Did you know that being transgender can be a huge financial strain? There are hormone therapies, surgeries, and personal care expenses that the average cisgender person doesn’t incur. One of those that you probably haven’t thought about is chest-binding devices. Well, Point of Pride has! Your DGB for today is to read and donate below to help out a trans person.
Your DGB for today is to help put up some billboards calling out Bank of America for going back on its word.
After the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida a slew of companies announced ways they were breaking ties with the gun industry or gun lobby. While a hopeful and positive drop step toward changing the gun culture here in the U.S., it will only work if the businesses actually follow through on their promises. According to Guns Down, an organization fighting gun culture at every level, after an announcement that it would stop funding military-style weapons manufacturers, Bank of America did just the opposite and loaned Remington over $40 million dollars to help it emerge from bankruptcy. Read more here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bank-of-america-remington/bank-of-americas-loan-to-remington-tests-its-firearms-pledge-idUSKBN1I70AE
Guns Down has come up with a good way to take them to task by placing billboards throughout Bank of America’s headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here’s a description of the effort: https://gunsdownamerica.org/the-guns-down-billboard-fund/
And the donation page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/guns-down-billboard
Your DGB for today is to make the world better on behalf of and for moms everywhere, in the process of celebrating Mother’s Day this coming weekend. Donate in Mom’s name to one of the following charities, related to or founded by moms:
A coalition of organizations - under the umbrella of National Bail Out - work to end money bail, which disproportionately affects Black and brown people. In the lead-up to Mother’s Day, there is an effort to bail out as many Black moms as possible, so they can spend the holiday with their families: https://nomoremoneybail.org/
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was started by a mom in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting and now has chapters in all 50 states. It has active campaigns to promote and establish common-sense gun laws in the USA. https://momsdemandaction.org/
The International Rescue Committee has several ways to help moms and their families in peril around the world. They are very active in the Syrian refugee crisis and the famine in Yemen. https://gifts.rescue.org/product/health/care-mom-and-baby
Black Lives Matter is an organization and movement deeply rooted in the experience of Black mothers losing their children to racist violence by law enforcement. No mother should fear sending their kids out into the world the way Black women do. Please donate here: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
Your local domestic abuse shelter helps hundreds of mothers and children flee from domestic violence and get back on their feet in the aftermath. If you don’t know who does this work in your community, search here: https://www.domesticshelters.org/search#?page=1 and donate in your own city or state.
One last thought: This month can be hard on lots of people - women struggling with infertility, folks who have lost their moms, moms who have lost their children, people who have complicated and painful relationships with their moms, kids with two dads, kids whose moms are enlisted overseas or in prison at this time. Spare a thought and a kind word for these folks around this holiday. And if this is you, we at DGB send you our best wishes and a big hug.
Your DGB for today is to help the victims of the Waffle House shooting.
James Shaw Jr. is a national hero and single-handedly stopped the man who shot up a Waffle House in Tennessee. Not only did he prevent even more tragic deaths from happening, but Shaw also started a GoFundMe account to raise money for families who lost four beautiful lives in the tragedy. He has surpassed his meager goal, but we at DGB want to make sure the families of Joe R. Perez, age 20, DeEbony Groves, age 21, Taurean C. Sanderlin, age 29, and Akilah Dasilva, age 23, are well taken care of. To know more about the lives of the victims and their families, read here. To donate to their memorial fund, go here.
Shaw is honoring the victims and there’s a way you can honor and thank him in turn. Yashar Ali started a GoFundMe to start a college fund for Shaw’s four year old daughter. You can donate to that fund here.
Knowing there are people like James Shaw Jr in this world warms the cold dark recesses of our DGB heart. We need more people like him. And funny… the only thing that stopped a bad guy with a gun, was a great guy without one. That’s not the narrative the NRA has been feeding us.
Your DGB for today is to support the Color of Change campaign to send underprivileged children to see A Wrinkle in Time.
You can read about why the campaign is important here: https://nerdist.com/wrinkle-in-time-free-screenings-color-of-change/ Not only does the movie star people of color, it was also directed by the incomparable Ava DuVernay. You can donate here: http://www.giveachildtheuniverse.com/
Send a child to see the movie and show them kids that look like them on the big screen and give them the universe.
Your DGB for today is to check in with your local food bank and see what they need for the holidays, then set a reminder in your phone to donate again in 90 days.
We all want to make sure everyone is fed for the holidays, so donations to food banks skyrocket during this time of year. Many people give holiday type items like stuffing mix and cranberry sauce, but sometimes food banks need every day items like peanut butter and beans. Check with your local food bank to see if they have a specific need and donate. You can find your local food bank here: https://www.todaysparent.com/family/parenting/food-banks-need/
And make sure to set a reminder in your phone to donate regularly throughout the year. Try every 30, 60, or 90 days, whatever works for you, and keep those cupboard shelves and bellies full.
Your DGB for today is to get involved with the American Black Cross.
The ABC is a network of humanitarian volunteers on the ground providing communities in need with rescues, relief, and rebuilding. They have recently gained some well-earned notoriety mobilizing during this devastating hurricane season.
You can connect with volunteer opportunities on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/theamericanblackcross/
Donate from their wishlist here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1NN6LRHJZ0CC5
Or support them by purchasing merchandise here: https://americanblackcross.org/merchandise/
Your DGB for today is to give directly to Black women affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The scope of devastation of Hurricane Harvey is just starting to come to light and estimates put damage costs at around $190 million dollars; that’s more than Katrina. When disasters like this happen, women, especially minorities, are often overlooked or forgotten and don’t receive as much aid as others, if any.
This is where #SupportBlackWomenHOU enters. It was started by Roni Dean Burren, a local Houston educator, lecturer, and activist. Burren is looking to fill the gap in the lack of help that many women of color face during a crisis or natural disaster. Spend some time going over their list and donating directly where you can. You can find the list here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTNx4hHMBXypaACxUFy2-Rqr4ITfCTWbH5IWRUKIDUwa9wUYG_-iS_Ggqz_B2pHaIIEW59rNfNgvZAv/pub They also provide a link for Black women in Houston to apply for assistance through this program.
Thoughts and prayers are nice, but it’s time to put your money where your mouth is and help those who desperately need it.
Your DGB for today is to lend a hand to those affected by the worst flooding in American history.
Hurricane Harvey continues to break records no one ever wished to see broken, by causing one of the worst natural disasters we’ve ever seen. The photos and videos out of Houston, TX and surrounding areas are horrifying, scary, and sad. But there are things you can do.
These organizations will gladly take your money, as their resources will be far outmatched by need in the coming days and weeks.
Local food banks in the Houston area:
Diapers for some of the smallest victims:
Pets left behind are going to need shelter and food, and help finding their owners again:
If you have an AirBnB in the area, you can provide emergency shelter:
National organizations providing range of services on the ground:
This storm is a humanitarian crisis, but we can rise to the occasion. Give what you can.
Your DGB for today is to dig in your closet and donate the shoes you no longer wear or need.
Many of us take functional shoes for granted. Some of us are even privileged enough to buy expensive shoes with the sole purpose (see what we did there?) of mimicking the experience of being barefoot. Today, let us recognize that walking a mile in someone else’s shoes could mean pain and cold. So grab those gently used Chucks and pass them along.
Soles 4 Souls makes it easy with options to ship directly to them, ship free via Zappos, or find a drop off location.
Give someone else the opportunity to lace up a fresh pair of shoes and begin a new journey.