I just love this idea.  Religious fundamentalists are picketing a planned parenthood health centre in Southern Pennsylvania. Staff and patients are being harassed.

So the centre has set up a pledge bank by which people who support the centre and want to stand in solidarity with them can pledge an amount which increases for each picket that shows up:

If you pledge 30 cents per protester, and PPSP has 100 protesters in October and 160 protesters in November, your donation would be 78 dollars for the entire two-month campaign.

The centre will have a sign outside which tracks the number of pledges, so that the protesters know that the more pickets they send, the more the financial support for the centre will grow.

(Hat tip: Warren Ellis)

Published by Owen Barder

Owen is Senior Fellow and Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics. Owen was a civil servant for a quarter of a century, working in Number 10, the Treasury and the Department for International Development. Owen hosts the Development Drums podcast, and is the author Running for Fitness, the book and website. Owen is on Twitter and

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