Fundraising for Sisters

Tamarack Verrall
Posted June 18, 2020 from Canada
Every day in this park I think of all of you.
To all the women who are mothers in every way.

There is a park near where I live, and I try these days to come here every day. I always, all of the time, every day, think about you, my World Pulse sisters, and about everyone who is here on this online site, how grateful I am that we can all be together. And I think of how I can walk safely, relatively safely, at least in the daytime, and no one will be beating me up for having this time to myself, and I am aware of the billions of women and girls who are working, for free, and who have nothing, or will have nothing if their husbands die, or have to run from violence, for their lives. Women who then have to live with fewer options or no options compared to men, in particular very rich white men, and men who have been taught that they have the right to own and use the free labour of women. Men who make all the decisions of what the rules are, the men in the world who have created this system, and benefit from this system.  And I think about my life as a girl, and as a woman, and how so many of you don't have this, a park, and enough food at the moment, and to be able to just walk. I gather my energy, and think, and I am thinking of all the mothers taking care of children, taking care of everyone, everywhere. And I think every day how grateful I am that we now have World Pulse so that we can work on this together.

I have had the freedom to do pretty much what I want with my life, and to sit by myself in a park, usually with nobody bothering me. Not like most of my World Pulse sisters. I have a place to live, and my family and friends here have places to live. Many of you, my sisters, have been having to put on hold your work getting girls into school, training women into paid work, and instead are having to find ways to solve new life threatening emergencies. You, dear sisters, have been working on resolving so many injustices, time after time healing or helping a sister gain some degree of safety and freedom. We women have been calling for these changes for a very long time, over centuries. And now you have had to shift from what you were doing, to save lives in your communities, because of all the people who have no food, and so many who have no water, because of this disastrous economic system that has been forced on us, and with an epidemic added.

I think about how we all, in World Pulse know in our bones that we have found such a treasure in each other, that we are and have been working together to end violence against women and girls, violence which has only increased in this pandemic. And we witness the  money that is needed for World Pulse sisters to do all of this tending to people, with all of the added emergencies, this money being ‘wheeled and dealed’ behind the scenes to manipulate the stock market to keep rich people getting richer. 

I sit in this park and I watch for the second day in a row, a father allowing his boy to throw rocks at the innocent ducks with their babies, and I call on men who allow this to stop teaching boys to do harm, and to teach them instead the joy of being gentle and loving. I think of the men who are here with us in World Pulse, who are working with us, standing strongly as men who value a world in which women and girls are respected and everyone is loved, and I urge all men to learn from these brothers who understand what we are working for together, a world in which everyone and our beloved Earth is loved and cared for.

I think every day, all the time of all of you, and of our sisterhood of leadership, leadership that continues to be silenced, even as more and more women and girls are being stolen, sold, beaten, tortured and killed, and in whatever ways prevented from being able to choose their lives, to live freely, and with access to money. Women, the population most often beaten and kept without money, in a money-driven system, ridiculed for our work, working within this framework of violence, finding ways to do this work, and knowing how much more we would accomplish if we had access to money. Mothers trying to make sure that everyone has what they need, working to fix this mess, so often in lives of captivity, no access to money. Women in war zones and refugee camps created by men, needing money for food. For the children. Money to be shared with everyone. And still the news of beatings, tortures, murders, daily. 

In the same newscasts, in sickening contrast, we have two men poised to be the first trillionaires. This being the reason for so much resistance to women being free. Because we see a different way. Because this system is built on a very few getting disgustingly rich while so many people, doing such hard labour, the vast majority who are doing the work, are held captive, violated, kept in poverty. 

And I call on Government officials who are complicit in where all this money goes. First on the list must be this: a safe space for every woman and girl according to what she wants and needs, the basic right to go to school, to ownership, to the right to choose what we do with our lives, the right to be safe every minute of our lives, and the right to what is ours. Whether it be home, money, land or our very own children. 

It is here within World Pulse and in other sister groups that I find the people who want this too, and who love women, and girls, and are working for everyone to have enough food and a safe place to live. And while we are working on these changes, this is a call for everyone who at the moment has enough food and shelter, and clean water, to think about starting up or expanding Funding Circles, and by Funding Circles I mean reaching out to everyone in our lives who we think might join in on this gathering of funds because they are able to, and they may know others who can, and they want to be a part of this change. To reach out to people who run Non Profit Agencies, to let them know about World Pulse sisters, and to let them know we want to build ways to get money to women doing this work, and that we could use mentorship in making this grow. Supporting these sisters who suddenly have had lives shifted from doing everything to save women’s lives, to now prioritizing saving lives of entire communities.

I am looking for friends and family, especially my white friends and family, who have enough food and safe places to live, to share money with these World Pulse sisters, so that they can bring water, masks and food to these communities, and information to people who have not even been told that COVID-19 is happening. This is why Funding Circles are so important now, to send to sisters, for whatever they need. And to keep these sisters fed and strong and safe while they are doing this work.

And I hope that the men in my life, friends and family, will speak out about our current world where women are not free of violence, and mostly no access to money, and honour and recognize that women are holding this world together. And I hope that these brothers will interrupt the ridiculing and silencing of women who insist on talking about this dangerous and cruel global society we live in, knowing from our stories in World Pulse exactly what is happening, where, and to who. Let’s get the funding, every bit of funding needed, directly to these World Pulse sisters, so that they can save lives in their communities right now, while we all collectively figure outa better system. 

What really disturbs me is that we are given the same excuses and non action we heard and experienced in the 1960’s and 1970’s. After all these years, the same false promises from the UN and our Governments. But now through World Pulse we have a direct line, right into the hands of World Pulse women doing the work. Doing it out of that mix of fury that this is happening, women being controlled, tortured, murdered, and doing it out of love.  

We are so much stronger together now than we were, in our work to bring about a different way of treating the Earth and each other, a different world economy, ending this current global economy that produces multi billionaires, with the shaking hands behind closed doors in tax free zones to protect the obscene selfishness. In a global society that depends on the free labour of women not only to do most of the work, not only to be loving mothers to everyone, but also to be caught busy and exhausted responding to the torture and murder of women and girls, every day.

We have been and are working to fix this, literally saving lives, building pathways for women and girls to freedom - our free labour - because our hearts cannot bear what we see, what we know, what we are living our lives to change. Respect for women and girls, and a world in which no man or boy is expected or allowed to show manhood by harming us.

It has taken a few days to get this written. Usually when I write, it flows in one day. This one is hard, and I realized that it is hard because I do not want this call for action to fail, and because I know that so many who want to make this happen and who are already working on it, can’t afford to contribute more than they already are. We need expansion.

We need to get funding to the sisters who are doing this, solving this world’s emergency for free, and who are now focussed on saving lives during this pandemic. Again, this is a call in particular to my white sisters and brothers. We need to find ways to send money directly to the women doing this work. Think about what you can do. What a larger circle of friends and family can do. What people in your workplace can do. Link us up to NonProfits who will send donations to World Pulse sisters. Link us up to people who can help us learn how to create ways to get money to World Pulse sisters. Our World Pulse organization has been and is doing what it can. Send in a donation to World Pulse, too. Become a sustaining member. And then create a Funding Circle, or a NonProfit, or offer any way possible to support these sisters who are lovingly mothering the people in their closest communities who have the least. In World Pulse we know the power of helping each other. Join us in whatever way you can. We are determined to create a new way of being with each other in this world. It begins with saving lives.

 

 

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Chi8629
Jun 18
Jun 18

Hello Beautiful Sister Tam ,
How are you doing today?
Thank you for sharing this wonderful write-up , I sincerely like the way you think ,you inspire me . I'm your bestest fan . I adore you , I have never met someone this intelligent ,also you have the kindest heart and thats what I love the most about you. You are amazing and I love you . I can't even explain how proud of you iam . Very impressive . Keep it up Sister.
I love you so much.Love Chi

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 19
Jun 19

Dear Chi,
What a lovely message. Isn't it wonderful that we have been able to meet and can be connected here on World Pulse. I am so glad that this has given you a boost. You certainly sent one back to me! Thank you. Arms linked, dear sister.
Love,
Tam

Kabahenda
Jun 18
Jun 18

My Dear Sister Tam,

I fail to find appropriate words to express what I feel after reading your write-up. I can never stop at marvelling how much you do and feel for women some of whom you have never met and will probably never meet. How you hear them, feel their pain and identify with them, and advocate for them! I am grateful to the Universe for you, your love and dedication to the women's causes.

You have a way of expressing all the ideas that I want to put forward but often get discouraged because I think "which privileged white person has time for the plea of 'another economically challenged, and perhaps intellectually challenged' poor black woman!"
I applaud you for this write-up and I hope that somebody out there will be moved by what you have said, and make a significant donation.

Only those of us who live in Canada know how lucky and privileged we are. Even though, we are not rich, at least we do not lack food, water and electricity, transport, medicine, schools and school supplies, and yet these basic necessities are out of the reach of the majority of our sisters, particularly in the south.

World Pulse is so lucky and privileged to have a woman of your calibre. I will come with you on this misssion any time.

Thank you once again and may your light keep shining.

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 19
Jun 19

My dear sister,
One of the joys for World Pulse sisters is the chance to meet in person, and I have been so happy to have not only met you once, but to be able to meet to be World Pulse sisters at events, our cities not far apart. Your message moves me deeply. We are all here to create a different world together, and a big part of that is creating a new economy. While we are figuring that out, we can begin by sharing.
I look forward to the next time we have the chance to meet and conspire. Take good care, and thank you for this special message, I am fortified!
Tam

Jill Langhus
Jun 19
Jun 19

Hello Tam Love,

Thanks for sharing your lovely and ever-inspiring and heartfelt plea for those of us who are comfortable to help out where we can, and when we can... I totally agree that those that are in a more fortunate position than those that aren't, should help out when they can. I hope that your compelling post will inspire many to do what they can.

Hope you have a great weekend, Love.

XX

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 20
Jun 20

Dear Jill,
Thanks for recognizing the importance of this. I always feel your strong support, and appreciate it.
Hugs,
Tam

Jill Langhus
Jun 20
Jun 20

You're very welcome, dear!

XX

Hello, our beloved Tam,

You have me in tears as I read your post. How loving you are as a woman and as a mother to be thinking about us everyday. That is so sweet of you. Although I don't enjoy the same privilege as you do, I think about our World Pulse sisters, too, especially when I experience a tough challenge like what we have today: water scarcity in times of pandemic on top of raising a son with special needs (and an energetic toddler, too!). This is nothing compared to what other sisters have. I draw strength from their stories.

Yes, you are right! We are grateful for World Pulse. Stories from our sisters inspire and encourage me to keep going because all of you are. You have a generous heart, Tam, thank you for calling for donations for our sisters who need the funding. What a lovely idea.

Thank you for your love to all women, Tam! We are so blessed to have you here. Please stay safe. I wonder how's the COVID-19 situation in your place. We're still in a lockdown here because of increasing number of cases.

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 20
Jun 20

Dear Karen,
It is thanks to World Pulse that we are able to be in touch, and I was so glad to be able to be part of your video series earlier this year, and to get to know you better, and the moms finding the best ways to help autistic children thrive, and how you collectively keep energy up as moms of autistic kids. I do think of you every day, and feel so grateful to have this time and chance to be getting to know you and other sisters more and more deeply through our communications here on World Pulse. M
Much love to you,
Tam

Hello, dear Tam,

Awww. Thank you so much. It was an honor that you joined that call. It feels great to know people who accepts our special needs journey. I am grateful to know you more and more, too. Keep up the great work as an Encourager, Ambassador, and World Pulse sister!

maeann
Jun 19
Jun 19

Hi Tam... I sense a deep sincerity and a heart to touch lives through your words.... may it reach us all. Saving lives is an action that we should be doing now because of this things that is happening. Thank you.

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 20
Jun 20

Dear Maeann,
Yes, for so many of us now our work has had to add response to this emergency. I hope that we can create a wider support and awareness system. I celebrate our being able to remain in close contact with each other.
Much love,
Tam

Adanna
Jun 19
Jun 19

Nice one Tam.
I appreciate you and your support for our World Pulse sisters.
I pictured you in my mind at the park while reading this :)

Love,
Adanna

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 20
Jun 20

Dear Adanna,
Thank you! And now I picture us on a park bench together, having the chance to visit. World Pulse has given us such a gift!
Much love dear sister,
Tam

Chidimma
Jun 19
Jun 19

Hello Dear Tam
Thanks for sharing your ever inspiring post. I don't know how to start but your love and kindness to see that the women and girls are funded cannot be over emphasize. Sometimes I wish most women who are in position to assist think the way you do. If we have at least 10 of you in this world, I think the world will be a free and better place to live. Please let me add, for those who cannot give monetary assistance can also use our time to volunteer and give help. Thanks for sharing your thoughts to us. God helping us we will put smiles on faces no matter how little.
Hugs
Chidimma

Manasa Ram Raj
Jun 19
Jun 19

Hello Tam, such a lovely post! I feel so deeply touched with your words. Thanks for highlighting some of these points!

Sinyuy Geraldine
Jun 20
Jun 20

Hi sister Tam, what a lovely message. You have written in such a way that everyone feels included, recognized and encouraged. Thank you so much.

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 20
Jun 20

Dear Geraldine,
I am so glad. That as my hope. Now I hope that those I reach out to in my community will understand the importance, and act on it.
Much love to you,
Tam