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Becky Jaffe: Resources to #Resist

This is a guest post by Becky Jaffe.

Per your request, I drafted a quick list of progressive organizations that we will want to support now more than ever. This list of national organizations is by no means comprehensive, just a good place to start if you want to get plugged in to community organizations that build power for the most marginalized sectors of our society. Each of these is a clickable link that will take you directly to the organization’s website so you can learn more about their mission. Please add to this list and circulate widely. I will be creating a Bay Area-specific list soon for people who want to support local community organizations and I encourage you to make a similar list for your region.

Let’s get busy supporting each other, people! We have our work cut out for us and much joyful organizing ahead.

Immigrant/Refugee rights:

Civil Rights, social justice and legal defense organizations: 

LGBTQ rights: 

Disability rights:

Building democracy: 

Environmental organizations:

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  1. February 3, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I think it’s worth pointing out (for all us addicts), this coffeehouse fundraising effort, THIS WEEKEND, for the ACLU:
    http://sprudge.com/a-nationwide-coffee-fundraiser-for-the-aclu-115163.html

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  2. February 3, 2017 at 9:36 am

    One of the top links is immigration rights. I think it’s adorable how non-US citizens suddenly have rights as if they are US citizens. Admittedly, I have a bias in this because I’m a former blue collar worker turned computer science major now a software developer. In other words, I’m not happy because after being told to get a STEM degree so I would always have a job and after working my ass off with a full time job and going to college for 6 years full time to get said degree, I still face the real possibility of getting laid off (note my previous posts about SunTrust, Disney, etc.). So getting me to agree on immigration topics may be a bit of a challenge. Regarding H1B visas, here is an interesting conversation on Quora.

    https://www.quora.com/Is-the-H-1B-visa-program-at-risk

    JamesNT

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    • Becky Jaffe
      February 3, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      If the United States were not the #1 weapons exporter in the world, I might grant you your point. But as it happens, the United States plays a significant role in generating the refugees that we refuse to take in. It’s no mere charity to resettle refugees; it’s acknowledging and taking responsibility for the very real consequences of our commitment to perpetual warfare.
      http://www.worldatlas.com/articles/world-s-largest-exporters-of-arms.html

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      • February 4, 2017 at 3:19 pm

        All that sounds awesome until you realize you are depressing wages, costing people their jobs, etc. Better to not create refugees in the first place or, rather, help them where they are. As long as bringing in more immigrants/refugees poses higher risk to my ability to feed my family, I will continue to cast my vote for a candidate against yours. Better we should find common ground such as voting to stop creating refugees in the first place. Besides, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of a “happy” refugee.

        JamesNT

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    • RTG
      February 4, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      JamesNT, I think the mechanisms for and numbers of legal immigration is a topic worthy of discussion for many reasons, including the one you’ve cited related to jobs. But I don’t have all the data at hand to have a meaningful discussion on this topic right now.

      What I will say, however, is that if your concerns are about your own working conditions, you should absolutely want immigrants/non-US persons to have access to the same legal protections that you do. Otherwise they become a second-class labor force that will make you a less attractive employee and ultimately dilute your own labor protections.

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      • February 5, 2017 at 4:48 pm

        RTG,

        Of course I want immigrants to come here legally and legally obtain citizenship so they do have all the protections I have. That’s not even up for debate.

        The problem is that’s not what’s happening. H1B visas are being abused and people are losing their jobs over just the thing you are pointing out. The other problem is that we do allow too many immigrants to come over here.

        Look at the immigration laws of other countries.

        JamesNT

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  3. February 3, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Under civil rights, let me add the Center for Constitutional Rights.
    http://ccrjustice.org/

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    • Becky Jaffe
      February 3, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Added to the list. Thank you!

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  4. February 3, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I would do some due diligence on CAIR.

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  5. Rick Claypool
    February 3, 2017 at 10:40 am

    under building democracy, Public Citizen http://citizen.org/

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    • Becky Jaffe
      February 3, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Added to the list. Thank you!

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  6. February 3, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Do you know a group that is working on addressing the gerrymandering in congressional districts? I live in PA where the vote is about 50-50 statewide but the congressional representation is 13 republicans and 5 democrats.

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  7. Pedro Molina Sanchez
    February 3, 2017 at 11:47 am

    I have serious concerns about the SPLC and its list of “Anti-Muslim Extremists”. They include two reformers of Islam who should not be in that list: Maajid Naawaz and Ayan Hirsi Ali. Check this article by Ethan Lipman to find out more about this http://bit.ly/2kpIPIa.

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  8. February 3, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Another one to consider adding is the Brennan Center for Justice, http://www.brennancenter.org/
    “The Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism.”

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    • Becky Jaffe
      February 3, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      Added to the list. Thank you!

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  9. February 3, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Also under “Building democracy” I’d mention that Norman Lear’s old group “People For the American Way” is still active: http://www.pfaw.org

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  10. Aaron Lercher
    February 3, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    The National Organization for Women: http://now.org/about/

    As far as I know, it’s the only national feminist organization that has both a grassroots structure and an agenda that spans a broad range of feminist issues.

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    • Becky Jaffe
      February 4, 2017 at 1:36 am

      I added it to the list. Thank you!

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  11. February 4, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Whoever becomes Secretary of Education, they will likely oversee an attempt to weaken public education nationwide via a continued push for privatization marketed as “school choice”.

    There’s a bunch of national organizations that have been fighting for public schools (and against corporate ed reform):

    Network for Public Education (http://networkforpubliceducation.org/)
    Journey 4 Justice (http://www.j4jalliance.com/)
    United Opt Out (http://www.unitedoptoutnational.org/)
    Parent Coalition for Student Privacy (http://www.studentprivacymatters.org/)
    Parents Across America (http://parentsacrossamerica.org/)

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  12. Sherry Lowell-Lewis
    February 7, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I would like to add to the list of democracy, the National Issues Forum; it is a place where citizens gather to deliberate on topics of national importance, at a local level. Every voice deserves a chance to be heard. Here is one way to do that, respectfully!

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  13. February 7, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I have something that may be of interest to you and the organizations on your list:

    https://currentstatebills.wordpress.com

    -links to instructions on how to find each state’s bills
    -links to instructions on how to find all federal bills

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