need to get my children passports and need to pray that the TSA doesn't molest me because I'll need airfare and the like.

I am risking a lot being a Black queer femme single parent teaching what I teach and travelling to deliver a message no one else can give. You can help mitigate that risk for me. The more funds I raise, the more safety I can buy - because money and reparations can make living under oppression slightly easier.

What I need from you

I need your help to secure visas and passports for the kids (I already have mine), funds for airfare and hotel, and incidentals (because when you're impoverished everything is an emergency). 

Whether it's your form of doing reparations, paying it forward, because you'll be there and want to see me speak, or just because you're a decent human being - I'll appreciate it. When I say my effect on my corners of the world can be immense, it's not hyperbole. You can look me up to see all I've done in spite of the awful things that have happened.

But, don't just watch me struggle. I'm a human being. Make space. My dreams are just as worthy as yours. I'm doing my part. But with the world against me, I risk being fully erased. We've heard all the usual voices and seem to have learned nothing.

Try mine for a change.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 25, 2017

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Posted on July 25, 2017

Okay. I'm calling it. I did my best but I just still don't have much support. That's just how systemic oppression plays out. 

I'll stop bothering with conferences since no one wants to hear me speak or help others see me speak. Sigh. 

I'm just going to focus on writing - the one thing I am still capable of despite the chronic pain flaring up nearly all the time now - and scraping by with...with nothing. 

The world has spoken. Murderers, rapists, abusive, or simply purely incompetent people have Safety Nets and I don't. That's not a coincidence; that's just reality under the delusion of supremacy. I tried everything but it'll never be enough. Going to conserve energy by just focusing on the couple of things I can still to stave off total ruin.

Any funds I get from this point forward will just go toward my survival. I'm going to circulate this message so everyone is informed before I go ahead and close this down. 

Thank you to the few who did believe in me or my work a little bit. You at least got my kids passports and if we survive the year maybe someday they can travel or we can escape. AntiBlackness and misogynoir is global, so I'm not even sure where we'd end up, but maybe we actually have the option to leave now.

Okay, pain is too intense but I'll also update my gofundme with my current needs. Maybe someone will care enough. Dunno. 

Ciao for now, and thank you again. 

Posted on July 19, 2017

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Posted on July 19, 2017

Sooooo, after brainstorming with some folks, I was put onto this service called Airfordable. It does charge a bit but it will allow me to purchase my tickets via payments and freeze the cost of the tickets with my deposit. Folks, I'll need about $600 to hold the two tickets I need. There is only a month left for me to get this done and the tickets paid for. So, let's get to it, please! I can either make the payments myself or someone can purchase them on my behalf but I need to have this set in stone before the end of this month!

Posted on July 13, 2017

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Posted on July 13, 2017

So the NMCI Conference board got back to me. The best they can do is waive the registration fee and provide at least 300 euros for me to use to travel. It isn't much but it does help. 

Two things need to happen from here:

1. More people need to register for NMCI so that they have more funds they put towards my travel stipend.

2. More people need to contribute to my travel and incidentals fund here. If you know of cheaper airfare or work for a company that values my family's safety, please let me know and set it up! The baby can ride free but I will need a ticket for myself and my other child.

Let's make this happen!

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