Let’s end 2020 on a high note.

I come from privilege. I wasn’t born into this privilege, which allowed me to understand my privilege. Throughout the years, I watched my parents climb the socio-economic ladder. It wasn’t easy. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into it. However, they manage to give my sister and I a comfortable life. To keep this paragraph short, my parents’ journey inspired me to give back to my community not only professionally but also personally.

When I review my own finances, I assess what I need. Once I figure out my savings, I find myself with some excess money that I don’t need. But, others may need that money. Thus, I like to donate and spread awareness! Here are some of my favorite places to donate:

Planned Parenthood: More than just an abortion clinic, Planned Parenthood provides a safe place for everyone’s reproductive health. I don’t give a flying fuck if you think abortion is murder. However, I do give a fuck when people try to impose their views on others who don’t share them. Ultimately, Planned Parenthood stands for a woman’s right to make her own choices. So, stop making reproductive health political because it personally makes you uncomfortable.

The Bail Project: Breaking the presumption of guilty until proven innocent is tricky. I know what you’re thinking, it’s “innocent until proven guilty.” But, I can assure you as a public defender that is not often the case. Our presumption of innocence crumbles when set ridiculous amounts of high bonds, especially on the indigent population. Criminal justice reform is an aggravatingly slow process. However, this is one way to keep the process going.

Black Lives Matter: Do I really need to explain myself here? This is a no brainer y’all. Black everything matters! As allies, we have to educate our communities on that. Educate yourself, get uncomfortable with your privilege, and fucking donate.

The Brothers Trust: Spider-man started this trust, SPIDER-MAN! Anyways, brothers trust is not your average celebrity charity. Instead, it shines light on other charities you may not have heard of. The Trust gives 100% of the credit to the great organizations they work with throughout the years. As a donor, I can see the impact my donation has on people’s lives. That’s rare.

The Trevor Project: The goal of this project is to provide safe spaces for the LGBTQAI+ community so suicide doesn’t become an option for them. The Trevor Project not only gives the community power to deal with hardship but also actively tries to educate cis-gender heteronormative people.

La Puente Homeless Shelter: I haven’t lived in Alamosa that long but I know this place is special. Many of my clients rely on this place. They do great work. Always find one place locally to donate too. Supporting our community supports all of us.

Pitbull Rescue: Pits are easily the most misunderstood puppies in the all the world. They’re only taught to be dangerous, not inherently such. Please, donate!

Immigration and Refugee Law Center: Some of my closet friends practice immigration law. I don’t know how they do it, especially during this political climate. As the daughter of immigrants, I feel connected to those going through the system. I may not have experienced their pain, but I understand and don’t hold it against them. Currently, over 500 immigrant kids are separated from their parents. Let’s help them in any way we can.

Ohio Justice and Policy Center: This is on here solely for attention. David, pay attention to me! Also, I volunteered here and made some amazing friends with the people OJPC served. So, I guess that’s another reason. Also, OJPC introduced the world to Tyra Patterson. She’s pretty cool.

The Sentencing Project: As I said earlier, criminal justice reform is a slow process. Breaking the perceptions of guilt and innocence is my job. Things are never black and white in the justice system. True injustice comes when try to put blank rules on guilt and innocence instead of understanding the person being brought through the system. The Sentencing Project understands this.

Please, take a minute and donate this holiday season.

That’s all for now (I’ll add more later). Open up your wallets!

Published by Nikita Srivastava

a passionate feminist and social justice warrior who occasionally calls herself a goddess. She received her JD in 2019 and became licensed to practice law in 2020.

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