Patrick J Russell: How Crowdfunding Through Twitter Can Fight Injustice

Patrick J. Russell - author, reader, supporter of countless indie artists, is facing eviction from his home in Granville WV in midwinter

Patrick J. Russell – author, reader, supporter of countless indie artists, is facing eviction from his home in Granville WV in midwinter

Who’s Patrick J. Russell?

Patrick J. Russell is an author, an avid reader and a staunch supporter of indie artists and writers. Promoting indie artists and all kinds of crowdfunding projects from his Twitter page @patrussellbooks, he has helped publicise many projects. He also happens to be blind and unwell. But this wasn’t enough to stop Granville City authority condemning Patrick’s home yesterday, leaving him facing eviction at a moments’ notice.

When they are fully aware that he has nowhere to go.

In the midst of the worst winter the USA has seen for more than 20 years.

The polar vortex over North Eastern and Midwestern parts of the USA has brought the coldest winter in over 20 years

The polar vortex over North Eastern and Midwestern parts of the USA has brought the coldest winter in over 20 years [Image linked from CNN]

Why is he being evicted from his home?

What’s so urgent, that Granville is insistent upon evicting a blind, disabled man so suddenly? They want to build a business park and stadium on the site, something which is highly unlikely to happen at least until the weather thaws.

How did Twitter help?

Patrick tried to alert the media to his predicament, but apart from a few outlets, most did not respond to his requests. Which was when he turned to Twitter for help. Despite owning his house, it’s unlikely that Patrick will be able to stop the eviction altogether, so his next plan of action was to buy enough time and raise enough funds to find suitable rental accomodation for his family.  A Go Fund Me page was launched, explaining how much money was needed and what it would be used for and that was where Patrick’s Twitter followers came in.

They spread the word about Patrick’s predicament across Twitter, gaining the attention of famous writers such as Joanne Harris, author of novel-turned-movie Chocolat:

Surely, helping people like @patrussellbooks is what the internet is FOR. Come, on, Twitter. Play nice. http://t.co/27aJ0OpVQv

— Joanne Harris (@Joannechocolat) January 6, 2014

What can I do?

Word is spreading, Patrick’s moving fund is gradually increasing and media networks are finally beginning to pay attention, but it’s still not enough. Which is why I’m asking YOU to help.

– If you’ve ever stayed up late just to finish one more chapter

– If you’ve ever come back from the bookstore almost quivering with excitement about your latest find

– If you’ve ever read a book, graphic novel or comic that has changed your life

Please please take a moment to pay it forward by helping Patrick now. Here’s how:

1) Donate to Patrick’s moving fund

Patrick’s Go Fund Me page is here. You can read the full story of what happened on the page and see first hand why he needs to raise money to move. Please give what you can – if you donate $5 or more there are rewards of ebooks and more available, gifted by Patrick’s supporters.

2) Support Patrick on Twitter

Patrick is tweeting updates to his situation at @patrussellbooks – please share and RT to keep awareness of his situation spreading – the more people know about it, the better chance he has to reach his funding target. The odd tweet or two of support for him wouldn’t go amiss either!

3) Spread the word beyond Twitter

As much as it feels like the centre of the universe to me, I’m aware that not everybody lives on Twitter. So let’s spread the message further. Share it on Facebook, Pinterest, at your local church meeting, wherever you can. There are several sharing links on the Go Fund Me page that means it’s as easy as the click of a button for most social media platforms.

Let’s pay it forward and make a real difference today.

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I love all things fantasy, from fiction to films to games. Mostly books though. I also love cooking and plus size fashion. Find recommendations for great fantasy reads and general fangirling here! If you want to get in touch with me, the quickest way is by Twitter @dorristheloris

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