When I created the Nasty Woman shirt, donating to Planned Parenthood was an obvious way for me to say “fuck you, Trump.” His despicable attitude towards women, rampant sexism, and casual talk of sexually assaulting women only underscored the importance of organizations that champion access to affordable healthcare, offer sex education, and support women’s autonomy over our bodies. I’m also a longtime patient of Planned Parenthood and am frankly disgusted with attacks against the vital services they offer to women and men. With the popularity of the shirt and my desire to keep creating products that highlighted our collective desire to resist this administration, I wanted to expand the organizations Google Ghost donates to.
We chose the ACLU as a recipient of funds from sales of the She Persisted shirt, as it’s glaringly obvious how needed their work is during a presidency determined to undermine freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the civil rights of some of our country’s most vulnerable residents.
For Earth Day and leading up to the March for Science, I researched the different types of environmental organizations that’ll need our support during a Trump administration. Of course, there are many, many non-profit groups doing amazing and necessary work, spanning all areas of environmental research and advocacy. We selected Earthjustice, one of the largest environmental law organizations in the country. By supporting them, we’re able to rely on their expertise to combat issues ranging from wildlife protection to clean energy. Additionally, they offer their legal services free to clients. While Trump is working to erode environmental protections and privilege corporate interests over the health of our planet, Earthjustice is on the ground (and in the courtroom) fighting. Additionally, one of Earthjustice’s core values is diversity —ensuring that their organizational makeup reflects those they serve. Their site includes this welcome message: ““Achieving greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in everything we do is inextricably linked to our mission to protect our planet and defend the rights of all people to a healthy environment,” which is something we at Google Ghost can get behind.