I love this idea. I had friends over after the Women’s March in San Francisco to celebrate my birthday, and at first I wondered if it was crazy to ask my friends to celebrate with me during such a difficult week, but instead we all felt really energized by the march and continued to talk about ways to be active and fight back against whatever is coming. It was a good time to be together. Community feels more important than ever. I only wish I had had the idea to use it as a fundraising opportunity!
for Chicago-based folks:
The University of Chicago Service Center (UCSC) has a Dine with a Purpose Initiative that’s hoping to inspired 50 meals hosted in homes across the city on Saturday 2/11. The meals are an opportunity to bring people together to talk about important issues of social justice and care for each other.
My wife Bridgette and I are hosting a brunch at our place in Pullman, with what I think is a pretty L&D-inspired menu–“Vibrant Vegetarian Brunch” hosted by Ellen on the mealsharing site. We will know a few guests, but it has an open invitation to anyone interested. Some meals have a fee as a fundraiser, but ours is free.
Thank you. What a great idea. I’m in a closed group on FB – actually two – of women trying to figure out ways to get active. I’ve been standing in the hallway at my studio, at the shop where I work part-time, on the street, talking with others about how to organize. This is inspiring. I hope it’s okay to share this.
This is the best. You totally inspired me. I just emailed my upstairs neighbor to start planning on a joint fundraiser party. Thanks, Tim. Feeling miserable over here but this makes things slightly better. xoxo
Ellen- Thanks for sharing! these sound great.
Naomi- Yes! Share and let us know what ideas you come up with.
Mary Anne- YES. I wish I could attend. Come back and share and ideas that work well. Joining together to host is a great idea. Share the work, share the power!
This is beautiful Tim. I appreciate all you and the others are writing. I’ve been doing lots of advocacy (writing Senators, donating money) but also trying to reach our to my neighbors and show kindness anywhere I can. I make it a goal to do one kind thing for a stranger every day. I know it sounds overly simplistic, but it’s doing me…and I hope the world…some good. Best. D
You got my wheels a-turning, what a great idea! This is a great excuse to finally bake all those cakes I’ve been wanting to bake and throwing a party. Love the box idea, too, so people don’t feel pressured to give more than they can.
Thanks for the good ideas and the yummy recipe! I’m so happy to hear that people all over are having the same reaction and doing the same kind of organizing that we are doing. Here in Takoma Park, MD, we have an exponentially growing movement called Takoma Park Mobilization (website: tpmobilization.org and we’re also on facebook) comprising a number of grassroots committees, three of which I am a member of, including the Breaking Bread Together committee. I am sure that some of your ideas will end up on our potluck agendas (and tables) in the near future! And, I’m going to try to host on 2/11 as a result of reading these comments, in solidarity with UCSC’s Dine with a Purpose!!! Keep up the good work in all your communities – you are not alone!!!!
I love this! The next party we throw I’m going to do a fundraiser for our local food bank and give people the option of offering cash or food (and provide a list of the foods that are most desired at food banks to make the donation as effective as possible). I’m all for fostering community AND making our domiciles, as you say, radical spaces of resistance!
Logistical question on this, if you don’t mind: Did you ask for actual cash donations? Just wondering in case anyone is interested in the tax write-off. If guests bring checks, in theory, the org could send a receipt, then the donor could write it off, correct? I was just curious because I really like this idea!
Hey Gene- Good question! Our friends were fine giving cash and not taking the write-off (which I think only requires receipts over $500–but I may be wrong). But we had suggested that if friends wanted to donate online before the party they could write the amount on piece of paper to deposit in the box, or print the receipt and deposit that. I like the idea of having a record, because the next day we sent an email to everyone letting them know what we, as a group, had accomplished.
I think nothing is more admirable than being a force for peace and justice, so I guess there is no one more admirable than you and all the people who try to keep everyone lifted up during this trying time. I agree that this should be a “teachable” moment for all of us. It’s difficult to remember that something really good can come of this, but you are an example that it can. It is never too soon to tell everyone that you love them. I love you, too! As MLK said, nothing defeats darkness other than light, nothing defeats hate other than love.
I think you should consider selling buttons. I would buy them! Thanks, Tim, for this wonderful post.
Thank you for this post. I’ve been increasingly frustrated with food media and bloggers staying staunchly apolitical in recent weeks. I understand these are not the spaces people turn to for news, but I personally read these blogs because of the personalities backing them- and seeing no mention of current events feels so disingenuous. So, thank you again for utilizing this space as a means of empowering people both in the kitchen and beyond :)
Tim, thank you for this idea and for your (always brilliant and inspiring) writing. You’ve inspired me to add a dash of activism onto my upcoming lip-sync battle birthday party: I think I’ll have everyone compete for the cash prize on behalf of their favorite organization. <3
Thank you! Wandered over from Deb’s place – Smitten Kitchen – and yes! Thank you for daring to mix your politic in with your recipes. I’m a Canuck and live in Labrador which is about 114 thousand square miles. I organized the only Women’s March on Snowshoes in the world. But I can’t rage and fight all the time. I need to draw, write and make spaghetti pie now and then. Great ideas for fun-draisers. May I suggest that as well as Planned Parenthood, you could raise dough for the American Civil Liberties Union. They really know how to kick butt! Thanks again for being sane and I’ll be back to read recipes and stuff!
These are such tough days we’re finding ourselves in. I live in a very reed state (SC) and while having thrown myself into multiple resistance initiatives keeps me going, it’s so hard not to get discouraged with each new news item. That said- that Cookie Monster button was exactly what I needed to see today to put a smile on my face. Comradery is so important now more than ever. Bring on the cookie party! Thanks for this!
Becky- Thanks for the optimistic reminder, sometimes hard to keep in my mind.
IGC- We so need people to run for office! That is great!
Caitlyn- What an awesome idea for a birthday party and a great way to incorporate some fundraising.
Jan- Yes to ACLU! Donated more money than I probably can afford to this past weekend. ; ) Also, Labrador! My husband’s family is from Cape Breton and we also have some Newfies in the family.
Joanna- Yeah, I keep wondering how I would do if I wasn’t living in a liberal urban area. So proud of people who are resisting outside of these bubbles where it feels like everyone is on your side.
I recently held an informational Planned Parenthood meeting at my home for twenty five women (and two men). We have been working tirelessly on behalf of the organization. Am also proud to say I marched with one hundred thousand proud activists in Madison, WI on the 21st. This past Sunday over 100 of us gathered to pen postcards to our politicians. Every day we plot and plan ways to be heard.
Thank you for all that you do. Never. Ever. Give. Up. (And this is coming from a 69 year old woman who has always been an activist.)
I thought I couldn’t love you more Tim, but this post got you to 11. Thanks for the spark of hope and inspiration that I and much of the world desperately need right now. You have me brainstorming about hosting a Valetine’s Day party.The time is always now to share and spread love!
thank you, i needed this so very much. i go from despair to anger and back to despair. last night i went to a wmw postcard writing meeting, i managed only 6 postcards because my hand hurt from gripping the pen so hard.
anyway, when i’m not being dramatic and i fight through my introvertedness, i volunteer through the IRC (international refugee committee), i mentor a family, tutoring them in english. it’s not much, only a few hours a week, but it’s a worthwhile organization and cause. <3
I have to join the chorus and THANK YOU for stepping out, standing up, and inspiring. We need each other now more than ever! I live in a little, rural town (which is also hideously conservative and Republican) but have managed to connect with a local group that is inspiring each other both philosophically, but also logistically by organizing car pools to marches and such. Let’s keep each other energized!
Tim – Longtime reader…It’s so good to hear your voice again. And as I suspected, you’ve been getting down to work. For all of us, the hard work starts now if it hasn’t already started. We’ll all grower stronger, together.
Wonderful post. Just to mention the ‘huddles’ that are being organised in the wake of the marches – they are happening all over and may be a good way to keep momentum and hope alive. If there isn’t one near you, why not host one (with cookies). With solidarity from England, where we feel some of your pain, and are protesting loud alongside you.
Thanks so much for this! Our ‘huddle’ had its first meeting yesterday and we were looking for something that was manageable for a group of political action newbies. We decided to replicate this idea for our kick off. It seems especially perfect since I baked a batch of your sugar saucer (or rainbow sprinkle, as I like to call them) cookies and handed them out at the Boston Women’s March. Big hit!
Man, this post just made me so incredibly happy. Thank you so much for standing up for women’s reproductive rights. Seriously, you are just the best. My heart is warm and now I’m inspired to have a PP fundraiser party!