Today Twisted is donating to three groups that may already be familiar to you. If they are, we encourage you to reacquaint yourself with their vital work to reform the American judicial and governmental systems and, if you're able, donate. See other groups Twisted has donated to this week. We've used direct quotes as much as possible below.
"The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU of Oregon) is an advocacy organization dedicated to defending and advancing civil liberties and civil rights through work in the courts, in the legislature, and in communities. We fight for free speech, racial justice, criminal justice reform, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, immigrants' rights, and more."
Fair Fight was founded by Stacey Abrams after flagrant voter suppression tactics handed the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race to her Republican opponent. They "promote fair elections in Georgia and around the country, encourage voter participation in elections, and educate voters about elections and their voting rights. Fair Fight brings awareness to the public on election reform, advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in other voter education programs and communications."
"Voter suppression of voters of color and young voters is a scourge our country faces in states across the nation. Georgia’s 2018 elections shone a bright light on the issue with elections that were rife with mismanagement, irregularities, unbelievably long lines and more, exposing both recent and also decades-long actions and inactions by the state to thwart the right to vote. Georgians and Americans are fighting back. Fair Fight Action engages in voter mobilization and education activities and advocates for progressive issues; in addition Fair Fight Action has mounted significant programs to combat voter suppression in Georgia and nationally."
"The Southern Poverty Law Center 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." They list four key areas: "Fighting Hate: We monitor hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States and expose their activities to the public, the media and law enforcement." "Teaching Tolerance: Our mission is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse society." "Seeking Justice: We’re seeking justice for the most vulnerable people in society." "Civil Rights Memorial"
Black Lives Matter. We stand today and every day with our Black friends, neighbors, and family members. We are and always have been committed to taking affirmative steps to support those who are not in the majority.
As an LYS, we focused on creating a safe, anti-racist space via in-person interactions. Now, as an online-only business, our opportunity to share our beliefs and work to create an anti-racist space is also largely online.