Pushing for Change

Maude Washington is a Contributing Editor at The Blue Nib, and a Poetry Editor at Minute Magazine. Her poetry has appeared in literary publications based in Australia, the United States, and Ireland.

Author Philip Fracassi and the Horror Writers Community Raise More than $24K for the Black Lives Matter Movement

Social media users have become the eyes and support for Black Lives Matter protestors. With constant updates from journalists who have access to important information, drivers reporting sightings of military vehicles, citizens reporting traps — random bricks left out in order to tempt protestors to loot, a constant flow of footage identifying misbehaved cops, help from strangers who have offered their homes as safe havens when the police use excessive force, the truth can no longer be hidden. And this time, the entire world is watching.

After public figures began to show their solidarity and support of protestors by donating to Black Lives Matter and bail fund organizations to help arrested protesters, people around the globe followed suit. Philip Fracassi is a screenwriter and an award-winning author. He has written story collections and novellas. The author has over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, and is using his voice to inspire writers from the horror community to raise funds for Black Lives.

On June 5, when the author created the fundraiser, Horror Writers For Black Lives Matter, he only intended to raise a few hundred dollars, but the amount of donations received surpassed his expectations. On Father’s Day, he asked his audience to donate to the cause on the behalf of Black fathers who are raising a family while they are experiencing bigotry, hate and oppression.  

The fundraiser’s GoFundMe page tells donators about the organization he has chosen to give the money to:

“Time to let go of the petty fights on social media. Help me raise money for this great organization.

I’m raising money to benefit NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), and any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me.

More information about NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF): The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is America’s legal counsel on issues of race. Through advocacy and litigation, LDF focuses on issues of education, voter protection, economic justice and criminal justice. We encourage students to embark on careers in the public interest through scholarship and internship programs. LDF pursues racial justice to move our nation toward a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all.”

The author continues to speak out against racist inequalities against Black people even if causes discomfort, and he does not shy away from encouraging his friends and his audience to do the same:

“Here’s another recurring theme: “White people should not be pushing other white people about Black equality issues.”

Wrong. It’s up to EVERYONE to push for change. It’s not the burden of people of color to do all the work, all the heavy lifting. It’s a white person problem that needs to be addressed and corrected.

So yeah, THIS white guy is going to fight for equal rights for people of color. If that makes you uncomfortable, there’s the door. Go talk amongst your friends about how much it sucks to listen to issues of Black oppression from another white person. Not sorry to disappoint you.”

Over 500 people have donated to Horror Writers For Black Lives Matter — friends of Philip Fracassi, writers, reviewers, readers, literary organizations like Lovecraft eZine, Horror Writers Association, Strange Aeons Magazine, and Night Worms. As of today, the author is on the verge of hitting his goal of $25,000; $24,620 has been raised so far.

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  1. Many thanks for this article Maude Washington, and the information about Philip Fracassi’s Go Fund Me campaign for the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund. Words translated into action that supports Black Lives Matter. Your article about this lifted my day, and gave me one way to support the movement. Some days are positive.

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