Monthly-sustenance-fund for Mother Cat

Monthly-sustenance-fund for Mother Cat

From Julia Alsop

Help Mother Cat Survive and Thrive! We’re inviting you to join a monthly support program for our friend Catherine Lynn Quick, a.k.a Mother Cat, a longtime inside member of the Prisoner Correspondence Project.

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Update #2

10 months ago

Hi everyone!!

Thank you so much for donating and sustaining Cat for the past two years. We extended the campaign due to the pandemic and have been very amazed by this outpouring of generosity from the community!!

Unfortunately, Cat is still not in a stable housing situation. She has bought and fixed up a trailer but the lot it is on in Memphis is not stable. Her landlord an boss is currently threatening to kick Cat off the property - along with her puppies and belonings!

Our core team - myself, Kriz and Olivia - are going to keep our monthly donations going. We are ENDING this fundraiser though. If anyone wants to make a last minute donation to Cat - there are FOUR DAYS left on this fundraiser. If anyone would like to continue supporting Cat monthly, please reach out to me at rideralsop AT gmail DOT com

Thank you!!!

R

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Cat has spent over 43 years inside various state institutions, starting at age 4, when she was disowned by her family for being trans. The name “Mother Cat” came from her role as caretaker for other LGBT prisoners in the Tennessee prison system.

While incarcerated, Cat wrote insightful zines on topics such as surviving prison as a transwoman, mental health, and getting out. PCP has been distributing these zines over the past decade, and Cat’s words have helped countless LGBT prisoners across Canada and the US.

Cat was released from prison in 2017, dropped off in downtown Memphis with $50. Homeless for the first 9 months, she eventually found a place to live and a job that pays her $25/day.

However, Cat’s job is constantly in jeopardy, and she never knows if she’ll be able to make her $440/month rent. Her criminal record makes it difficult for her to find a new job, and she can’t leave Memphis for a cheaper location until her parole is up in July 2020.

As Cat’s friends, we want to build a community support program to ensure that Cat doesn’t end up on the street again. We aim to raise $500/month for 10 months—until Cat’s parole, when she’d have more options.

Become a monthly donor and help us reach our goal! A small contribution each month goes a long way.

We’re also looking for paid speaking engagements (over video conferencing) that could benefit from Cat’s experiences. Please be in touch if you know of any opportunities.

Let’s come together and help Mother Cat thrive!

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“All my life I have challenged things I did not believe in and I have moved from place to place calling all places home, since I never had one as a child. That is why I consider everyone who reads this and does what they do to change their environment my family. And the only family I know are those who have had the same type of life as me, one of rejection and the fight for love, respect, and acceptance. So my brothers, sisters, friends, allies, family….take care, be respectful to each other, and grow strong. But most of all, go forth and change your worlds!”

Catherine Lynn Quick, Enter the Cathouse 

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Julia Alsop posted a new update:
10 months ago

Update #2

Hi everyone!!

Thank you so much for donating and sustaining Cat for the past two years. We extended the campaign due to the pandemic and have been very amazed by this outpouring of generosity from the community!!

Unfortunately, Cat is still not in a stable housing situation. She has bought and fixed up a trailer but the lot it is on in Memphis is not stable. Her landlord an boss is currently threatening to kick Cat off the property - along with her puppies and belonings!

Our core team - myself, Kriz and Olivia - are going to keep our monthly donations going. We are ENDING this fundraiser though. If anyone wants to make a last minute donation to Cat - there are FOUR DAYS left on this fundraiser. If anyone would like to continue supporting Cat monthly, please reach out to me at rideralsop AT gmail DOT com

Thank you!!!

R

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Julia Alsop posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #1

Hi all!

Thanks so much for supporting Cat! Just wanted to send you an update from her. Last week, Tennessee was given shelter in place orders. We were able to send her emergency funds in order to buy groceries and cleaning supplies before that happened, in addition to the monthly donations that have kept her going and have enabled Cat to stay in her home!

We sincerely hope you're all doing as well as can be during this time <3

Message from Cat below!

Dear Supporters,

I wish to thank you all for your support, especially now during these trying times of a pandemic.

I am on a safer in place order so am no longer working and spending my days bored locked in a small room, but I am alive and doing well because of you and your support for me.

I hope you all are also well and making it through this time with little to no drama in your lives.

May you all be blessed and may you all find comfort during these times.

Mother Cat

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