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30 November 2015

Giving Tuesday

This year I am asking you to consider giving to one (or both) of these organizations:


Bitch Media is an almost-20-year-old feminist media organization. You may be most familiar with their magazine, but they also publish an amazing blog and podcast. They are independent and rely on reader support. Bitch Media has given a lot of writers their first paid outlet. Recently they launched a fellowship to further support their efforts to launch emerging writers.

Earlier this year, I joined the board of directors. As a board member of Bitch Media, I need your help to raise $1,000 by the end of December 2015. 
  1. Please donate an amount that is a slight stretch for you. It can be $10 or even $100.
  2. Join me in being a sustaining member of Bitch Media by giving a small amount every month. When you do, you get to be a member of the B-Hive! How cool is that name?

The Chicago Abortion Fund (CAF) has a goal of $8,000 this year! They are a 25-year-old organization where countless individuals have turned to for help terminating a pregnancy. The Chicago Abortion Fund fights to overturn economic barriers to reproductive choice. Through direct service, CAF assists women in obtaining safe abortion services. In partnership with the women we serve, CAF engages and mobilizes low-income and poor women to become advocates for expanded reproductive access.

As a former board member of the Chicago Abortion Fund, I am asking you to please help them make choice possible for the women of Chicago.  

Thank you!

02 December 2014

#ILGiveBig on #GivingTuesday

This #GivingTuesday Illinois organizations are asking us to give big - #ILGiveBig. Organized by the Donors Forum, you can search for an Illinois organization where you can donate. But if you don't want to do the searching here is a list of my recommendations:
  • Chicago Abortion Fund: They support women who are in need of financial assistance to make their health care decision to terminate a pregnancy a reality. I served on as the co-chair of CAF's board for a few years and their work is transformational to the women they serve.
  • H.O.M.E.: Simply put, they help seniors stay in their homes, find new homes when necessary and are basically awesome. A dear friend works for them so I am quite familiar with the awesome things they do and trust that any donation goes the distance.
  • Access Living: They foster the dignity, pride, and self-esteem of people with disabilities and enhances the options available to them so they may choose and maintain individualized and satisfying lifestyles.
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
  • Chicago Foundation for Women: Helping to meet the giving gap for women and girls issues.
I also recommend the Chicago Community Trust, our region's biggest foundation.

The Broad Side also has a list of great orgs to support. 

Have fun!

03 December 2013

Giving Tuesday

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and CyberMonday is Giving Tuesday. It started a few years ago by people who thought the focus on consumerism was getting out of control. So let's give back on Tuesday!

As always, I have compiled a list of my favorite non-profits, charities and even a few crowd-funding projects that are worthy of your time. Some, like the Chicago Abortion Fund, may be simply a reminder to donate to your local abortion fund. Others are unique and deserve your love.

27 November 2012

16 Days: Giving Tuesday

In the spirit of 16 Days merged with "Giving Tuesday," I present a list of 16 organizations that work on behalf of eliminating violence against women, as well as one handgun control organization, that you where you can give, give, give! Some also have shops, so if you still need a gift....

If I have missed your favorite, please let me know in the comments.
* They don't work on VAW issues directly, but many of the women who call requesting assistance are survivors of violence.

16 December 2011

Donors Choose: Support Bilingual students, Pregnant Teens and a very cool art project

Can you believe it's almost gift giving time? Whether you are giving for Christmas or Hanukkah, Donors Choose has plenty of projects to select from. Seriously, why give a crappy $20 gift when you can donate in a loved one's name to a school that can put that $20 into action?

I had intended to flip through Donors Choose and offer a long list of projects for easy donating. But I decided to go with three schools in particular:

1) The Learning Garden at Meadowdale Elementary
This school was just up the street from the house I grew up in. I didn't attend this school, but I spent a lot of time at their playground. One of the outside walls is tall and flat without windows (at least when I was a kid, I haven't visited in years) and is on the parking lot. So this is where a young Roni use to pretend she was a tennis pro, spending hours hitting the three tennis balls she owned into a wall. It also had an awesome hill that was perfect for sledding.

2) Pregnant Teenagers and Young Mothers Need to Stay in Shape at Simpson Academy
This is the only school for pregnant teens in the Chicago Public School system. Their About Us page shows you what services their offer their students. The ask is so simple! Exercise equipment so expectant mothers can stay in shape during their pregnancy.

3) Wire You Buggin' at Steinmetz Academic Center
This one I selected because it just looked very cool. And cool projects shouldn't be left to only schools who can afford it or top academic schools. Who knows, maybe it takes cool art projects to connect with some kids? Either way, I like it.

Feel free to find a project that needs support that fits your own vision. I'm sure there's one to find.

Thanks!

Disclaimer: The links above are affiliate links, but any money generated goes right back into Donors Choose projects. Nothing that you donate is involved in the affiliate program.

14 September 2011

Help out an Illinois school

DonorsChoose.org or a school in your part of the U.S. of A.

This is the second week of classes for Chicago Public Schools and about the 4th or 5th week for other schools. In other words, class is certainly back in session. While there are a lot of debates happening in my lil part of the world about length of school day, school year, teacher pay and on and on, one thing is perfectly clear:

Some schools simply lack basic supplies to educate our children.

We can have the kids in school all day, all year around, but if they don't have basic supplies, all the reforms in the world won't do jack.

That is why I am encouraging you to take a peek through the Donors Choose database to see if there is a school near you or a teacher requesting supplies for your favorite subject that you can support.

The beauty of Donors Choose is that even a small donation can do a long way. You also get thank you notes! If you are lucky, you get a photo too. That is my favorite part. Last year my family supported a class field trip to a play and we received a photo of them in the audience. Just heart warming and evidence of our small donation making a world of difference to the kids and helping the teacher make her curriculum whole.

I'm all up in the debates our public schools, but while we're debating what the best path to walk is, we still need to get our kids music, books, art supplies, field trips and science equipment.

Come on, what are you waiting for? Post links to your favorite project too!

01 December 2010

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign: World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1st. This day marks the beginning of an annual campaign designed to encourage public support for and development of programs to prevent the spread of HIV infection and provide education and promote awareness of issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. It was first observed in 1988 after a summit of health ministers from around the world called for a spirit of social tolerance and a greater exchange of information on HIV/AIDS. World AIDS Day serves to strengthen the global effort to face the challenges of the AIDS pandemic.

For more information about World AIDS Day, contact UNAIDS Secretariat, 20 avenue Appia, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland, ph: (41-22)791 3666, fax: (41-22)791 4187, e-mail: unaids@unaids.org, website: http://www.unaids.org

What does HIV/AIDS have to do with violence against women?

Um, a hell of a lot!
Violence against women constitutes a global human rights emergency that has devastating impacts on women’s health, including compromising women’s ability to protect themselves from infection and hampering access to information and services for the prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
Read more from CWGL's 2006 report, "Strengthening Resistance: Confronting Violence Against Women and HIV/AIDS."


Oh and if you ever wondered how condoms are made tested, enjoy this lil video from Lifestyles:



PS: To everyone who has helped me get a quarter of the way to my goal, THANK YOU! There's still plenty of time for you to help the Chicago Abortion Fund.

29 November 2010

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign: Day Five

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS DAY, NOVEMBER 29TH
Defending Women Defending Rights is an international campaign launched in 2004 for the recognition and protection of women human rights defenders who are activists advocating for the realization of all human rights for all people. The campaign asserts that women fighting for human rights and all activists defending women’s rights face specific violations as a result of their advocacy or their gender. November 29th is a day of recognition for women human rights defenders, and it is a day to commemorate activism, advocacy and courageous acts of resistance. The campaign focuses on defense of rights and the impact of abuses by state and non-state actors (including family and community members), the rise in militarism and fundamentalisms, and the many ways defenders are targeted because of sexuality, including the perception of being lesbian or gay.

For more information, check the women human rights defender campaign website at http://www.defendingwomen-defendingrights.org/ for videos, action alerts, reports, and other materials you can use to celebrate International Women Human Rights Defenders Day in your community.




Sadly, due to the political nature of health care in the USA, low-income women have had little access to their right to abortion since Henry Hyde thought he knew better. In order for many women in the USA to access their constitutional right to privacy and obtain a safe abortion, they need money. That's where we come in. 

CAF does not fund the entire amount of the procedure. CAF's average grant is a little over $300. The rest of the amount comes from the woman as well as CAF's negotiation with the provider on lowering the price. CAF does more than simply negotiate, they visit each provider to ensure that they are working with providers who respect the women CAF supports.

It's almost December and almost 2011. It's time for people to do their end of the year giving. 

Please take a moment to click over to my CAF giving page and donate $10 to help a woman in need. All money collected goes directly into CAF's account. I handle NONE of your donations. I am merely here asking you to donate and giving you a venue to donate. 

My goal is $500 within the 16 days of activism against gender violence campaign. 

Thank you for supporting CAF and the women they serve.

25 November 2010

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign: Day One

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates November 25- International Day Against Violence Against Women- and December 10- International Human Rights Day- in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. Learn more at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership.


For the next 16 days, Viva la Feminista will be joining thousands of voices in marking 16 days of activism against gender violence. In conjunction of this campaign, I am also asking Viva la Feminista readers to join me in an end of the year fund raiser for the Chicago Abortion Fund. You'll notice a ChipIn widget on the side bar. You can also go to my ChipIn page for CAF.

After five years with the Chicago Abortion Fund, I stepped off the board when I started my PhD program. This is solely due to a lack of time. I am still 100% committed to CAF and helping to raise money for the women of Chicago who need our support.

While I did not work hands on with the women and teens who called the CAF hotline, I did hear some of their stories. And yes, we received calls from women who were in violent relationships, survivors of rape and other violent situations. Without our support, some of the women would had found themselves in even worse situations. The women called because they did not want to bear the child of their rapist or bring another child into an abusive home. They did not reach that decision lightly.

This week CAF will get calls from more women than they have funds for.

This is where we come in.

Please give whatever you can. $5, $25, $100. Every dollar helps.

Thank you.

31 December 2009

North Carolina's "Bicycle Man"

Originally posted at the AWEARNESS blog

I am a sucker for holiday news stories that pull at your heart. Last week when I was at my dad's house for Christmas a news story zipped by on the TV that made me go "huh?" Luckily it was in the morning paper! "Moses Mathis, who for 19 years has repaired bicycles and then given them away at Christmas, set a record this year by fixing more than 1,100 bikes."
Isn't that awesome? To see video of an interview with Mathis about his bicycle outreach, visit The Fayetteville Observer's website (the video was un-embeddable here, unfortunately).

If you want to help Mathis give away even more bicycles in 2010, head on over to his website!

24 November 2009

Sponsor a Child this Holiday Season!


Mujeres Latinas en Acción provides a variety of structured activities during non-school hours for children and teens and we need your help to make this holiday season special by supporting our Annual Holiday Party for kids.

The Annual Holiday Party provides the children in our Youth Programs with holiday gifts of winter clothing and accessories, games, sports equipment and books. Many of the children in our programs only receive gifts from Mujeres during this holiday season. The youth and children served in our programs are 100% low income and live in the Pilsen/Little Village area. The majority attends public schools and qualifies for free or reduced meals.

Mujeres' Holiday Party

Gifts for the participants of our Youth Programs will provide resources so that families can take part in a cultural tradition with laughter, fun and memories.  Parents will appreciate that they have been able to access resources that provide gifts for their children.  Further, the festive celebration will be a moment of immense excitement for all.  Children and youth will enjoy receiving gifts as recognition of their hard work in the program.

How can you help?

Sponsor a child in the Peace or Proyecto Juventud program for the holiday season!

• Purchase a gift(s) by requesting a child's wish list;

• Provide a donation to
Mujeres Latinas en Acción towards the purchase of gifts and holiday treats;

• Distribute this information to others! Encourage your friends, family and coworkers to sponsor a child this holiday season or make a donation to
Mujeres Latinas en Acción.

For more information on how to sponsor a child or make a donation, please contact Alba Gómez at alba@mujereslat.org or 773/890-7664, or Linda Tortolero at tortolero@mujereslat.org or 773/890-7663.


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My family has received our wish list and the deadline for delivering gifts is December 11, 2009. So hurry up and drop Alba or Linda a line and make a kid's holiday. And for the Humbugs out there, the boy's wish list we received had items like gloves, sweaters and a coat on it. Nothing outrageous like a DS...Not that there's anything wrong with kid's wanting that. 

27 September 2009

Toothpaste for Good - From Awearness

Originally posted at the AWEARNESS blog

I love Tom's of Maine toothpaste. It's environmentally responsible and it tastes good. Now, there is something more to love: their new community corporate sponsorship program. In their words, "Small differences in the community can make a large difference in the world, so we want to support and encourage your efforts to get involved! In November we'll award five 501c (3) nonprofit organizations with $20,000."

Many, many organizations submitted applications and Tom's of Maine whittled it down to 50 finalists. Now the heat is on! It's up to us to head on over and vote for up to five organizations who you think should get $20,000.
 
How exciting for a company to empower its customers and include them in its philanthropy. I really love voting competitions like this, and learning about all the amazing work being done. Now off to vote!

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