COVID-19 RAPID RESPONSE
Virtual Service Project Archive
Actions you can take to support our most vulnerable community members
FRIDAY, MAY 22
TAKE ACTION TO #SAVEOURSTAGES
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on independent music venues and promotors. These places we know, and love are vital to local economies as employers, tourism destinations and revenue generators for nearby businesses. Venues were the first to close and they will be the last to open. This recovery will not be quick and unique solutions are required to keep venues thriving for years to come. Take action and help preserve the national ecosystem of independent venues and promotors.
1) Click Here to write directly to your local legislators, asking them to sign on to the Cornyn/Carper letter in Congress. The letter is asking congressional leaders for independent music venue assistance in the next coronavirus relief bill.
2) Click Here to donate to the National Independent Venue Association’s efforts to assist independent music venues.
3) Post memories and content about your favorite independent venues using hashtag #SaveOurStages to support the campaign.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 20
DONATE TO HELP KUTAPALONG REFUGEE SETTLEMENT
The world’s largest refugee camp—Kutupalong refugee settlement in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh—saw its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on May 14. There are more than 855,000 refugees and 444,000 locals living in and around the camps in already overcrowded conditions, making the spread of the virus imminent.
Your donation will aid the International Rescue Committee’s pandemic response programs. They are currently training health care workers on infection prevention and setting up isolation wards, but they need an increase in support to stop the spread of the deadly disease in the Kutapalong camp.
1) Click Here to make a donation today
2) Click Here to learn more about the IRC’s coronavirus response
FRIDAY, MAY 15
PROVIDE RELIEF FOR INCARCERATED PEOPLE IN NEXT STIMULUS BILL
The Senate must take the following actions to ensure the safety and health of all incarcerated people in their next relief package.
1. Mandate that the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Prisons immediately move vulnerable people out of its deadly prisons, jails, and detention centers to safety; expand access to compassionate and elderly release; bar pretrial detention of people who do not pose a threat of violence; and incentivize states to decarcerate their prisons and jails.
2. Ensure there are safe conditions and access to the courts and counsel for those who are incarcerated and staff.
3. Support safe and effective reentry.
1. Dial (844) 899-9540 to demand Congressional leadership provide recovery for incarcerated people in the next stimulus bill.
2. Click here to sign a petition sponsored by Color of Change.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 13
DONATE TO THE UNLOCKED VOICES CAMPAIGN
COVID-19 is spreading through jails and prisons, where people cannot socially distance and do not have adequate access to sanitation and healthcare. Join us in committing to help incarcerated people and new returning citizens stay safe during this crisis.
Here is the impact of your donation:
$10 will provide a COVID-19 kit to an incarcerated person
$25 will provide a hygiene kit to a returning citizen
$50 will support incarceration impacted artists in the effort to share their stories
$70 will provide a hygiene kit that includes an oxygen meter and thermometer to a returning citizen
$100 will provide support for a pilot housing program for returning citizens
1) Click here to make your donation today.
2) Sign up here to volunteer for this campaign.
FRIDAY, MAY 8
JUSTICE FOR AHMAUD ARBERY
As many of you may have seen through social media posting over the last couple days, two men chased down, shot, and murdered Ahmaud Arbery while he was out for a run near his home on a Sunday afternoon in February. Ahmaud's birthday is today - he was born on Mothers' Day 26 years ago.
The attackers were Gregory McMichael, a former police officer and retired investigator for the DA’s office, and his son Travis. When Gregory saw Ahmaud running in his neighborhood, Satilla Shores, a predominately white community, he and his son armed themselves with a shotgun and a 357 magnum, hopped into their pickup truck, chased him down and shot him.
Due to the outpouring of advocacy, on May 7 these two men were finally charged and arrested. Getting justice for Ahmaud has been an uphill battle from the start. The initial police report shows an appalling lack of investigation into the case, citing only McMichael’s account of the case. The case has been passed along to a new prosecutor two times due to conflicts of interest, and now sits with prosecutor Tom Durden in Hinesville, Georgia.
This is a blatant hate crime and devastating display of white supremacy in action and there must be accountability. The arrest of these two men is only the first step.
Sign petition to get #JusticeForAhmaud
Sign up to #RunWithMaud this weekend to honor his memory and show support across the country for his family
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, also known as the People of the First Light, has inhabited present-day Massachusetts and Eastern Rhode Island for more than 12,000 years. After an arduous process lasting more than three decades, the Mashpee Wampanoag were re-acknowledged as a federally recognized tribe in 2007. In 2015, the federal government declared 150 acres of land in Mashpee and 170 acres of land in Taunton as the Tribe’s initial reservation, on which the Tribe can exercise its full tribal sovereignty rights. The Mashpee tribe currently has approximately 2,600 enrolled citizens.
In response to attempts to build a casino on protected land, Trump by way of his administration decertified the sacred and protected land of the indigenous Mashpee people. But we have time to stop this. The Mashpee Tribe has a court hearing on this attempt by the Department of the Interior and the Senate has proposed legislation to undo this harm. We must stand with the Mashpee and call on those that represent us to protect the land and sovereignty of the Mashpee.
ACTION 1: Use this link from Color of Change to tell your member of congress to (HR 312) the support the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act.
ACTION 2: Light a candle or fire and leave it safely burning until the May 7 court hearing. You can take photo/video of this and share it to social media, using #StandWithMashpee.
Danielle Hill initiated the Sacred Fire Prayer Protest, in which tribal members and nonnatives are encouraged to light a fire or candle in support of the tribe and keep it lit until it's time for the tribe’s court hearing. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will hold a hearing May 7 on the tribe’s motion for a preliminary injunction in a bid to preserve its land in trust status.
FRIDAY, MAY 1
IMMIGRATION DETENTION CENTERS
COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire through detention centers, where people cannot socially distance and do not have adequate access to sanitation and healthcare. We need safe and compassionate release of people locked up in cages, and our senators have great influence in making sure that happens.
Check if/how your senators’ have spoken out about ICE’s response to COVID-19, so you know whether to thank them and do more, or to push them to do take that first step. Use Detention Watch Network’s spreadsheet to do that click here.
Now, edit the three parts in brackets: your Senator’s name, your name, and a specific demand of your choice - you can use the list here to help.
Look up your senator’s email address here. Then copy, paste, send!
Repeat the process and email your other senator!
THURSDAY, APRIL 30
SUPPORTING SEXUAL VIOLENCE SURVIVORS
COVID-19 “Stay at Home” policies have spiked sexual and domestic violence by up to 3 times their average across the world. This increase takes place in a constricted medical and legal landscape whose resources and rules change daily. Support for survivors is necessary now more than ever. Sexual Assault Awareness Month presents many opportunities for the public to understand this pandemic within a pandemic and take action around this crisis.
Check in on 1-3 friends this week who you know are in abusive relationships or who are just newly living all the time with their partner. Read this Friends and Family Guide and Guide to Supporting Someone Experiencing Abuse first.
Business owners can participate in Rise’s Survivor Safe Haven Program. Individuals can donate to or volunteer with your local DV shelter.
Ask for help if you’re a survivor needing support. Call 800-656-HOPE or text HOME to 741741 for confidential, nonjudgmental, free help 24/7.
THURSDAY, APRIL 29
Camp Jabberwocky, an inclusive summer camp community of people of all abilities, has been operating on Martha's Vineyard since 1953. It is a magical community that celebrates everyone for exactly who they are and empowers, supports, and encourages everyone involved to help create a more loving society. Recently, Higher Ground Productions released Crip Camp, a movie highlighting a very similar camp in the 60's, Camp Jened, and the incredible stories of several disability rights advocates who began their friendship at that Camp.
We encourage everyone to watch and talk about this incredible film and to think about what it takes to shape a world where everyone is supported and valued! The film is available in a lot of accessible formats on Netflix, and people are able to host virtual screenings online with the Netflix Party plugin.
ACTION: Watch "Crip Camp", and then host a "watch party" and invite friends/family to join you with this screening guide and director's note. Use this discussion guide with your group to make the experience even more meaningful!
TUESDAY, APRIL 28
COVID-19 RELIEF FOR CHELSEA, MA
Located just outside of Boston, Chelsea, MA is densely populated and home to many immigrants. Chelsea has the highest rate of COVID-19 infection in the state of Massachusetts. The Chelsea Collaborative staff is supporting immigrant families by delivering food, supporting immigrants facing eviction, and dissemination important COVID-19 health information.
1) Donate money here to support the work of Chelsea Collaborative.
2) Donate items to the Chelsea Collaborative located at 318 Broadway, Chelsea MA, open every day from 8am-3pm. If this time frame doesn’t work, please reach out to email@example.com to coordinate another drop-off time. Items needed: eggs. lentils, maseca (flour), pancake syrup, cereal, oatmeal, kids snacks, granola bars, rice, black beans, pasta, pasta sauce, toilet paper, ducal refried beans, chips, crackers, tortillas, Goya crackers, tomato sauce, canned corn, sugar, canned soup, cooking oil, boxed milk, tuna fish, Spam, grains.
3) Sign up to volunteer by emailing Tanairi Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org, who is the Volunteer Coordinator and Food Distributor at the Collaborative.
MONDAY, APRIL 27
GET COUNTED, AND VOTE!
The census is a count of the population living in the US (citizens and non-citizens!) that happens every decade. The census is used to decide:
How many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives and voting districts
Funding to states and localities
Infrastructure planning- like where to build new roads, schools, hospitals, and more.
Emergency Response-first responders and disaster recovery personnel use census data to help identify where and how much help is needed. Similarly, demographic details from the census assist epidemiologists and public health personnel in everything from tracking disease outbreaks, to combating the opioid epidemic, to improving child health.
1) Go to 2020census.gov to fill out your census! It takes 5 minutes and remember, this is for ALL residents - citizens and NON citizens.
2) Go to vote.org to check your voter registration status and register to vote if you haven't already. Sign up for election reminders, especially since elections this year might require more planning than usual - whether voting by mail or figuring out how to safely vote in person.
FRIDAY, APRIL 24
SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH
Sexual Assault Awarness Month works to bring awareness to and work towards the prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. The Clothesline Projects all over the world remind people of the real meaning of violence statistics that are often ignored. It originated in Hyannis, Massachusetts in 1990 when a member of the Cape Cod's Women's Defense Agenda learned that during the same time 58,000 soldiers were killed in the Vietnam War, 51,000 U.S. women were killed by the men who claimed to love them.
ACTION: Support your local rape crisis or domestic violence organization or shelter.
Look for a "How to Help/ Support" section.
Select an action that works for you or email their volunteer coordinator to ask what they need.
Take the action! Many organizations need financial donations right now, but shelters also have lists of key items they need, so there are options around how you can help.
Share your action with your friends!
If you are a survivor, you can make a shirt for The Clothesline Project, and we'll hang them together when we can gather in person again for a show.
If you need immediate support, call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22
EARTH DAY ACTIONS
Earth Day is the day to honor and celebrate the greatest woman of them all -- Mother Nature. To defend our future and protect our planet, we must demand that policymakers do more to bring the world to a net-zero carbon future. Voting citizens are the best solution to political inaction. Vote Earth is a global initiative that mobilizes millions of people to demonstrate their concern for our planet. As voting citizens, we have enormous power to drive change by making our voices heard.
ACTION: Get 3 friends who care about the Earth to commit to vote that might not otherwise! Use this voting reminder system at Earthday.org to enroll them to receive a reminder to vote closer to Election Day.
BONUS ACTION: Use extra stay at home time to find a household item to fix instead of replacing it, or build a compost bin to deal with the additional food waste from eating exclusively at home.
TUESDAY, APRIL 21
SUPPORT NATIVE COVID-19 FUND
Entire tribal nations could be wiped by COVID-19 due to higher rates of underlying health conditions and lack of access to sufficient health care. With this potential loss comes the reality that some of the last living language keepers and culture bearers could also disappear. Return to the Heart Foundation, an Indigenous Women-led intermediary grant-making organization, has stepped forward to utilize their broad experience and vast networks to build and curate opportunities for life saving equipment including Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) with manufacturers.
Indian Country was left out of funding of the first two stimulus funding opportunities and for already under resourced communities, this is devastating. We need to take action now to provide holistic resources to Indian Country stronger and swifter than ever before to fight COVID-19.
MONDAY, APRIL 20
CALL TO RELEASE ALL CANNABIS PRISONERS
Today, we are asking you to think about the 40,000+ individuals incarcerated in the US for growing, selling, buying and enjoying cannabis. Mass incarceration has left prisons and jails highly susceptible to a COVID 19 outbreak due to overcrowding, lack of resources, and little access to medical care. The following steps can address this situation:
- RELEASE ALL CANNABIS PRISONERS.
- Suspend copays for medical visits made by incarcerated persons.
- Those scheduled to be released in the next six months should be released immediately to home confinement.
- Parole prisoners over the age of 65, with priority given to those at most risk due to underlying health conditions
ACTION: Sign this petition sponsored by The Last Prisoner Project if you agree that public officials should take steps to protect people in prison or jail from the virus as well as preserve safe contact with loved ones on the outside.
FRIDAY, APRIL 17
DONATE TO SUPPORT EDUCATION IN RURAL NEPAL
Pencils & Paper is teaming up with GivePower Foundation. They will be installing a computer lab as well as internet connection in 15 schools, serving approximately 8,700 students living in the remote villages, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. The goal is to provide internet access and computers for students to assist in their learning. Once these computer labs and the internet are installed, a system of e-learning will be set up, so that these children will have adequate access to education in times such as these. Several Nepali teachers, from Kathmandu, are being hired to help assist as we set up e-learning in these 15 schools. Pencils & Paper is also donating whiteboards to each of these schools to assist in the learning for these 8,700 students. The goal is to raise $10,000 in the next 60 days!
ACTION: Go to this link to donate to support Pencil & Paper's education work in rural Nepal.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15
Millions have lost their jobs and millions more won't receive a stimulus check. The stimulus bill leaves out people who are undocumented, incarcerated, and those without social security numbers, bank accounts, or home addresses. This is a really challenging time and MANY people are in dire need, including people in the Calling All Crows community. For those who have some financial stability and don't need our stimulus check to survive, please join the #ShareMyCheck campaign and pledge to donate some or all of your $1200 stimulus check to organizations serving our most vulnerable communities.
ACTION: Donate to any organization that is close to your heart, your local COVID 19 mutual aid fund, or consider the following suggestions:
Cosecha to assist undocumented immigrants
Massachusetts Redistribution Fund (for MA residents)
Return to the Heart Foundation to assist indigenous population
FRIDAY, APRIL 10
SUPPORT LGBTQ YOUTH EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
Frontline workers are not the only folks who cannot quarantine during this crisis. People suffering from homelessness also have no way to isolate, and face difficulties accessing healthcare. Though the issue of homelessness touches us all, LGBTQ Youth are disproportionately impacted by this crisis. Over 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ. True Colors is working to change that. They are hosting their annual #TrueColorsDay on April 29th.
ACTION: Ask Congress to include resources for youth experiencing homelessness in the federal response to COVID-19 and pledge to participate in #TrueColorsDay.
Step 2: Sign this pledge to take action on #TrueColorsDay
Step 3: Post on social media and ask your friends/family to take action for LGBTQ Youth now and on #TrueColorsDay
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8
SUPPORT PEOPLE IN HUMANITARIAN CRISIS
Millions of Yemenis are living without clean water, proper nutrition, or access to medical care. Many have been forced from their homes, living in cramped quarters where it will be nearly impossible to stop the spread of COVID-19. These risks have been compounded by a recent decision by the US government to suspend humanitarian assistance to large parts of Yemen. The decision is in response to restrictions opposed by Yemeni authorities on aid operations, but risks harming people even further.
ACTION: Sign this petition to support Oxfam's efforts to ask the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to delay this suspension in light of the critical need to scale up efforts to prevent the spread of the virus.
Step 1: Go to oxf.am/yemencac and add your details to the petition asking USAID to delay the suspension of vital humanitarian aid.
Step 2: Share this action with others.
BONUS ACTION: Let's also support Oxfam's domestic effort to protect US grocery store workers and provide them with paid sick leave.
Step 1: Go to oxf.am/grocerystorescac and add your details to the petition to protect grocery store workers.
Step 2: Share this action with others.
MONDAY, APRIL 6
SUPPORT ENDING MASS INCARCERATION
Social distancing and frequent hand washing are almost impossible while incarcerated. Healthcare facilities in jails and prisons are not prepared to deal with a pandemic. Safe population reductions are needed in US jails and prisons. Help us kick off our #UnlockedVoices campaign by supporting our friends at Ending Mass Incarceration, who are working on the immediate needs of incarcerated people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ACTION: Make a donation today to Calling All Crows which is designated for the #UnlockedVoices campaign and Ending Mass Incarceration. Please use this Facebook link for your donation as our preferred method, or click here for our regular donation link and kindly put "for EMI livestream" in the comments.
These times may be financially challenging for some, but for those that are able, your contribution will have impact on this vulnerable population.
FRIDAY, APRIL 3
SUPPORT NATIVE COMMUNITIES
During this pandemic, Native communities are especially vulnerable: Inter-generational homes make social distancing harder, 13% of Native American homes lack safe water or adequate wastewater disposal facilities - making hand washing / sanitation difficult, and many native populations have higher rates of pre-existing health conditions. Native communities are also incredibly resilient.
ACTION: Sign this petition in solidarity with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe urging Congress to pass HR.312 to protect its reservation lands.
Step 1: Sign this petition asking Congress to pass the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act
Step 2: Post on social media and ask your friends and family to sign this petition with you.
THURSDAY, APRIL 2
SUPPORT BLOOD DONATION FOR ALL
Under current FDA guidelines, men who have sex with men are not permitted to give blood, despite organizations like the American Public Health Association saying that blood is safe. Hospitals around the country are facing a shortage of blood and blood plasma transfusions are being explored as a potential treatment for COVID-19. The time where the need for blood is the highest is no time to discriminate—let’s capitalize on the current momentum to “Ban the Ban” on blood donations from Gay and Bisexual men.
ACTION: Sign GLAAD’s petition calling for the FDA to allow men who have sex with men to donate blood.
Step 1: Sign this petition asking the FDA to “Ban the Ban”
Step 2: Create a list of loved ones to send the petition to.
Step 3: Post on social media and ask your friends and family to sign this petition with you.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1
SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH ADDICTION
COVID-19 is taxing all areas of our healthcare system, including treatment and recovery services.
Necessary coronavirus containment measures, like physical distancing and closures of public spaces, are making it harder for people with substance use disorders to seek help, keep up their treatment regimen, or access social supports.
ACTION: Make a list of 1-3 friends/family members you can call this week to check in and offer empathetic support.
Step 1: Create a list of loved ones to call.
Step 3: Have a naloxone kit if your loved one is addicted to opioids. Learn more about this here.
Step 4: Share these resources and invite others to join you.
TUESDAY, MARCH 31
SUPPORT INCARCERATED PEOPLE
COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons and jails will spread like wildfire due to close quarters, unsanitary conditions, a population that is more vulnerable to COVID-19, and the large number of people that cycle through the criminal justice system.
ACTION: Email your governor urging them to safely release people from jails and prisons and make conditions safer for folks who will still be locked up.
Step 1: Find your governor's email address here.
Step 3: Encourage others to do the same.
MONDAY, MARCH 30
SUPPORT DOMESTIC WORKERS
For many home care workers, nannies and house cleaners the threat from Coronavirus is especially severe. Without access to health care, paid sick leave, or job security, many people, especially immigrant women, are being forced to navigate this crisis alone — without a safety net.
ACTION: Support National Domestic Workers Alliance and raise awareness about being a Fair Care Employer.
Step 1: Support National Domestic Workers Alliance by signing up for their action alerts. Text "Women" to 977-79.
Step 2: Commit to being a 'Fair Care' employer if you employ a nanny, home care worker, or house cleaner.
Step 3: Encourage others to do the same.
SUNDAY, MARCH 29
SUPPORT DOMESTIC ABUSE VICTIMS
Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime and more than half of "serious violent crime." This impacts people from all walks of life. Those who may have felt safe once their partner left for work or their children were at school now live without any window of relief as businesses and schools shutter.
ACTION: Check in on loved ones who may be at risk of domestic abuse during this time.
Step 1: Review this friend's and family guide.
Step 2: Create a list of 1-3 people who you're going to call and check in on. You might know there's abuse in the relationship, you might have a bad feeling about the violent tendencies of your friend or their partner, or you might have a friend who lives alone with their partner and maybe kids who are now spending a lot more time in isolation together.
Step 3: Read this resource then call the people on your list.
SATURDAY, MARCH 28
DONATE BLOOD + PLASMA
Right now, the American Red Cross has an ongoing critical need for blood product donations as uncertainties remain during this pandemic. Blood drives are being canceled at an alarming rate and patients need a blood supply throughout the many weeks of this crisis and beyond. Healthy individuals are needed to schedule an appointment to help patients counting on lifesaving blood supplies.
ACTION: Sign up to donate blood product if you are able.
Step 2: Encourage others to do the same.
FRIDAY, MARCH 27
The world has slowed down in order to protect those who are most vulnerable to serious illness by this disease. It's truly amazing and compassionate. Elderly folks tend to already be more socially isolated, and this is a very scary and lonely time for many of our older community members.
ACTION: Call to check in and offer social support to seniors in your life and your community.
Step 1: Make a list of 1-3 older folks in your life, especially those who are isolated, that you're going to set aside time to call this week.
Step 2: Sign up to make calls to or cards for seniors you don't know who are socially isolated through one of these organizations:
Volunteer with GoldenTalk, a senior chatline
THURSDAY, MARCH 26
We started Calling All Crows to connect with fans and serve our communities and work for women's rights together -- and that's more important than ever during this crisis.
So even though we can't be at shows and festivals right now, we can still mobilize! Every day at five eastern, we'll go live and take an action or two together to help the most vulnerable people during this crisis.
We've heard from people asking how to help and being overwhelmed by how much need there is out there. So, we'll have new actions every day we can all take together
ACTION: Share a photo of a senior in your life. Tag @callingallcrows and use #whyistayhome.