JANTA KI LADAI, JANTA KE PAISON SE #SupportJignesh

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Jignesh Mevani has decided to contest as an Independent candidate in the upcoming Gujarat Elections. Contribute Now!

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  • Almost there!!

    by CrowdNewsing on December, 12 2017

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    First things first. As you read this, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani has been campaigning aggressively in Vadgam, Jignesh Mevani's constituency. But he is unable to pull in the crowds. Then they got UP CM Yogi Adityanath to address a rally. Turnout: Less than a hundred. 

    They are now getting Mr Amit Shah to hold a rally. And then, believe it or not - Mr Narendra Modi himself. Amazing, isn't it?!

    Just take a pause and reflect on what we may have done here. An independent activist from the Dalit community who could have easily taken a ticket from any of the opposition parties jumped into the fray all by himself as an independent. And guess what? He wasn't alone. Dozens of volunteers took trains all by themselves and have been camping in Vadgam; close to 500 of us have made contributions online and have raised more than 17 Lac rupees so far. 

    And it is therefore - Us versus Them. This is the ultimate David versus Goliath.

    We promise you that Team Jignesh is giving their all. He even celebrated his birthday on the streets of Vadgam :)

    We are leaving you with this video to get a sense of what's happening on the ground. Please share this campaign one more time on social media and help us cross our 20 lac target! 


    Jignesh Mevani's birthday (December 11)

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  • Wow! 5,50,000 raised in about one week! But there is a massive problem.

    by CrowdNewsing on November, 29 2017

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    First of all, a big congratulations to all of us for coming together and raising more than a quarter of our required funds within the first week itself. And as most of you know, Jignesh Mevani was finally able to take the most crucial decision of this movement so far - that of entering electoral politics. 

    But here is the problem. This effectively means we don't have the luxury of time that we may have had in case he was not contesting polls. Now you and I will have to pull up our socks and make sure we are able to facilitate everything that Jignesh needs to fight his BJP opponent in Vadgam constituency. So please share the post with everyone you can and urge them to contribute generously. We don't have much time.

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About the Fundraiser

What's happening in Gujarat is unprecedented. The influx of young energy has turned the public opinion upside down; this is the first time in two decades that the BJP is facing a real challenge. So who really gets the credit for this turn-around?
We do - the people of this country who come out fighting each time we are pushed against the wall.

One of the key pillars of our movement is Jignesh Mevani who is mobilising Dalits across Gujarat to assert themselves against years of mob-rule. 

Winning the Gujarat election is important, but more important than that is the autonomy and complete freedom of the movement, which can only happen if the Dalit movement stays away from political or corporate funding. Which means the onus is on you and me to raise the funds that our movement needs!

The ball is now in our court. Click here to contribute or read Jignesh Mevani's appeal.
 
P.S: We are accepting contributions only from Indian Nationals, as per the FCRA regulations. All those making dollar contributions will be requested to provide copy of Passport and PAN card through an email.

JIGNESH MEVANI'S URGENT APPEAL FOR FUNDS 
 
"Dear friends and well-wishers, ever since the horrific videos of Una flogging surfaced, some of us got together to relentlessly work against the fascist communal and brahmanical Gujarat government led by RSS-BJP. The Una flogging brought to the fore the largely invisible yet deeply entrenched casteist character of BJP led ruling class of Gujarat.

In no time, a massive consolidation of the Dalit masses took place in Gujarat. Dalits are just 7% in Gujarat and the mainstream media hardly highlighted their plight and suffering before. However, after one and half year of our continuous struggle under the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, the mainstream media is forced to write about atrocities and marginalisation of Dalits in Gujarat. RDAM’s continuous struggle has been able to ensure actual possession of land to the Dalits, that had remained only on paper for the past many years. 
 
This has instilled confidence and courage among the Dalit population, especially the youth. There is immense passion among the Dalit youth now to fight back the saffron hoodlums and their dangerous, anti-democratic and violent politics. 

We uphold Babasaheb Ambedkar’s vision and dream and for that we need to give these fascist goons the biggest jolt on their home turf in Gujarat. Does that mean we are supporting any political party? No we are not. Our sole focus of campaign and consolidation is against these communal, casteist, patriarchal and fascist forces of RSS. Nothing more, but not nothing less. 
 
But then we are a non-funded organization. We are one and half year old Dalit rights group which has never received funds from any political party, corporates, NGOs or funding agencies. Our organisation namely Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch works and survives with people's contributions, the motto being - 'Janta ki ladayee, janta ke paiso se'.
 
On the other hand the enemy camp in power has immense backing not just from Indian corporations but global capital as well. These fascists are destroying not just Gujarat but the entire country, our secular fabric and our constitutional values. We have decided to fight back against these murderous gang. We have decided to stand up and speak truth to power, look the fascists in the eye and fight them back. 
 
We do not have the big industrialists or global capitalists backing us. But we have you. Your support and contribution matter to us. We are confident that we can fight this immensely unequal battle if people stand by us. If the progressive, democratic people who stand by the dreams of Bhagat Singh and Babasaheb Ambedkar, of Birsa Munda, Jyotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule; if the struggles of the oppressed majority of the country stand by us, then we are confident we can fight back. And any jolt in Gujarat can snowball into a larger defeat of these fascist forces countrywide. 
 
Let us fight back, unitedly and resolutely.  

During and just before the upcoming Gujarat elections our plans are the following: 

In next 3 weeks, we want to have 12 public meetings (jan sabhas) in various parts of Gujarat, each costing around 50-60 thousand rupees for stage, mike and other set up along with its publicity material. For this we are launching a Vehicle March from 26th November to 6th December using 4 buses, traveling cost of each would cost 10 thousand rupees per day. 
Then food and accommodation of about 200 people every day, which will cost 25 thousand per day which amounts to 2,50,000 for 11 days. 
At the end of the March we are planning a huge gathering of more than 50 thousand people at Ahmedabad, this particular event will cost nothing less than 2 lakh. 
Add to that the cost of our campaign material and team logistics and the total cost will come around 20 lakh. This is nothing compared to the crores of rupees that the political parties launder during elections. We are putting our entire expenses open so that people can support us. 

In all these rallies we are going to take the BJP-RSS head on, expose each and every of their anti-democratic moves in the past twenty two years and lay bare their thoroughly anti-people policies. 

No. This is an unequal fight. They have the resources, we have the resilience. They are the merchants of death and destruction, we carry with us the dreams and struggles of the oppressed people for justice and democracy. We are not going to give up, but fight back. Fight back with us!

Seeking your support and solidarity
Jignesh Mewani

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