Political action is really important. Voting rights are under major attack and fascism is creeping every closer in the US. So you can and should call your political representatives and donate to the campaigns of people you want to be your representatives (also donate locally!)! It’s just as important this year as it was two years ago or four or six or eight.
That said, you can also donate money directly to charitable concerns.
One thing I’ve been doing a lot of lately– every time I see news about Republicans trying to censor LGBT books, I go over to donorschoose and search for LGBT and donate $25 to one of the classrooms. There aren’t many (and half are in California…). I initially tried to look up books by authors of LGBT YA that I liked, but came up blank. Still, rainbow face masks and pride stickers aren’t nothing. (There are a few books, but mostly non-fiction.) Maybe you want to do the same thing but every time you hear someone trying to ban “critical race theory” you search for “diverse books.” Or fund teachers buying books on those banned lists!
You also may want to check in with a local librarian to see if they’ve been getting threats from organized fascists about stocking books that support underrepresented minorities, and if so, give them your thanks and support both verbally and with a donation. (I’ve been deliberately checking out books on the new banned lists– some of them have been pretty good! Though there are a LOT of angsty graphic artists out there who are maybe not my middle-aged demo.)
Planned Parenthood needs your money.
We need the ACLU to help us fight fascism.
Help pro-choice women Democrats get elected to office with Emily’s List.
Here are some charitable donations pages from previous years.
Grumpy nation, who are we missing? Where should charitable dollars be going this year?