As three white ladies, we’re feeling an immense amount of shame, disgust and fear watching the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, unfold. The election of President Donald Trump legitimized long-hidden feelings of white supremacy, misogyny, and general hatred of POC, LGBTQ+ folks, Muslims, Jews and a whole slew of Others in much of this country. Maybe you’re feeling paralyzed watching the news today, or you’re numb to another act of hatred being committed on U.S. soil for the sake of Making America Great Again. Watching from a distance has been especially hard for us at She Spends. What can we do? How do we make a difference? We don’t have the answers, but we wish we did. What we can do is direct you to organizations that are doing their best damn effort to help make the world better, or at least assist those going out and doing it.
A whole slew of organizations need financial help. The DSA of Charlottesville has set up a GoFundMe account to cover the medical expenses of those injured in the attacks. The ACLU of Virginia is doing good work protecting the rights of citizens in Charlottesville. So is the Southern Poverty Law Center. Black Lives Matter is constantly protecting the rights of people of color, as is the local NAACP. More localized organizations like the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, Creciendo Juntos: Latino Community Network in Charlottesville, SONG: Regional Queer Liberation Organization and the Islamic Society of Central Virginia need assistance too. Some journalists were injured during the protests and counter-protest, so consider showing support via donations to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
-Alicia 🐶 , Amanda 👡 & Jemma 🦄