Last week we learned that earlier this year the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that Peach has financially supported through donations from sales of our anthology With You: Withdrawn Poetry of the #MeToo Movement, declined to assist a woman, Tara Reade, seeking guidance and legal representation in relation to allegations of sexual harassment that she has brought against presidential candidate Joe Biden. In explaining their decision, TIME'S UP claimed that their involvement in a case against a candidate for federal office could jeopardize the organization's nonprofit status.
After weighing the statements from both TIME'S UP and multiple independent tax law experts, we have determined that the organization's claim is suspect, and that its decision not to assist Reade requires immediate clarification. We have decided that to continue Peach's relationship with TIME'S UP would not be appropriate or aligned with our values and the values of our community. At this point, Peach will not collect additional funds for TIME'S UP, and we will be emailing the organization to explain our decision.