Support for Long Jones
Organized by: Sami Alloy
Sami Alloy via Crowdrise
February 02, 2015
John "Long Jones" Abdallah Wambere is a prominent Ugandan gay activist who has been living in the US since the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act. Under the law, LGBTI Ugandans, their families, or anyone who knows them could be arrested and sentenced to life in prison. The AHA has since been struck down in court, but LGBTI Ugandans still face brutal violence and discrimination, and must stay underground to survive.
When the law passed, Long Jones was in the US, touring with the documentary film Call Me Kuchu. He was unable to return to Uganda, and has been living in the US for the last year, despite having only planned for a two week visit. He was unable to say goodbye to his daughter, family and friends, take any of his things with him, or gather the resources that he needs to survive in the US.
Despite the hardship he has faced, Long Jones continues to be a tireless advocate for the rights and safety of the Ugandan LGBTI community. He is a co-founding member of Spectrum Initiative Uganda, an organization that provides HIV screenings, care, support, and prevention services to gay Ugandans, even at great risk to themselves.
Long Jones was granted asylum in September, which means that he is now free to look for work, but he still needs your support to survive until he finds a job.
Please give what you can and share. Long Jones needs clothes to stay warm through the Boston winter. Even a donation of $5 or $10 will buy John a bus ticket, or a load of laundry.