Now that the thrill of marching alongside and spreading the message of love, respect and tolerance with hundreds of thousands of motivated, passionate women, men and children of every color, race and religion has worn off, the question is what is next?
Women's rights (and the environment and other causes) are too important to not to continue the momentum. We must continue to mobilize but how? If you are feeling lost and asking where can we go from here? Don't worry:
Fortunately, the Women's March organizers just released their new activist campaign called “10 Actions, 100 Days,” on their official website and already protests are being planned (including a release your taxes April 15th march... Genius!)
The organization has pledged to set 10 concrete agenda goals to accomplish in the next 100 days. A new action item will be released on its website every 10 days. So what are we starting with? As Michael Moore reminded us, the number one thing you can do is call your Senators and congressman each and every day.
For a little bit of a pick-me-up, Vogue.com made a video, above, with a few of the march organizers including the brilliant Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, Sarah Sophie Flicker, and Cassady Fendlay who have a few more suggestions for how you can make a difference.
While there are many ways to make a difference, and often times your voice and showing-up is as powerful as money, if you are interested in donating we recommend the following organizations (below). Of course we also recommend showing your support with one of Modavanti's new Mobilize Tees.
1. NRDC (National Resource Defense Council): The NRDC creates solutions for lasting environmental change, protecting
natural resources in the United States and across the globe. As an organization it "seeks to influence federal and state environmental and other agencies to reduce global warming, limit pollution, and generally conserve energy and increase sustainability of commerce and manufacturing. Our earth is under assault from climate deniers. This work is more important than ever.
**The charity monitoring group Charity Navigator gave the Natural Resources Defense Council four out of four stars in its three rating categories: overall, financial practices, and accountability & transparency
2. ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union): Since the election there have been an unacceptable and unnerving spike in hate crimes. The ACLU's mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States." In response, the ACLU has stepped up it's Human Rights project which advocates for protecting immigrants rights, gay rights, and minority rights. This is more critical than ever.
3. IRC (International Refugee Committee): The Russian aided Assad regime's massacre of its people in Syria has displaced 10M people, forcing more than 3.5M refugees to flee Syria completely. Millions more have escaped ISIS, the fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan and dozens of other conflict zones around the world. The IRC is a global humanitarian aid, relief and development nongovernmental organization founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, that offers emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution or natural disaster. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries to help the greatest influx of refugees the world has seen since WWII.
And of course last but not least... The reason for the whole march:
4. Planned Parenthood: This one is easy. Women's health is under assault here in the US and globally and Planned Parenthood provides reproductive health services such as "birth control and long-acting reversible contraception, emergency contraception, breast and cervical cancer screening, pregnancy testing and pregnancy options counseling, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections; sex education, vasectomies,LGBT services, and abortion," both in the United States and globally. Few organizations do more to promote women's health in rural and poor areas.