Giving Tuesday

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Today is Giving Tuesday, a worldwide holiday for giving to organizations working to transform their communities. Since 2012, it has been celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday to highlight charity, philanthropy and nonprofits doing good around the globe. The official website uses the phrase “radical generosity” throughout its content, defined as “the concept that the suffering of others should be as intolerable to us as our own suffering.”

On the tenth anniversary of Giving Tuesday, I want to highlight a few radical organizations I try to support throughout the year. Most of these may be flying under the radar of Bill and Melinda Gates, PayPal, the Ford Foundation, and the other large philanthropic partners behind Giving Tuesday, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

All these organizations are based in the U.S., where I live, and several touch the lives of people in places that have been important to me. I hope this post inspires you to find the people who are organizing for the greater good in your community and fund them. Be generous, radically, throughout the year.


Chicago Freedom School #

Chicago, IL
“Founded in 2007, our mission is to build intergenerational partnerships and facilitate programming for young people of color while offering training to individuals and organizations committed to movement building...Inspired by the Mississippi Freedom Schools of the Civil Rights Era, CFS takes an innovative approach to youth activism, leadership development, and movement building.”

Donate to Chicago Freedom School


Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute #

Washington, DC and nationwide
“What would our country look like if it were governed by and for the working class? Named for labor champions Eugene V. Debs, Mother Jones, and Frederick Douglass, the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute (DJDI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1998. DJDI works to promote a government and an economy that works for working people.”

Visit the DJDI website


Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project #

“The Florence Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit legal service organization providing free legal and social services to adults and unaccompanied children in immigration custody in Arizona. Although the government assists indigent criminal defendants and civil litigants through public defenders and legal aid attorneys, it does not provide attorneys for people in immigration removal proceedings. As a result, an estimated 86 percent of the detained people go unrepresented due to poverty. The Florence Project strives to address this inequity both locally and nationally through direct service, partnerships with the community, and advocacy and outreach efforts.”

Donate to the Florence Project


Highlander Research and Education Center #

New Market, TN
“Highlander serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South. We work with people fighting for justice, equality, and sustainability, supporting their efforts to take collective action to shape their own destiny...We develop leadership and help create and support strong, democratic organizations that work for justice, equality and sustainability in their own communities and that join with others to build broad movements for social, economic, and restorative environmental change.”

Donate to the Highlander Center


Justice Knox #

Knoxville, TN
“Justice Knox, an interfaith collaboration of congregations and organizations, actively uncovers injustice [in Knoxville, Tenn.] and mobilizes the community to create just, fair, and effective solutions. Through Justice Knox, congregations of diverse faith backgrounds act together in response to the biblical mandate to “do justice.” We are inspired by the work of 21 broad-based Justice Ministry organizations in other cities.”

Visit the Justice Knox website


No More Deaths/No Más Muertes #

Tucson, AZ and Sonora, Mexico
“No More Deaths provides humanitarian aid, search and rescue operations, and legal aid to migrants, refugees and residents of southern Arizona and northern Mexico. Our mission is to end suffering and death in the borderlands.”

Donate to No More Deaths


Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) #

“SOCM (pronounced “sock-em”) is a member-driven organization that utilizes civic involvement and collective action to empower Tennesseans to have a greater voice in determining their future. We work for social, economic, and environmental justice for all.”

Donate to SOCM


Worker Justice Center of New York #

Upstate New York
“Originally founded in 1981 as Farmworker Legal Services of New York, WJCNY was established in late 2011 through a merger with the Hudson Valley-based Workers’ Rights Law Center. WJCNY is now widely recognized as the premier legal services organization serving farmworkers and other low-wage workers in Upstate New York. Among immigrant communities in our region, we are widely regarded as a trusted source of information and legal assistance, as well as grassroots advocacy.”

Visit the WJCNY website


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