After last week’s election, it is a fact that some groups in our community are going to feel more vulnerable due shifting policies and rhetoric in the coming weeks and months. Consider some of the groups listed below when you wonder how you can help immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ folk, women, people of non-christian religions, and others, as we all face new political realities. The Combined Fund Drive is a tool you can use to give to:
- The American Civil Liberties Union works to defend individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution.
- The Anti-Defamation League fights against anti-semitism and bigotry as one of the largest civil rights organizations in the country.
- Border Angels is an all-volunteer non-profit that advocates for immigration reform and social justice focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border.
- The Center for Reproductive Rights is the world’s foremost legal advocate for securing women’s access to quality reproductive health care.
- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the country’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization.
- The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a national civil rights law and policy center devoted to advancing the rights of people with disabilities through advocacy, training, education, and public policy.
- EarthJustice is the largest nonprofit environmental law organization in the country, working to protect wildlife, healthy communities, and cleaner energy options. The organization represents its clients free of charge.
- Lambda Legal is a national legal organization dedicated to fighting for the civil rights of the LGBT population and people with HIV through litigation, education, and policy work.
- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) works to promote the civil rights of people of color and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
- The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) advocates for victims and attempts to change policy surrounding domestic violence.
- The National Immigration Law Center is dedicated to fighting for the rights of low-income immigrants through litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and various other methods.
- The National Women’s Law Center has worked for over 40 years to enact policies and laws on behalf of women and families.
- The Native American Rights Fund provides legal assistance to Native American tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who may otherwise go without adequate representation.
- NextGen Climate Action works politically “to prevent climate disaster.”
- Planned Parenthood is the country’s leading sexual and reproductive healthcare provider.
- The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press offers legal resources, support and advocacy to reporters to protect the First Amendment and freedom of information rights.
- The Sierra Club is the largest grassroots environmental organization in the county, and works to protect millions of acres of wilderness and pass legislation like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.
- The Southern Poverty Law Center fights hate groups and bigotry using education, litigation, and advocacy.
- The Union of Concerned Scientists works to create solutions to the planet’s most pressing scientific problems through research, advocacy, and policy.
- The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights works to protect the best interests of children who come to the U.S. on their own.
Campaign News and Events
Step Up to Tolerance – UW Climb to $10K
The UW Combined Fund Drive (CFD) and The Whole U invite you to participate in a special event that will get you moving and help this year’s featured charity—the Holocaust Center for Humanity.
The Holocaust Center for Humanity teaches tolerance and citizenship through the lessons of the Holocaust. They do this by providing curricula and teaching trunks to educators, students, academics, authors and various organizations across our state.
The event is on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and starts at noon. All you need to do is pledge a $10 donation (or more!) and climb stairs with your colleagues on November 16. You can climb anywhere or join us for group climbs noon – 1 p.m. at six locations: UW Tower, UW Bothell, UW Tacoma, South Lake Union, UW Medical Center and Harborview. There will be prizes……(more info)
Bonus: Emotional Self-Care
7 Self-Care Rituals That Will Make You a Happier and Healthier Person
(Full article from mydomaine.com here)
With stress (both on and off the job) on the rise, the danger of not implementing simple self-care rituals is burnout, depression, or even worse, an emotional breakdown. Incorporating a few of these simple science-backed rituals into your daily life will help you breathe a little easier and keep your stress levels in check. More details at the link.
–Do Some Free-Form Journaling
–Schedule Alone Time
–Schedule Alone Time
–Try Dry Body Brushing
–Yoga, of course