No Red Tape is committed to supporting the health and safety of survivors of sexual and domestic violence at Columbia University. We feel that it is equally important to support our group’s members, fellow activists, and their families in times of need. In the face of any oppression and injustice, activist communities must come together in order to build power through love, solidarity, and compassion.
As an organization which fights to end rape culture, we recognize that sexual violence is intimately connected with different systems of oppression and forms of inequality, including limited access to healthcare. We acknowledge that people belonging to marginalized groups, such as people from low-income backgrounds and people of color, are disproportionately affected by health care inequality.
We are calling on the activist community and the greater Barnard/Columbia community to contribute in any way possible (donations, shares, kind words) to help a member of No Red Tape’s family, Nicole Tommasiello. Nicole’s Uncle Alfonso needs life-saving surgery. His doctors have told him that if his tumor is not removed, he will have only a few more months to live, and an even shorter amount of time before he becomes blind. Alfonso must pay out of pocket for all aspects of his surgery, including the equipment and the medical care he will receive after the surgery.
We believe that everyone has the right to live and should be able to receive the medical care they need.
Here’s the link to the GoFundMe! Please support in any way you can.