From the White Helmets’ website:
When the bombs rain down, the Syrian Civil Defence rushes in. In a place where public services no longer function these unarmed volunteers risk their lives to help anyone in need – regardless of their religion or politics. Known as the White Helmets these volunteer rescue workers operate in the most dangerous place on earth.
As the conflict in Syria worsens, ordinary people are paying the highest price. More than 50 bombs and mortars a day land on some neighbourhoods in Syria. Many are rusty barrels filled with nails and explosives, rolled out the back of government helicopters — bakeries and markets are the most commonly hit targets. When this happens the White Helmets rush in to search for life in the rubble – fully aware that more bombs may fall on the same site. These volunteers have saved 73,530 lives – and this number is growing daily.
Especially with the disastrous events in Aleppo right now, what this group is doing is crucial. Strongly consider supporting them via a donation if you’re able.
Rex Tillerson, who was until-recently the CEO of Exxon-Mobil, has significant ties to Putin and Russia, and who believes whatever is convenient to him about climate change at any given time, has been nominated for Secretary of State. Luckily, there are Senators on both sides of the aisle who have voiced their concerns at his candidacy, so blocking his nomination has a decent chance at being successful.
The first (and hopefully only step) is making sure that his nomination doesn’t pass out of committee – the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to be specific. If your senator is on this list, CALL THEM and let them know that you want them to reject Tillerson’s nomination:
- Chairman, Bob Corker
- James E. Risch
- Marco Rubio
- Ron Johnson
- Jeff Flake
- Cory Gardner
- David Perdue
- Johnny Isakson
- Rand Paul
- John Barrasso
- Ranking, Ben Cardin
- Barbara Boxer
- Bob Menendez
- Jeanne Shaheen
- Christopher Coons
- Tom Udall
- Chris Murphy
- Tim Kaine
- Edward J. Markey
Find contact information for your senator here.
If your senator is not on this list, call them anyway and ask them to publicly denounce Tillerson as the choice for Secretary of State and ensure that his nomination doesn’t pass the Senate as a whole if it does pass out of committee.
The number of refugees that are allowed into the United States could drop drastically under Trump’s administration. Organizations that help support and place refugees will need all of the help that they can get. Donating money when you can will help keep these organizations operating to the best of their ability.
Two great organizations to check out and support are:
International Rescue Committee
American Refugee Committee
Let me know via the contact form if there are other organizations that I should add to this list! For other organizations that could use support, see this list.