March has been a helluva year, hasn’t it?
Today is my 39th birthday and I had hoped — last week — because this is the world we live in now — to launch a fundraising appeal for the Archival Workers Emergency Fund today. The fund isn’t quite there yet, because the AWEF planning committee members care about getting it as close to true north as we possibly can and that’s taken drafting and re-drafting and conversations with the leadership at the Society of American Archivists and then more drafting … We’re close! But it’s not quite open for business yet.
So I would ask that if you would have pulled out your (virtual) wallet today and made a donation to the #AWEFund as a birthday gift to me, you mentally put that pledge aside for when we can gratefully accept that $5, $10, $15, $25 or more to support archival workers for whom this covid-19 (coronavirus) crisis has become a financial crisis.
In the meantime, have a beer or a glass of wine in my name, enjoy the sunshine at a social distance from other beings, have a cupcake, and let’s all pull together for a more just and sustainable tomorrow.
Stay safe, be kind.