The Case for Donating to a Few Specific Advocacy Groups

While there is no substitute to pounding the pavement at a march, or calling or visiting your local reps to make your voice heard, there are times — as we are beginning to see with Trump’s executive order on immigration — when our battles will need to be fought in courtrooms by those with intricate knowledge of the Law. All of this work costs time and money and it will add up very quickly (something that Trump — no stranger to litigation — is surely counting on).

The following are extremely effective advocacy groups, all of whom could use our donations as early and often as we’re able:

  • When it comes to civil liberties, constitutionality, and ethics, the American Civil Liberties Union has been out in front of Trump since day one, post election — and they get results.
  • On immigration in particular, the National Immigration Law Center is a well-run, much needed, and effective resource.
  • With regard to climate change, Earthjustice‘s mission is very specifically that of environmental advocacy via litigation. And they have an admirable success rate.
  • With a Republican majority, lobbying groups liberal lobbying groups lose traction, and we sometimes have to depend on high-visibility PR/advocacy campaigns. Few have been better at that game over the years than Greenpeace.
  • With Trump threatening to effectively deny LGBTQ equal rights, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) will be leading the defense in court.
  • And, as our focus shifts to reproductive rights and the open seat on the Supreme Court, support for Planned Parenthood and NARAL will become even more critical.

NOTE: For an expanded list and more information, see our Donate to Effective Liberal Charities page.

Fighting the Executive Order on Immigration

BREAKING: The ACLU has just won in federal court a national stay against the executive order on immigration (refugee/muslim ban)!

That said — and legal judgements being what they are — all of those looking to do something helpful in light of Trump’s executive order should follow up with these actions:

  • Call your Republican Senators and Congressmen and ask them to publicly denounce and oppose the President’s executive order on immigration. (Very few [Charlie Dent, Justin Amash, Jeff Flake, Ben Sasse] have done so yet.) Tell them that basic human rights should never be “agree to disagree” territory, and history will judge the Republicans very harshly for holding to party lines here. “The New Colossus” text on the Statue of Liberty is not meant for whites only and we must — in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. — honor the “sacred obligation” of our Constitution. (For info on contacting your legislators, see our state-by-state resources.)
  • Get out there — at the airports and on the streets — and protest. We need to make our united voices heard on this, and we need to be loud. List of known protests available here, via ThinkProgress.

Get busy, folks. Our country has a petulant, erratic, reactionary child at the helm right now, and this is not a drill.

Help for Dealing with Trump’s First Press Conference

…wherein: PEEOTUS attacked CNN as being “fake news,” shouted down CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta (who was later threatened with retribution and suppression by incoming Press Secretary Sean Spicer), took a question from actual fake news service and white nationalism champion Breitbart, and claimed he “will be the greatest jobs producer that God ever created.”