Thursday, November 17, 2016

I Know That We're Going to Repeat History, Unless We Sort This Out

The urgent scramble to protect ourselves and each other has begun. These organizations need your support. Here are activist resources I have compiled to move forward with. Donate, volunteer, speak out.

The National Resources Defense Council works to safeguard the earth - its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.
My good friend David Stookey recently published Climate-Proof Your Personal Finances: How (And Where) To Safeguard Your Family's Budget and Lifestyle. It is available on Amazon.
Alliance for Climate Education

Subscribe to a high-quality newspaper. The NY Times and the Washington Post are exceptional. Since the president-elect is threatening libel laws, publicly lambasting respected publications etc. etc., these papers will need extra support. If you can't swing it, there's this.
Women's Rights
Planned Parenthood, sign the pledge, donate, be an escort.
Center for Reproductive Rights, donate, report a rights violation, call on Congress to support the Women's Health Protection Act.
Find your local abortion fund, donate, volunteer by providing rides and housing for women seeking abortion.
Women will have their reproductive rights challenged. We also need to make clear to young girls that although a man who laughingly admitted to sexually assaulting women is now president, sexual assault is not fucking ok.
Girls for a Change, a non-profit organization supporting and inspiring girls of color.

Civil Rights
Advanced Civil Liberties Union, an organization that works in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend liberty for everyone. Sign their pledge, donate, "like" your state's chapter on Facebook, Twitter, etc. They give notice of upcoming marches, resources, etc.
NAACP, ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights to all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that combats hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation. Sign their pledge, donate.
Volunteer to accompany fearful people on public transportation. New Yorkers are already doing this.
Donate to trans people, help them obtain legal name and gender changes.
The Trevor Project, who provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, who strives to implement programs that are structured to bring Latinos into the mainstream of American political and socio-economic life.

Volunteer/donate to refugee organizations in your city.
International Refugee Assistance Project, they organize law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people.

Get involved with your local government
Find your county's chapter of your preferred political party and get on an email list. Do the same for your state's branch. Volunteer, donate.
Run for school board, influence the next generation.
Emily's List supports pro-choice Democratic women in elections at the local and national level. Find out who is running, donate, volunteer.

Get involved with national government
There's still a chance to help flip a senate seat in an upcoming December 10th vote in Louisiana.
Brady Campaign, an organization committed to keeping guns out of the wrong hands. This organization is important on local, state, and national levels.

Tell people this is not ok
Call your local representatives and Senators to express outrage over Trump's hiring of Steve Bannon, a white nationalist, to White House Chief Strategist. If you're anxious about calling, here's a script.
Showing Up for Racial Justice is just for you, white people! This organization organizes, mobilizes, and educates white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. aka: help educate your piece of shit neighbors.

Continue to educate yourself
Books that have helped me:
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Feminism and Pop Culture by Andi Zeisler. Zeisler is the founder of Bitch magazine, a quarterly Portland-based magazine dedicated to feminism and pop culture. Zeisler's Twitter feed is always excellent.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (fiction)
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (historical fiction)
Bitch Planet, by Kelly Sue DeConnick (fiction), an ongoing comic series. Her twitter feed is outstanding as well.

Recent films and television programs:
13th, available on Netflix. Connecting the dots between slavery and incarceration.
Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio's Nat Geo climate change documentary. This was first available on YouTube, but I think has since been taken down. I'm sure it's somewhere if you poke around on the internet.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Sunday nights on HBO. The show just ended for the year, but previous episodes are always relevant.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Monday thru Thursday night on Comedy Central. Previous night episodes are made available immediately on Comedy Central's website.

Still can't make up your mind? Head to Holy Fuck the Election to find a cause suited just for you. 

And let's just end this with collective fingers crossed for Ruth Bader Ginsburg in having a very healthy (and alive) four years.

1 comment:

  1. Another film: Amanda Knox, a documentary new on Netflix. This is about the murder obvs, but it is also about how quickly people are to demonize a "lying" "overly-sexed" "manipulative" "untrustworthy" woman, without a shred of evidence. The role the media had to play in her incarceration is horrifying.