Byron Chubbuck is an indigenous sovereigntist serving 80 years in prison for a series of bank expropriations throughout the southwest. He is a Wolf Clan Cherokee/Choctaw, citizen of the Cherokee nation, raised in New Mexico. His Cherokee name is Yona Unega, which means “White Bear” in English, or “Oso Blanco,” in Spanish. He is often known simply as Oso Blanco.
Oso Blanco was dubbed “Robin the Hood” by the media, as he robbed banks announcing that his intention was to help the poor and indigenous.
Oso Blanco does not claim to be a saint. He participated in actions he now looks down upon. He had a vision when he was young but was scared of it. When the vision returned when he was older he went all out to help the children, the poor, and to protect runaways. He has denounced drugs and gang activity since his arrest and tried to turn many of his former gang members. He is a devout follower of his Cherokee culture, language and spirituality.
Oso Blanco's received a death sentence, 80 years in prison, mainly due to the judge being angry with him at sentencing. He has served ten years for bank robberies, escape and more robberies. However, the judge sentenced two 35 year sentences for the FBI "shootout" where he got shot in the back running away. In fact, here is what he said to the judge before receiving the sentence:"I am still able to hold my head up and feel the gratification for my work in a world where money, power and destructive industry are regarded far above humanity, indigenous and impoverished peoples or cultures. I cannot help that I got into my work." Learn more about Oso Blanco: http://freeosoblanco.blogspot.com
We need to get this archaic sentencing, a death sentence of 80 years, reduced! Money will specifically go towards hiring a law firm. They will be working every angle to explore how to reduce Oso Blanco's crazy sentence (80 years!). He could have his sentence greatly reduced and be a free man one day.
There are a ton of ways to get some funds raised for good people behind bars. Here are just a few to hopefully motivate YOU to try this in your city. By all means, I'm sure readers are much more creative and successful than us in raising funds so please leave more ideas in the comment section.
~ The tried and true way to raise money. If you're lucky ALL money will go to the cause but don't rule out possibly charging double at the door so the bands or the space still get some money.
~ Street busking is another way to utilize music.
~ Turn your living space into a restaurant for a night. Basically you're having your friends over for dinner – a damn good dinner! - and charging them money.
~ We have also asked permission from small business owners to use their space. This has worked out two ways – one restaurant let us use their space during a time they weren't open so we cooked everything and reaped 100% of the money. Another restaurant split the money with us as it was on a day they were already open. But it was a slow day and we did promotions for more business.
~ Bake sale. I know this seems a little silly but who doesn't want a huge cookie or brownie outside a show or event? This is a simple fundraiser that can be setup anywhere (outside bars at closing time, during liberal protests, outside schools, yuppie or tourist districts, farmers markets, anywhere there is a lot of foot traffic). It also is an excuse to bake with some friends.
Some of our most successful and EASY fundraisers involves a garage sale. Most people in 'merica have too much stuff and you'd be surprised how many will bring you their stuff to get rid of. In addition we dumpstered a ton of items including desks and chairs which usually only had minor scratches or were display items (if they are missing any parts just call the 1-800 # and tell them you bought the desk and it was missing 3 B or whatever part and they will happily ship it to you for free). Everyone knows at the end of college semesters are great times to find all kinds of furniture and household items to sell at garage sales. There's only one thing about garage sales – you need someone who is good at pricing and haggling with people. Very important, trust us.
Many of our scenes have really creative and talented people. Place a call out for artist to donate pieces of work of any medium. Then there are lots of ways to sell (raise money) the art. Setup on the street during your city's yuppie art walk. Find a sympathetic business owner to allow you some space for a day or a week or a month. Setup on the night of a big show either inside or out on the sidewalk.
Some religious people give a percentage of their income to the church, cause, ya know, God is all about that dolla. Using our fundraiser above as an example, we are asking each city to raise $450. Let's say you don't have time or aren't into holding a fundraiser. So just find 9 friends to kick in $50 each and you're done! Or pass the hat at any meeting you attend. Or each person in a collective can set aside a percentage of their wages for a month in order to meet their goal.
We put this last for a reason. All of the above suggestions involve direct interaction with people in your community. Crowdfunding does not. Although we're not haters and crowdfunding has helped a lot of good causes out.
Let us know what tactics for raising funds have been successful in your cities!