Originally Published: September 2, 2017 5:57 a.m.
Those of us trying to stop the Trump administration from destroying our environmental protection, social justice and women’s rights laws and policies are banding together to resist these changes. While marching around the courthouse, sending emails and letters, and meeting with our congressman, who is not about to change his mind, may all be important, if we want to succeed, we need to support the non-governmental organizations that have been fighting on the front line in Washington for years.
Environmental groups, such as the National Resource Defense Council, Earthjustice, the Union of Concerned Scientists and others have the experienced lawyers, scientists and lobbyists to stop the Republican push to weaken our environmental health standards.
Social justice groups such as Common Cause, Public Citizen, the Southern Poverty Law Center and others are doing the same thing with social justice issues, and the National Association for Women, the Center for Reproductive Rights and others have a long history of work on women’s issues.
At the state level, the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest is working to protect both our social and environmental protections.
If you really want to stop the Trump agenda, write your letters, but more importantly, sit down and write some checks to these organizations. Most of us can afford to contribute, so put your money where your mouth is. These groups advocating for our causes will need a lot more money for litigation and lobbying and they have the experience and knowledge to protect us and our environment.