Operation Get Michon to Austria to Present Intersectional NM

For: Michon Neal
California
Organizer: Michon Neal
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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 April 24, 2017

Posted on April 24, 2017

Urgent: This is How We Die

Okay. Just found out I have til June 1st to find another place.

Like, they told me as long as I needed and we’d find a place all together, then shortened that to four to six months. So I planned around that. Otherwise why the hell would I bother banking on going to Austria? I’d have just saved the money I used for the passports.

Now, apparently, I only have a month. I have NOTHING. Still don’t have insurance. No help from county and is it even worth getting cuz I don’t know where the hell I’ll be.

They waited until after I did it to tell me. Obviously they’d been planning it for a while. But nah, basic consideration like, “you know, this is worst case scenario,” is beyond doing.

Yte ppl. They can just wash their hands clean and walk away and be ok. They will always choose everything else, even and especially their animals and their comfort, over us.

Anyway, since I’m unrentable as a multiply-disabled Black single parent, I need to either be able to afford an RV or to move very far away, ASAP.

I need some time to think and plan. But please, I still really need support, now more than ever. My health is worse, I am not even set up on services in this county yet, and I…have no options. I can’t go back to hotels; it will literally kill me. My body is still fucked up from all the moving I’ve done.

This is how we die. From people who support “love” and “niceness”, but have entire systems of legalized and enforceable support behind them. My choice, my voice, did not matter. I can’t even be angry because my heart is already racing and arrythmic. My body can’t handle it; that’s how much stress I’m under.

Take a look back through my past year or so, or back through the past three, or my whole life. Look at every instance of every single person saying no to my right to exist, to my needs, to my truth.

Systemic oppression is a no to every facet of one’s existence. It makes it impossible to survive. It is hostile in its lack of instant lethality. It is inexorable in its apathy. It is always, always fatal.

And everyone just sits there watching me drown.

You think you’re good people, but you’re not. I don’t believe in fairies.

If you want to actually practice what you preach, help me get an RV. Help me get decent insurance. Help me find decent clients. Babysit my kids without being creepy or overcharging me. Pay for all the years I’ve worked but never received compensation for. Don’t just gawk at me; DO SOMETHING!


Posted on April 21, 2017

Posted on April 21, 2017

So, I've completed all the passport paperwork and have an appointment scheduled. Wish me luck through this process.

In other news, we celebrated one of the little one's  birthdays today. We survived a forced c-section, the worst of our ongoing homelessness, a racist eviction, missed opportunities, and just so much else this past year. Don't let me miss this one!

Posted on April 16, 2017

Posted on April 16, 2017

Squeeeeeeeeeeee! In just two days, I now have exactly enough to get BOTH kids' passports - which is exactly what I'm going to get started on asap!

Now I just need enough for airfare and hotel costs. The one we'll be staying in will be discounted for conference attendees AND they provide childcare; how fucking fantastic is that?

Please keep spreading the word and giving; I've got a couple months but as with anything, the sooner I have all the funds the better!

Thank you, thank you!

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