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Donate to These 25 Organizations for Anti-Trump Holiday Gifts

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When all you want for Christmas is to wake up from this dystopian nightmare.

With a looming Trump presidency in our near future, civil rights organizations will need our support more than ever. Trump has made a point of scapegoating just about every minority group, and the appointment of white supremacist Steve Bannon, former head of the nationalist Breitbart News, as his chief White House strategist proves we can’t afford to give Trump a chance to be president for all Americans. This holiday season, let’s focus on the positive change we can make. In the spirit of giving, donate to these 25 organizations in the names of everyone on your gift list.

1) Lambda Legal
Lambda Legal is the country’s oldest and largest organization working for the civil rights of LGBT people and people with HIV or AIDS. In the wake of the election, CEO Rachel B. Tiven wrote a letter encouraging supporters to keep fighting. Lambda Legal also has a post-election FAQ page. You can donate to Lambda Legal here.

2) Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood will face more attacks on providing women’s health screenings, birth control, and abortion services in the coming years. Read Cecile Richards’s post-election message, and donate here. You can also donate a holiday gift to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence’s name.

3) NAACP Legal Defense Fund
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund provides legal assistance to poor African Americans and civil rights and voting rights activists, and brings lawsuits against violators of civil rights. Watch what LDF President and Direct-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill has to say about the election results, and donate here.

4) Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
CAIR was established to promote a positive image of Muslims in America and to counter misrepresentations of Islam through education, advocacy, and civil rights work. CAIR’s work will be more important than ever under a president who has promised to ban Muslims from entering the United States. Donate here.

5) International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
IRAP organizes law students and lawyers to enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. One dollar of every $10 donated goes directly to legal assistance. Donate to support IRAP here.

6) Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
The Southern Poverty Law Center has been combatting hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation since 1971. The SPLC is also one of the most important hate group watchdogs in the country, and have been collecting hate incidents in the wake of the election. SPLC has been quick to call out hate speech in the Trump administration and the appointment of white supremacist Steve Bannon. Donate here.

7) Environmental Defense Fund
We cannot afford policies that ignore climate change for the next four years. The Environmental Defense Fund is a nonprofit environmental advocacy group using sound science, economics, and law to find environmental solutions that work. Support their mission by donating here.

8) National Center for Transgender Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice advocacy organization fighting for the rights of transgender Americans. Read Mara Keisling’s statement on the election results, and donate here.  

9) National Immigration Law Center
The National Immigration Law Center is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants. Read their "Know Your Rights" guide, and donate here.

10) The Sierra Club Foundation
The Sierra Club Foundation is an environmental advocacy group that promotes education and activism to fight climate change. Donate to protect the environment here.

11) The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is a free confidential suicide hotline for LGBT and questioning youth. The hotline has experienced a surge of calls from LGBT youth who are feeling hopeless and afraid in the wake of the election. Donate to support The Trevor Project here.

12) Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)
MALDEF is a national civil rights organization that has been fighting for immigrant rights, voting rights, employment, and education for Latinos in the United States since 1968. Donate to support their mission here.

13) Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
The Human Rights Campaign is one of America’s largest civil rights organizations working to achieve LGBT equality. HRC was a major force in the fight for marriage equality. In the wake of the election, they compiled a list of crisis lines for LGBT people. Donate to HRC here.

14) Interfaith Alliance
The Interfaith Alliance describes itself as “the faith-based voice countering the radical right and promoting the positive role of religion.” The organization is dedicated to fighting for the right to practice any religion, and to protect faith and freedom by respecting individual rights. Donate here.

15) American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The ACLU is a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and preserving civil rights guaranteed to every person in the United States. Since the election, the ACLU has received an outpouring of support; read their post-election plan here. You can make a donation here.

16) Center for Reproductive Rights
The Center for Reproductive rights is a nonprofit and legal advocacy group that has been defending the reproductive rights of women worldwide for 25 years. Donate to protect reproductive rights here.


17) Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

In light of the sexual assault allegations against our president-elect, and his own comments on sexually assaulting women, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network needs our support now more than ever. RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization, works with local rape crisis centers, and has a web-based hotline and live chat. Donate to RAINN here.

18) National Urban League
The National Urban League is a civil rights organization that advocates on behalf of African-Americans against racial discrimination in the United States. Support the National Urban League with a donation here.

19) Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project works to guarantee all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race. Their legal services assist with name changes, updating ID documents, health care advocacy, immigrant rights, and prisoner justice. Donate to SRLP here.

20) NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice America is a nonprofit organization that engages in political action and advocacy to oppose restrictions on abortion and expand abortion access. Read NARAL’s statement on the presidential election results, and donate here.

21) Make the Road New York
Make the Road New York is dedicated to building the power of Latino and working class communities through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. Read their statement on the election results, and donate.

22) Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC)
The Natural Resources Defense Council is an international environmental advocacy group dedicated to fighting climate change. The NDRC has several programs, including a health program that focuses on clean drinking water, a nuclear program opposed to nuclear weapons, and a Latino outreach program. Help defend the environment under a Trump presidency by donating here.

23) Transgender Law Center
The Transgender Law Center is dedicated to changing law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. Read a statement from the executive director on the election results, and donate here.

24) Immigrant Defense Project
The Immigrant Defense Project protects and expands the rights of all immigrants, focusing on those who are accused or convicted of crimes. Read their statement on the election results, and donate here.

25) Jewish Voice for Peace
Jewish Voice for Peace is a grassroots organization dedicated to the rights of Jews, Palestinians, and all people in the Middle East. They promote a U.S. foreign policy based on democracy and human rights and promote interfaith alliances to fight for human rights. A letter from their executive director about the election results is currently available on their home page. Donate to Jewish Voice for Peace here.

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.