#MuleNoMoreCollective: Pay Us What You Owe

#MuleNoMore: Pay Us What You Owe: Black Femmes’ Intellectual Labor is Not Free — We Deserve Compensation

By: The #MuleNoMore Collective

Black women and femmes are tired of being your mule. A wave of Black femme activists going by the name “Mule No More” have started a campaign urging Black women and femmes to start charging for use of their intellectual property, whether it be published essays, video commentary, or social media posts.

Official Statement:

The principal dynamic that fuels economic violence against Black women and femmes is the devaluation of our labor. We are expected to provide intellectual, caregiving, and emotional labor to white people, non-Black people of color, and men for free, and we are shamed and punished for insisting on reciprocity in our interpersonal relationships. This shaming coexists with the larger systems of economic violence that Black femmes face in employment, housing, and other avenues of wealth. Multiple research studies have shown that Black women and femme-of-center people exist at the bottom of the US economy and globally wherever we exist as colonized subjects.

To that end, we demand that you pay us for our intellectual and emotional labor. That includes requests for help with academic research, use of any intellectual property like audiovisual media and published writing, use of any social media content, and requests for interpersonal support or caregiving.

What Black women and femmes are saying about the campaign:

“Capitalism is about the exploitation of certain people and a manufactured scarcity. Capitalism cannot exist without free and exploited labor. This movement is about black women and femmes first valuing themselves and their often invisible labor, and refusing to allow themselves to be exploited for their intellectual, emotional and spiritual labor often performed on social media platforms. We are unionizing the internet.” – Joy Kmt, Pennsylvania, USA

“Too often, we operate from a position of powerlessness when it comes to our relationship with oppressors. In other words, we take a posturing position, rather than one that demands justice and restitution. The fact of the matter is that what we do, and the content we put out, is work. It has value. Black women – as the heavy-lifters of that work – deserve to be compensated. Not only that, it is important that we never lose sight of the the fact that the foundation on which many Western economies rest was built upon the exploitative and forced labor of stolen African people. It is only just that we begin rectifying that injustice through the redistribution of that unearned wealth to descendants of Africans, however and whenever possible.“ – Brenda Nasr, Croatia

Tangible Ways You Can Support
Patreon: Patreon is a crowdfunding platform popular with creators. It allows artists to obtain funding from their fans or patrons, on a recurring basis, or per creation. Black women and femmes can use this platform to receive contributions from their followers, in a tier similar to the following:

Tier 1: White people = $5/mo. subscription

Tier 2: Non Black women and femmes = $2/mo. subscription

Monthly Blog Subscriptions: Many of the blogs run by Black women and femmes have options for donations and monthly sustainers.

PayPal Donations: Send Black women and femmes money for their content using PayPal.

Signed:
YM Carrington
Joy KMT
Catherine Imani
Celeste Scott
Isra Ibrahim
Phoenix Calida
Brenda Nasr
Marissa Jenae Johnson
Alma Faith Crawford
Jasmine Morgan
Roxy Morgan
Tonya L Paris aka Sam’gwan
Whitney Naturale Burrison
Shalawn Brown
Kristen M. Muldrow
Leslie Janine Berry
Desiree D Napoleon
Aurora Ellis
Tameka L. Coleman
Ashleigh Shackelford
Trischell Lede
KingKhepri Talibah
Brittany Oliver
Nessie Marie White
Paula Dick
Émelyne Museaux
Victoria Vegas
Desiree Stevens
Danielle Stevens
Lourdes Ashley Hunter
Jade Bryan
Joella Glaude
Breanna Sharper
Angela Winfield
Kailyn Bailey
Sara Lucas
Niecy Adeyemi Ifetayo Rogers
Ariadne Joseph
Esele McNeal
Angel Monique Turner
Jamaica Reddick
Jakki McIntosh
Lisha J St Fort
Katurah Hall
Awa Sargent
Anthonia Orji
Angel Brown
Sabine Symply
Christa Phillips
Sophia Thompson
Kira Simone Russell-Johnson
Reg Charlie
Taylor Simmons
Ayan Mahdi
Vichina Austin
Bianca Parrish
Adiza Sanchez-Rahim
Chelle Adorno
Afidi Nomo
Na’Quel Walker
Crystal Obiukwu
Erica Canada
Epiphany Phoenix Carte Blanche
Danielle Boachie
Kimberly Rose
Starrika Renee Perry
Vanessa Collen Beck
Kirsten Howard
Desiree Luckey
Jessica Davis
Crystal Monds
Ellen Gee
Riya Jama
Christina Springer
Myesha Pruette
Kierra Tanner
Jane Lane
Sophia St. Thomas
Karimah Lawal
Kimm D. Lett
Unique Ebony Mills
Ifasina TaMeicka L. Clear
Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman
Alanah Fanning
Flora-Morena Lucini
Chloe May
Kascia Williams
Merre Bacot
Auriel Brown
Myu LaFleur
Kioshana L. LaCount
Racquel Barker
Charese Jordan Moore
Melissa Darden
Britney Eggleston
Imani Imani
Joyce Hatton
Deborah El
Jaid Kohli
Celeste Taylor
Abena Abayomi-Rogers
Crystal Noel
Dani Hicks
Nique Craft
Julia Johnson
Amber Kelsie
Jasmine Hearn
Lovely Murrell
Zenzele Tanya Bel
E Bettie Cager
Vespera Barrow
Vema Sam’i
Liana Maneese<

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Sedina Fiati
Tresa Murphy Green
Keidera Monet
LaTia Adkins
C. Joi Sanchez
Lucy Lucas Valentine
Bekezela Mguni
Aysha Bee
Deonne Marie Thomas
Alyssa Brown
Madiha Crawford
Ericka C. Shelton
Deonne Marie Thomas
Krystal Shanta Leaphart
Danee Lou

 

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