UNICEF

World Refugee Day

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World Refugee Day comes but once a year.

According to the United Nations, there are 69 million refugees in the world today. To put that into perspective, that’s more than the number of people currently living in the state of California and New York, combined. And even with the state of crisis ongoing in the United States, we are still in a pretty good position to help those fleeing to safety. There’s nothing better for the feelings of constant hopeless rage than doing something tangible for someone else.*

Rescue.org, suggests what you can do for those that have resettled in the United States here: https://www.rescue.org/topic/refugees-america#what-can-i-do-to-help-resettled-refugees

The Refugee Aid App shows people where they can get services and could always use a donation: http://refaid.com

UNICEF has several actions they are asking people to contact their representatives about: https://www.unicefusa.org/help/advocate

Yes, our government is putting children in camps. Yes, they left the Human Rights Council before being kicked out. Let’s show the world that Trump and his minions are not going to stop us from prioritizing human rights.

*Pretty much the entire reason DGB exists.

 

 

Help for Puerto Rico

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Your DGB for today is to help Puerto Rico.

Last week the beautiful island of Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Days later it is still without power and cell phone coverage. The road system is a mess, the hospitals with generators are running out of fuel and none of them have running water. The governor is calling the situation apocalyptic and warns of an impending humanitarian crisis. All of this, mind you, is occurring on an island that is part of the United States of America, to people who are Americans. While we can hardly blame anyone for being distracted by the fact that at any moment war with North Korea could break out and/or the President of the United States will drop the pretense and start Tweeting the N-word, it is time to act and help our fellow citizens in the Caribbean.

There are several things you can do:

Call or Resistbot your Congressperson and demand a Federal Aid package be assembled and passed.

Call or Resistbot your representatives and ask that the USN Comfort be sent to help.

Donate, donate donate. Many organizations and fundraisers have pledged help.

Unicef is promising to send aid to the children affected there: https://www.unicefusa.org/donate/support-unicef-usas-hurricane-relief-efforts-puerto-rico/32952  

The first lady of Puerto Rico set up a relief fund, United for Puerto Rico: http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/  

The Hispanic Federation promises that 100% of funds will go to relief efforts: https://hispanicfederation.org/donate

 

Grab back and help our wonderful Puerto Rico!

 

Famine In Yemen

Your DGB for today is to donate what you can to help alleviate hunger in Yemen.

According to the United Nations, 17 million people in Yemen - a number so big we can’t even wrap our heads around it - are on the brink of famine. That means a staggering ⅔ of the population is facing severe food insecurity. This crisis may only get worse as Trump simultaneously ramps up airstrikes in Yemen and threatens to yank humanitarian funding via cuts to the UN.

We are asking you to choose one meal out of one day and eat rice, a Yemeni staple, instead of your usual fare. Do some back-of-the-envelope math and donate the difference in cost between the meal you would have eaten and the rice to UNICEF, which is desperately working to raise emergency funds.

If rice really isn’t your thing, just donate as generously as you can.