Hannah Bowlus: Fighting Inequality, Finding Power in Community

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I’m Hannah Bowlus and I’m the administrative assistant at #MEAction. I take care of basic things like mailing t-shirts, archiving and scheduling calls. I talk with a lot of you. The more I get to know this community the more urgent and vital our work feels. I get to see everything that’s going on at #MEAction, from #MillionsMissing to our Continuing Medical Education program. I get to see the tremendous, often unfathomable amount of work that this team and this community accomplishes together.

I first started this work two years ago as an intern on the Unrest impact campaign and I’m so glad to be able to continue doing this work with this incredible team and community. I’ve gotten a huge education on ME, health inequality, disability rights and the nitty gritty details that make systematic transformation possible.

The thing that really drew me in to begin with was the film itself and its insistence on being a constructive piece of art that makes a measurable impact in people’s lives. It’s been really gratifying to see those past projects – and my role in them, whether through research, outreach, or administrative support – come to fruition at #MEAction.

It’s important to me that #MEAction is a grassroots advocacy organization. It’s a point of pride for all of us to be an organization that facilitates communication and creativity, the sharing of resources and the sharing of stories.

It is meaningful, necessary work and we depend on you to make it happen. #MEAction is a non-profit, and we’re in the midst of a spring fundraiser. We’re trying to raise $100,000 and an additional £10,000 in the UK. We’ve raised $35,000 and £8,000 so far. We can get there, but we need your support. Donate to our spring fundraiser, share our work, and keep in touch. Let’s keep this momentum going.

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