We hope you enjoyed the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Now I'm not going to sugarcoat it: this week is absolutely CRITICAL if our Kickstarter campaign for THE POWER OF PROTEST is to meet our goal of $55,000.
As often happens with these 30-day crowdfunding campaigns, the middle of the month presents a lull in giving. The hard truth is we have raised approximately $10,000 with 16 days to go. Therefore, I'm asking each of you reading this: If you know any "Angels," i.e. friends or associates with deep pockets who believe in the Resistance and want to elevate these progressive social movements in the public consciousness, PLEASE ASK THEM TO GIVE BIG.
Four $5,000 donations will put us right back on track!
And don't forget to tell them we have a lot of great Kickstarter Rewards - such as having producing credit, hosting your own advanced screening, attending the premiere party, and Danny Glover record a personalized voicemail exclusively for you!
So please urge them to give today!
Now for the good news. This week THE POWER OF PROTEST welcomes attorney and gay rights icon ROBERTA "ROBBIE" KAPLAN as an advisor to the campaign. Robbie, of course, is famed for successfully arguing on behalf of her client Edith Windsor United States v. Windsor, the landmark 2013 Supreme Court case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and paved the way for gay marriage.
At her firm, Kaplan & Company, Robbie is also representing nonprofit Integrity First for America in a lawsuit against neo-Nazis, KKK members and White Nationalist groups to hold them accountable for the terror that occurred in Charlottesville last August that resulted in the death of protester Heather Heyer. We are proud and honored to have Robbie join THE POWER OF PROTEST, especially given her role defending the rights of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.
Speaking of which, we have posted the first of a three-part video interviewwith Mari Gustafson, an activist with the New York chapter of Gays Against Guns. She explains what their amazing movement is about, how it continues the protest traditions of ACT UP, and why she became an activist (hint: growing up in Colorado, gun violence has very much been a part of her life).
We also have an interview up with Swing Left cofounder Ethan Tondras-Whitehill on his group's grassroots activities aiming to turn purple congressional districts blue. And last but not least, the first in a three-part interview with Mohammed Naeem, a fellow for Organizing for Action who helped organize last year's Tax March and speaks eloquently about Millennials' role in today's social movements and reaching out to those whose politics we disagree with.
For all of these interviews and more, head over to our Facebook page, please share them with your networks, and most importantly, encourage everyone you know (heavy hitters included!) to give to the Kickstarter campaign for THE POWER OF PROTEST.
Thanks for your continuing support. And for those who haven't given yet, please join the Resistance and help make this film a reality!