The First Step: 33 Social Justice Resources

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so·cial jus·tice (n): justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society. 

Below are more 30 resources across 8 issues to start your social justice journey. Whether you want to donate, educate yourself or see what the current conversation is, you can find it below.

Sexual Harassment & Assault

  • TIME’S UP is a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live. Learn more: https://www.timesupnow.com/#ourmission-anchor
  • Learn more about sexual assault, the law, and how it varies from state to state: http://public.findlaw.com/
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org & rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. – https://www.rainn.org/
  • AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, we have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families. They also host a page called ‘Know Your Rights in the Work Place’, in an effort to educate women on illegal workplace conduct. Learn more: https://www.aauw.org/ 

Gun Control

  • Everytown for Gun Safety calls itself a “movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.” Started by Michael Bloomberg, it provides 7 steps its supporters can take to prevent gun violence, including calling your representatives and acting locally through grassroots efforts. Learn more: https://everytown.org/who-we-are/
  • Moms Demand Action (part of Everytown) was founded by a stay-at-home mom in response to the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012. The organization has chapters in all 50 states, and also asks followers to text ACT to 644-33 and submit their zip code to receive updates about ways to get involved. Learn more: https://momsdemandaction.org/about/
  • Giffords, also established in response to Sandy Hook, focuses on shifting culture, changing policy and challenging injustice. Gabby Giffords, a victim herself, and her foundation are relentless in saving the lives of Americans. Learn more: https://giffords.org/about/
  • 5 Calls was founded by a husband-and-wife team with the goal of making it easy for people to call their member of Congress about any issue. Users can sign up at 5calls.org, choose “Demand Action Against Gun Violence,” and be provided with their senators’ and representatives’ names, phone numbers and talking points about gun violence to share on the call. Supporters can also use the site’s app and sign up for weekly email alerts. Learn more: https://5calls.org/

Domestic Abuse & Violence

  • The Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP) supports the rights of all individuals, especially women and girls, to live in peace and dignity. Violence and all other forms of oppression against all communities and families must be eliminated. Learn more: https://nrcdv.org/dvam/
  • The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is the voice of victims and survivors. We are the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence. We do this by affecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs and education that drive that change. Learn more: https://ncadv.org/take-action
  • Women’s Advocates is a safe place where victims/survivors of all backgrounds and cultures can escape domestic violence and begin to heal. We offer shelter, meals, clothing, transportation, personal needs items, counseling, support, advocacy, referrals, crisis phone, and other basic services to women and their children daily. Learn more: https://www.wadvocates.org/
  • The Hotline is the only 24/7 center in the nation that has access to service providers and shelters across the U.S. Today, The Hotline continues to grow and explore new avenues of service. Learn more: http://www.thehotline.org/
  • The National Center for Victims of Crime is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. Learn more: https://victimsofcrime.org/

Human Rights

  • The ACLU champions transgender people’s right to be themselves. We’re fighting discrimination in employment, housing, and public places, including restrooms. Learn more: https://www.aclu.org/issues/lgbt-rights
  • Equality Federation is the movement builder and strategic partner to state-based organizations advocating for LGBTQ people. Learn more: http://www.equalityfederation.org/
  • End Slavery Now partners with antislavery organizations in the United States and across the globe to identify answers to that question. Then, End Slavery Now shares these possibilities with the general public. Learn more here: http://www.endslaverynow.org/about
  • IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. Learn more: https://www.iom.int/
  • The #WithRefugees campaign expresses solidarity with people forced to flee and encourages governments to take action.When you sign the #WithRefugees petition, you are asking governments to turn their commitments into action. Learn more: http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/world-refugee-day.html
  • Free the Slaves was born in the early days of the new millennium, dedicated to alerting the world about slavery’s global comeback and to catalyze a resurgence of the abolition movement. Learn more: https://www.freetheslaves.net/
  • Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom.Learn more: https://polarisproject.org/

Human Trafficking

  • Stopping Traffic, a film: The film is a call to action, intending to inspire the viewer to join in the movement to seek an end to human trafficking, helping to break the isolation of millions of voiceless victims. We are particularly reaching out to young people, hoping to enlist the next generation of activists. This film is available January 9th. Learn more here:  http://stoppingtrafficfilm.com/ 
  • The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a national anti-trafficking hotline serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. The toll-free hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages. Learn more: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/
  • The Blue Campaign is the unified voice for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to combat human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations, the Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice. Learn more: https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign/what-human-trafficking

Net Neutrality

  • Save the Internet: Net Neutrality is essential to education, economic opportunity, innovation, social movements, and dissent. Without Net Neutrality there’s no way to organize for justice or power the resistance. Learn more about Net Neutrality, how it influences your life, and how to vote here: www.savetheinternet.com/
  • Click here to submit your own letter to fight against Net Neutrality.

Homelessness

  • The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, a 501(c)3 based in Washington, D.C., is the only national legal group dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness.  We operate programs across the United States that serve America’s more than 3.5 million homeless families, children, and individuals.- https://www.nlchp.org/
  • Besos Care Packages is a program TV host and singer Adrienne Bailon and her husband started in their community in 2017. Simply put, it involves delivering care packages to the homeless. The care packages can range from gifts to personal care to clothes; you can gift whatever you feel is needed. 
  • The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected. Learn more: http://nationalhomeless.org/
  • The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to end homelessness in the United States. We use research and data to find solutions to homelessness; we work with federal and local partners to create a solid base of policy and resources that support those solutions, and then we help communities implement them. Learn more: https://endhomelessness.org/
  • Research and reach out to local shelters and organizations for volunteer opportunities.
  • Donate old home decor, clothing, and household items to local retail stores that support the homeless.

3rd World Women and Children

  • The Half the Sky Movement is cutting across platforms to ignite the change needed to put an end to the oppression of women and girls worldwide, the defining issue of our time. Inspired by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book of the same name, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide brings together video, websites, games, blogs and other educational tools to not only raise awareness of women’s issues, but to also provide concrete steps to fight these problems and empower women. Change is possible, and you can be part of the solution. Learn more: http://www.halftheskymovement.org/index.html 
  • Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) is an advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with and for the people of eastern Congo. We envision an eastern Congo vibrant with abundant opportunities for economic and social development, where a robust civil society can flourish. ECI believes that local, community-based approaches are essential to creating a sustainable and successful society in eastern Congo. Learn more:  http://www.easterncongo.org/
  • UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential. And we never give up. UNICEF for every child. Learn more: https://www.unicef.org/
  • HeForShe is inviting people around the world to stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality. And it starts by taking action right now to create a gender equal world. Learn more: http://www.heforshe.org

Flint Water Crisis

  • A timeline of the Flint Water Crisis: http://www.cnn.com/flint-water-crisis-fast-facts/ 
  • The State of Michigan remains committed to supporting the City of Flint as it continues to recover and rebuild. The state provided more than $300 million to Flint, in addition to the $100 million from the federal government – all of which is helping with water quality improvements, pipe replacement, healthcare, food resources, educational resources, job training and creation, and more. Learn more: http://www.michigan.gov/flintwater/
  • Flint Child Health and Development Fund has raised over $19 million in gifts and awarded nearly $5 Million in grants. Donate here: https://www.cfgf.org
  • Help For Flint is a resource center for all things regarding Flint and the crisis. Stay updated here: http://www.helpforflint.com/
  • The American Red Cross remains a constant platform for helping people. Learn more about what they are doing in Flint here: http://www.redcross.org/local/michigan

 

 

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