'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Are We Going to Lose a Generation of Activist Non-Profits? 

It happens about once every couple of weeks. I get an e-mail from a non-profit to which I have contributed in the past, imploring me to send more money to help avoid a substantial curtailment in services and political activity, or, even worse, closure.

This is one of the consequences of the credit crunch and the ongoing global recession that has not been recognized, the prospect that an activist infrastructure constructed over several decades is about to be lost. Accordingly, if you have the ability to do so, please consider donating to non-profits that have a mission that you consider worthy of support.

For me, that means organizations like the Middle East Children's Alliance, AK Press, the Central Committee for Conscientous Objectors, Common Ground Relief, Critical Resistance, and, yes, even my son's day care provider, a cooperative, among others. You undoubtedly know of additional organizations with socially important goals. Again, please consider donating to them, and volunteering as well, because, if we don't support them, who will? And, how will we replace them once they are gone?

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