We don’t have to re-invent the wheel. There are plenty of organizations out there that have been defending the rights of Americans for years. Find your passion and give money and/or time to one of these … and let us know about others that should be included:
CIVIL LIBERTIES, IMMIGRATION and RACE RELATIONS
American Civil Liberties Union: The ACLU has pledged to take Donald trump to court if he implements any of the policies he proposed that blatantly violate people’s civil liberties, including mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, punishing women for getting abortions, changing the country’s libel laws, etc.
Council on American-Islamic Relations: CAIR is the largest Islamic civil rights and advocacy group in the U.S.
Anti-Defamation League: The ADL aims to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and secure justice and fair treatment to all peoples.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People: The NAACP tirelessly fights against racial discrimination.
Southern Poverty Law Center: The SPLC fights hate and bigotry through legislation, education and advocacy.
National Immigration Law Center: The NILC provides legal support and defends the rights of low-income immigrants who live in the US.
Service Employees International Union (SEIU): An organization of 2-million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide and dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society.
Area Congregations Together (ACT): Sacramento ACT organizes to create a more just and fair community for everyone in the Sacramento region, with a particular focus on communities of color that have experienced historical discrimination and disinvestment.
Sacramento Immigration Coalition: A network of individual organizations that meet to share ideas and resources around the common goal of making lives better for undocumented people in the community.
National Lawyers Guild: Their mission is to use law for the people, uniting lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people by valuing human rights over property interests.
Common Cause: Political reform organization founded in 1970. Works in many areas, including campaign reform, voting rights and elections and ethics. Current chair of the national governing board is Robert Reich.
REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS and LGBTQ
Planned Parenthood: Historic provider of vital reproductive health care.
NARAL pro-Choice America: NARAL fights for women’s reproductive rights.
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: RAINN is country’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.
Human Rights Campaign: HRC is the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.
Trevor Project: Provides suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.
ENVIRONMENT and GLOBAL WARMING
Natural Resources Defense Council: The NRDC uses law, science, and the support of its 500000+ members to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe, healthy environment.
Environmental Working Group: The EWG is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.
Union of Concerned Scientists: The UCS is a nonprofit science advocacy organization based in the United States.
JOURNALISM and FREE PRESS
Poynter Institute: This is “the world’s leading instructor, innovator, convener and resource for anyone who aspires to engage and inform citizens in 21st Century democracies.”
Society of Professional Journalists: The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.