Take Back 2017
Guys, I could not imagine a better start to this campaign than what happened from January 20th through February. Despite my relatively small following on social media, we were able to raise over $1000 for the ACLU. I'm beyond thrilled.
Of course, a lot of this success is due to Shauna (aka @goldengateblonde on Twitter) spreading the word about my Donald Dump shirt on Cotton Bureau which resulted in the sale of around 190 shirts in two weeks. A huge shoutout to all the folks involved that helped spread the word.
And of course, I'm extremely happy to have chosen the ACLU as they were instrumental in fighting
Donald Trump's Steve Bannon's Muslim travel ban. They kicked ass.
When thinking about which organization might be the most impactful choice for receiving donations in March, I felt that organizations—like the ACLU—that have broad objectives would be the most successful. There are a LOT of marginalized and vulnerable groups that are endangered by the uptick in bigotry, white supremacy, and general intolerance that the Trump administration has enabled.
Combating hate is the prevailing concern that evolved from my internal debates. And in my mind, the Southern Poverty Law Center is one of the best at (if not the leader of) actively fighting acts of hate and violence. So, they are the organization that I will donate to at the end of March.
March 2017’s organization of choice is:
The Southern Poverty Law Center
What is Take Back 2017?
Every month, I will donate 50% of the proceeds from the sale of my products to a different organization that will benefit progressive or humanitarian causes.
It'd be an understatement for me to say that I was not expecting the U.S. Presidential Election to end up the way it did. I think a lot of folks—even conservatives—were in shock when Donald Trump won the Electoral College. Now, many of us are left worrying about the future of our healthcare, our economy, and our fellow Americans who are people of color, women, immigrants, Muslim, LGBTQ+, impoverished, or otherwise marginalized.
The silver lining to this whole election debacle is that it seems to have lit a fire under our collective asses. People are marching for equality, protesting for peace, and donating to organizations that will keep a Trump administration and GOP Congress in check. I want to do my part to help.
I'm extremely lucky. I live in a liberal city. I'm a college educated white dude. I have a full-time job at a tech company that leaves me with disposable income. I don't rely on the sale of my merchandise to keep the heat on. So, why not put that money to good use?
As part of this campaign, I'll be creating more work with a political or social stance—like good ol' Donald Dump.
Suggestions for charities welcome and encouraged. Send me a message on social media or use the contact form on my about page. Also, feel free to send me a message if you have any questions or concerns.