One thing that George W. Bush’s appointment to the presidency has done is infuriate a good portion of the populace. Since activism is more productive than anger, in the next few months Ms. will offer several installments of this activist guide. The guides will provide information on organizations that are working to make a difference.
Global Exchange is a nonprofit research, education, and action center that strives to increase global awareness in the U.S., while building international partnerships.
“We’re concerned with the expansion of trade via corporate-managed, ‘fast-track’ agreements which lets the White House negotiate trade agreements and prevents Congress from amending them. More than 500 businesses have access to meetings where the nitty-gritty is decided, while the public is shut out.”
-Juliette Beck, economic rights coordinator
Puerto Rican Legal Defense And Education Fund
Through litigation, policy analysis, and education, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund works to protect the civil and human rights of the Latino community.
“It’s Latina women who fill the ranks of the domestic, health care, and garment industries, laboring with low wages, bad conditions, and few benefits. Bush’s proposals will work against keeping Latino families healthy, educated, and housed.”
-Sara Rios, director of litigation
MADRE works in partnership with community-based women’s organizations in conflict areas worldwide to address issues of health, education, economic development, and human rights. MADRE provides resources and training for sister organizations and works to empower people in the U.S. to demand changes to unjust policies.
“Progressive policies have never been generated by any White House but by citizen movements—from the protests of World War I intervention, to Vietnam, to ‘U.S. out of Central America,’ to disarmament in the 1980s, to the recent global economic policy protests. We need to get a citizens’ movement going.
-Yifat Susskind, associate director
La Resistencia is a national movement of resistance to attacks on immigrants, based on the belief that all people have a right to survive, regardless of legal status.
“When you have someone who openly yearns for the days of the Confederacy, as the U.S. Attorney General does, you know you’re in trouble.”
-Travis Morales, national council member
Rainforest Action Network
The Rainforest Action Network
works to protect the earth’s rainforests and support the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing, and nonviolent direct action. Through direct action, it works to transform the environmentally and socially unaccountable corporate global economy.
“The new administration is in favor of massive trade agreements, corporate welfare, and the expansion of free