Dear Wiggies,

As your new fundraising coordinator, it is my pleasure and privilege to talk to you about the organization that means most to me: WiG. But this fundraising message is a bit unusual. Of course I encourage you to donate to WiG, and I will email you again with lots of reasons to support our lively, feminist, professional organization.

But today, as we approach the end of the fiscal year (and the end of your opportunities to make tax-deductible donations for 2016), WiG is taking a different approach. In light of the presidential election results, it is more urgent that ever that we fund organizations working to support people who are vulnerable, marginalized, and at risk in our communities. We have outlined our Women in German Solidarity Statement on this website, and I encourage you to read it if you have not already. In this statement, we encourage our members to donate to the following organizations, to support the important work they do and will be called upon to do in the coming four years: Planned Parenthood, American Civil Liberties Union, local Black Lives Matter chapters, Standing Rock Sioux (#NoDAPL), Southern Poverty Law Center, Silvia Rivera Law Project, National Resources Defense Council, and the Council for American-Islamic Relations. We also encourage you to support any other organization of your choice who joins us in standing against misogyny, bigotry, racism, xenophobia, anti-Muslim sentiment, anti-semitism, and an exploitative attitude towards the environment.

Together we are strong! I encourage you to stand up and make your voices heard!

In solidarity, and wishing you a peaceful holiday season,

Allie Hill