After the Black Friday and Cyber Monday advertisements have inundated us with calls to shop, shop, shop, let’s preserve some room in our heads to heed the plea of #GivingTuesday: give, give, give. Wesleyan is again participating in this global philanthropic movement, with the encouragement of a matching gift from the Frank-Kim Family. When 3,000 members of our Cardinal community give to Wesleyan for any purpose on or before Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016, the Frank-Kim family will donate $300,000 for financial aid. You can find out how to make your gift here.
And while we’re in a generous mood, let’s remember our wonderful community radio station: WESU FM. I just received a request for donations from the current vice president of WESU, Ben Goldberg:
Thanks to everyone who has responded to our calls to action–we’ve made quite some progress with our current fall pledge drive. We have less than $7k to go, and we need your support to push us through to the end of this campaign. We can’t keep the station running without you, so know that your donation really does make a difference.
If you haven’t donated yet, now is the time. Community radio and alternative organizing are crucial right now, as they have always been. WESU is a truly special place, providing a platform for marginalized voices to be heard across the world. It is a place for hope, resistance, and change.
Through our incredible host of public affairs programs and music shows, WESU empowers people of color, indigenous populations, women, and queer folks to spread their own stories and messages that are often ignored in the mainstream media. Homegrown shows like Your English is Good as well our Italian programs serve communities that still use English as a second language. Syndicated programming like Pacifica’s Rising Up with Sonali and Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman have been providing powerful coverage on Standing Rock, The Climate Action Summit, police shootings and activism around the world. These are just a few examples of the important work WESU does to serve so many different communities.
Radio can be an incredibly powerful tool for both DJs and listeners alike, as I’m hoping you all have had the opportunity to experience. If you haven’t yet felt the power of community radio, keep listening–you’ll find it. Community radio matters. Independent media matters. WESU matters. Donate today! www.wesufm.org/pledge
We have much to be thankful for at Wesleyan, and many ways to contribute to organizations we care about. Let’s show that support between now at Tuesday, November 29th!