List compiled by La Gente staff writer Teresa Maldonado.
The inauguration of the most controversial president we’ve had in recent time is upon us and the prospect of the next four years seems daunting. However, now not a time to become complacent and normalize the presidency of Donald Trump. Now, more than ever, is the best time to become civically engaged within our communities and become intrinsically involved in the democratic system.
Here is a compilation of organizations fighting for a variety of civil rights the President-elect has threatened. Be sure to check these out and get involved.
UCLA Community Programs Office (CPO)
Located in the Student Activities Center, the Community Programs Office (CPO) is probably the quickest and easiest way to get involved both within the UCLA community and throughout the Great Los Angeles area. The Student Retention Center, Student Initiated Outreach Center, and twenty-five other student-led community service projects are under CPO.
They have multiple areas of focus so whether you want to focus on health, youth mentorship, or outreach, CPO has a program devoted to it.
Women’s March Los Angeles
This march is open to everyone. Set for January 21st, this is a march in Los Angeles that coincides with the Women’s March in Washington. It is a peaceful protest that advocates for defending the most historically marginalized groups; when we advocate for them, we advocate for all.
At least sixty thousand are expected to attend the Los Angeles march. If you’re interested, this is a good way to send a strong message to the incoming administration.
It is free to register and you can register on their website.
Check out their Facebook and Twitter to learn more.
Thank you for the support @gaydayslosangeles ????❤️ We can't wait to march with you all in solidarity on #january21 beginning at #pershingsquare ! Who's joining us?!
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MEChA de UCLA
MEChA de UCLA is an independent Ch/Xicanx/a/o/@ student led organization within the UCLA community that strives for political involvement and education as a pathway for social change. You can find MEChA at Kerckhoff 414 to learn more about their initiatives and their three access projects: MEChA Xinachtli, MEChA Cálmecac, and the Raza Youth Empowerment Project.
Check out their Facebook to learn more.
Bruin Consent Coalition
The Bruin Consent Coalition has been a huge advocate for student rights within the UCLA community. Just this week, they protested against the reinstatement of a professor accused of sexual assault.
Check out their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to learn more.
IT'S OFFICIAL: 7000 in Solidarity: A Campaign Against Sexual Assault has reintroduced itself as Bruin Consent Coalition! We had many reasons for changing our name, check out the full explanation on our Facebook page! www.facebook.com/bruinconsentcoalition
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Planned Parenthood has been widely talked about during the election. Facing constant threats of defunding from Republican legislators, Planned Parenthood provides contraception, cancer screening, pregnancy testing, abortion, and other crucial health services. Visit their website
Check out Planned Parenthood Action Fund and I Stand With Planned Parenthood to learn how you can get involved.
Fight back against attacks by extreme politicians. Sign the petition (link in our bio) and tell Congress that you #StandWithPP. We’ll never stop fighting, and we’ll never stop sharing sexual health info and providing a safe space for you online. #IStandWithPP #plannedparenthood #health #education
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Environmental Student Network (ESN)
The Environmental Student Network (ESN) is group of UCLA students that work to advocate for environmental health. They hold volunteering events, socials, and hiking trips throughout the year. All students are welcome, all you need “ is a passion for the environment and a desire to help!”
To learn how to get involved and for more information about future events, check out their Facebook. You can also sign up for their weekly newsletter here.
Heal the Bay
Heal the Bay’s goal is to mobilize Los Angeles communities to “protect our coastline, revitalize our urban waterways, and speak out for smart water policy.” You can take part in Heal the Bay’s efforts by donating here or by volunteering. They have multiple long term and short term projects you can become involved with.
Check out their Facebook to learn more.
???? This is #SantaMonica #beach after #FirstFlush. Yep. Gnarly. No good. Just plain nasty. 60-80% of trash in the ocean comes from inland sources. When we get a big rain (or even a modest one), all that trash from the streets, stormdrains and gutters makes a beeline for the beach. You can make a difference. Reduce your use of disposable, single-use items like straws and to-go cups. Check your neighborhood stormdrain to see if it's clogged. Become a Heal the Bay member. Wanna get your hands extra dirty? Come to #CoastalCleanupDay this Saturday to help clean up some of this mess. Signup info in our bio. ????
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National Resources Defense Council
The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) wants to make lasting environmental change within the U.S. and throughout the globe. They have 16 different programs aimed at combatting climate change. On their website, you can send letters to our representatives urging for change and become a member of NRDC’s Activist Network.
You can donate to their cause here.
UCLA LGBTQ Campus Resource Center
The LGBTQ Resource Center provides the UCLA community with a safe and inclusive environment. They have counseling services, sexual health information, an LGBTQ library and countless other resource. The resource center also holds events events throughout the quarter allowing students multiple opportunities to become involved.
Check out their Facebook and Twitter.
Today was the first day for two of our new professional staff (Jasmin Williams and Kevin Medina)! 🙂 though new to these roles they are both proud Bruins and were incredible student leaders during their time on campus! So excited to have a full team of amazing professionals. Drop by the Center to say hi and introduce yourself to our new staff at Cookies &Queers on Thurs. 9/22 from 4-6pm. #uclalgbt #bruinpride #wemakethislookgood
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The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is a leading national organization that aims to prevent suicide among the LGBTQ youth. They provide resources and offer suicide prevention trainings.
You can volunteer for the organization or get involved t with its Los Angeles Trevor NextGen group.
Check out their Facebook and Twitter to learn more. You can also join their newsletter here.