These Organizations Are Working For Our Community So Why Not Donate To Them This Holiday Season
The holidays can be stressful af for a multitude of reasons. The consumerism is overwhelming. Maybe you’re going home to a family that *gasp* voted for Trump. Maybe you’re not going home to that family and that has a whole different set of emotions. Maybe this year is same old, same old fake smiling at the cheap shower radio your tia got you and all your cousins. Maybe you’re looking for more meaning during these trying times.
Climate change has been an evil hag to you and your Boricua family the last couple years and we’re terrified for what’s to come. UPROSE was founded in 1966 in Brooklyn and has always been at the intersection of racial and climate justice.
Support their efforts because low-income communities fo color face environmental injustices at a disproportionate level.
The Ricky Martin Foundation
I knoowww, you’re thinking, why does Ricky Martin need my money? He has been on the ground in a major way helping rebuild homes in Puerto Rico. Plus, nobody will fight you if you gift their Christmas gift to Ricky Martin.
Unidos Por Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico’s First Lady started this organization after the federal government’s lack of response to rebuild the island after Hurricane Maria. It might be the best organization to donate to since they’re utilizing on the ground staff to determine needs instead of those international relief organizations.
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
KIND is the leading legal aid organization that protects kids entering the immigration system of the U.S. Instead of those horrifying videos of unrepresented toddlers in court, KIND ensures that every child has representation.
Florence Immigration and Refugee Rights Project
Much like KIND, the Florence Project is hyper located to the Arizona border and aims to keep families intact. The organization offers free legal and social services to families who are detained during removal proceedings. We all know that that can take years, and that these detention centers are set to surpass the prison system in terms of profits.
Florence wants every family to be treated humanely and legally.
The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
An arm of University of California Hastings, CGRS aims to protect the legal rights of refugee women, children and LGBTQ people seeking asylum in California. They give representation to people who running from trauma and terror and are going up against a language barrier.
Latino Victory Fund
Latino Victory Fund is a progressive political action committee that has released controversial ads that hit GOP opponents hard. They’re training Latino leaders to run for office an doing everything they can to support them.
If you want Latino representation in government, support the Latino Victory Fund.
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Supporting NWIRP will help make life easier for Latinos who are real out there in the diaspora. They provide direct legal services for immigrants, people impacted by the criminal legal system or who are otherwise oppressed (by domestic violence, DACA, etc.).
Latino Equality Alliance
Based in Los Angeles, the Latino Equality Alliance has the support of the LA LGBT Center. They opened Mi Centro in Boyle Heights to offer bilingual services to the LGBTQ community on the east side of LA. That’ll look like transgender support services, legal services an immigration and housing support.
Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project
ASAP helps prevent wrongful deportations before the trauma of the experience by staying abreast of individuals legal standing and connecting refugee families to emergency legal aid.
Caption: “Last week co-founder Dorothy Tegeler trained a new cohort of @YaleLawSch students on asylum law and the important ways law students support ASAP’s model of remote representation. Excited to work with these students and continue the fight for asylum-seeking families!”
We heard all about Voto Latino during these last midterm elections, which means they’re doing their job. Voto Latino singular aim is to get Latinos to register to vote! We don’t turn out to the polls like other minority groups int his country and Voto Latino wants to empower Latinos to feel safe going to the polls.
Ocasio-Cortez is one of the candidates backed by Voto Latino and she’s already getting climate change bills backed by dozens of Senators before even being sworn into Congress. She’ll be the first Senator to ever pay all her interns $15 an hour (only 4 percent of Democratic Senators even pay their interns). We have to keep supporting her.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Education is a HUGE component in lifting Latino voices and dignity in this country. The HSF is the nation’s largest NGO focused on higher education for Latinos. If you’re able to, your donation could help a young Latino get a college education.
Al Otro Lado
Based in Los Angeles, Al Otro Lado serves communities in Tijuana with legal services after they’ve been deported or are seeking to return to the United States. Al Otro Lado helps close the legal gap after a primary breadwinner is deported. They help keep their American businesses running and in their name, help with cross-border custody issues and has a Wellness Center in Los Angeles for the families left behind.
Chicanos Por La Causa
Founded in 1969, CPLC is part of the movement led by Cesar Chavez and remains one of the largest Latino nonprofits in the country. They combat oppression and strengthen the Latino culture in communities across the Southwest.
Caption: “Now, his student’s mariachi group has been recognized at the Tucson international Mariachi conference. His spirit of going above and beyond helped Efrain become an Esperanza Latino teacher honoree.”
The Committee for Hispanic Families and Children
The organization is here for low-income Latino families in New York City. They offer education courses for parents as well as the ever more expensive child care to allow the family to succeed. On top of all that, they’re also providing immigrant services, and HIV/AIDS prevention services.
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
If you nerdy and in the healthcare industry, or love someone who is, this is the organization they need to be supporting. It’s science-driven advocacy focuses on health for all. It provides health services to more than 15 million Latinos throughout the U.S. cada año.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
It’s a big name, right? Well, they give away legal scholarships to Latinos.
Caption: “Thanks to @sodexoUSA and @GeorgiaTech for teaming up with @MALDEF at a Health and Wellness workshop this past weekend. Over 100 participants from the Atlanta area heard presentations on health and nutrition and enjoyed a demonstration on healthy preparations of favorite dishes.
United We Dream
United We Dream provides a safe haven for fear-leaden undocumented immigrants living and contributing in the U.S. The organization seeks to empower young people to be calladitas no more and teaches them how to mobilize, develop campaigns, and fight for dignity and justice, Cesar Chavez style.
Since 1968, Unidos US has been a nonpartisan voice for Latinos. They conduct research on how policy affects Latinos specifically, which means their research can be turned into advocacy efforts for immigrants, undereducated and underrepresented Latinos.
NPR’s Latino USA
Caption: “I interviewed Shariana Ferrer of Colectiva Feminista en Construcción for @latinorebels Radio about their work, the feminist lucha in Puerto Rico and their demand that the governor declare an Executive Order to fight gender violence.”
If we want to hear our voices more often, we need to support those voices. NPR’s Latino USA covers stories we want to hear: stories from the past of how Alcatraz Island was occupied by indigenous Americans on Thanksgiving day back in the 1960’s to profiles of how Dolores Huerta and her daughter live their lives today.
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