A while back I saw some references to a woman who was killed in a shocking act of domestic violence on the Facebook pages of some of my friends. I think she was even from Michigan. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t pay much attention to it at the time. But Greta Christina writes about this tragedy and a college fund set up for her three children. I just donated to it and I hope that those who can afford it will do the same.
In April, Angelina was killed in a domestic violence murder/suicide. She was a non-believer, just beginning to get involved in public/ organized atheism. She was a friend of Mandisa Thomas (founder and current president of Black Nonbelievers, Inc., and member of Black Nonbelievers of Atlanta) and Bridgett ‘Bria’ Crutchfield (board member at Black Nonbelievers, Inc., president of Black Nonbelievers of Detroit, and founder of Minority Atheists of MI).
A college fund is being raised for her three children — Quantance, Robyn, and Jaden.
So I have a couple of questions for you. Question One: Do you think that one of the most important jobs for organized atheism is to build supportive communities, so people leaving religion won’t be alone and can get the kind of practical and emotional and social support they typically get from religion?…A member of our community has been murdered. She was a victim of domestic violence. And we have a lousy safety net in this country, which is going to make things even harder on her kids in this already terrible situation.
Please help Angelina’s kids. Even small amounts make a difference. I know a lot of people think “Oh, I can only donate five or ten dollars, that won’t help” — but it really does. It adds up, faster than you might think. You can also help by spreading the word: on Facebook, Twitter, other social media, blogs, word of mouth. Seriously: if all you do is donate five or ten bucks and Tweet or Facebook this, it would help enormously. (If you’re involved in a local organization or a student group, you could also do fundraising in your group.)
This community raised more than $60,000 for the college fund of Jessica Ahlquist and we’ve raised huge amounts of money for many other good causes as well. These three children of one of our own need our help.