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Instead of posting long diatribes trying to change minds in the social media echo chamber, I have decided to write up a list of organizations that one can donate to or become involved with.
List of Important Organizations for the Budding Activist:
I invite people to give me feedback. I'm certainly not an expert on all of these organizations but I'm ready to learn.
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American Civil Liberties Union -
https://www.aclu.org/https://www.aclu.org/ - The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. You can donate, become a member, or get involved with specific causes. I recommend checking it out.
The Anti-Defamation League -
http://www.adl.org/http://www.adl.org/ - The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." Now the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.
Center for Reproductive Rights -
https://www.reproductiverights.org/https://www.reproductiverights.org/ - For more than 20 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights has used the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.
Common Cause -
http://www.commoncause.org/http://www.commoncause.org/ - Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process. You can donate, easily find and contact your elected officials, etc...
Council on American-Islamic Relations -
https://www.cair.com/https://www.cair.com/ - 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. You can donate, report an incident, subscribe to their newsletter, volunteer, etc...
Crime Victims Treatment Center -
http://www.cvtcnyc.org/http://www.cvtcnyc.org/ - The Crime Victims Treatment Center of Mount Sinai West and St. Luke's Hospitals has been helping survivors of interpersonal violence heal since 1977. Our support comes in the forms of crisis intervention, individual and group trauma-focused therapy, legal advocacy, complementary therapy and psychiatric consultation.
Environmental Defense Fund -
https://www.edf.org/https://www.edf.org/ - We believe prosperity and environmental stewardship must go hand in hand. We’re optimists, because we have seen our ideas make a huge difference. And we build strong partnerships across interests to ensure lasting success.
http://www.fairvote.org/http://www.fairvote.org/ - FairVote is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3)h non-profit organization that seeks to make democracy fair, functional, and more representative. You can donate, become an advocate, etc...
Friends of the Earth -
http://www.foe.org/http://www.foe.org/ - Friends of the Earth strives for a more healthy and just world. You can donate, become a member, provide gift & estate planning, give gifts of stock, etc...
The Future Project -
http://www.thefutureproject.org/http://www.thefutureproject.org/ - Over 50 million students across the country are at risk of never discovering their full potential. Join the movement to inspire young people everywhere to build the future we all imagine. We work with schools to unlock the limitless potential of every young person in this country. You can donate, join the newsletter, etc...
Human Rights Campaign -
http://www.hrc.org/http://www.hrc.org/ - HRC envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community. You can donate or become a member. I recommend you browsing their massive and excellent site to become more educated on the LGBTQ communities.
International Refugee Assistance Project -
http://www.refugeerights.org/http://www.refugeerights.org/ - The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.
International Rescue Committee -
https://www.rescue.org/https://www.rescue.org/ - The International Rescue Committee whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and regain control of their future.
Justice for Vets -
http://justiceforvets.org/http://justiceforvets.org/ - Veterans fought for our freedom, now it’s our turn to fight for theirs. We enable the creation of a nationwide network of Veterans Treatment Courts that is transforming the way veterans are handled in the criminal justice system. In doing so we will keep veterans out of jail and prison; saving their lives, their families, and their futures, while saving tax dollars for the American public.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund -
http://www.maldef.org/-http://www.maldef.org/- Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.
https://www.modestneeds.org/https://www.modestneeds.org/ - Modest Needs offers grants designed to promote the self-sufficiency of individuals and families who, because they are working and live just above the poverty level, are ineligible for most types of conventional social assistance but who, all the same, are living one or two lost paychecks away from the kind of financial catastrophe that eventually leads to homelessness.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People -
http://www.naacp.org/http://www.naacp.org/ - The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. You can donate, become a member, etc...
NAACP Legal Defense Fund -
http://www.naacpldf.org/-http://www.naacpldf.org/- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America's premier legal organization fighting for racial justice.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence -
http://ncadv.org/http://ncadv.org/ - The vision of NCADV is to create a culture where domestic violence is not tolerated; and where society empowers victims and survivors, and holds abusers accountable. You can donate, become a member, volunteer, etc...
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights -
http://www.nnirr.org/drupal/http://www.nnirr.org/drupal/ - The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) works to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status. You be involved with campaigns, volunteer, become a member, become a intern, etc...
Natural Resources Defense Council -
https://www.nrdc.org/-https://www.nrdc.org/- We combine the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of some 500 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.
The Nature Conservancy -
https://www.nature.org/https://www.nature.org/ - At The Nature Conservancy, we have always strived to ensure that people can thrive along with the landscapes we love. And since our work is grounded by science, we've used science to tell us what we need to focus on to ensure that our planet, with its growing human population, can survive without destroying the resources on which we depend.
New York Times -
http://www.nytimes.com/http://www.nytimes.com/ - Get a subscription!
Operation HOPE -
http://www.operationhope.org/http://www.operationhope.org/ - The mission of Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE) is silver rights empowerment, making free enterprise work for everyone.
Planned Parenthood -
https://www.plannedparenthood.orghttps://www.plannedparenthood.org - Planned Parenthood was founded on the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams — no ceilings, no limits. You can do a one-off donation, a monthly donation, or get involved through their Action Fund.
https://www.propublica.org/https://www.propublica.org/ - ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
https://donate.rainn.org/https://donate.rainn.org/ - 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. You can donate, volunteer for the hotline, become a student activist, and be a part of their social media action center.
Southern Poverty Law Center -
https://www.splcenter.org/https://www.splcenter.org/ - 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. You can donate, flag hate groups, etc...
Sierra Club Foundation -
http://www.sierraclubfoundation.org/-http://www.sierraclubfoundation.org/- The Sierra Club Foundation promotes climate solutions, conservation, and movement building through a powerful combination of strategic philanthropy and grassroots advocacy. The Foundation is the fiscal sponsor of Sierra Club’s charitable environmental programs.
The Trevor Project -
http://www.thetrevorproject.org/http://www.thetrevorproject.org/ - 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.
Union of Concerned Scientists -
http://www.ucsusa.org/-http://www.ucsusa.org/- UCS maintains a national network of nearly 17000 scientists who believe “rigorous analysis is the best way to understand the world’s pressing problems and develop effective solutions to them.” UCS’s findings and statements are frequently quoted by major news sources; they have become a recognized and respected voice of environmental advocacy. Their work focuses on clean energy solutions, global warming, and the puzzles of large-scale food production. UCS’s testimony has been instrumental in several pieces of important green legislation.
United SIKHS -
http://www.unitedsikhs.org/http://www.unitedsikhs.org/ - UNITED SIKHS is a U.N. affiliated, international non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian relief, human development and advocacy organization, aimed at empowering those in need, especially disadvantaged and minority communities across the world. You can donate, volunteer, etc...
United Way -
https://www.unitedway.org/https://www.unitedway.org/ - United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for all. Our focus is on education, income and health—the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community. You can donate, setup a workplace campaign, volunteer, etc...
The Washington Post -
https://www.washingtonpost.com/https://www.washingtonpost.com/ - Get a subscription!
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