Giving Tuesday

November 25, 2018

The following was originally addressed to members of the ResistLC group list. I have taken the liberty of posting it as a letter to the editor of Grassroots Press. Ed.)


‘Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”


As someone who is on the ResistLC group list, I know that you are very interested in making a difference in our broken world.  After Thanksgiving Thursday, Black (or green) Friday, Small-business Saturday and Cyber Monday, we have Giving Tuesday when we can, with intentionality, send our love to those organizations in our midst that are making a difference.

My suggestions for Giving Tuesday (all local organizations):


AVID (Advocate Visitors with Immigrants in Detention) – All-volunteer organization, but money is used to give people in detention funds for phone calls, food to supplement their meager diet, and books to take their mind away from the boredom of being locked up for months on end.  Tax-deductible donations may be made by check payable to UU Church (with AVID in the memo line) and mailed to UU Church, PO Box 96, Las Cruces 88004 or online at and click on “give” in the upper, right-hand corner.  [AVID used to be CIVIC.]

Las Cruces Coalition for Reproductive Justice has a special fund to be used for people in need to be able to access reproductive health services including contraceptives and abortion.  Donations may be made online at or mail a check to LCCRJ at 210 W. Las Cruces Ave, Las Cruces 88001.


SWEC (Southwest Environmental Center) – The Southwest Environmental Center speaks for wildlife and wild places in the southwestern borderlands. They work to protect and restore vital habitats, like Otero Mesa and Rio Grande, and endangered species, like the Mexican gray wolf. Established in Las Cruces in 1992, they’ve had 25 years of success, and say they couldn’t do it without their members.  Donate online at or mail check to SWEC at 275 N Downtown Mall, Las Cruces, 88001.


CAFé (Communidades en Accion y de Fe) is an affiliate of the national PICO group doing community organizing in Doña Ana County around social justice issues of immigration, minimum wage, needs of colonias, and housing foreclosures.  Donations to this interfaith action organization may be made online at or mail check to CAFé at 402 W. Griggs, Las Cruces 88005.


PFLAG Las Cruces (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – old name, expanded focus) — PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.  Donate online at


Casa de Peregrinos — The mission of Casa de Peregrinos is to alleviate hunger in our community through the acquisition and distribution of nutritious food.  CdeP is an emergency food pantry located in Las Cruces and with satellite locations throughout Doña Ana County.  Donate online at or mail a check to Casa de Peregrinos, 999 W. Amador Ave, Las Cruces 88005.


KTAL-LP Radio – Tune in to 101.5FM every day to hear KTAL-LP, our new, low-powered community radio.  Democracy Now can be heard and an eclectic mix of music plays between programs.  Hosts include Peter Goodman, Nan Rubin, Kevin Bixby and Kari Bachman.  Your tax-deductible contributions for equipment and syndicated shows such as Democracy Now are welcome. Donate online at


Jan Thompson

Las Cruces

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