After the election, and during this bizarre transition phase, I remain particularly troubled by threats to causes and issues I care about most: the environment, women's rights, civil liberties, anti-discrimination, and access to health care.
It's overwhelming, really. Because the threats are everywhere -- and real.
I've decided to put my money where my heart is . . . and give to organizations that will continue to champion these causes that I hold dear. And you know what? A whole lot of other people are doing the same thing!
In fact, this article from The Atlantic, written shortly after the election, explains that donations to organizations like Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club, the ACLU, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations have just gone through the roof. Another article, this one from the Washington Post, speaks of the "unprecedented" levels of giving after the election.
It seems that many of us want to DO SOMETHING. And making donations is a way for us to respond positively and concretely to a very disturbing situation.
There's even a term evolving for this motivation to give: rage donating. According to this article in the Boston Globe, "rage donations" have become an anti-Trump movement. The concept has even spawned a website - RageDonate - designed to harness the power of anger to deliver real change. Their tagline? Get mad and help others get even. They feature actual DJT quotes . . . and then select non-profit organizations threatened by each quote for rage donations. Check it out. It's empowering!
My Take Action Challenge to you this week is this: Consider the causes and issues you hold most dear, then donate what you can to organizations working to champion those causes and issues. And remember -- EVERY donation helps -- no matter the amount. Just . . . put your money where your heart is!
As for me? I'm funneling my charitable giving dollars to the following organizations:
- American Civil Liberties Union - because I want to protect our constitutional rights and processes
- Planned Parenthood - because I care about women's health and access to affordable health care
- Sierra Club - because I care about the environment AND I believe climate change is real
- NPR - because I care about aggressive news coverage - now more than ever
Want to take action? GIVE!