Double Mission is donating $1 per bag to the cause of your choice at checkout in 5 cause areas we think could use a little help right now: fighting for human rights, helping our environment, working to make poverty and homelessness history, protecting our animal friends and supporting women and girls on their path to be whatever they want to be.
This month’s causes are:
American Civil Liberties Union
For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
Whether it’s achieving full equality for LGBT people, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age of widespread government surveillance, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.
With more than 1 million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., to safeguard everyone’s rights.
Learn more about the ACLU: www.aclu.org
Planned Parenthood is America’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care. Their skilled health care professionals are dedicated to offering ALL people high-quality, affordable medical care. One in five American women has chosen Planned Parenthood for health care at least once in her life.
The heart of Planned Parenthood is in the local community. Their 57 unique, locally governed affiliates nationwide operate approximately 650 health centers, which reflect the diverse needs of their communities.
These health centers provide a wide range of safe, reliable health care — and the majority is preventive, primary care, which helps prevent unintended pregnancies through contraception, reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections through testing and treatment, and screen for cervical and other cancers. Caring physicians, nurse practitioners, and other staff take time to talk with clients, encouraging them to ask questions in an environment that millions have grown to trust.
Learn more about Planned Parenthood: www.plannedparenthood.org
Stand with Standing Rock
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is deeply concerned about the proposed construction of a major crude-oil pipeline, the Dakota Access Pipeline, that would pass through its ancestral lands. There are two broad issues. First, the pipeline would pass under the Missouri River (at Lake Oahe) just a half a mile upstream of the tribe’s reservation boundary, where a spill would be culturally and economically catastrophic to not only the tribe but all communities downstream. Second, the pipeline would pass through areas of great cultural significance, such as sacred sites and burial grounds that federal law seeks to protect. They are in a battle to stop the DAPL; to protect their sacred land. This is a battle for survival. Help them win it.
Learn more about Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline battle: http://standwithstandingrock.net/
Our oceans sustain life on this planet and they are in a lot of trouble. Many, however, still don’t see or feel the effects of overfishing, pollution, and habitat loss, and that’s where we come in. SeaLegacy uses the power of storytelling to create the change we want to see.
Awareness is just the beginning, and the time is now to show the global community what is at stake; we need to rally soldiers of support—and ignite real and lasting change for our world’s oceans.
Sea Legacy focuses on three areas: addressing climate change, protecting marine ecosystems and safeguarding coastal communities.
Take a deep breath and check out their work: https://www.sealegacy.org
Trinity Place Shelter
Trinity Place Shelter is a non-sectarian, 10-bed transitional shelter that provides LGBTQ youth and young adults with a safe place to sleep, shower, eat and store belongings. They provide individual and group counseling, independent living supportive services, and access to transportation.
They provide case management, education, career counseling, access to comprehensive health services, art classes and mental health services utilizing community partnerships. All youth referred to Trinity Place are interested in and assisted with actively seeking employment or schooling.
They provide a unique home and family-like environment where youth receive individualized care, respect, and the basic services so often denied them.
New York City has the second highest number of homeless youth of any major city in the country. It’s estimated that about 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, with a high proportion identifying as transgender. There are as many as 8,000 LGBTQ youth/young adults currently living homeless in NYC and only 250-350 beds are specifically available for LGBTQ youth. These youth often experience abuse and trauma in other shelters and on the streets, and have often been the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse at home.
The goal of Trinity Place Shelter is to provide homeless LGBTQ youth with the basic support, shelter and skills necessary to make the transition to independent living, and to make a positive difference for as many as possible in the midst of this crisis.
Learn more about Trinity Place Shelter: www.trinityplaceshelter.org
There’s a lot of good in the world let’s keep fighting for it. Now go have some tea with strangers!