It’s been a rough year. And after the devastating results of this year’s presidential election, people are rallying around threatened groups and institutions to ensure that their voices are still heard. Since this year voting wasn’t quite enough to stem the tide of hatred, individuals are putting their money where their heart is and making donations to organizations who have pledged to protect the rights of the people who are most threatened by the words and actions of the President-Elect.
But these donations can be more than a last ditch effort to make a difference. They can also represent your “vote” for how you want the world to look and act. A place of inclusivity, diversity, empowerment, pride, and love. And there really are a lot of truly wonderful organizations around us that are striving to make the world a better place.
Southern Poverty Law Center
“The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.”
From monitoring hate groups to teaching tolerance, this group was founded by civil rights lawyers and operates on donations alone to protect the civil rights of minority and discriminated groups around the country.
Planned Parenthood has been a trusted health care provider, educator, and advocate for women in the 100 years since their founding, delivering vital reproductive care, sex education, and medical support to millions of women, men, and young people around the world. This organization has long worked to create a healthier world for everyone. But Donald Trump’s rampant misogyny, threats to defund the organization, and promises to appoint conservative Supreme Court justices who would vote to overturn Roe V. Wade put the organization under greater threat than ever before.
As governor of Indiana, Mike Pence passed extensive anti-choice legislation and even was behind the initial movement to defund Planned Parenthood in Congress. Some people have already started showing their support for Planned Parenthood through donations made in Vice-President Elect Pence’s name.
National Lawyers Guild
The nation’s oldest and largest progressive bar association, the National Lawyers Guild has defended “human rights over property interests” since 1937. As our right to peaceful protest and free speech is blatantly threatened by the soon-to-be leader of this country, NLG will be on the front lines protecting our rights regarding civil disobedience. The Guild is the Legal arm of the Movement.
Trump has yet to take office, but his supporters in the Senate are already talking about turning the act of peaceful demonstration into a felony charge. People need to be informed on their rights, and the NLG will be holding trainings to educate individuals on knowing how the law protects their voices and their actions.
“We know from history that lasting change only comes when ordinary people stand up and speak out.” Presente.org is the largest national Latinx online organization, used to advance matters of social justice through technology, media, and culture. Members of this community work toward advancing Latinx power, amplifying Latinx voices, expanding political imagination and traditional boundaries, and inspiring towards freedom, equity, and justice.
Latinos were among the first to be insulted and demeaned by Donald Trump, making it more important than ever that their voices be heard and their rights be emphasized.
Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Campaign fights for a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are guaranteed the basic equal rights they are due. As the largest civil rights organization focused on LGBTQ equality, this group strives to increase understanding and encourage the adoptions of inclusive policies and practices.
Among the cabinet members appointed by Donald Trump are some of the most anti-LGBTQ politicians in power right now. Their voting records place them against marriage equality, against prohibiting discrimination, against the Matthew Shepard and James Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and supportive of the horrific “conversion therapy” practices that have long since been debunked. While Trump himself is wishy washy when it comes to equality, he is surrounding himself with those who consistently attack it.
“Chicken” Soup for the Disappointed Soul
Because after this election year–and especially the final result–we all need a little something to reassure us that the world still has wonderful people doing wonderful things, no matter who is currently in charge. Here are some positive things that have happened since, and as a result of this year’s election.
– Ilhan Omar became the first Somali-American legislator in US.
– Massachusetts’ new measure bans the sale of products from calves, pigs, and hens who were not provided with adequate confinement standards.
– Maine, Arizona, Colorado, and Washington voted to increase the minimum wage.
– Oregon’s Kate Brown became the first openly LGBT governor elected.
– Tammy Duckworth won the Illinois Senate seat as first female senator to have served a combat role in the US Army, first Thai American senator, and the second Asian American senator.
– In California, Kamala Harris became the first black senator to represent the state, and only the second black woman ever elected to the Senate.
– Catherine Cortez Masto was elected the first Latina senator in the state of Nevada.
– A number of experts began to offer free legal services to transgender and LGBT members of the community.
Since we as a nation are about to elect someone to lead us who has insulted more than 289 people, places, and things in the course of his run for president and before, as chronicled by The New York Times, giving our money to organizations supporting those he has victimized is one way for us to stand up against him and his hateful messages.
With all that we have to be thankful for–and all the ways we have a responsibility to do so much more–there is no better time than now to give what you can to do more.