Charity is All the Rage
I like to steer clear of politics here. It’s something I try to avoid. Sort of like working with kids and animals. You never come out on the winning side.
But given our impending dystopia, I felt I couldn’t keep quiet anymore.
Right now our country is in a huge poop storm and many people and issues are at risk. It’s a scary time. Religion, free press, human rights, the environment and many other people and issues are in peril. We think. We don’t know. It’s anyone’s guess at this point.
But there’s something we can do. We can work with groups and organizations that fight for these issues and people.
Here’s a list of charities that protect the people and the values most threatened by the maniacal Orange Julius, who is about to lead our country to God knows where.
1) American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The ACLU is a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and preserving civil rights guaranteed to every person in the United States. You can make a donation here.
2) Anti-Defamation League
Fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defending democratic ideals and protecting civil rights for all. Donate here.
3) Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
CAIR was established to promote a positive image of Muslims in America and to counter misrepresentations of Islam through education, advocacy, and civil rights work. CAIR’s work will be more important than ever under a president who has promised to ban Muslims from entering the United States. Donate here.
4) Human Rights Watch
Global charity exposing international human rights abuses like torture, violence against women, and child exploitation. Make a donation here.
5) Mental Health America
Community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Donate here.
An African-American civil rights group committed to ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Donate here.
7) National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
The NILC provides legal support and defends the rights of low-income immigrants who live in the United States. Click here to donate.
8) Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood will face more attacks on providing women’s health screenings, birth control, and abortion services in the coming years. Donate here.
9) Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
The country’s largest anti-sexual-violence organization, RAINN , is an important resource for survivors. They work with local rape crisis centers and have a web-based hotline and live chat. Donate here.
10) The Sierra Club Foundation
The Sierra Club Foundation is an environmental advocacy group that promotes education and activism to fight climate change. Donate to protect the environment.
11) Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
The Southern Poverty Law Center has been combatting hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation since 1971. The SPLC is also one of the most important hate group watchdogs in the country and one to which I’ve been donating for years. Donate here.
12) The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is a free confidential suicide hotline for LGBT and questioning youth. The hotline has experienced a surge of calls from LGBT youth in the past few months. Donate to support The Trevor Project here.