That sure was a wild weekend, huh? Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday . . . we’ve done a lot of shopping and a lot of thinking about stuff.
But right now we want to talk about something bigger than stuff. Bigger than electronics and deals and — yes — even bigger than ice cream. Let’s talk about giving.
We would like to encourage you to join us and many others this Giving Tuesday in making a financial donation to support the work of groups providing important services in our communities, and communities around the world.
We have put together a list of 7 organizations that we have been working with recently and that we feel are making incredible strides for justice around the world. This list is by no means exhaustive, and we would encourage you to take advantage of this day to support of any group that you feel is doing important work and reflects your values. There is no shortage of need.
Item number 1
Color of Change
Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. They help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by over one million members, they move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.
Their campaigns and initiatives win changes that matter. By designing strategies powerful enough to fight racism and injustice — in politics and culture, in the workplace and the economy, in criminal justice and community life, and wherever they exist — they are changing both the written and unwritten rules of society. Color of Change mobilizes their members to end practices and systems that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward.
Item number 2
The Dream Defenders are building a powerful, deep, local organization and movement for freedom and liberation in Florida.
More Black people were killed by police in Florida than anywhere else in the US in 2015. Florida is home to two of the country’s largest private prison corporations. Florida spends 3x more on youth incarceration than it does on education. And Florida leads the nation in school arrests, while 100% of the youth prison industry is for-profit.
The guiding principle of Dream Defenders’ work is that we can transform our communities through the development of our own systems of love, peace, safety and justice.
Through their work, communities will experience a shift in their understanding of justice, love, safety and their own potential as human beings. There will be a decrease in youth arrests, overall arrests, community violence, school suspensions and expulsions, and police funding as well as an increase in the number of safe spaces, uses of restorative justice and funding for community-based programs.
Item number 3
Poor People’s Campaign
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has emerged from more than a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations, and movements fighting to end systemic racism, poverty, militarism, environmental destruction, and related injustices and to build a just, sustainable and participatory society. The campaign aims to build a broad and deep national moral movement — rooted in the leadership of poor people and reflecting the great moral teachings — to unite our country from the bottom up.
Item number 4
International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development non-governmental organization. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution, or natural disaster. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries and 22 US cities where it resettles refugees and helps them become self-sufficient.
Item number 5
Black Lives Matter
The Black Lives Matter Global Network is a chapter-based, member-led organization whose mission is to build local power and to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. They are a collective of liberators who believe in an inclusive and spacious movement. They also believe that in order to win and bring as many people with us along the way, we must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in Black communities. We must ensure we are building a movement that brings all of us to the front.
They affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. The network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. They are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise. The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.
Item number 6
Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 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.
Item number 7
HeadCount is a non-partisan organization that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy. They stage voter registration drives at concerts and run programs that translate the power of music into real action. By reaching young people and music fans where they already are — at concerts and online — they make civic participation easy and fun. They’ve registered about 500,000 voters since 2004, and built a huge network of 20,000 volunteers nationwide.