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Everything is A LOT at the moment, right? Trump. Brexit. Aleppo. And this whole Marie le Pen thing is starting to look far too plausible. It can feel like everything is out of our control. Our actions get drowned out by newsreels of permanent despair, and every new dawn brings a chorus of 'Those fuckers did what now?' It's easy to believe what the fascists want us to believe - nothing we do makes a difference and we may as well give up.

To counter this narrative, in my own small way, I thought it might be useful to start signal-boosting things that got DONE over the course of a month. My goal - to produce a five-item list, each month, of ways people improved the world and made a difference in the middle of this political wasteland. Regular people are pushing back, and resistance is anything but futile.

So, I give to you:

Five things that got DONE in January

[ profile] juneericudorie raised enough money to take 450 BAME female students in the UK to see Hidden Figures. These 450 students will get to see an inspirational film about the under-represented history of African American women in the space program. June also spoke to the publisher William Collins, and they made copies of Margot Shetterley Lee's book available for all the girls who are going to the screening.

[ profile] rizmc raised money to help people who have been affected by the military destruction of the Syrian city of Aleppo. To date, he has raised $156, 086 for the Kareem Foundation which provides supplies and education programs.

[ profile] veronikellymars & [ profile] bkshelvesofdoom ran a Twitter session to signal-boost small educational projects that needed funding. All of the five projects that they highlighted were funded by the end of the day. They ran another session; again all the projects got funded. And it looks like this is set to become a regular Friday project with Fund 'em Fridays at BookRiot.

➝ The ACLU, which aims to "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States," received over $19.4 million in donations by 28th January. Their average for the year is $3-4 million. This extra money hopefully means they can continue with their good work, and expand their efforts.

[ profile] dog_rates started running a regular signal-boost for dogs that need help. With their first campaign, they helped raise money for a dog called Strudel who needed surgery. Each week they spotlight a new dog that needs a bit of help, which is pretty awesome. Happy, healthy dogs and financially supported owners can only make the world a better place.

There are plenty more projects out there making a difference on a day to day basis. Please feel free to fill up the comments with anything you know of that got DONE in January (especially if you were involved). Or, tell me about projects that began in February. And, as I've focused entirely on programs that succeeded in terms of raising donations in this first post, I'd particularly like to hear about projects where success is measured in other ways. So many people are making a difference in so many different ways.


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