Hello and happy Monday! I apologize my last few posts have been lacking in the text department, but I’m still at a bit of a creative loss since last week and can’t quite shake feeling like I still need to talk about it. The downside of still wanting to talk about it, and still feeling like you don’t have the right words is incredibly frustrating, but if I’m still bereft of my words, then I can try offering something else (no, this is not about to turn into an Oprah’s Favorite Things episode, my blog rolling gross is still $0.00, but good try!). Unless you vehemently avoid cable or the internet, you may not know this past Saturday Night Live episode was a big deal. Namely, because both Dave Chappelle and A Tribe Called Quest re-emerged after a long public absence to act as host and musical guest (both were brilliant by the way), and Kate McKinnon delivered a show stopping (despite it being the cold open) tribute to Hillary Clinton and the late great Leonard Cohen with a cover of “Hallelujah”. She closed the song by stating “I’m not giving up, and neither should you.” I don’t want to give up either. I came to the idea that if I have a platform, as small and non grossing as it may be, then I can least use my platform to do what I can. Today I’m using it to help point people in the right direction of where they can donate, or maybe even look into volunteering! I’ve compiled a quick list of organizations fighting to protect our health and liberties, and in the aftermath of this election may need as much assistance as possible. Again, it’s a small list, but from what I’ve gathered on Facebook and Twitter these are currently the most talked about. I’ve included the donation link to each organization, as well as a source to their “About” pages if you care to learn more.
Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. Planned Parenthood also works with partner organizations worldwide to improve the sexual health and well-being of individuals and families everywhere. (Source)
For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Whether it’s achieving full equality for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people; establishing new privacy protections for our digital age of widespread government surveillance; ending mass incarceration; or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion; the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. (Source)
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. (Source)
RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. (Source)
The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. (Source)
NILC is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants. (Source)
CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. (Source)
Please please please share any other impacted organizations in the comments if you know of any!