Over the years, the Collective Bloggers have been advocates for our communities, encouraged our readers to donate and to volunteer, and have tried to support our words with actions. With the recent presidential race and the subsequent election of a man whose name I will not deign to write on my blog, many of us are feeling helpless, hopeless and lost. Not all of us are able to get out into the streets and march or protest by walking out of our schools or jobs, but we want to help make America safe again. If you want a way to help, here are 5 charities that have been thoroughly vetted and who can use your donations in order to support our marginalized communities. Please note that you should always research a charity before handing over your hard-earned cash.
If you are in need of reproductive assistance, whether it be birth control, condoms, education or pre-natal care, Planned Parenthood has you covered. I have been going to PP since I was 18 and last year, on my annual checkup, I took my (13yo at the time) daughter with me in order to facilitate a conversation about safe sex and sex education. This important organization is consistently under attack from anti-abortion politicians and could definitely use any positive assistance.
From their website: Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.
If you are looking to assist in the Islamic community, this nonprofit organization helps Muslims both nationally and abroad. This humanitarian effort focuses on helping people become more self-sufficient in terms of community sustainability.
From their website: Mercy-USA for Aid and Development is dedicated to alleviating human suffering and supporting individuals and their communities in their efforts to become more self-sufficient. Incorporated in the State of Michigan in 1988, Mercy-USA’s projects focus on improving health, nutrition and access to safe water, as well as promoting economic and educational growth around the world.
The HRC is an organization that promotes fairness and equality for all, regardless of sexuality or gender. The volunteers at HRC work within the judicial system as well as on the streets in order to gain the rights that so many of us take for granted. If you want to help the LGBTQ community, this organization could use your assistance.
From their website: As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC’s vision a reality. 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.
The NAACP has a long history of assisting black folks through the judicial system in order to gain equal rights. If you are looking for a charity that will without a doubt, be working for the civil liberties of people of color, know that the NAACP needs your support.
From their website: 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. The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.
As soon as DT was elected, the ACLU made sure the country knew that they had our back. This organization fights for the rights of all Americans, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, or class. The civil rights of the individual are what is important to the ACLU.
From their website: 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. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. to safeguard everyone’s rights.