Last night, the 2016 presidential election came to an end — and many of us are devastated, heartbroken, and overwhelmed. We are processing what this means for our country, our civil rights, our earth, our access to heath care… and so much more. While we process, we can act. And in the face of what this election represents, we need to protect each other more than ever. And we know you are ready to fight.
We at HelloGiggles want to help you get started, so we’ve compiled this list of organizations that need your support — either through your time or through a donation.
In hopes of making it easier for you to navigate the organizations on this list, we’ve grouped them into various categories depending on their advocacy work. Of course, many of them intersect with one another.
We are incapable of including every organization that should be on here, so please share your favorite organizations in the comments. We need to expand this list as much as possible.
Planned Parenthood is an incredible organization with which we are all familiar — and for which we are intensely grateful. It is the foremost sexual health and women’s health clinic in America, and we’ve already witnessed countless attacks on the organization this year (and always). They need our support more than ever. You can donate to PP here or go here to learn how to volunteer at your local Planned Parenthood.
Center for Reproductive Rights is a law advocacy non-profit that tirelessly works to defend our rights to abortion access, birth control, and affordable reproductive healthcare. Support their efforts with a donation.
NARAL Pro-Choice America is an advocacy group that fights to protect and expand women’s access to abortion — and they’ll be fighting harder than they already do. Donate to NARAL here.
And here, Planned Parenthood tells you how to become involved as a clinic escort — letting you take immediate action to protect women exercising their bodily autonomy.
Immigration and rights of undocumented peoples
The National Immigration Law Center is one of the foremost legal advocacy organizations specifically protecting low-income immigrants. Fight for immigrant rights by donating or attending know-your-rights trainings.
Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) specifically works to aid immigrants and refugees based in Los Angeles — a city with one of the largest immigration populations in the country. Donate here.
Border Angels is based in San Diego — incredibly close to where “the wall” would be erected. The organization helps save the lives of migrants making dangerous journeys to the states, educates undocumented folks about their rights and legal options, and provides free legal services to immigrants. Go here to donate.
RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) is based in Texas, and helps immigrant and refugee families receive free to low-cost legal services. You can donate or sponsor a family in need.
Muslim civil rights
Muslim Advocates is a legal advocacy organization working to protect the civil rights of Muslims and Muslim-Americans, and we all have to actively work to dismantle the Islamophobic culture that is being perpetuated by this presidency. Donate to Muslim Advocates here.
Queer civil rights
Sylvia Rivera Law Project fights to protect trans and gender non-conforming folks from homelessness, discrimination, violence, sexual assault, and more. Donate here.
Black civil rights
The Black Lives Matter movement has chapters all across the country. Find your local chapter online and support activists fighting racism and police brutality, either by donating or protesting alongside them. Find the chapter in your region on social media to stay up to date on bail funds and actions.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund fights for racial justice through legal services and policy work. Go here to donate, volunteer, attend events, and more.
Jewish civil rights
Anti-Defamation League fights back against anti-Semitism and bigotry, promoting justice through education and legal advocacy. Donate here.
Sexual assault prevention
RAINN is an anti-sexual assault organization that works with local rape crisis centers nationwide. They also provide a free national hotline for survivors. Go here to learn how to donate and volunteer.
Sunrise USA is an American non-profit actively aiding Syrian refugees abroad and in the states. They provide trauma counseling, deliver supplies, and promote education. Donate here.
Support for young girls
Environment and Standing Rock
EarthJustice is a legal organization dedicated to protecting the earth and wildlife against climate change and pollution. They fight for clean water, clean energy, and healthy communities. They also provide free legal services. Stay up to date with actions here and donate here.
NextGen Climate is dedicated to saving the planet and everybody on it from climate change through education and activism. Learn how to volunteer.
Support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the #NoDAPL movement here.
Southern Poverty Law Center is an advocacy organization fighting hate and bigotry. They focus on extremism, LGBT rights, economic justice, children’s rights, racial justice, immigrant justice, and criminal justice reform. Donate here.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) protects and defends our Constitutional rights and individual rights. Donate here.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free 24-hour support hotline for people in crisis. Learn how to get involved here.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a grassroots organization working to defend and support folks struggling with mental health. Donate here.
There are countless organizations we can all support to protect each other. Please share more of them in the comments so we can help as best as we can.