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Hi everyone! Happy Holidays and almost 2021!
We know we’ve been a little MIA. We apologize for that! We will be back on track with biweekly lists after the holidays and we can’t wait.
As we’ve said before, we are going to continue putting out lists and resources no matter who the president is. One of the benefits of having a Democratic president is that there’s more room for more specific debates about progressive policy, so we are having conversations on how we are going to navigate those discussions with our resources.
Another important thing to look into this week too is this Overview of the the stimulus battle right now.
With that being said, let’s get into it!
What Went Down
GA Senate Update:
The two races are currently EXTREMELY CLOSE, according to FiveThirtyEight!! As of Dec. 23, Republican Sen. David Perdue is leading Democrat Jon Ossoff by .4 percentage points, 48.8% to 48.4%, in the normal election; in the special election, Democrat Raphael Warnock is leading Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler by .5 percentage points, 48.8% to 48.3%.
Democrats are weaponizing Trump’s call for $2,000 stimulus checks on Tuesday night — throwing a wrench in weeks of drawn-out haggling in the Senate and a precariously reached compromise — to bash on GOP candidates in the race. In the final days before the Jan. 5th runoff, Trump has compromised Perdue and Loeffler’s ability to deliver much-needed relief to their constituents, presenting yet another reason that the Democrats might be the better choice for voters.
What can you do?
Phonebank, textbank, donate, repeat!!
Sign up for daily Ossoff volunteering here; sign up for daily Warnock volunteering here. Donate to Ossoff here; donate to Warnoff here.
Additionally, check out our last list to learn more about the candidates.
Holiday Giving: Here are just a few suggestions on wonderful places to direct money if you're looking to make some donations during the holiday season (or any time).
This list includes both non-profits and mutual aid groups. Mutual aid is a wonderful way to get involved in your community while offering financial support. Read more about what it is here and here.
Fair Fight: Fair Fight is an organization that was started by the incredible Stacey Abrams. its goal is to prevent voter suppression in Georgia and around the country. Voter suppression is an issue with a long history in the United States, and its effects can be devastating on marginalized communities (see more here). Especially right before the highly important Georgia Senate races, Fair Fight is a wonderful organization to support.
Openyrpurse: Openyrpurse is an Instagram account that shares crowdfunding efforts from marginalized people. They consistently post important fundraisers that need donations. Many of them are urgent, time-sensitive, and have no other source of funding besides the community. Check out the account at https://www.instagram.com/openyrpurse/.
For the Gworls: For the Gworls is a mutual aid group that helps Black trans people, one of the most marginalized groups in the country, pay for their rent and gender-affirming surgeries (if they'd like them). Black trans people are disproportionately affected by both poverty and hate crimes, especially Black trans women. For the Gworls plays a vital role in many people's lives.
Mutual Aid NYC: https://mutualaid.nyc/
Crown Heights Mutual Aid: https://crownheightsmutualaid.com/
The Southern Poverty Law Center: The Southern Poverty Law Center is a fantastic organization that deals with racism and prejudice. It has three main branches. Fighting Hate deals with keeping hate groups across the US under control and releasing information that keeps Americans updated about extremist groups. They offer super informative resources like their Hate Map as well as articles that explain major hate groups, and they also train law enforcement to deal with hate crimes in better ways. Teaching Tolerance, another part of their program, creates curriculum for teachers and schools to use across the country that teach diverse history and important lessons to students who may not be receiving that otherwise. Lastly, through Seeking Justice, the SPLC champions important civil rights law cases. They are a group that does very necessary work.
Website: splcenter.org; How to support them: Donations or publicity in your community (check website for more)
The American Civil Liberties Union: Commonly know as the ACLU, this organization does incredible work to protect the individual and collective civil rights of Americans through community outreach & organizing and providing law work on important civil rights cases. Since Trump's election, they've been at the forefront of the resistance and have been involved in numerous cases to help people affected by discriminatory legislation, as well as trying to stop that legislation itself.
Website: aclu.org; How to support them: Donations or visit aclu.org/action for more incredible ways to speak out.
Planned Parenthood: You saw this coming, didn't you? Now over 101 years old, Planned Parenthood has been a leader of women's health for years. They provide prenatal, pregnancy and sexual healthcare and resources to anyone and everyone. Particularly, they provide these services to low income women healthcare services. They also provide birth control and contraceptive resources, cancer screenings, and yes, abortions in most cases. All while maintaining a welcoming and confidential environment. They are an incredibly important organization in this country, and they're also under fire right now.
Website: plannedparenthood.org; How to support them: Donations, march on their behalf, call Congress to oppose defunding or through plannedparenthood.org/getinvolved
Make the Road NY: This is an incredible community-based organization that works to uplift low-income and Latinx communities through "multi-issue, multi-generational organizing," according to their website. They do legal work in helping make sure that the rights of immigrants are upheld and they also work with adult education, organizing and on-the-ground change making. They also protect students and Dreamers fiercely and are at the forefront of the immigration reform movement.
Website: maketheroadny.org; How to support them: Donations and visit maketheroadny.org/participate.php for more.
EMILY's List: EMILY's List is an organization that supports and encourages Democratic, pro-choice women to run for office. They (and we) believe that for government to do its best for America, it needs to represent our population and that if more women are elected to office, real change can be made. They fundraise for women candidates and train women to run for office, something we really do need. (Oh, and what does that acronym stand for? "Early Money Is Like Yeast"- it makes the dough rise.)
Website: emilyslist.org; How to support them: donate, attend trainings, sign their petitions and encourage others to run for office (or do so yourself!). For more, see emilyslist.org/pages/get-involved
NAACP's Legal Defense Fund: The LDF works on important civil rights cases and does pro-bono law work for people whose rights are being violated in situations where they are in a lesser position of power.
Website: www.naacpldf.org; How to support them: donate or take action (petitions!, etc.) through naacpldf.org/take-action.
International Rescue Commission: The IRC responds to humanitarian crises to help people who are in danger or peril. They helped 26 million people in 2016. Not only that, but they work to make sure America is a welcoming place for these refugees, and to ensure they can come here at all.
Website: rescue.org; How to support them: donations are incredibly helpful, though they do have a few other ways to help at rescue.org/how-to-help.
Close Rikers: Close Rikers is a New York City grassroots effort to close Rikers Island. Rikers Island is a prison in New York City that has been the culprit of horrifying treatment for a long time. Detaining one person at Rikers costs NYC taxpayers 247,000 per year. 89% of the Rikers population are Black and Latinx. In many of these cases, these prisoners are at Rikers for tiny "broken windows" crimes or their inability to pay bail. In many cases, they have not committed the crimes. Rikers is a system that contributes to the problem of mass incarceration in this country and Close Rikers is trying to shut it down.
Website: closerikers.org; How to support them: donate, join the campaign, tweet @NYCMayor and attend events. More at closerikers.org/take-action.
Wishing everyone a lovely holiday season. See you next year!
This list was written by Kate Griem & Sonia Chajet Wides
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