Be the Change #5: Defend the First Amendment

zzbethechangeMy top concern over the next four years is defense of the First Amendment.  President-elect Trump has not only had a lot to say about making it easier to sue the legitimate press for libel (i.e.; for telling the truth); he has also attacked the very concept of truth itself.  We should resist any attempt to weaken our First Amendment freedoms of assembly and expression.

If you feel the same, the organizations listed below could use your time and money.  Please note that I have not carefully investigated all of these organizations.  Be sure to do that before making any donations.  Some of them qualify as charities, so you can start with Charity Navigator: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.history&orgid=3247.  But most of these organizations are not charities, so you will have to do your own research.  In future posts, I will try to sort the wheat from the chaff a bit better, but this work is so important and urgent that I am posting my full, unfiltered list here for your consideration.   (As I discover them, I will post resources for those of you who are most concerned about other issues such as diversity and abortion rights.)

PEN America: https://pen.org/louder-together

American Civil Liberties Union: https://action.aclu.org/secure/sem-donate-protect-our-civil-liberties-no?s_src=UNW161202SEM&alt_src=UNV161202SEM&ms=gad_SEM_Google_Search-EOY2016_ACLU%20Misspellings_american%20civil%20liberty%20union_p_163229547810

Move On: http://front.moveon.org/

First Amendment Coalition: https://firstamendmentcoalition.org/about/

START resources: http://www.startguide.org/orgs/orgs05.html

Civil Politics: http://www.civilpolitics.org/

Organizations performing investigative Journalism:

Fund for Investigative Journalism: http://fij.org/about/

MacArthur Foundation: https://www.macfound.org/grantees/128/

NPR: http://www.npr.org/

Others (CTL/Click on these ones)

100Reporters, U.S.

Canadian Association of Journalists, Canada

Center for Investigative Reporting, U.S.

Center for Public Integrity, U.S.

FairWarning, U.S.

Food & Environment Reporting Network, U.S.

Fund for Investigative Journalism, U.S.

Global Investigative Journalism Network, international

Institute for Nonprofit News, U.S.

International Center for Journalists, U.S.

International Reporting Program, University of British Columbia, Canada

International Reporting Project (IRP), US

Investigative Fund, U.S.

Investigative Reporters and Editors, U.S.

Investigative Reporting Program, Univ. of California at Berkeley, U.S.

Investigative Reporting Workshop, American University, U.S.

Mongabay.org, U.S.

OpenSecrets.org, U.S.

ProPublica, U.S.

Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, Brandeis University, U.S.

Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, U.S.

One Response to “Be the Change #5: Defend the First Amendment”

  1. Vincent O. Johnson says:

    Kathy:

    Thanks for sharing your concern about defense of the First Amendment. Frankly, there is a whole lot about President-elect Trump that worries me. However, I worry most about how Trump will leverage his role as POTUS to manipulate political, economic, judicial and social situations for his own personal long-term gain. This Thursday evening The Donald was to hold a press conference to share what he will do with his real estate and intellectual property when he takes office. Now this has been postponed to an undetermined date in January. Given that he never did manage to share his income tax returns with us, this gives me pause and concern that he will continue to “kick the can down the road” with regards to matters of this nature. And in the meantime, his personal / family business empire will continue to grow and prosper (which to me is a fundamental conflict of interest for the man who will assume the highest office in the land and dare I say free world).

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