Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday.
Gagged. Stabbed. Raped. Slashed. Fucked.
These “executive” orders have attempted to pillage the rights of refugees, women, immigrants, those that can’t afford healthcare, those that are not yet born but look to us to leave them a thriving planet instead of a rigged and barren wasteland.
This greed is not new. This violence is not novel. Men have attempted to swallow the world whole before. And they will attempt to do so long after the phallic Trump towers are reclaimed by nature. But the world endures. History is painted scarlet with the blood of the innocent. Forests turn to flame. The earth cracks with thirst. Rage has it’s day in the limelight.
But love always prevails. We let the earth soak up our tears, our blood, our pain, and she brings spring back to us again. We lose our lives and ourselves in the process but we know we’ve secured the future of our planet and our humanity.
This is our time to sacrifice, to lean in, to let our blood flow, to let our love wash this malevolence away. It will get worse before it gets better, but we will prevail.
I’ve done research on how you can get involved to turn this tide – every step helps. Please take action. Not tomorrow, not next week. Today. Now.
My criteria for selection of these non-profits are:
- Directly working on issues that have been assaulted by the federal government
- All non profits score high on financial reporting, transparency and have low operational costs (which means 80%+ of your donation goes directly to the cause)
- Some are focused on relieving the symptoms of tragedy, others are focused on solving root causes
Civil Liberties, Immigration & Refugees
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU)
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. This includes women’s rights, immigrants’ rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights.
THE WHITE HELMETS
Barrel bombs – sometimes filled with chlorine – are the biggest killer of civilians in Syria today. White Helmets’ unarmed and neutral rescue workers have saved more than 78,529 people from the attacks in Syria.
INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.
We fight for the right of all to a healthy environment. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to take on critical environmental issues and bring about positive change. We exist because the Earth needs a good lawyer.
CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.
Defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing, and confronting environmental abuse, championing environmentally responsible solutions, and advocating for the rights and well-being of all people.
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW ALLIENCE WORLDWIDE (ELAW)
The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) helps communities speak out for clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet. We are a global alliance of attorneys, scientists and other advocates collaborating across borders to promote grassroots efforts to build a sustainable, just future.
UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS
Our scientists and engineers develop and implement innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems—from combating global warming and developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves, to fighting misinformation, advancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war.
NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL
We combine the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of some 500 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
Clean air and water. Abundant fish and wildlife. A stable climate. Our work protects nature and helps people thrive.What sets us apart is how we make this happen: By creating solutions that also carry economic benefits.
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
Champion legal equality for women and girls around the world including ending discrimination against women in law, and preventing female genital mutilation
Advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and worldwide through our interrelated program of research, public education and policy analysis.
Cheer up, rejoice, you’re not alone.
Take action, we’re all in this together!
[Mona, thanks for your joyful defiance]
Is your Big Government
bad as Big Oil or a
big boy or big bully
pushing you into the locker
dark and confining where
all your whining echos back
bigly as your classmates
pass by outside chattering
loudly about mindless text
or something red, white and
blue coming to you from
our sponsors or big orange
monsters bloviating bullshit
as brotherhood dwindles and
sisters are sequestered, confined
yet again by gold plated sin.
Big Oil trumps Big Government
or it is, big boys barely cognizant as
big pictures fall from the wall
you’re still in the hall, in the
locker as the Doctor jiggles the
latch. Got a match?
Let’s light this thing up
it’s big and corrupt
break open the lockers
take out the stoppers
and get all abrupt, it’s
what we do out here
we overcome fear.
– d.o. January 20, 2017