One extremely powerful way to make an impact is with our dollars; how and where we choose to spend them. This takes a commitment and ongoing awareness/research. It’s important to understand that economic activism can vary from relatively simple to more difficult—and sometimes, painful—choices. What follows is a list of ways you can make immediate and long-term impacts.
Instead of shopping for things this holiday season (and beyond) choose to make donations in the name of intended recipient or ask others to make donations in your name in lieu of gifts. Places that your dollars can make a difference:
Give with tax-deductible donations
- Planned Parenthood—choose a clinic in a red state, where your dollars can directly impact those in need.
- Standing Rock—The fight against DAPL is not over, supplies are needed.
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)—Local Chapter or National Organization
- Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)—Local Chapter or National (every tribute gift of $50 or more to National will be matched this month)
- Black Lives Matter or Movement for Black LIves
- Anti-defamation League—Local and National
- Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
- Pillars of the Community—Community organizing and leadership in the Southeast San Diego community
- Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA)
- NAACP— Local chapter
- The Islamic Center of San DIego
- Alpha Project—Local Homeless Advocacy accepts monetary and other types of donations
- Second Chance—Local org that disrupts the cycles of incarceration and poverty by helping people find their way to self-sufficiency.
Give subscriptions to media outlets not normalizing that which is not normal
- Democracy Now!
- This Week In Blackness
- Race Forward—publisher of Colorlines
- Mint Press News
- The Free Thought Project
This is tougher because so many of our go-to retailers are wrapped up in the prison industrial complex and other organizations that keep white supremacy in power.
- ALEC— When possible, try to avoid spending money with any retailer/business that are corporate members of ALEC, the most powerful lobbying body in the US. Note how the tentacles are long and twisting. AT&T, Pfizer and UPS are all members. Use this list as a compass for which choices are possible and which are less
- Prison Industrial Complex-supporters to avoid—this is where it gets real. These companies use the cheap labor of prisoners to make their profit. This list is far more comprehensive but here’s a start:
- Whole Foods
- Victoria’s Secret
- Download the Buycott app and start making your choices.
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