Know what I love? Rainbows.
Know what I love more than rainbows? Combative rainbows.
Ballsy, confrontational, resourceful and creative rainbows designed to balance hate with love and peace.
This house has it all. This house made my day. This house needs our help.
Six months ago, Planting Peace purchased this house in the suburbs of Topeka Kansas directly across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound. Note: from here on in I’m just saying Westboro because I think they give Baptists and Churches a bad name.
Westboro, a group best known for protesting the funerals of veterans and celebrities with hateful and homophobic signs while chanting promises of Hell, Damnation, and all the good stuff that comes with being rational and well-intended human beings (first amendment y’all!), woke up Monday morning to find a big surprise in the form of a new neighbor.
Planting Peace, a multi-pronged progressive group devoted to promoting compassion and sustainability, purchased the property with the intent of turning it into The Equality House, a drop-in center that will support a variety of LGBT and anti-bullying efforts.
Piggybacking on Westboro’s own twisted-yet-highly-successful media strategy, Aron Jackson, one of the founders of Planting Peace explains, “We’re going to take the negative attention and try to spin it into something positive.” Jackson says, “Instead of millions of children around the world getting this hate message, they’re going to see this message of compassion and love.”
Like any non-profit seeking to spread their message, they need to raise some starter money. This is where we come in. For starters, all of this week’s ad revenue from www.auntpeaches.com will be donated to Equality House in hopes of fostering new rainbows. In addition, I am making a personal donation and I want to double it. I will match $10 for the first ten people who make a donation to Equality House’s Crowd Rise fund. All you have to do is make a donation and leave a comment below that says “I donated!” You don’t have to tell me your name or amount, just tell me you donated and I’ll take you at your word.
So come on y’all, when was the last time you got to fund a rainbow and combat bigotry in one foul swoop?
Let’s do this.
Update: More than ten people already donated (woot!), so Ann Hendricks was kind enough to pledge another round if another ten people donated (double woot!)…Can we count you in?