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Remember to Donate to Food Banks During the Summer Months, When Schools Are Closed

This OTYCD post originally appeared in April 2018.

 

Remember to make a point of donating to your local food banks during the summer months, when schools are closed.

 

Students who receive free and reduced-price school meals can suffer during the summer, when their schools close. Their schools are often their most reliable source of nutritious meals. While many communities have programs that feed children under 18 during the summer, not all do.

 

It’s almost a cliche to volunteer at soup kitchens and food banks during Thanksgiving and Christmas, but summer is when the need can be keenest.

 

Food donations are always welcome at food banks, but donations of money are even more effective. Also ask your food bank if they accept donations of diapers, toilet paper, and feminine hygiene products, which cannot be purchased with food stamps.

 

 

Find your nearest food bank:

http://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank/

 

 

Donate to the AmpleHarvest.org food pantry network:

http://ampleharvest.org/donate-m1/

 

 

Find the nearest summer meals program in your community:

https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

 

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Join Showing Up for Racial Justice and Become a Better Ally

Join Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a group that encourages and organizes white people to dismantle white supremacy and move America toward actual racial equality.

If you’re reading this, odds are you’re white. And odds are you’re sickened by how white supremacy warps our society and you want to do something about it. Knowing what to do, exactly, can be hard. White supremacy is insidious and it can be hard for white people to see its effects as clearly as people of color do.

SURJ, founded in 2009, is a network of white anti-racists that’s devoted to serving as allies to people of color and their causes. It also supports using white privilege as a weapon against itself by speaking out against police brutality and related abuses. It facilitates the awkward conversations that white people need to have, amongst ourselves, without burdening people of color to shepherd us and do the work for us.

SURJ is intersectional and all-inclusive while staying alert to how systemic racism shows its face in a chapter’s local community, and finding thoughtful, specific ways to fight back. SURJ will also help you learn to be a better, more useful ally.

 

Visit the SURJ website:

http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org

 

Find your nearest SURJ group:

http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/affiliated_groups_local_contacts

 

Donate to SURJ:

https://showingupforracialjustice.nationbuilder.com/donate

 

Like its Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/ShowingUpForRacialJusticesurj/

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@ShowUp4RJ

 

Read this 2015 interview with SURJ leaders:

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/answering-the-call-white-people-showing-up-for-racial-justice-hesaid/

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Volunteer At a Rape Crisis Center or Sexual Assault Hotline

Volunteer at a rape crisis center or a sexual assault hotline.

 

Even before he was elected, Donald Trump caused dark memories to surface in the minds of victims of rape and sexual assault.

 

Since his election, things have been just as intense. The #MeToo movement has forced the downfall of prominent abusers such as Harvey Weinstein and encouraged victims who suffered at the hands of other high-profile men to speak out and seek justice.

 

The news about Rob Porter, who was employed by the White House and finally ousted once domestic abuse allegations came to light, added to the intensity.

 

Calls to rape crisis centers have spiked since late 2016 and remain high. If you can volunteer with a rape crisis center or a sexual abuse hotline, please consider it.

 

The best known is the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN). Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., its National Sexual Assault Hotline takes calls around the clock and connects people with support services nearest to them. It also helps those who contact them online. To date, RAINN has assisted more than 2.5 million people.

 

If you can’t volunteer at a rape crisis center or a sexual assault hotline, consider donating   to RAINN or a RAINN partner crisis center in your area. You can also follow RAINN and local organizations on social media and spread awareness of their efforts.

 

 

Volunteer for RAINN’s online hotline:

https://www.rainn.org/articles/volunteer-national-sexual-assault-hotline

 

 

Volunteer with a RAINN partner crisis center near you:

https://volopps.rainn.org

 

 

If you are a sexual assault or rape victim who needs help, call the RAINN hotline:

800.656.4673

 

 

Those needing support can also access Rainn’s online hotline in English:

https://hotline.rainn.org/online/

 

…and Spanish:

https://rainn.org/es

 

 

If you are a sexual assault or rape victim serving in the military, you can contact the Department of Defense (DOD) Safe Helpline, also run by RAINN (scroll down for the full list of resources):

https://safehelpline.org/about

 

 

Donate to RAINN:

https://rainn.org/impact-your-gift-rainn

 

 

Like RAINN on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/RAINN01/

 

 

Follow RAINN on Twitter:

@RAINN

 

 

Read a November 2017 Washington Post article on the rise in calls to rape crisis centers as a result of Trump’s Access Hollywood tape, the #MeToo movement, and similar events:

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/calls-to-rape-crisis-centers-are-surging-amid-the-outpouring-of-sexual-assault-allegations/2017/11/22/3d0bec6a-ce12-11e7-9d3a-bcbe2af58c3a_story.html?utm_term=.6b57e3bd3614

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Support the Rise Stronger Network

Support Rise Stronger, which is fostering and encouraging a network of politically engaged communities that will hold government accountable at every level.

Rise Stronger was founded in the wake of the 2016 election. It’s a citizen watchdog organization that cultivates grassroots actions and serves as a sort of umbrella for groups, foundations, and other outposts that are devoted to civic engagement and empowering American citizens to speak up and push back.

Among its offerings is a calendar, calls to action, and an interactive directory, dubbed the United States of Resistance, designed to introduce groups to each other and help them gain strength through their numbers.

 

See the Rise Stronger website:

https://www.risestronger.org

 

Find a Rise Stronger chapter near you:

https://www.risestronger.org/state_chapters

 

Sign up for its newsletter:

https://risestronger.org/newsroom/wearetheresistance

 

Become a member of Rise Stronger:

https://www.risestronger.org/sign_up

 

Volunteer with Rise Stronger:

https://risestronger.org/newsroom/join-the-resistance-volunteer-with-rise-stronger

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/RISEStronger.org

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@RISE_Stronger

 

Donate to Rise Stronger:

https://risestronger.org/donate

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Support the Transgender Law Center

Support the Transgender Law Center (TLC), which defends transgender rights.

 

Founded in California in 2002, TLC is the largest civil rights organization in America that’s run by transgender and gender-nonconforming people. It’s committed to improving the lot of transpeople, as well as those who thrive at different points along the gender spectrum, through advocacy and fighting discrimination.

 

Its concerns include the Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project, which defends and advocates for this doubly (and sometimes triply) marginalized group; the Trans Immigrant Defense Effort (TIDE), which recruits and trains lawyers to provide pro bono help to trans immigrants fight deportation; and the Detention Project, which seeks ways to minimize and ideally end the abuses trans people suffer in prisons, hospitals, and other facilities that curtail freedom, be it briefly or for life.

 

 

See the Transgender Law Center’s website:

https://transgenderlawcenter.org

 

 

See its About page:

https://transgenderlawcenter.org/about

 

 

See its blog, which provides updates on the TLC’s actions and related issues:

https://transgenderlawcenter.org/blog

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Donate to the Transgender Law Center:

https://transgenderlawcenter.org/donate

 

 

Volunteer with the Transgender Law Center:

https://transgenderlawcenter.org/archives/14237

 

 

Like the Transgender Law Center on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/translawcenter

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@TransLawCenter

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Support Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights

Support Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights (GRR!), a 501 (c)4 advocacy organization that defends reproductive rights.

 

Founded in Maine in 2013, GRR! is led by women who came of age in the mid-20th century–before birth control, and before Roe vs. Wade. They lived through the bad old days and they don’t want to see them come back.

 

It fights to ensure that younger generations of women keep and expand the reproductive rights they fought for.

 

 

Visit the Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights webpage:

https://grandmothersforreproductiverights.org

 

 

See its About Us page:

https://grandmothersforreproductiverights.org/about-us/

 

 

View videos produced by GRR!:

https://grandmothersforreproductiverights.org/grr-videos/

 

 

See its Resources page:

https://grandmothersforreproductiverights.org/resources/

 

 

Join GRR!:

https://grandmothersforreproductiverights.org/get-involved/

https://grandmothersforreproductiverights.org/join-grr/

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Donate to GRR!:

https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/grr?source=website

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GrandmothersforReproductiveRights/

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@GRRNow

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Support Your Local Library, Always and Forever

Support your local library, always and forever. 

 

Libraries are many things to many people. They’re often the heart of the community, or at least a vital organ that helps it survive and thrive. Its employees respect knowledge and provide the tools to fight back against fake news and attempts to undermine the truth.

 

Librarians are also foot soldiers in the resistance, both the capital-R Resistance going on now and resistance efforts in the past. When Trump declared his Muslim travel ban, librarians pushed back with “Libraries Are for Everyone”–imagery, book displays, and declarations that underline the fact that libraries are, indeed, open to one and all. Several leading library organizations also condemned the ban.

 

You have many options for supporting your local library.

 

The biggest and most effective one is to use it regularly.

 

Don’t have a library card? Get one, and make sure everyone in your family has one.
Go to the library often. Follow it on social media. Attend library events that interest you, and bring friends.

 

Spend liberally at library book sales. Check out books and other media, and bring them back on time.

 

If you don’t use your library you do run the risk of losing it.

 

You can also volunteer, join a “Friends of the Library” group, or donate money. Please stay alert to state and local legislative efforts that might affect library funding and access.

 

As for donating books–first, ask the librarians if they’re accepting book donations and if so, what types of books they’re currently seeking. They may not need what you have; don’t be offended if they turn you down.

 

Also, run the used books’ ISBN numbers through Amazon’s trade-in link to see if they’re actually worth anything (see link below). Don’t donate them unless they are. And don’t be offended if the library ends up selling your donated books.

https://www.amazon.com/Sell-Books/b?node=2205237011

 

 

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Read about how libraries and librarians have been leading the resistance to Trump:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/librarians-protesting-trumps-executive-orders/

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/21/us-libraries-join-struggle-to-resist-the-trump-administration

http://mashable.com/2017/02/21/library-donald-trump-resistance/#h2S2kJpDDmqV

http://boingboing.net/2016/12/20/librarians-must-resist-trumpis.html

 

 

Read this GOOD article on how librarians have historically been in the forefront of resisting Nazis and other enemies of the truth:

https://www.good.is/articles/rogue-librarians-save-history-and-the-truth

 

 

Follow the Libraries Resist account on Twitter:

@LibrariesResist

 

 

Read about ways to help libraries:

http://www.ilovelibraries.org/get-involved

https://mastersreview.com/8-ways-to-support-your-local-library/

https://www.bustle.com/p/7-ways-you-can-support-your-local-library-47363