With what can only be described as normalization of the “isms and phobics” (racism, xenophobia, homophobia, etc) more and more people are looking to mobilize. They want to do SOMETHING to counteract all of the discrimination and hate that is openly running rampant in the US.
(Coincidentally, this was the feeling that most people had in Pantsuit Nation after the election. Since the announcement of the creator’s book- many feel that capitalization was not the answer.)
Donations to charities like ACLU, Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project and more have skyrocketed since November 9, 2016.
This week author Tayari A. Jones pulled an #AskFB, charity edition and got a lot of good suggestions.
So, like Jones, if you are ready to put your dollars behind organizations that are already doing the work for the causes that matter to you, here are some suggestions she got from her followers at Facebook:
(* note, always independently research before donating!)
Equal Justice Initiative
“EJI is a private, nonprofit organization that challenges poverty and racial injustice, advocates for equal treatment in the criminal justice system, and creates hope for marginalized communities.”
After 30 years on Alabama's death row for a crime he did not commit, EJI won Anthony Ray Hinton's release. See more of their extraordinary work on their website:
Color of Change
“Our campaigns and initiatives win changes that matter. By designing strategies powerful enough to fight racism and injustice—in politics and culture, in the work place and the economy, in criminal justice and community life, and wherever they exist—we are changing both the written and unwritten rules of society. We mobilize our members to end practices and systems that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward. Until justice is real.”
Our Children’s Trust
202Leading the game-changing
225Our mission is to turn America blue by building a movement to flip seats. To build this movement
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is America's premier nonprofit legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, we seek to:
• End racial bias in the criminal justice system • Protect voting rights and achieve full African-American civic engagement • Increase economic fairness and promote equal pay for all Americans • Increase equity in education by removing racial barriers to educational opportunity
Recently, the NAACP staged a sit-in as protest to Jeff Sessions being nominated as US Attorney General by President-Elect Donald Trump.