hard to believe it's already the end of the year, and even harder to believe it's your fifth christmas without Austin. i so appreciate the chance to honor his memory this way and keep his extraordinary and generous spirit close to my heart.
last year i sliced my donations a bit fine given the extent of great need and the anticipated horrors of the trump administration. as we all know, it's been even more horrifying, hideous, and scary than imagined, so again, i am slicing my donations fine to respond to the vectors of my discontent and political hopes, refracted through some of Austin's concerns and commitments.
given the threats to climate science and the everyday more palpable effects of climate change, both of which i am sure would be of deep concern to austin, i've given $100 to 350.org and $100 to Earthworks. Together they act and invest in research, education, and action at the grassroots, national, and global scales--working against government policies and corporate malfeasance.
continuing in the environmental vein, and recognizing Austin's love and appreciation for the environment of new mexico and the west, i've again given $100 to Wildearth Guardians which advocates for wild places and wildlife in US west, and in some of your most treasured places.
given austin's love of music and the importance of sharing it, i've increased my donation to the Harmony Program to $150, which provides music education and 'collective music making' to underserved communities of children in new york in partnership with CUNY among others. as brecht wrote, "In the dark times will there be singing? Yes there will be singing about the dark times." Alas, there's so much to sing against...
with the enduring and worsening assaults on LGBTQ, poor, non-white, and undocumented people and communities, i've donated $150 each to Make the Road New York and to Critical Resistance, the former is working hard for immigrant rights and to protect 'dreamers,' and the latter works against the 'prison industrial complex,' arguing that the provision of basic needs of health, shelter, nutrition, education, and care will make communities safer than prison cells.
finally, i am giving $250 to community voices heard, a member-led community based organization working for social, racial, and economic justice. i've been on the solidarity board of CVH for years, and am constantly inspired and amazed at the dedicated and successful activism of its members--largely poor women of color and low-income families--working on issues of public housing, welfare reform, transportation access, participatory budgeting, etc.
as always, i love and thank you for creating this opportunity for us to honor austin's memory and life so beautifully.
$100 to www.350.org
$100 to www.EarthworksAction.org
$100 to www.WildEarthGuardians.org
$150 to www.HarmonyProgram.org
$150 to www.MakeTheRoad.org
$150 to CriticalResistance.org
$250 to www.CVHAction.org