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Blogathon for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center!


On the off chance that there's anyone here who doesn't read my regular LJ
One Person can Make a Difference
shadesong
Yes, I am doing Blogathon again this year!

Yes, there is an awesome auction again this year! But not on LJ this time, because bidding was a mess last time. The fantabulous auction can be found right here.

So go bid and/or sponsor me! <3 Thanks!

Blogathon
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shadesong
My totals are fuzzy right now, because some auction winners haven't registered their bids here (which you must do, remember!), and I think I've had some more non-auction sponsorships.

If you've already entered your sponsorship or winning bid and don't want to wait for Blogathon.org's e-mail, you can pay here.

But you must enter your winning bid at Blogathon.org.

Thanks!

And it's over!
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shadesong
I've commented to the winning bidders with instructions - congrats, everyone! The auctions alone raised $1,960.49!

Thank you again, item donors!

And if you had your heart set on a specific thing and didn' win it - some of the item donors do custom work, so ask if they're willing to recreate the item! Can't hurt to ask.

If you want to just go ahead an sponsor me for the amount you would've spent (or less, or not at all; I'm not pushy!), CLICK HERE!

Last day of bidding!
Hearth
shadesong
Bidding continues through 11:59pm EST tonight.

Click here to see the stories and poems that go with these items!

A very important note: Many people are still bidding in comments directly to the post, and not in the thread. It is very important that you comment directly to the current high bidder.

Related: If you are bidding on one of the auctions, you should hit "track comments" on that post just in case someone does that.

dulcinbradbury and emilytheslayer are my co-mods here; if you get a comment from them asking you to move your bid, it is totally valid.

The bidding-outside-of-the-thread is making me twitchy... because I want to make as much money for BARCC as possible, but counting higher bids that are not in thread and that therefore have not allowed the previous high bidder opportunity to bid up does not seem at all fair to me.

So the highest bid in thread at 11:59pm EST is the winning bid; I will comment to all winning bidders to verify that they won.

If you win an item, please go here and enter the amount of the winning bid as your sponsorship amount. You'll receive an e-mail from Blogathon.org when sponsorships close, giving you the link to actually send your money; if you prefer to send the money immediately, you can, but you still have to register that amount of Blogathon.org. Blogathon actions are unusual, and the best way to ensure propriety is to do it through their system.

When you've made your donation, please e-mail me your e-mail receipt and address at shadesong AT gmail.com, and I'll forward it to the item donor.

If you don't win the item(s) you had in mind, please consider making a donation anyway! Thank you!

Auction FAQ!
One Person can Make a Difference
shadesong
All auctions run til 11:59pm EST on Monday, July 27th! Watch my LJ from 9am EST Saturday 7/25 to 9am Sunday July 26th - every half hour, I'll post the flash fiction and poetry that inspired these pieces (and some brand-new stuff)!

All proceeds go to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center! (When the auctions end, I'll notify winners; donate the amount of the winning bid to BARCC and send me the receipt.)

Note: Anonymous commenting is enabled, but you must sign your comments! And please bid up in the thread - reply to the previous bidder, so they know they're being bid up!

Why BARCC? Because BARCC is an amazing organization committed to helping survivors of rape and sexual assault and effecting social change to dismantle rape culture.

I've been a survivor speaker for BARCC for two years. I don't just give my survivor speech - though that's powerful in itself! The survivor speech is followed by a Q&A which is often the first time people in the audience have felt able to ask questions of a rape survivor. This can be tremendously valuable not just for the audiences of high school or college kids, but for audiences like police, emergency physicians, nurses, first responders - people who see the survivor in those first raw horrible hours and need to know how best to do their jobs, and have questions that can often only be answered by us. The Survivor Speakers Bureau kicks ass. We are fearsomely brave women who eviscerate ourselves so that others can learn, and can help others.

But I also love love love my work in community education and prevention. I love manning a table at street fairs and getting people to talk about a subject that's so often taboo. I love helping people make their Clothesline Project shirts. I love running workshops on building and maintaining healthy boundaries, and dissecting why high schoolers do and say the things they do, and how *they* can help change our culture. (I love the high school workshops; the kids talk to me with my middle-school height and my Docs and silly t-shirts.)

This is such important work.

You have heard the statistics. Per a Department of Justice survey in 2000, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men reported experiencing an attempted or completed rape at some time in their lives. In Massachusetts alone, 4,418 adolescents and adults are sexually assaulted each year - that’s 12 people each day and one every two hours. BARCC covers the biggest population center of Massachusetts, and its coverage area stretches quite a bit - is why it's the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.

So 12 people a day. And if they call a rape crisis center - we're who they call.

If you call BARCC after a sexual assault, we will have someone meet you at the hospital and stay with you through your exam, through talking to the police. We will give you up to a dozen sessions of in-person counseling, free of charge. We can get you into group therapy. We can talk you through the night. We are deeply, deeply committed to being there for you, and for your loved ones - because this doesn't occur in a vacuum, and we know it. We have resources for your partner, your roommate, your mom.

We are on the street, helping communities develop their own programs. We're in your schools. We're everywhere. We are ~100 fiercely committed volunteers, working with a staff of dozens to change our world.

These programs, dear reader, cost money. BARCC is fortunate in its volunteers! But all of the materials we give out at those street fairs cost money. It costs money to run the office itself. You know this.

We're doing amazing work. We kick ass.

We need your help.

The state has cut funding across the board, for BARCC and all of the organizations like it. About 30%. *wince* Keep in mind that rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence rates go up dramatically in times of economic crisis. We have less funding to help more people. And it's not just that those rates go up - it's that we community education volunteers are damn good at our jobs, and therefore BARCC's visibility is going up all the time. More people are aware of us, so more people are calling.

So here's your chance to get some truly nifty things for a really good cause. Bid! And spread the word!



Thank you so much!

Timekeeper's Daughter: True North
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shadesong
Necklace by sihaya09 of Sihaya Designs.

Note: in the STYLE of one of my The TimeKeeper's Daughter-- True North necklaces. Not the exact one pictured, but very close. Details:

This necklace features a focal pendant of a compass which reorients to the north, paired with gleaming brass watch hands and gears. I have also used gleaming glass beads metallic shades, as well as freshwater pearls. They are strung on a chain of brass gleaming wilth silver accents. This necklace measures 19".






CLOSED - winning bidder goddessfarmer
Sponsored: yes
Paid: no
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"Apostate" pendant
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shadesong
"Apostate" pendant, by me.

Copper wire strung on a copper hoop, with all manner of space-station debris in glass, pearls, kyanite, and bismuth.




CLOSED - winning bidder celticfeministw
Sponsored: yes
Paid: yes
Mailed 8/3
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"Twelve" earrings
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shadesong
"Twelve" earrings, by me.

Silver branches, firepolished glass leaves, and single drop of blood Swavorski crystal, on silver earwires.



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CLOSED - winning bidder lobsterroll
Sponsored: Yes
Paid: Yes
Mailed: 8/3
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Spider-spun lace doily
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shadesong
Lacy white iridescent doily approximately 14.5" in diameter sprinkled with 176 light purple beads, by fiddle_dragon.

Item in process...





Full set of in-progress pics!

CLOSED - winning bidder Linda C.
Sponsored: yes
Paid: yes
Address forwarded to artist
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Calligraphied/illustrated poem: "Time"
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shadesong
Calligraphy ladydrakaina; illustrations by sheistheweather. Parchment paper, ink and colored pencil.




CLOSED - winning bidder hani
Sponsored: Yes
Paid: Yes
Address sent to artists
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