Charities To Donate To In Trump's America
Good afternoon, everyone. Ha, I’m kidding—bad afternoon. Trump’s going to be our next President. A quarter of the country voted for a racist, sexist, unqualified gasbag. A little less than half the country didn’t even show up to vote for a completely sensible, not-at-all lazy reason. And that reason is:
If you can form thoughts through your fog of shock and panic, you may be thinking: Holy crap! Our country is looking down the barrel of a gun of suck, and I should really get on with the charitable contributions. As we know from the case of third-party voters in Florida: Every little bit counts.
If you’re able to donate (and not everyone is), here are some charities that do real good and will need your money to kick injustice’s ass in Trump’s America. Please leave suggestions for additional charities that you trust in the comments. We’re all in this together.
Planned Parenthood: Donate here.
In a statement released on their website after Trump’s election, Planned Parenthood made it very clear that, Trump or no Trump, Republican Congress or no Republican Congress, they’re not going any-damn-where—they’re going to continue to provide essential services to women, immigrants, people of color, the LGBT community and more. But when you have a Commander-in-Chief who’s made clear his intention to scuttle the Affordable Care Act, the state of reproductive health in this country is looking… not particularly rosy.
American Civil Liberties Union: Donate
Because Trump loves free speech.
Southern Poverty Law Center: Donate
The Southern Poverty Law Center “is the premier U.S. non-profit organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists - including the Ku Klux Klan, the neo-Nazi movement, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists, antigovernment militias, Christian Identity adherents and others.” Millions of people didn’t think “endorsed by the KKK” is a dealbreaker. The SPLC is going to spend the nexet four years extremely busy.
Anti-Defamation League: Donate
Because of shit like this:
This just happened in Wellsville, NY. pic.twitter.com/uy9FjzhwcD— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 10, 2016
National Organization for Women: Donate
Donations to the National Organization for Women go forwards “abortion rights and access to reproductive heatlh care,” as well as fighting both domestic violence and “racism and bigotry against the LBGTQIA community.”
National Immigration Law Center: Donate
The NLIC is “one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.” On top of engaging in “lawsuits that defend the fundamental and constitutional rights of all Americans, including low-income immigrants and their families,” they also offer training to those interested in advocating for the cause of immigrant’s rights.
True Colors Fund: Donate
The True Colors Fund, co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, has as its mission ending youth homelessness. 1.6 million youth are homeless each year, up to 40% of them LGBT. You can donate directly or start a fundraising campaign through the charity.
Everytown for Gun Safety: Donate
Everytown for Gun Safety “is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.”
Center for Constitutional Rights: Donate
Per its website, the CCR rights against “abusive immigration practices,” “criminalizing dissent,” racial profiling and stop-and-frisk programs and the torture of terrorism suspects, among other things that Trump loves so very much.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Donate) and The Trevor Project (Donate)
Calls to suicide prevention hotlines have seen an uptick since Trump’s election, particulary, in as Mic.com notes, in the case of suicide hotlines geared towards LGBT youth. One of those is the Trevor Project, “the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.” The AFSP has a more general focus and is dedicated to “understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.”
Center for Reproductive Rights: Donate
The Center for Reproductive Rights works worldwide as the “only global legal advocacy organization dedicated to reproductive rights, with expertise in both U.S. constitutional and international human rights law.” In the aftermath of Trump’s election, the CRR avowed in a statement that they will “bring the full force of the law in order to oppose any attacks on reproductive freedom in the courts and Congress.”
Emily’s List: Donate
We may not be getting a female President this time around, and we might not get one for a while (if Clinton couldn’t clinch it, who possibly could?), but we’re still making smaller steps in terms of women serving in government: Tammy Duckworth won her Senate race on Tuesday, Ihlan Omar and Catherine Cortez Masto became the country’s first Somali-American legislator and first Latina senator, respectively, and Kamala Harris became the first Indian-American senator and the second black female seantor ever. Helping fight the good fight is Emily’s List, which has as its mission “work[ing] for larger leadership roles for pro-choice Democratic women in our legislative bodies and executive seats so that our families can benefit from the open-minded, productive contributions that women have consistently made in office.”
Project Night Night: Donate
Every year, Project Night Night donates 25,000 Night Night Packages—a security blanket, a stuffed animal and a children’s book in a canvas bag—to “homeless children 12 and under who need our childhood essentials to have a concrete and predictable source of security and an increased exposure to high-quality literacy materials during their time of upheaval.” In addition to money, PNN accepts donations in the form of new children’s books, blankets and stuffed animals in some states.
Brennan Center for Justice: Donate
The Brennan Center at NYU’s School of Law “is at the center of the fight to preserve and expand the right to vote for every eligible citizen. Through practical policy proposals, litigation, advocacy, and communications, the Brennan Center works to ensure that voting is free, fair, and accessible for all Americans.” Because voter suppression: It happens. Voter fraud: Not so much.
And, on a final note, donate to your fucking libraries. Libraries are an indispensable part of the democratic process, providing access as they do to books and computers—and, thus, knowledge and education—to everyone who lives in the United States, regardless of income, age, race, or language. Libraries, put simply, are the shit. If you can’t donate your time, many libraries have educational programs—tutoring for students, citizenship programs, classes on how to use computers—that require volunteer support.
Top photo via Twitter.
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