The First 100 Days of this new administration haven’t even reached their halfway mark, but The Resistance is growing in magnitude. If you know how this website and project of empowerment began, you know that we’re fully in support of equal rights and freedoms for all people, regardless of religious beliefs, what country they’re from, or what side of the aisle they’re on.
Valentine’s Day is traditionally about showing love to your significant other, friends, and family. This year, though, we encourage you to show love to strangers by supporting organizations who are dedicating their time and energy to maintaining the most important values that the United States of America was founded on.
1. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
“From opposing the Patriot Act to challenging warrantless spying to challenging the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects without charge or trial, the ACLU is committed to restoring fundamental freedoms lost as a result of policies that expand the government’s power to invade privacy, imprison people without due process and punish dissent.
The ACLU also remains a champion of segments of the population who have traditionally been denied their rights, with much of our work today focused on equality for people of color, women, gay and transgender people, prisoners, immigrants, and people with disabilities.” (ACLU official website)
— ACLU National (@ACLU) February 10, 2017
2. New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC)
About the NYIC: “OUR VISION: The New York Immigration Coalition envisions a New York State that is stronger because all people are welcome, treated fairly, and given the chance to pursue their dreams. OUR MISSION: Unite immigrants, members & allies so all New Yorkers can thrive.” (NYIC official website)
— NYIC (@thenyic) February 9, 2017
The NYIC’s top priorities right now are maintaining New York’s status as a sanctuary city, opposing the building of a wall between U.S. and Mexico, protecting undocumented immigrants from Immigration & Customs Enforcement raids, and eradicating the Muslim ban instituted earlier this month.
3. Center for Reproductive Rights
About the CRR: “Reproductive freedom lies at the heart of the promise of human dignity, self-determination and equality embodied in both the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Center works toward the time when that promise is enshrined in law in the United States and throughout the world.
We envision a world where every woman is free to decide whether and when to have children; where every woman has access to the best reproductive healthcare available; where every woman can exercise her choices without coercion or discrimination. More simply put, we envision a world where every woman participates with full dignity as an equal member of society.” (CRR official website)
"Alone we are powerless, together we are strong." https://t.co/cspUnmiDKf
— CenterforReproRights (@ReproRights) February 11, 2017
4. The Women’s March
The Women’s March on Washington took place on January 21, 2017 and spawned sister marches all around the world that weekend. Several actions in support of women’s rights will continue throughout the first 100 Days.
About the Women’s March: “OUR MISSION: The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault – and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.
In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.” (TWM official website)
— Women's March (@womensmarch) February 13, 2017
5. Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
About the HRC: “By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.” (HRC official website)
6. National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
About the NILC: “At NILC, we believe that all people who live in the U.S.—regardless of their race, gender, immigration and/or economic status—should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Over the years, we’ve been at the forefront of many of the country’s greatest challenges when it comes to immigration issues, and play a major leadership role in addressing the real-life impact of polices that affect the ability of low-income immigrants to prosper and thrive.” (NILC official website)
VALENTINE’S DAY EVENTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
Worldwide Day of Revolutionary Love
Valentine’s Day is being reclaimed as a day of spreading love through social justice this year, in partnership with the One Billion Rising campaign. Join civil rights organization and protesters in supporting the various groups whose freedoms are being threatened through executive orders and new policies.
Love Fights Back Rally
For those in the NYC area, the NYIC are having a Valentine’s Day “Love Fights Back” rally tomorrow (Feb. 14) in support of the state’s immigrant community. Join them in Foley Square at 6 p.m. EST.
Bradleigh is a co-founder and content curator for The Sirens Rise with a BA in Media Studies. Her favorite things to do are listen to music, get lost in a book, write for hours, and eat way more chocolate than one human being ever should.