This is a round up of current projects that need funding or support.
1. Abundant Bodies Track at the Allied Media Conference
The Abundant Bodies track at the AMC this summer needs your help to support the work of fat activists with their workshops and activist organizing.
I’m part of two different sessions but there are so many amazing workshops and other activists who are coming to Detroit to talk about fat politics over the weekend. They all need financial support to not only get to the conference but also for lodging and other expenses over the weekend.
via the funding campaign,
Some of the most well-known fat activists (including Dr. Charlotte Cooper, Amanda Levitt, Virgie Tovar) will be sharing their brilliance alongside up and coming young qtpoc fatties. Some of the topics and issues folks are exploring include race & fat activism, the “dangers” of excessive selfie consumptions, exploring fat & kink, building an inclusive fat community, body autonomy vs. body positivity, reimagining desirability, fat activism for unruly people, and so much more!
From the program guide:
ln this track we will gather, share and celebrate the wisdom and abundance of our bodies. Abundant/thick/fat bodies are the target of so much hate, policing and negativity, even in our organizing communities. How do we unlearn mainstream ideas of what a body should look like and (re)-learn to celebrate the diversity, resilience, wisdom and beauty of all bodies? This track will explore these questions and create spaces to challenge the ongoing ways mainstream media shames and harms abundant bodies, to name fatphobia in our organizing and activism, and to create media and practical strategies for resistance, healing and community building. We will broaden the conversation around fat activism by centering this track on the voices of Indigenous, Black, people of color, dis/abled, super-sized, trans and queer fat folks. Through workshops, panels and skillshares we will transform mainstream ideas around abundant bodies and create resilient communities, media and art centered around abundant bodies!
Please support and share this campaign! There are a ton of awesome perks for donating too!
2. Suport a Fat Art Exhibition!
Second Helping Exhibition and Performance Fatinee is raising funds for their event!
Second Helpings is a group visual art exhibition, a “fatinee” of multidisciplinary performance, and a queer intervention into American popular culture’s understanding of the fat body as a deviant body. Exhibiting artists fight the stigmatization of fat bodies, radically re-envision the notion of body diversity, and destabilize deeply embedded hierarchies of desire.
Second Helpings features works in many media by 20+ visual artists, and 8 solo and ensemble performances. Selected works deconstruct and reassess body politics to foster a collective understanding of fatness that empowers and heals fat-bodied people emotionally, sexually and politically.
A new theatrical work humorously addresses the correlation between body shame and cultural imperialism. A 5-piece band named after pastries snacks ritualistically onstage. A debut video work explores racialized and gendered experiences of fat-phobia. A chubby drag queen pushes back on the ways her body is treated as a dystopian object of desire. Come ravenous. Help yourself.
3. Help the Fat Nutritionist become a registered dietitian.
Michelle aka the Fat Nutritionist is raising money for an unpaid dietetic internship so she can become a registered dietitian.
Becoming a Registered Dietitian will allow me to offer clinical nutrition counseling — as well as the Health at Every Size approach — and will also make me a powerful voice in the fight to end weight stigma.
To become a dietitian, I must complete an unpaid dietetic internship.
Internships are difficult to get into, require a more-than-full-time commitment, and offer no financial aid to interns. In March, I was lucky (THRILLED, ELATED, OVER THE MOON) to be accepted to a 9-month internship that starts in September 2014.
Now I need to raise money to help me actually do it!
$7,000 is less than I need, but I’m trying to set an achievable goal. My stretch goal is about $10,300, which would cover the costs of the campaign itself, as well as my internship. The money is for tuition, transportation, professional membership/insurance fees, and 9 months of living expenses.
Any money raised over this amount (plus the cost of new perks and taxes) will be donated to an as-yet-undecided good cause.
She has already raised her original goal amount of the extra funds will help her time during the internship easier.
4. Support a fat positive movie about fat representation in the media
The move Fattitude has been running a kickstarter campaign since the beginning of April and have already reached their funding goal. They could still use more funding to make the movie even better.
Support as many fat community projects that you can! If can’t donate with money, donate with your voice and share this post around your own social networks!
Here’s another fat community project:
So you want people to give you money to help you attain things that’s really all about you?
Yes, clearly this is totally about me when there are 4 projects and 2 of them I’m involved in. The Abundant Bodies Track has multiple workshops, only 2 of them involve me and both have at least 2 other people on the panel. My personal workshop has 3 other presenters. I’m also involved with a workshop with the movement track where I am getting my registration cost taken care of so I have no plans of asking for any funds from the fundraiser for Abundant Bodies. There are people on that track who need the funding far more than I do, especially when the conference is held in Detroit where I am located.
But good try.