As I wrote in an earlier post, my plan was to donate my "economic stimulus payment" on fighting government aggression. Eric and I ended up supporting National War Tax Resistance, and thanks to Miriam's suggestion to fund reproductive rights. We chose the Jackson Women's Health Organization.
"Jackson Women's Health Organization (JWHO) was opened in January 1995 right after the shootings of clinic workers in Brookline, MA. As one of only two clinics in the state, it was targeted from the beginning by violent anti-abortion extremists for closure. In spite of this tumultous beginning, the clinic has withstood alot and continues to serve women from even the poorest regions in Mississippi." Donations sent via the Feminist Majority Foundation (We mailed ours directly.):
"Half of your emergency contribution will support the FMF National Clinic Access Project’s work with federal, state, and local law enforcement, community leaders and the Jackson clinic to counter the protesters and prevent deadly attacks.
"And the other half of your emergency contribution will be put into a special fund created by the Jackson Women’s Health Organization to help poor women in Mississippi obtain abortions."
From the National War Tax Resistance site, "NWTRCC's goal is to maintain and build a national movement of conscientious objectors to military taxes by supporting, coordinating and publicizing the WTR actions of groups and individuals. These actions include: war tax resistance, protest, and refusal; the redirection of military taxes to meet human needs; support of the U.S. Peace Tax Fund Bill; and adjustment of lifestyle to avoid tax liability. WTR actions are undertaken in accordance with each individual's moral, religious or political conscience, and are hoped to contribute toward changing the priorities and policies of the U.S. government."
Each organization got $600.