On the 12th Day of Christmas a Stranger Gave to Me… Support for These 12 Charities

Read how you can put your politics into action by supporting one or all of these 12 charitable organizations.

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Instead of writing about Trump’s latest Twitter fight, debating the vote recount Jill Stein has organized or discussing the latest Trump Administration Cabinet Appointee, this week is about putting our politics into action.

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or even Festivus, it is the season of giving and after everything that’s happened in the political arena this year, why not get into the spirit of the season by supporting the political and social action organizations that are near and dear to you?

Below are examples of organizations that help groups that are especially threatened in today’s political climate. 

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Support the Standing Rock Sioux Fight the Dakota Access Pipeline

Dakota Access is proposing a 1,134-mile-long crude oil pipeline through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois that will threaten the air, water, land, property rights and climate of the Standing Rock Sioux. It is proposed to go through tribal lands — lands that belong to the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, as stated in a treaty with the United States. The U.S. government has no right to hand over this land to a private oil company.”

Oxfam America

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. “With 70 years of experience in more than 90 countries, Oxfam takes on the big issues that keep people poor: inequality, discrimination, and unequal access to resources including food, water, and land. We help people save lives in disasters, build stronger futures for themselves, and hold the powerful accountable.” 

Labels Are For Jars

“Labels Are For Jars is a dynamic and exciting undertaking that raises money to operate the Cor Unum Meal Center, which feeds hungry people living in Lawrence, MA, one of the poorest cities in the United States. Our goal is to raise as much money as possible to feed as many hungry people as possible. To do so, we have designed a thought-provoking black t-shirt, which in addition to looking great, helps to undermine societal labeling. The shirt is adorned with a commonly used negative label on the chest.” Currently available labels are “addict,”“geek,” “homeless,” “jock,” “mentally ill,” “minority,” “pacifist,” “prisoner,” “rock star,” “slacker” and “troubled teen.” Additionally, “all shirts have our ‘Labels Are For Jars’ logo across the back.”

Be an Elf

“You can read real letters to Santa from needy kids, take home one or more that move you, and send your gifts directly to the children who wrote the letters. There’s no middle man or charity; it’s micro-philanthropy, direct from you to a child, when you volunteer in this way. You’ll catch the true spirit of the holidays, and put smiles on the faces of needy kids on Christmas morning.”

Heifer Project International

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Photo courtesy of Heifer International

“Heifer International works with communities in need around the world to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Your gift will give families the resources and training they need to lift themselves from hunger and poverty. Give them a gift that will truly makes a difference.”

Planned Parenthood

“A donation to the organization would help keep clinics open and make crucial information available to the public, and support preventative healthcare for women, with the proceeds shared between the local affiliate and the wider federal group.”

Center for Reproductive Rights

“The center aims to legally advocate for reproductive rights, including access to birth control, safe abortion procedures and unbiased sources of information.

Natural Resources Defense Council

“The NRDC group works to safeguard communities across the globe, pushing for environmental laws that help protect the ecosystem.”

International Refugee Assistance Project

Supporting the IRAP will ensure refugees get the legal support they need.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Supporting the NAACP Legal Defense Fund will protect minorities’ civil rights.

The Trevor Project

Provides resources for LGBT individuals and offer suicide prevention services.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)

MALDEF seeks to help Mexican Americans and support them in legal issues.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog. 

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