The Obvious Problem
Well, we’re going to talk about it again: Police continue to murder black people in the street and in their homes with little consequence. It’s but one symptom of the systemic racism that pervades and perverts our society.
But you already knew that.
Today, I’ll be sharing what I’ve decided to do so far. I’ll also share a link with you so that you can do your own research.
We Need Legislation, and That Takes Money
Let me be clear; I fully support protests and I don’t want to discourage anyone from engaging in them. Protests are good for getting a few urgent matters addressed.
But they are merely the first step.
If we don’t want the change to stop at gestures of appeasement or bare-minimum compromises, then more needs to happen.
There needs to be legislation.
And you don’t have to be a political savant to know that in this country, money=rightness in terms of legislation.
I’ve been scouring the internet looking for non-profits actively pushing for policies, and I’ve been checking the charity rating info for said institutions. (Ie: What percentage of my donation actually gets funneled into programs). So far, there is one organization that seems to fit my aim (The number of programs that are legally involved are… disturbingly few, as far as what I’ve been able to track down.)
I’m not going to hold your hand with this part, because everyone hates long posts. Be an active participant in the future. Go to The Thurgood Marshall Institute website. View the “about” page and the “Campaigns” tab to see what they are doing, then go to Charity Navigator and search for “NAACP LDF” to check their score (as TMI is under the legal defense fund‘s umbrella).
From today onward, I’ll be making a $25 recurring contribution to TMI. It’s a small donation, but I’m hoping that it can go farther if some of you end up donating as well.
I’m new at this. I haven’t been quite an “active participant” in things like community and politics, but now I’m trying to give my longing and my anger a better home/career. I feel good about donating, but if anyone has suggestions beyond protesting to get involved in reform at the ground level- literally any information is more than I’ve had to work with up to this point.
Thanks for listening.