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RPG Sales for Black Lives Matter

If you would like to give something to the Black Lives Matter movement, there are some great RPG-related options!

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  • DMs Guild has a Black Lives Matter spotlight. You can buy D&D material from people of color. There are 11 items in the spotlight, including a couple of bundles. One of them, a Black Lives Matter bundle, has nearly 30 D&D supplements heavily discounted.
  • DriveThruRPG (DMs Guild's sister site) has a spotlight page too. This includes some awesome products like the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit, and a bunch of bundles which include Rocket Age and Shadows Over Sol.
  • Itchio's MASSIVE bundle has raised nearly $5M so far, and contains over 1,000 products for just $5! They're not all tabletop RPGs, but there's a whole bunch in there including Lancer, a mech pilot RPG I've been meaning to pick up for ages!
As a side note, as I've said elsewhere on EN World, if you feel the burning need to declare that hearing about the suffering of others infringes on your gaming pleasure in some way, or that fundraisers for charity are somehow bothering you, I'd suggest you find somewhere else to say it. It's not welcome here.
 

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Ovinomancer

No flips for you!
So - I have to ask.

The description on DriveThruRPG states "Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose missi... " This is patently false. Black Lives Matter Foundation is a Santa Clarita-based charity foundation. BLM Global Network is the organization being described in the DriveThruRPG description. It is not a legally-recognized charity, as previously mentioned in this thread.

So - which is it? Which foundation are people actually donating to? Is it BLM Foundation, a legally-recognized charity? Or is it BLM GN, which sits behind ActBlue and Thousand Currents because it is not a legally-recognized charity? Are fraudulent representations and/or deceptive practices being made to dupe people into donating into a different organization than they think they are donating to? Where are donator's monies actually being sent to?

I could care less which of the two BLM organizations anyone may want to donate to, but it just illustrates my earlier point - donate locally.
BLM GN Foundation hasn't received IRS approval as a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity, but you don't need that to act as a 501(c)3 charity. IRS approval is one of those 'safety' things were you get vetted prior to filing tax statements. BLM GN Foundation will (and does) file tax statements yearly as a 501(c)3, which anyone can do without approval. The catch is that if you aren't acting properly, the full weight of the IRS falls on you.

US charity tax law is structured so that you don't have to wait for approval, but it's much safer if you do. Some charities never bother. Some don't start until they get approval. Some start and apply at the same time. I don't know which method BLM GN has chosen, but they have a very competent mentor organization assisting with the books, so they're unlikely to cross the line and get in trouble. In the meantime, it's a valid charity, folks.
 

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3catcircus

Adventurer
BLM GN Foundation hasn't received IRS approval as a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity, but you don't need that to act as a 501(c)3 charity. IRS approval is one of those 'safety' things were you get vetted prior to filing tax statements. BLM GN Foundation will (and does) file tax statements yearly as a 501(c)3, which anyone can do without approval. The catch is that if you aren't acting properly, the full weight of the IRS falls on you.

US charity tax law is structured so that you don't have to wait for approval, but it's much safer if you do. Some charities never bother. Some don't start until they get approval. Some start and apply at the same time. I don't know which method BLM GN has chosen, but they have a very competent mentor organization assisting with the books, so they're unlikely to cross the line and get in trouble. In the meantime, it's a valid charity, folks.

Doesn't change my question - which BLM are these donations going to? Donators need to know if their money is going where they think it is going.

The NAACP LDF and NPAP charities are straightforward - there is only one of each of them.
 

Ovinomancer

No flips for you!
Doesn't change my question - which BLM are these donations going to? Donators need to know if their money is going where they think it is going.

The NAACP LDF and NPAP charities are straightforward - there is only one of each of them.
No, it doesn't. They are both charities, but I'm pretty sure only one of them will be audited this year.

Goodness, can you even imagine if the IRS tried to audit BLM GN? I mean, even if they (extremely hypothetically) had a reason to?
 

One of my friends in Malaysia who has experience with charities and nonprofits is asking the same question about Black Lives Matter Foundation - it doesn't seem to have any activities that it funds. I would hold off on touching that bundle until more info is forthcoming from Drivethru.
 

As for re-editing CoS (ToA was mentioned also), I dont think it will happen, but I think the demand is legit. The demand, though, is not about removing the Vistani or Chultans, is more about editing the book to present Vistani in a better light without the ''drunken, child-stealing, thieves, all of 'em!''

I'm thinking they should replace them with carnies. That would allow the same sketchy itinerant fortune-teller vibe without closely mapping to a specific real-world ethnicity
 

Lem23

Adventurer
I wonder if we look back at previous charity drives, whether the same posters now suggesting we have to look very closely at charitable status were equally vocal then about doing so. And if not, I wonder what possible reasons there are for doing so with this particular charity now all of a sudden.
 

3catcircus

Adventurer
I wonder if we look back at previous charity drives, whether the same posters now suggesting we have to look very closely at charitable status were equally vocal then about doing so. And if not, I wonder what possible reasons there are for doing so with this particular charity now all of a sudden.
Maybe because for previous charity drives, people were able to confirm that the charity they thought they were donating to was the one that actually received the money? The other two bundles (NAACP LDF and NPAP) aren't in question.

The description of the BLM Foundation in the bundle doesn't match the actual BLM Foundation. It describes the BLM GN Foundation. Which one of them is the money actually going to? It's a simple question with what should be a simple answer.
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
The description of the BLM Foundation in the bundle doesn't match the actual BLM Foundation. It describes the BLM GN Foundation. Which one of them is the money actually going to? It's a simple question with what should be a simple answer.

I suggest contacting them (DTRPG) if you are concerned.

The logo and description match the website for #Blacklivesmatter (also called Black Lives Matter, but technically BLM GN Foundation), but you are correct that there is a .... sketchy organization called Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc. that was set up by some guy in Santa Clarita in 2017 and appears to be ... not legit. It is my understanding that GoFundMe, etc. has suspended the sketchy organization until further notice.

All of this is to say- people suck. Always have, always will.
 


Eltab

Lord of the Hidden Layer
  • Nobody can explain where all the money donated to help earthquake-shattered Haiti went.
  • Some cash donations for Hurricane Katrina victims never made it to the disaster zone.
  • Even a former head of the United Way got busted for diverting funds into his comfy lifestyle (spawning the spoof rock song lyrics "Shot through the wallet / And you're to blame / You gave our charity a bad name ... We did our part / While you played golf games / You gave our charity a bad name.")

When fraud is caught early on and the money being offered in good faith is protected from being diverted into somebody else's pockets, that is a good thing.
 

Hoffmand

Explorer
Anti-inclusive content
Black lives matters is a terrorist organization so I am out. Can’t support these people. Bye. They destroy and riot. No thank you.
 


Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
Black lives matters is a terrorist organization so I am out. Can’t support these people. Bye. They destroy and riot. No thank you.

I know you won't be able to respond, but in my eternal optimism, I'd hope this could be a learning movement. I'm sure there are others who have a misunderstanding like you've expressed, so I'll clarify this for everyone's benefit.

The assumption that BLM is causing damage and rioting isn't entirely accurate, and certainly isn't fair to the BLM movement. Even if we completely set aside why people riot (and phrases like "rioting is the voice of the unheard"--MLK), let's look at the actual data.

the first person to break windows and destroy property in MN was caught on film and confronted. Turns out he was a white cop trying to start stuff and make the protesters look bad.
Then we've got police reports stating how the overwhelming majority of looters and vandalizers being arrested are out of state agitators. That's not BLM, that's out of state anarchists who just want to cause chaos
We also have a lot of footage of the police themselves vandalizing and causing damage, from busting out windows when there wasn't a protester in sight, to slashing tires of parked cars as they march by them for no reason at all.
And then of course we've got several examples of arrests of right wing extremists (like Vegas) who have infiltrated protests to cause damage in hopes of starting race wars. Some of them have since been arrested for killing police and formulating bomb plots. The chatter in right wing circles, especially the new Bugaloo movement, is full of people instructing others to go to protests and cause chaos and damage.

So....knowing all of this now, would you (or anyone else reading this who held the same misconceptions) be willing to change your opinion that BLM are a bunch of violent looters?
 

BrokenTwin

Adventurer
@Sacrosanct Given the footage I've seen, I 100% believe what you're saying there, but for the purposes of putting together an informative piece to attempt to change someone's mind, it might help if you provided sources for your claims so people who don't believe you but are open to being convinced have an easy way to verify what you're saying.

But then, that can be a ridiculously large amount of work to attempt to convince someone who might not care about the evidence (not a stab at Hoffmand, just a general statement about people), so I'm certainly not expecting you to go through the effort if you don't want to.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
The cops slashing tires:

While the affiliations of the person in the video are as yet unknown, he is white and his actions are definitely NOT welcomed by those around him.

No pun intended, this isn’t a black and white issue. While there are certainly rioters & criminals among the peaceful protesters, they certainly aren’t the majorpity. Likewise, while there are clearly some I officers and even whole units acting in ways unbecoming, they, too, are the exception rather than the rule.

And just like the malfeasors on both sides have been caught on video, so have the actions of those whose moral compasses still generally point north- a police sergeant yanking a subordinate officer the line for escalating the situation; protesters throwing an explosive device back into the vehicle from which it was deployed, etc.
 
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Eltab

Lord of the Hidden Layer
BLM and police already had an antagonistic relationship before this year, so seeing individuals from either group trying to besmirch the other groups' reputation is not a surprise.

In both of the headline events that preceded the riots, the wheels of justice had set into motion - slowly as usual - when knowledge of events became widespread. IMO, the rioting sabotaged what had been two hopeful examples of society coming together to make right (to the extent possible) wrongs done "under color of law."
 

Gradine

Final Form (they/them)
BLM and police already had an antagonistic relationship before this year, so seeing individuals from either group trying to besmirch the other groups' reputation is not a surprise.

In both of the headline events that preceded the riots, the wheels of justice had set into motion - slowly as usual - when knowledge of events became widespread. IMO, the rioting sabotaged what had been two hopeful examples of society coming together to make right (to the extent possible) wrongs done "under color of law."

Without riots the media wouldn't have paid attention at all and deaths of innocent people would have been swept under the rug.

Rioters get a bad rap (and in some cases, deservedly so) but they get stuff done. The Boston Tea Party was a riot. Riots are why many of us are enjoying our weekends off starting this evening.
 

Eltab

Lord of the Hidden Layer
Without riots the media wouldn't have paid attention at all and deaths of innocent people would have been swept under the rug.
Mr. Arbury and Mr. Floyd's names were household words before the first pane of glass was shattered. In Mr. Arbury's case, about two weeks before.
Protests - nonviolent - were happening in GA over the city government's apparent attempt to sweep the killing under the rug. Thanks are due to the GBI which took the information they were given seriously and began digging into "what happened".
 

AcererakTriple6

Autistic DM (he/him)
I don't have anything against rioting in support of these protests because it is justified. If you take away a group of people's rights, kill them, and abuse them, you cannot blame them if they loot a Macy's. This was in response to horrific deaths, and they need to get awareness of their cause.

Sure, they can peaceful protest, until police slash their tires, destroy their protestor-support stations, and tear-gas and pepperspray them. Police are doing this, and would even if they weren't rioting. The Civil Rights movement proves this. It doesn't matter how they protest, the police will try to stop it if it's protesting their brutality.

I, as a white man, cannot criticize their way of protesting, because there is no "right way to protest". That just doesn't exist. Protest, by definition, means that something wrong is going on. Protesting is a way of trying to get attention to something that is happening that should not happen. In an event as big as police brutality, where the very people that are supposed to protect us are murdering our own people, and it is difficult to hold them accountable for doing so, I have absolutely nothing against people taking a stand and demonstrating how much they want this to change by destroying a few buildings and cars.

People > Objects.
 

Ogre Mage

Adventurer
I bought the itch.io bundle just for the Hex Kit alone, by Cone of Negative Energy. It normally sells for $15 all by itself.

And I bought all three of these bundles on DM's Guild. The NAACP Legal Defense Bundle is an especially good bargain, with "Rykard's Tome of Familiars and Animal Companions," "Allies, Enemies, & Quests," and "Friends, Foes, and Other Fine Folks." I mean, who can't use more pets and NPCs in their games?

Thanks for this tip. I was trying to decide between the BLM and the NAACP bundles. Your advice tipped the scales!
 

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