There are three different things to cover, so I’ll keep them all short.
Join the Fight!
We have 4 zoom sessions coming up this week as an introduction to Join the Fight effort to fight against voter suppression, election subversion, and disinformation in the media and social media.
We decided on zooms for now because we figure that even with the war in Ukraine folks can likely focus on something else for an hour in an interactive setting. Please don’t prove us wrong! :-)
⭐️ MONDAY 3/7 @ 8 pm Eastern
⭐️ TUESDAy 3/8 @ 10 pm Eastern
⭐️ WEDNESDAY 3/9 @ 1 pm Eastern
⭐️ SATURDAY 3/12 @ 11 am Eastern
I’ll be sending zoom links out for each zoom in the morning so I can catch all the new people who sign up.
War in Ukraine – Lexicon of Acronyms & Military Terms
Thanks to everyone who participated in the post on Saturday, either by listing terms you didn’t know or helping to explain the ones you did!
I put up a first draft. A very rough draft, basically a compilation of all the answers in the Saturday thread, so lots of repetition for now if several people explained what something was.
You’ll see it changing over the course of the week as repetition is removed and things that aren’t clear are clarified.
The list is located under WAR IN UKRAINE. You probably know where that is by now, but in case you don’t, it’s in the blue category up top, unless you are on mobile in which case it’s the top item in the mobile menu.
Balloon Juice for Ukraine
We currently have 4 donation options set up for Balloon Juice through ActBlue:
International Fund for Animal Welfare: IFAW has partnered with the Poznań Zoo in Poland to provide temporary shelter and care for wildlife rescued from the conflict in Ukraine. And they are rushing emergency aid to animal shelters in Ukraine.
World Central Kitchen: Feeding people in Ukraine and refugees at the border
Americares Foundation: Americares has an emergency response team on the way to Poland to support health services for families affected by the escalating humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The team, which is headed to Krakow, has expertise in coordinating large-scale shipments of medicine and relief supplies and mobilizing emergency medical teams in crisis situations
International Rescue Committee: The IRC is working with partners in Poland and Ukraine that are quickly mobilizing resources to provide critical support to civilians forced to flee their homes.
Sincere thanks to everyone who has donated so far!
If you know of other great organizations that take donations through ActBlue, we can them to our Balloon Juice for Ukraine donation “thermometer”. Please add their official name in the comments and if you have a link to their site on ActBlue, please include that, too. It will save us time making sure we have the right organization.