|My bugs, marching in solidarity from Atlanta, GA|
Amnesty International & ACLU &
Freedom of the Press Foundation
Supporting human rights, victims of torture, & prisoners of conscience while holding our society accountable for its actions are of paramount importance. Since high school, the right to live and think freely has been the closest thing to my heart, and these groups all support this in unique ways.
Trees Water People & World Wildlife Fund
We need a healthy Earth to continue human life, and I love the way TWP collaborated with my family's company, courtesy of Rob Buehler's tree planting campaign. The WWF meanwhile keeps rocking my world with their Christmas campaigns, which help my daughter understand wildlife and extinction.
I love the idea of giving people the resources needed to help themselves in practical ways.
Coosa River Basin Initiative
Protection for the river basin centered in my home town is essential-especially when it also happens to be the most biologically diverse river basin in North America.
A mental health oasis for musicians in my other home town makes me smile.
I am a lifelong fan of writing my way out. This organization encourages residents of juvenile detention facilities to find and effectively use their voices for positive personal change.
Books to Prisoners Programs
I recognize that reading can be a way out too, especially when the voices are authentic and diverse.
Marijuana reform in my home state will bring relief to many people. I support reform wholeheartedly and believe it's by speaking out gracefully and responsibly that reform can happen in a way which opens minds and minimizes abuse. National NORML also rocks, of course.
The Heffter Institute & ICEERS & Drug Policy Alliance
These institutions conduct professional research in the field of psychedelics and the function of the human mind. As with marijuana, I support responsible, educated reform wholeheartedly in the broader field of more "heavy-hitting" plant medicine.
SPD Foundation & Autism Speaks & Appleseeds Learning Center
Sensory processing disorders are neurological conditions needing additional global education and awareness. As an adult with sensory differences and a mother of two children with sensory differences, I am very inspired to be at the forefront of this work and encourage others to learn more. Of course, SPD and Autism spectrum disorders also tend to go hand-in-hand. My son Val has ASD, and both my children attend the early intervention center Appleseeds in Kennesaw. It is a lovely, welcoming place for awesome kids who think differently.
Bring Change 2 Mind
After living with depression, losing several friends to suicide, and experiencing ten years of marriage and 4 children (2 mine, 2 their half-siblings) with a man challenged by dissociative identities & borderline personality disorder, I recognize that deep-rooted stigma linked to mental illness has been a major block to research, treatment, recovery and support for affected individuals and their families. This needs to change.
The Order of the Good Death
Per their website: The Order of the Good Death is a group of funeral industry professionals, academics, and artists exploring ways to prepare a death phobic culture for their inevitable mortality.
I dig this so much.
Charis Circle & WonderRoot & Deer Bear Wolf
Increasingly, providing a space where people can create and appreciate art without fear of judgment is itself a radical act. These organizations each do an excellent job of supporting the local creative community in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ditto to everything I just wrote about the importance of supporting a creative community. Fractured Atlas does this at the national level.
Moms United Against the Drug War & Women's March on Washington
As I've aged, I've found power in being a woman. These networks have helped.
Smithsonian Institute & National Parks Service
In my quest to educate and entertain my children, these two organizations have always been the most reliable and fulfilling. Smithsonian's engaging and objective approach totally rocks!
Turn Your Back on Hate & PERC
My friend Jessie Reed rocks our native Rome, Georgia, by organizing events like a counter protest of a white rights rally and a supply drive for Standing Rock. These organizations are the product of her heart and soul.