By the power invested in me as a person with a keyboard and internet connection, I hereby declare that January 20, 2017 is “Fund Freedom Friday”!
Proper celebration of Fund Freedom Friday (or should we call it “Donation Day”?) includes making donations to organizations dedicated to social justice, voting rights and civil rights, and then filling up social media with all those “I just made a donation to _____” auto-posts. Donations can be small, the dollar amount will not be in the posts.
To honor this new holiday, I ask that you consider making a donation to one or more of the following:
NAACP – The NAACP is the oldest civil rights organization in the country. As Rev. Barber says, “it is not a Black organization, it is a Civil Rights Organization”. If you are not already a member, please consider joining.
Southern Coalition for Justice – Founded in the town where I was born, Durham, NC, the Southern Coalition for Justice promotes justice by empowering minority and low-income communities to defend and advance their political, social and economic rights. I have seen their voting rights attorneys in action, and they TOTALLY ROCK.
League of Women Voters – The LWV is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It sponsor debates and works to educate voters about candidates and issues. Please also consider joining (or, ahem, for those who have forgotten to pay their dues, the check is in the mail I promise)
Planned Parenthood – They provide vital health care.
Democracy NC – Democracy North Carolina is a nonpartisan organization that uses research, organizing, and advocacy to educate and empower voters. I volunteered with Democracy North Carolina this past election, and I got more out of the experience than I gave. They have great training and provide voter education materials. ALSO – their Executive Director is retiring, so consider applying for the job!
Progress North Carolina – Progress North Carolina promotes public policies which make NC a fairer, healthier, more equitable state by advocating solutions to critical community problems. It also provides North Carolinians with news and analysis on state government. There is SO MUCH news to keep up with, their weekly newsletter provide us all with a vital service.
Lillian’s List – An NC organization that trains and funds progressive women candidates.
LEAD NC – Lead NC encourages and cultivates community leaders for North Carolina, including people who may run for office.
Now or Never NC – An NC political action committee that funds candidates for the NC General Assembly who support voting rights, fair redistricting, and democratic principles.
Equality NC – An organization dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) North Carolinians.
Stronger NC, an organization focused on encouraging and supporting a new wave of emerging activists in North Carolina.
If you are near Winston Salem, NC and want something fun to do, you can celebrate creativity and community at “Artists Unite” at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston Salem.
I am sure there are some that I am forgetting, but you get the picture. Let’s make lots of small donations all day (or big ones if you can!), and fill up every type of media with your determination to make a difference.
“No, I do not weep at the world. I’m too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”
– Zora Neale Huston