Giving Tuesday is here! An excellent day to support organizations that are helping advance and improve the conditions of multicultural America every day. DLG Media is proud to support the following organizations, if you’re looking for some suggestions on what organizations should get your hard earned dollars. There is a lot of work to do and these organizations and its staff are on the front lines every day, trying to improve the lives of people of color every where.
THE ARAB AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK
Led by Linda Sarsour and based in Brooklyn, NY, AANY’s mission is “to support and empower the Arab Immigrant and Arab American community by providing services to help them adjust to their new home and become active members of society. Our aim is for families to achieve the ultimate goals of independence, productivity and stability.”
They offer programs in adult education (civics and naturalization classes, English classes) advocacy and civic engagement, social services, youth education (such as college advising) and immigration services.
Define American is a non-profit media and culture organization that uses the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America. Created by journalist, entrepreneur and activist, Jose Antonio Vargas, one of their big wins is to get major news outlets to stop using the term “illegal” when referring to immigrants, through their #WordsMatter initiative.
EQUAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE
The United States has 5% of the World’s population and 25% of the incarcerated, and overwhelmingly, those incarcerated individuals are men and women of color. Just as alarming, the United States sentences children to inhumane sentences and is judging 13 years old children (!) to harsh punishments such as life without parole.
The Equal Justice Initiative is was founded by Bryan Stevenson and is based out of Montgomery, Alabama. EJI works tirelessly to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenge racial and economic injustice, and to protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. EJI focuses on four areas: racial inequality, children in prison, mass incarceration and the death penalty. To learn more about EJI click here.
LATINO USA AND THE FUTURO MEDIA GROUP
I have a confession, I have a huge professional crush on Maria Hinojosa- I want to be like her when I grow up– her journalist integrity is impeccable, as is her dedication to speaking up and sharing the stories of the underserved. I was blown away with her series Humanizing America and enjoy Latino USA podcasts that brings to light much needed voices and stories.
NATIONAL DOMESTIC WORKERS’ ALLIANCE
Domestic workers in the United States are overwhelmingly women of color, and are the reason why many women and men are able to leave their families and head to work every day. They raise children, they keep homes running, they cook, they clean… they do it all; many times under less than desirable conditions and no protection. The National Domestic Workers’ Alliance works to improve working conditions for millions of women across the USA. They work to create concrete change through legislation on state and federal level, and help women of color realize their potential. NDWA wishes to create a powerful movement rooted in the human rights and dignity of domestic workers, immigrants, women and their families.
As the NDWA says, “Domestic workers make all other work possible, but they don’t receive the respect they deserve. Donate now to support innovative programming for a low-wage worker movement led by women of color.”