Following my own advice to STAND UP and BE HEARD, (from We Always Have Choices) I’ve begun to SPEAK OUT with my checkbook.
And, if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that our finances are much worse than they once were. (I’ll not rehash; you can read some of it here, if you are curious).
Still, Woody and I have committed to small, monthly donations to three longstanding organizations:
Since 1971, the SPLC has been fighting hate and bigotry, and seeking justice for minorities and vulnerable members of society, through litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy.
For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
For over 100 years, Planned Parenthood has been delivering vital reproductive and sexual health care, sex education, and information to millions of people worldwide.
I plan to support two more organizations.
I’ll support one that’s involved in the stewardship of my environment, watching out for the rainforests, saving endangered species, halting or at least now slowing down global warming. Just one. You’ll read next week about how I made that decision among over 25 valid, well-run organizations.
I’d also like to support an organization focused on bringing gun sense to this country. There are so many organizations dealing with this issue, it’s been hard for me to wend my way through them all. Perhaps you can help.
I’d love to hear how you might be involved in the issue of gun sense (gun safety; gun rights; gun control? Even the language has become politicized). Any advice for me?
Before I end, I wanted to share the lyrics to a chorus from our past:
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day, just you and me
Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie, We Are the World first hit over 30 years ago! A whole generation ago. As you listen to it once again, here’s a Post Script to peruse.
The Internet has exploded lately with ways to spend your contribution dollar. Here are some additional links I’ve copied from a variety of sources.
Immigrant Solidarity Network – A coalition of immigrant rights, labor, human rights, religious, and student activist organizations from across the country that work with leading immigrant rights, students and labor groups.
Refugees International – Advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.
Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts – This 260-year-old organization believes that all humans have creative capacities that can be mobilized to deliver change and enlightenment in the 21st century.
Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) is the nation’s premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Founded in 1983, its mission is to inform citizens about how money in politics affects their lives, empower voters and activists by providing unbiased information, and advocate for a transparent and responsive government.
There are also countless organizations in your own backyard that need your help. How to choose? That’ll be next week.
In the meantime, how does it feel to be discussing money matters so openly? Is that a taboo in your culture?