IT’S MY BIRTHDAY: Donate to @raicestexas!

We are already almost 20% of the way to our goal, and the fund raiser officially starts today! Go donate to RAICES while I’m on my way to Indianapolis! Remember, in addition to any donations from my readers, here is how this will work:

  • I will donate the entire proceeds of every book I sell at InConJunction this weekend, from July 5-7. Every last dime. 
  • Through midnight on the 12th, I will donate my entire share of any books I sell on Amazon. 
  • You are obviously welcome to do direct cash donations through the donation link. That said: anyone who donates more than $25 through the link should email me and let me know, because I will send you a signed book of your choice, depending on my stock levels after the con is over.  Click will be eligible for this, so if you want a print copy and don’t want to use Patreon, this is a way to get a copy.
  • If you happen to decide to review one of my books this week, email me.

I’ll be making my next donation on Monday or Tuesday depending on how many credit card sales I make this weekend and how long all that takes to clear. If you were thinking about participating, today’s the day. Donate!

https://give.classy.org/luthersbirthday

RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.

Founded in 1986 as the Refugee Aid Project by community activists in South Texas, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, RAICES is a frontline organization in the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants in the world. As an organization that combines expertise developed from the daily practice of immigration law with a deep commitment to advocacy, RAICES is unique among immigration organizations. A diverse staff of 130 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff provide consultations, direct legal services, representation, assistance and advocacy to communities in Texas and to clients after they leave the state. In 2017, RAICES staff closed 51,000 cases at no cost to the client. Our advocacy and commitment to change are driven by the clients and families we serve every day as our attorneys and legal assistants provide legal advocacy and representation in an immigration system that breaks apart families and leaves millions without pathways to legal status.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Birthday Fundraiser for @raicestexas

Friday is my 43rd birthday. Let’s raise some money for RAICES.

The fundraiser is going to be open until Friday, July 12– it “officially” opens on my birthday itself but what with the convention I’m going to be kind of busy, so we’re doing a soft open today. Here’s how this is going to work:

  • I will donate the entire proceeds of every book I sell at InConJunction this weekend, from July 5-7. Every last dime.
  • Starting today, and running through midnight on the 12th, I will donate my entire share of any books I sell on Amazon. This, I’ll be honest, isn’t going to amount to a lot, even if sales spike a bit, because Amazon takes a cut of everything. But whatever my share is will be donated.
  • You are obviously welcome to do direct cash donations through the donation link. That said: anyone who donates more than $25 through the link should email me and let me know, because I will send you a signed book of your choice, depending on my stock levels after the con is over. Click will be eligible for this, so if you want a print copy and don’t want to use Patreon, this is a way to get a copy.
  • If you happen to decide to review one of my books this week, email me.

I’m setting a goal of $500. I think that’s reachable. The direct donation link is:

https://give.classy.org/luthersbirthday

Obviously, sharing this far and wide will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.

Founded in 1986 as the Refugee Aid Project by community activists in South Texas, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, RAICES is a frontline organization in the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants in the world. As an organization that combines expertise developed from the daily practice of immigration law with a deep commitment to advocacy, RAICES is unique among immigration organizations. A diverse staff of 130 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff provide consultations, direct legal services, representation, assistance and advocacy to communities in Texas and to clients after they leave the state. In 2017, RAICES staff closed 51,000 cases at no cost to the client. Our advocacy and commitment to change are driven by the clients and families we serve every day as our attorneys and legal assistants provide legal advocacy and representation in an immigration system that breaks apart families and leaves millions without pathways to legal status.

In which I fundraise: another Pete Buttigieg post

The blog is starting to slide into all-Buttigieg-all-the-time territory, and that’s not really where I want it to go, but I feel like this is important enough that I’m doing it anyway: I don’t know how many of you watched last night’s townhall on CNN, but I thought the guy hit a grand slam. Buttigieg was funny, personable, full of good ideas, and he showed the scary-smart that I always want and don’t always get from my presidential candidates. The national response appears to have been extremely positive– I mean, hell, any Democrat who watched that and didn’t come away with a much higher opinion of Buttigieg and his chances in this race either isn’t a Democrat or wasn’t actually watching. Tulsi Gabbard, who for better or worse has a substantially higher profile than Buttigieg does right now, had the hour before him. Everyone is talking about Buttigieg; I’ve seen no one talking about Gabbard.

Interestingly, it turns out the whole thing is on YouTube. I’ll embed it here; we’ll see how long it lasts. If you haven’t watched, you really should:

I skipped around a bit and it does look like the whole thing; I don’t know what the deal is with the placeholder image.

At any rate: while I’m completely sure that donations have ticked up substantially in the wake of this performance, Pete needs 65,000 individual donors at any amount in order to secure an invitation to the formal Democratic debates, and if that threshold has been reached they’ve not updated the website to tell us about it yet. I’ve donated, and I’ve had two friends who watched last night tell me they have as well. We want this guy on stage, y’all. So if you haven’t watched the townhall yet, there’s another opportunity right there, at least until CNN pulls the video, and the link to donate– again, literally any amount adds you to the total– is here. Please consider it.