Hey, look! Beau has his own simple weblog, too!
It's really refreshing to see these pages. They load and render almost instantly, and there's no tracker garbage. Just that alone kind of makes them worth it, though I know that is not the most popular concern out there.Beau had a little discussion of donation and wealth distribution
in the last year and a half i gave money to ~150 mostly trans or nb people who i saw requesting money on twitter. i’m still donating monthly to fund club, double union, donors choose (though no longer for sherman alexie books, because he turned out to be a creep), and vocal minority.
i feel gross writing about donating money but maybe someone will read it and consider donating more money (especially directly to people who need it) if they’re able to.
It got me thinking:
1. That's impressive as fuck!
2. No one likes to talk about money, but it is important to talk about it, especially about donating it, as he has done.
I went struggled in the past couple of years to find an effective way to combat this administration's destructive actions. My first instinct was to jump into some sort of job in which I used my technical skills to help some kind of non-profit, as I have done in the past. I talked to a couple of groups, but I realized:
1) I'm fairly sure tech is not the bottleneck in these efforts. I didn't even consider this until my friend Alex brought this up when I mentioned it.
2) For the tech jobs I see these organizations hiring for, it wouldn't really matter if I did that job or not. I can see quite a few people other than myself getting those jobs done well; might as well give them a chance.
3) Feeling better about being active in the fight is not the same as being effective. Early on while thinking about this, my friend Sarah, who is a progressive non-profit veteran, mentioned that the best thing to do may be to just give money to people that know what they're doing. Months later, I accepted this.
I should also point out that, if you are a software engineer, in many life circumstances, you should consider yourself rich. I am a software engineer, and according to cursory searches I do before taking jobs, I have a salary in the average range.
For reasons, many of them related to software capturing the fancy of the speculative investor class, an average software engineer salary is really high compared to that of a teacher, nurse, scientist, or editor. Even though you may see people richer than you every day, even though you grew up not-rich, it's important to recognize that you have substantial disposable income.
If you think that people deserve to be treated with dignity, to have enough food, good homes, to not have their lives threatened by bigots, even if they don't have as much money as you, then it makes sense for you to donate to organizations that know how to fight for them. Find them and fund them.
Here's the organizations my family donates to:
- The NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- Amnesty International
- Planned Parenthood
- Donors Choose
(especially the snack projects)
- The Florence Project