Resist and Rejoice

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.

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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:

  1. Directly working on issues that have been assaulted by the federal government
  2. 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)
  3. 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.

https://www.aclu.org/

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.

https://www.whitehelmets.org/

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.

https://www.rescue.org/

Environment

EARTH JUSTICE

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.

Site: http://earthjustice.org/

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.

Site: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/

GREENPEACE USA

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.

Site: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/

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.

Site: https://elaw.org/about

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.

Site: http://www.ucsusa.org/

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.

Site: https://www.nrdc.org/

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.

Site: https://www.edf.org/

Women’s rights

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

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

Site: https://www.plannedparenthood.org

EQUALITY NOW

Champion legal equality for women and girls around the world including ending discrimination against women in law, and preventing female genital mutilation

Site: http://www.equalitynow.org/

GUTTMACHER INSTITUTE

Advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and worldwide through our interrelated program of research, public education and policy analysis.

Site: https://www.guttmacher.org/

Cheer up, rejoice, you’re not alone.

Take action, we’re all in this together!

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One thought on “Resist and Rejoice

  1. [Mona, thanks for your joyful defiance]

    Bigly

    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

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