Stand with Planned Parenthood
What: Nasty Women w/Thunderpussy, Vicci Martinez, and Sundries
When: 8 pm Thu., Mar. 9 -10
Where: Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
I guess we really are going to do this.
Late Mon., March 6, House Republicans revealed their long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law a majority of Americans are in favor of unless it is referred to as Obamacare.
Contained within the bill is a proposal to strip Planned Parenthood of its $500 million in federal funding, despite the fact that doing so will cost literal millions of low-income women what is, for many of them, their primary source of healthcare. Amid the outcry over a bill whose outline and elements have some among us (me, mostly) wondering whether House Republicans have ever before encountered an average American much less a poor one, came word that President Trump would consider allowing Planned Parenthood to keep its funding if the organization stopped offering abortion services.
I promise all this has something to do with music. I’m getting there, I swear.
As you can imagine, Planned Parenthood’s reaction to the offer was swift and succinct. “Let’s be clear: Federal funds already do not pay for abortions,” Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement. “Offering money to Planned Parenthood to abandon our patients and our values is not a deal that we will ever accept. Providing critical health care services for millions of American women is nonnegotiable.”
When Wild Buffalo owner Craig Jewell began planning a benefit show to raise money for Bellingham’s Planned Parenthood clinic several weeks ago, defunding the healthcare nonprofit was still just a demonic gleam in our new president’s squinty eye. Even so, Jewell knew it was at the forefront of organizations and causes that would need all the help they could get during the coming years.
“Shortly after the election, it quickly became apparent that there were going to be a lot of drastic changes—changes that would result in a lot of very important organizations and movements in need of extra funding,” Jewell says. “We’ve thrown dozens of benefit shows at the Wild Buffalo over the years and the only reason that we haven’t done more is because it takes an insane amount of work in order to make one extremely successful. So, for the time being, I decided to dedicate my efforts to one organization and put absolutely everything I could into it to make it as successful as possible. The organization I chose was Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood.”
Jewell admits that when it came time to pick where to put his energy and resources, he was conflicted. “Why not the ACLU? Why not Standing Rock? Why not 1,000 other great entities that are in fear of losing their entire budgets every day that they wake up?”
As he does with so many things, Jewell let fate take the wheel, and after happening upon a demonstration in favor of Planned Parenthood clinic during his walk to work, he called the Bellingham clinic and discovered that, yes, if the parent organization loses its funding, local clinics will be forced to drop programs within their service area. In other words, defunding isn’t just an abstract threat; instead it will have life-or-death repercussions within our community.
So Jewell mobilized, throwing his considerable energy into booking the mother of all benefit shows—or, more appropriately, the “nasty woman” of benefit shows.
Borrowing the phrase that was first uttered as an insult and became a rallying cry, Jewell dubbed his show “Nasty Women,” scheduled the fundraiser for Thurs., March 9 and then set about finding performers who fit the bill.
It should come as no surprise that Seattle’s Thunderpussy was quick to sign on—although the all-female rock ’n’ roll supergroup doesn’t like to get caught up in talking politics, they are the living embodiment of badass girl power. Plus, they put on a barnstorming live show that makes a real strong case for the argument that anything boys can do girls can do better. Also returning to the Buffalo stage, a place to which she is no stranger, will be Vicci Martinez, a pint-sized performer with an outsized voice and star power to spare—it’s no wonder she’s a perennial favorite around these parts. Rounding out this roster of superlative lady musicians is Sundries, the “soul-laced punk rock” band that shares a member with Thunderpussy.
Along with confirming a killer lineup, Jewell and his team of hard-working altruists have been eliciting donations from folks far and wide for an “extensive silent auction,” so plan to dedicate your dollars accordingly.
If there’s one thing we’ve all learned about Jewell over the years, it’s that he is a man who knows how to use his bar to throw a worthy party, and he believes the Planned Parenthood fundraiser is shaping up to be one of his best yet. “I couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out,” he says, “and I couldn’t be more confident that this will be the biggest benefit that we have ever had here.”
And lest you think Jewell is anything other than committed to this cause, well, he’s got something to say about that too. “If you don’t stand with Planned Parenthood,” he says, don’t bother standing in the Wild Buffalo.”
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