‘Tis the season of giving, and with so much up against our community — natural disasters, mass deportations, the removal of DACA, violence against trans women of color, reproductive health restrictions and more — there are several organizations putting in work for all of us that are deserving of a Christmas donation.
We’ve put together a list of groups run by Latinas, and many for Latinas, for you to consider gifting this holiday season. Your December contribution will help them to continue to educate, defend and serve our gente in the year to come.
1. National Latina Institute For Reproductive Health
We stand for salud, dignidad, y justicia for all! In the words of #HamiltonMusical If you stand for nothing, what will you fall for? #Give2Grow and stand beside us! Donate today: https://t.co/zrFAPoocyR pic.twitter.com/BTPz4S8ccx
— NLIRH (@NLIRH) December 18, 2017
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) is the sole national reproductive justice organization dedicated to guarding and advancing health, dignity and justice for U.S. Latinas and their families. With headquarters in New York and Washington, D.C., and sites in Florida, Texas and Virginia, the group fights for abortion access and affordability, sexual and reproductive health equity and immigrant women’s health and rights, among so much more.
2. TransLatin@ Coalition
— TransLatin@ Coalition (@TransLatina_C) July 8, 2014
The TransLatin@ Coalition is a national organization advocating for the needs of U.S.-based trans immigrant Latinas and producing resources to empower trans leaders. With a presence in California, Florida, Chicago, Texas and the DMV (Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia) area, the women work directly with policymakers and change-makers to find solutions to issues impacting the trans Latina community and instill lasting structural changes.
Mijente is a national political home for Latinx and Chicanx digital and grassroots organizing. The pro-Black, pro-woman, pro-queer and pro-poor space, which is headed and co-founded by Marisa Franco, is one for strategizing, co-conspiring, campaigning and strengthening our movements as well as connecting and resting.
4. End Rape On Campus
— End Rape on Campus (@endrapeoncampus) October 27, 2017
Co-founded by Latina Andrea Pino, End Rape on Campus is taking on the national problem of sexual assaults on college campuses. The advocacy group offers direct support to survivors, provides prevention education and works toward creating policy reform on the campus, local, state and federal levels.
5. New York State Youth Leadership Council
NYSYLC is a New York-based undocumented youth-led organization. Led by Guadalupe Ambrosio and Angy Rivera, the group empowers immigrant youth through grassroots organizing, leadership development, educational advancement and self-expression.
6. Nalgona Positivity Pride
Nalgona Positivity Pride is a Xicana-Brown*-Indigenous body positive project that provides intersectional body positivity, eating disorders awareness and cultural affirmation. Founder Gloria Lucas created the space in an effort to examine how historical trauma and social oppression, like racism, colonialism and homophobia, can lead to violent relationships with food and eating disorders in communities of color. NPP offers much-needed support groups and educational resources for survivors and sufferers who are repeatedly erased from eating disorder research and advocacy.
7. Casa Ruby
TWOCC National & Casa Ruby Headquarters opened today
We Will no longer be invisible in DC pic.twitter.com/CsHjDbldim
— Casa Ruby (@CasaRubyDC) April 2, 2015
Casa Ruby is a bilingual, multicultural organization providing life-saving services and programs for LGBTQ youth. The Washington, D.C.-based group, founded and run by trans salvadoreña Ruby Corado, offers a drop-in community center that provides hot meals, clothing exchanges and housing referrals as well as support groups, case management and legal services counseling.
8. Casa De Esperanza
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Casa de Esperanza is a Minnesota-based organization working toward ending domestic violence in the Latinx community. Locally, the group, which has its own hotline and shelter, helps survivors of domestic violence access public benefits, seek immigration remedies, provide court advocacy, navigate law enforcement systems, find transitional housing and provide emotional support, while also educating youth on healthy relationships. Nationally, the bilingual organization participates in public policy advocacy and conducts culturally relevant research.
Jolt is a Latina-founded and run organization that is building the political power and influence of Latinos in Texas. Year-round, Jolt organizes the community on various state and local issues, bringing them together through art, music and culture, and works toward registering voters and building leaders.