It’s been a rough week for me personally, in addition to the ongoing sociopolitical problems we face. A lot of my motivation in writing this at the moment is simply wanting to live up to the commitment I made of doing one of these posts every week. Five weeks in, and I’m sure many if not most of us are already tiring of the fight. A wise lady on one of my favorite blogs1Seriously, Making Light is one of the only places on the Internet where the usual “don’t read the comments” advice for high-readership blogs doesn’t apply, thanks to an invested community and careful, compassionate moderating. has some advice on how to keep up the resistance without burning ourselves out.
(And for those of you who were following my Dragaera posts and wondering what happened to them – my post on Dragon is nearly complete. Should have it up later this week.)
Last Week: ACLU
Thanks to Maria E., David B., and Eric A., we donated a total of $355 to the ACLU. Thank you, everyone!
This Week: NARAL
With new anti-choice legislation being pushed in Indiana, Ohio, and Texas, it is clear that opponents of women’s reproductive freedom have been emboldened by Trump’s victory just like other factions of his supporters. NARAL Pro-Choice America is on the front lines of the fight to allow women to have control over their bodies. Like the ACLU last week, NARAL participates in lobbying efforts as well as public outreach, so while donations to NARAL itself are not tax-deductible, donations to the NARAL Foundation are. In spite of that, this week I intend to make my matching donation to NARAL itself since so much of the battle over abortion rights is still being fought in state legislatures across the company; I’ll still include donations to either entity in the amount I match (up to $100 as usual).
NARAL will accept donations in honor of others, so this week I’m recommending we “honor” Rep. Tom Price, consistent anti-choice legislator and Trump’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services. You can have a notification of your contribution sent to him at:
Congressman Tom Price
85-C Mill Street, Suite 300
Roswell, GA 30075
And, as always, forward your email donation receipts to email@example.com to have them counted!
Call to Action
Last week, Shaun King announced the Injustice Boycott, aimed at pressuring the cities of New York and San Francisco to address their racial injustice issues, and at defunding the Dakota Access Pipeline and divesting from companies that support it. Read the announcement and join the boycott; while the boycotts in NY and SF are planned to start on January 17th, they are working on defunding DAPL immediately, and it’s easy to help out.
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|1.||↑||Seriously, Making Light is one of the only places on the Internet where the usual “don’t read the comments” advice for high-readership blogs doesn’t apply, thanks to an invested community and careful, compassionate moderating.|