By now, we’re seeing a little more in the paycheck courtesy of Trump. What to do with that extra money is a question we’re asking. I hope to use some of mine to get started in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency and perhaps start saving for a trip to Latin America; right now Costa Rica is the leading candidate.
But perhaps some of the money Trump is giving us should go towards the resistance.
The January 15-22 issue of The Nation, included the annual list of groups that could use a hand. As is typical of this list, there is a strong focus on women’s issues, especially reproductive issues.
I’m not going to second guess those suggestions, but I have a few groups I think are worth a few dollars of support.
My trip to DC to oppose the ACA repeal put me in contact with three groups that could all use support to continue to organize actions. Housing Works is a New York City based group working to end the issues of homelessness and HIV/AIDS. The Center for Popular Democracy is a multi-issue group whose partners in Pennsylvania include CASA and Make the Road PA.
If there is one lasting image of the resistance to Trump and his agenda, it may be of protesters in wheelchairs being carried out of the Senate. Many of those protesters were allied with the national group ADAPT. This group has been compared to the HIV/AIDS activist group ACT-UP, and I was impressed by the spirit and courage these individuals who have overcome so much brought to the halls of Congress.
One other group that may need a hand is your local hacker community or maker space; with Net Neutrality repealed, communities may need to look to alternatives to stay connected. According to Vice.com, over 750 have.