This Month's Organization
350.org is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to science and justice. The organization was named after 350 parts per million -- the safe concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. 350.org uses online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions to oppose new coal, oil, and gas projects, take money out of the companies that are heating up the planet, and build 100% clean energy solutions that work for all.
Previously Supported Organizations
Transgender Law Center
This administration has not hesitated to attack the rights of marginalized communities, and one of the recent targets has been transgender people serving in the military. In response, we will be supporting the Transgender Law Center, the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation. TLC focuses on a variety of legal and policy cases that impact the transgender community, including employment, health, immigration, and the prison system.
As politicians are gearing up for election season, the High Five Fund will be supporting Indivisible this October. Indivisible is a progressive grassroots network that aims to defeat the Trump agenda by holding each and every member of Congress accountable to their constituents. Created by former Congressional staffers, Indivisible provides practical guidelines for how to organize and advocate at the local level, and coordinates specific and effective weekly actions to make our voices heard on Capitol Hill. With each attempt to repeal Obamacare, institute a travel ban, or reverse DACA, Indivisible has been at the forefront of organizing the progressive response in strategic and impactful ways!
Black Lives Matter & Showing up for Racial Justice
We decided to split our donation for this month between Black Lives Matter(BLM) and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), which are both grassroots efforts for racial justice that support local chapters in cities across the country. We felt it is imperative to support these two organizations in tandem as BLM is a prominent black-led effort for racial justice and SURJ focuses on white responsibility and allyship in addressing white supremacy in our communities, work places, and social networks.
While we have all been celebrating that the health care repeal efforts in Congress have not moved forward, Families USA knows the hard work is not over. As they recently shared on their blog, "We know the Trump Administration and members of Congress are still dedicated to undermining the Affordable Care Act and dismantling Medicaid, including through legislative strategies, administrative sabotage, the budget process, and threats that we will likely face when the Republican agenda turns to tax reform. We must remain vigilant and never stop advocating for better health care for all people in America."
New Leaders Council
New Leaders Council is the leading training program for progressive millennials. NLC equips its leaders with the skills to run for office, manage campaigns, create start ups, and use grassroots activism in their communities and workplaces to create progressive change. NLC has 48 chapters across the country in red and blue states with nearly 5,000 alumni, of which 57% identify as people of color and 53% identify as women, bringing critical perspectives to our political landscape.
LamBda Legal: Making the Case for Equality
To celebrate Pride, and defend the rights of LGBTQ people the High Five Fund is happy to announce our June beneficiary is Lambda Legal. Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. As the current administration pursues policies to legalize discrimination and decimates funding for individuals living with HIV, supporting Lambda Legal's work becomes all the more important.
NLIHC: National Low Income Housing Coalition
National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is dedicated to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. Considering Trump's background as a real estate developer, it is critical to consider the ways in which his investments in luxury condos and resorts have contributed to the affordable housing crisis across our country. But, with the political will to address the bipartisan issue of affordable housing options, we can end this crisis with no additional spending. Check out this video to learn more!
EarthJustice: Because the Earth Needs a Good Lawyer
As our nation’s original and largest nonprofit environmental law organization, EarthJustice has successfully defended environmental issues in the courts for more than 40 years, including landmark cases in the areas of climate and energy, wildlife preservation, and the protection of communities from toxic chemicals. At a time when ignoring our environmental responsibilities could have dire and irreversible consequences, it is critical to hold this administration accountable.
NILC: National Immigration Law Center
Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center is one of the leading advocates for low-income immigrants and their families. Through a strategy of targeted litigation, policy analysis, and strategic messaging, the NILC works to defend and advance the rights of underrepresented immigrant families. As witnessed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ block of the president’s travel ban, courts are vital to maintaining our constitutional rights under this administration, as is supporting judicially-focused organizations.
RAINN: The nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization
In addition to providing support to survivors of sexual assault, RAINN also plays an important role in shaping public policy. As the president-elect normalizes sexual assault, we need to strengthen the counter-narrative that any kind of unwelcome sexual advance is an outrage and unacceptable. At a time when the 115th Congress seems set on limiting women's access to healthcare, RAINN's services become all the more important especially for women in need of immediate help and support.
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