Here’s Noam Chomksy On What Happen’s When A Charismatic Figure And “Crazed Republicans” Sweep The Election

(List of organizations to volunteer and donate below)

In a 2010 interview conducted by Chris Hedges and published in TruthDig, Noam Chomsky said:

The United States is extremely lucky that no honest, charismatic figure has arisen. Every charismatic figure is such an obvious crook that he destroys himself, like McCarthy or Nixon or the evangelist preachers. If somebody comes along who is charismatic and honest this country is in real trouble because of the frustration, disillusionment, the justified anger and the absence of any coherent response. What are people supposed to think if someone says ‘I have got an answer, we have an enemy’? There it was the Jews. Here it will be the illegal immigrants and the blacks. We will be told that white males are a persecuted minority. We will be told we have to defend ourselves and the honor of the nation. Military force will be exalted. People will be beaten up. This could become an overwhelming force. And if it happens it will be more dangerous than Germany. The United States is the world power. Germany was powerful but had more powerful antagonists. I don’t think all this is very far away. If the polls are accurate it is not the Republicans but the right-wing Republicans, the crazed Republicans, who will sweep the next election.

So many of us who are activists and scholars have known this for a very long time. What people did was put into words what many groups in American society have always known. This country is as susceptible to the guile of despots as any other and could succumb at any time due to the deprivations of personal circumstance or the due to their seduction by some unprincipled person who flaunts his riches as if on reality TV.

“The mood of the country is frightening,” Chomsky is quoted in The Independent as saying in an article by Christopher Hooton, on November 9, one day after Donald Trump had won the Presidential Election. “The level of anger, frustration and hatred of institutions is not organized in a constructive way. It is going off into self-destructive fantasies.”

So where does this leave us – we who live our lives small? Somewhere? Or no place at all? The take-away at Garn Press is that we must work harder to participate in positive ways in a society we admire and want to sustain. We will not kowtow to despots or kings and we hope you’ll follow suit – by supporting an organization in a coherent response. It is going to take everyone to participate if the values we hold dear and the people we love are to survive this ordeal. Here’s the list.

List of Organizations

  1. American Civil Liberties Union works to defend individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution.
  2. Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, it fights against anti-semitism and bigotry as one of the largest civil rights organizations in the country.
  3. Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project of the Urban Justice Center: ASAP works to end the wrongful detention and deportation of refugee women and children in the United States. ASAP amplifies the traditional legal services model through creative use of technology, an international network of engaged volunteers, and innovative approaches to community building and partnership.
  4. Black Lives Matter: Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life. We are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement.
  5. Border Angels is an all-volunteer non-profit that advocates for immigration reform and social justice focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border. It offers educational and awareness programs and migrant outreach programs to San Diego County’s immigrant population.
  6. Boys & Girls Clubs of America offers enrichment programs and support for children when they’re not in school.
  7. Campaign Zero advocates for policy solutions to end police violence in America.
  8. Center for Constitutional Rights: CCR is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change. We do that by combining cutting-edge litigation, advocacy and strategic communications in work on a broad range of civil and human rights issues.
  9. Center for Reproductive Rights: The Center for Reproductive Rights uses “the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.”
  10. Children and Nature: The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership.
  11. Climate Science Legal Defense Fund: The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) works to defend climate scientists who are dragged into litigation or otherwise threatened with legal attacks and harassment by politically and ideologically motivated groups.
  12. Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the country’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization. Find your local chapter here.
  13. Council on American-Islamic Relations: CAIR protects the civil rights of all Americans regardless of faith and has served more than 25,000 victims of discrimination since its founding in 1994.
  14. Define American: “Define American is a non-profit media and culture organization that uses the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America.”
  15. Design for Progress by Sight Unseen: Sight Unseen is an online magazine dedicated to the visual arts, but here they’ve bundled together a group of fantastic charities, all listed here. Through Sight Unseen you can donate simultaneously to Planned Parenthood, Everytown for Gun Safety, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Human Rights Campaign, EarthJustice, and the National Immigration Law Center.
  16. EarthJustice is the largest nonprofit environmental law organization in the country, working to protect wildlife, for healthy communities, and for cleaner energy options. The organization represents its clients free of charge.
  17. Ella Baker Center for Human Rights: Builds the power of black, brown, and poor people to break the cycles of incarceration and poverty and make our communities safe, healthy, and strong.
  18. Emerge America: Emerge gives Democratic women who want to run for public office a unique opportunity. We are the only in-depth, seven-month, 70-hour, training program providing aspiring female leaders with cutting-edge tools and training to run for elected office and elevate themselves in our political system. 
  19. EMILY’s List is a political action committee that works to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates to public office.
  20. Equal Justice Initiative: The EJI “is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.”
  21. Esperanza LA: “Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project is a public interest legal organization serving some of the most vulnerable immigrants in the Los Angeles area.”
  22. Everytown for Gun Safety: Everytown for Gun Safety “is a movement of Americans fighting for common-sense reforms to reduce gun violence.”
  23. GLAAD: GLAAD works with the media to “bring people powerful stories from the LGBT community that build support for equality.”
  24. Global Greengrants Fund: Global Greengrants is the leading environmental fund that supports grassroots action on a global scale.” The organization gives “people, foundations, and responsible businesses the opportunity to invest in global grassroots change that honors people, livelihoods, and ecosystems equally.
  25. Hands Up United: HandsUpUnited is a collective of politically engaged minds building towards the liberation of oppressed Black, Brown and poor people through education, art, civil disobedience, advocacy and agriculture.
  26. Human Rights Campaign: The HRC is “the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization.”
  27. Human Rights First: Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York, Washington D.C. and Houston. 
  28. Human Rights Watch: Human Rights Watch researchers work “to expose tyranny, to empower victims, and to tell their stories to the world.”
  29. Humanitarian Law Project: The Humanitarian Law Project is a non-profit organization founded in 1985, dedicated to protecting human rights and promoting the peaceful resolution of conflict by using established international human rights laws and humanitarian law. 
  30. Immigrant Defense Project: Among other things, the Immigrant Defense Project attempts to impact litigation and provides legal advice, advocacy, and post-conviction relief for immigrants.
  31. Immigration Equality: “The nation’s leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization.”
  32. Innocence Project: The Innocence Project “exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.”
  33. International Justice Mission: A global organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world. Their global team includes more than 750 lawyers, investigators, social workers, community activists and other professionals at work through 17 field offices.
  34. Jewish Voice for Peace: Jewish Voice for Peace members are inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law, and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals.
  35. Kids in Need of Defense: KIND, as it’s known, represents unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings.
  36. Lambda Legal: Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
  37. Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  38. Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles: Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles provides “civil legal aid to poor and low-income people in Los Angeles County.”
  39. Legal Aid Society: “The Legal Aid Society is a private, not-for-profit legal services organization, the oldest and largest in the nation, dedicated since 1876 to providing quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers.”
  40. Mazzoni Center offers healthcare services to LGBTQ population in Philadelphia, including trans clinical care services, walk-in HIV and STI testing, primary care, and addiction and recovery services.
  41. Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
  42. MPower Change: MPower Change is a “grassroots movement rooted in diverse Muslim communities throughout the United States who are working together to build social, spiritual, racial, and economic justice for all people.”
  43. NAACP Legal Defense Fund: The legal defense fund for the NAACP fights for racial justice through “litigation, advocacy, and public education.”
  44. NAACP: The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.” Find your local chapter here.
  45. NARAL Pro-Choice America is a political advocacy group focused on fighting for women’s reproductive rights and freedom.
  46. National Abortion Federation: The mission of the National Abortion Federation is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care, which promotes health and justice for women. Our work supports these three fundamental aspects of our mission: Safe, Legal, Accessible. Learn more.
  47. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)advocates for victims and attempts to change policy surrounding domestic violence.
  48. National Immigration Forum is another leading immigrant advocacy group that offers various programs to integrate immigrants into the workforce and obtain citizenship.
  49. National Immigration Law Center is dedicated to fighting for the rights of low-income immigrants through litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and various other methods. Donate or learn how you can attend a local training here.
  50. National Network of Abortion Funds: The National Network of Abortion Funds builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice.
  51. National Organization for Women (NOW) is an activist organization, foundation and PAC that advocates for equal rights for women. Donate here, and look for volunteer programs, like clinic escorting, on your local chapter’s page.
  52. National Women’s Law Center: The Center has worked for more than 40 years to protect and promote equality and opportunity for women and families. We champion policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential at every stage of their lives — at school, at work, at home, and in retirement. Our staff are committed advocates who take on the toughest challenges, especially for the most vulnerable women.
  53. National Youth Rights Association
  54. Native American Rights Fund: Throughout its history, NARF has impacted tens of thousands of Indian people in its work for more than 250 tribes. Some examples of the results include: protecting and establishing the inherent sovereignty of tribes; obtaining official tribal recognition for numerous Indian tribes; helping tribes continue their ancient traditions, by protecting their rights to hunt, fish and use the water on their lands; helping to uphold Native American religious freedom; assuring the return of remains and burial goods from museums and historical societies for proper and dignified re-burial; and protecting voting rights of Native Americans
  55. Natural Resources Defense Council: The NRDC “works to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water and the wild, and to prevent special interests from undermining public interests.” “NRDC experts use data and science to unearth the root causes” of the planet’s problems.
  56. New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault
  57. NextGen Climate works politically to prevent climate disaster.
  58. Our Children’s Trust: Our Children’s Trust elevates the voice of youth to secure the legal right to a stable climate and healthy atmosphere for the benefit of all present and future generations.
  59. PEN America: PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. They champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world.  Their mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.
  60. PFLAG: PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization dedicated to the LGBT community.
  61. Planned Parenthood is the country’s leading sexual and reproductive healthcare provider. Click here for nationwide volunteer opportunities (including as a clinic escort) and click here to donate.
  62. ProPublica: Donating to ProPublica supports its “independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.”
  63. Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)is the country’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, which operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE;; and programs to help victims of sexual violence.
  64. Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: RAINN “is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization” They created and operate the National Sexual Assault Hotline, 800.656.HOPE.
  65. Reproductive Health Access Project is a non-profit that trains clinicians to make quality reproductive healthcare more accessible.
  66. Running Start is another organization dedicated to educating young women and girls about the importance of politics, through the Young Women’s Political Leadership Program and various other fellowships and internships.
  67. Safe Passage Project
  68. Sanctuary for Families: Sanctuary for Families is New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence.
  69. She Should Run is a non-profit that aims to get more women into elected leadership roles.
  70. Sierra Club is the largest grassroots environmental organization in the county, and works to protect millions of acres of wilderness and pass legislation like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.
  71. Society of Professional Journalists Legal Defense Fund: The Society of Professional Journalists collects and distributes contributions for aiding journalists in defending the freedom of speech and press guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
  72. Southern Poverty Law Center fights hate groups and bigotry using education, litigation, and advocacy.
  73. Sylvia Rivera Law Project provides legal services specifically to low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming.
  74. The New York Immigration Coalition: The New York Immigration Coalition aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all. The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.
  75. The Dream US: “TheDream.US is a new multimillion dollar National Scholarship Fund for DREAMers, created to help immigrant youth who’ve received DACA achieve their American Dream through the completion of a college education.”
  76. Trans Lifeline: The Trans Lifeline is a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people.
  77. Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
  78. Union of Concerned Scientists: Our scientists and engineers develop and implement innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems—from combating global warming and developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves, to fighting misinformation, advancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war.
  79. Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights: Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights is a global women’s fund that protects, strengthens and sustains women and transgender human rights defenders at critical moments.
  80. US Human Rights Network: The US Human Rights Network is a national network of organizations and individuals working to build and strengthen a people-centered human rights movement in the United States, where leadership is centered on those most directly affected by human rights violations, and the full range of diversity within communities is respected and embraced.
  81. Women Organized Against Rape: Women Organized Against Rape is a non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate sexual violence through specialized treatment services, comprehensive prevention education programs, and advocacy for the rights of survivors of sexual assault.  WOAR provides free counseling for women, men, and children who have experienced sexual violence.
  82. Workplace Fairness
  83. Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights works to protect the best interests of children who come to the U.S. on their own.
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