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I’m cautiously watching this #AuntieNetwork thing spread. I want black women to lead anything like this or #undergroundrailroad2019 that draws on our cultural legacies in terminology but also because the needs of black & poor people must to be centered in these networks most.
If we are going to organize, we organize for real. There needs to be leadership. Not a leader singular, but leadership with a shared understanding & modeling of what being part of an #AuntieNetwork actually means.
Nice middleclass white ladies might tweet it but are you really open to having a poor black teenager show up on your door w/ a backpack & $20 to her name? What about if a young Latinx transman wants to stay with you? Who are you willing to auntie? Who are you prepared to support?
Don’t fucking virtue signal with a tweet or a FB post & think you’ve done what you can, that you can just sit back & wait. If you’re going to claim to be a part of #AuntieNetwork, @AuntieNetwork or @MyAuntieNetwork, you better be educating yourself on resources in your area...
You better have a sense of how much time & money you can put into this effort. You better be open to folks who might ghost you or show up & change their minds or not express gratitude to you in the ways you expect. I’d love to see this manifest, but I have my doubts.
I have been setting myself up to be #queerauntie for years to my youngest cousins & my friends’ kids by maintaining actual relationships with them. And I am prepared to take any of these children into my home if needed. I take my role in my community seriously. Do you?
I want to make sure these tweets are visible parts of the thread too:
And this one with links:

Find your local abortion fund to volunteer and/or donate. This is more effective than any tweet about #AuntieNetwork, #TheAuntieNetwork or #UndergroundRailroad2019. You want to help? Then show up & help.
Another resource list for those wanting to direct their efforts at states with new bans being passed:
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