this is just a message of love from us to you, especially our friends and fans in america in this post-election season.
when the going gets tough, the tough make art.
we are all feeling the strain right now.
we love you guys, and we are so grateful you’re on the list and in our world.
and we hope that you spend the next few days hunkering down in a space of love and compassion and reflection with loved ones – friends, family, strangers….whoever is at hand.
please don’t forget that unity is the way forward. not hate. not division. not anger. more compassion, more listening.
we’re all in this together.
and who knows. it could be that donald trump is going to make punk cabaret great again…indirectly.
“No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger.”
– Rainer Marie Rike
and a note from brian….
I just hope that everyone will remember to take action, get involved in their communities and the causes they want to support, and stay informed about the issues for protecting themselves and each other. Hopefully this list will help provide some resources, among the many great ones out there.
The American Civil Liberties Union works to defend individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. Donate here.
The 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. Find your local affiliate here and donate here.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America offers enrichment programs and support for children when they’re not in school. Donate and learn about ways to volunteer here.
The Center for Reproductive Rights is the world’s foremost legal advocate for securing women’s access to quality reproductive health care. Donate here.
The Council in American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the country’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization. Donate here or find your local chapter here.
Dakota Access Pipeline Donation Fund: Stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from ripping through their ancestral homelands. It threatens their water, their sacred places, and the future of their children. Take Action here:
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a national civil rights law and policy center devoted to advancing the rights of people with disabilities through advocacy, training, education, and public policy. Donate here.
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. Donate here, and sign up for action alerts here.
Lambda Legal is a national legal organization dedicated to fighting for the civil rights of the LGBT population and people with HIV through litigation, education, and policy work. Donate here.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) mission is to foster sound public policies, laws and programs to safeguard the civil rights of the 45 million Latinos living in the United States and to empower the Latino community to fully participate in our society. MALDEF achieves its mission by concentrating its efforts on the following areas: Employment, Education, Immigration, Political Access, Language, Public Resource, Equity Issues. Donate here.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) works to promote the civil rights of people of color and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Donate here, and find your local chapter for more ways to get involved here.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund fights for racial justice through litigation, advocacy and education. Donate and learn about ways to get involved here.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) advocates for victims and attempts to change policy surrounding domestic violence. Click here to donate.
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.
The Native American Rights Fund provides legal assistance to Native American tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who may otherwise go without adequate representation. Donate here.
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. Local chapters also list more extensive volunteer opportunities, so take a look at your specific chapter (here’s New York’s page) for more.
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. Click here for information about how to volunteer for the hotline or in your community, and click here to donate.
The 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. Click here for ways to give.
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights works to protect the best interests of children who come to the U.S. on their own. Donate here or learn about how you can volunteer as a Child Advocate in Chicago, New York, Houston, and Washington D.C. here.
…all these groups are out there fighting the good fight.
we are not alone.
long live the punk cabaret,
the dresden dolls
“THERE IS THIS THING KEEPING EVERYONE’S LUNGS & LIPS LOCKED / IT IS CALLED FEAR AND IT’S SEEING A GREAT RENAISSANCE…”
p.s. if you want to listen to “goodnight moon” before you go to sleep tonight, here you go: