102 Holiday Gift Guide! J/k, Donate Instead!
We have a couple last minute gift ideas in today’s show, and then we switch the focus to several amazing charities that you can donate to in order to help fight the patriarchy and white supremacy in the coming year.
In This Episode
Nichole gives an update on Zarna Joshi and her sexual harassment video that went viral, thanks to listener Adam. We then give a couple last minute gift ideas, and then spend a lot of time talking about some kickass charities that are fighting white supremacy and the patriarchy who could use your donations in leiu of gifts this year, or just whatever you can spare. We give a couple tips for ways you can use the gift cards and money that you may get from friends and family to help others.
Given the atmosphere right now, we didn’t feel comfortable doing a chipper gift guide this year, but our guide from last year is still relevant and full of good ideas, if you are scrambling for a last minute gift that’s in line with your ethics, or to request from your loved ones.
Last minute gift ideas
- Reset and Restore Program by Lacy Davis and Jessica Wilkins: get back to intuitive eating after the holidays. Geared towards those with disordered eating. NOT A DIET. Use code “riotsnotdiets” to get 10% off! Starts January 2.
- Santa’s First Vegan Christmas by Robin Raven: a cute kid’s book that tells the tale of Santa and Dana, the little reindeer who teaches Santa about having compassion towards animals.
List of charities
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
An organization that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States for the past 100 years. Per the ACLU: “If Donald Trump violates civil liberties, we will fight back. Join us.”
Donate before December 31 and your donation will be doubled! Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide who would otherwise not have access to it.
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
Since the election the SPLC have been tracking & recording “bias related incidents” to provide a “hate map” of the United States.
The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
Standing Rock = Fight the Dakota Access Pipe Line
The fight isn’t over yet, please continue to read, share and donate if possible! The link above is to a wonderful article on Huffington Post that lists several ways to support the water protectors as they continue their fight.
The Humane League
Recommended as a top charity on Animal Charity Evaluators, The Humane League uses a multi-pronged to animal activism: grassroots education at high schools and colleges to help the youth go vegan and be aware of vegan issues, while also focusing on corporate campaigns to try to make things better for farmed animals now.
Food Empowerment Project
With a holistic approach to food justice, Food Empowerment Project seeks to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one’s food choices. They encourage healthy food choices that reflect a more compassionate society by spotlighting the abuse of animals on farms, the depletion of natural resources, unfair working conditions for produce workers, and the unavailability of healthy foods in low-income areas.
YouCaring Fund for Trans Folks’ Passport Update
This article in Bustle talks about how trans folks are trying to get their passports updated with the gender they identify as before Trump takes office because they can use that as their ID while they work to get their other forms of identification updated. The fund linked about will take you to a YouCaring fund that is being raised to help fund this passport change for trans folks who can’t afford it.
Additional Ideas for Support
Save money or gift cards for activists that need bail money, to give to the homeless or economically insecure, to people who have crowdsourcing for surgeries or medical emergencies, etc.
Links and Information
- “Vegan Food” Tops 2016 Google Search in NYC (VegNews)
- Giraffes Placed on Extinction Watchlist (VegNews)
- Gadget Uses UV Light to Make Vegan Wine (VegNews)
Mentioned in this Episode
- Zarna Joshi Response Video Series: Zarna responds to the patriarchial lashback against her sexual harassment video that went viral. This series is a wealth of information about the ways that our culture works to keep women and victims, people of color, and anyone who pushes back silent.
Unedited version of the harassment video here (content warning for ableist language on the description and please do NOT read the comments).