Important Causes ❤️

I realise that on my blog I have not mentioned enough causes that I really care about and support in real life. I want this blog not only to be a positive space, but also a place where we can make positive change. Here I hope to include links, fundraisers, ways to donate and information on how to tackle problems faced in our society.  I also intend to include some of my own designs, of which I will be donating the profits (how much depends on what I am paid, which varies) to charities. I will include a variety of ways to help as I am aware that not everyone is in a financial position to donate. This will grow over the years. I also want to say that this is not an exhaustive list- there are so many things we need to be vocal about and tackle- so many that it is impossible to cover them all here. They are also not in any way listed in terms of priority - I believe that due to intersectionality (where certain individuals may face multiple barriers) that we need to do our best to tackle all inequality equally to ensure we live in a fairer society for all. 
These things do not require you to donate any of your money, but are a way of helping charities and raising funds. I am only recommending things I have used, and have found are useful. 

General things you can do:

  • Hold - this is an app that helps with productivity especially if you find you are getting distracted by your phone. It rewards you with points that you can use to get discounts on products or to donate money to charity. The charities and products are changed every so often. 
  • Ecosia - this is a search engine like Google you can use. But, in using this search engine part of the profits are used to plant trees, helping the environment.
  • The FreeRice App- a free multiple-choice game that through ads donates 10 grains of rice to people in need. 


Immigration:


Especially recently, with the rise of populism in politics, immigrants are often discriminated against and scapegoated for problems in the country. Common ideas like they are 'all criminals', a drain on the economy and just claim benefits float around (this is not true as most immigrants don't qualify for legal benefits). The case of Dano (EU law) means that an immigrant within the EU can not move to another member state solely to claim benefits. 

This is something really close to home as I wouldn't be in the UK if my parents had not immigrated from Spain. 


Legal Aid:

As a law student, hoping to one day become a lawyer, I believe that everyone should be able to access representation. In the UK however, there have been increasing cuts to legal aid which means that this often does not happen and is increasingly difficult. Representation should not just be for those who can afford it.


Racism:

Many groups experience racism - Asian people, Hispanic people, Black people.  Each of their experiences will be different. Below are some resources - I cannot speak on behalf of any of these groups as I am not a part of them so am constantly trying to stay as educated as possible. 

Fighting racism against the black community:
As someone who has never experienced racism and never will, it is so important I listen to people's experiences and learn from them. 

Books:
This is a place you can start in understanding racism, but is definitely not exhaustive. 
  • Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible-  Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race  - Renni Eddo-Lodge

Fighting racism against the Latin American community:
  • LADPP - specifically focuses on fighting discrimination against disabled Latin Americans in the UK. 

Fighting racism against the Asian community:

LGBTQ:

  •  Outright Action International. Although I am not part of the community, no one should be discriminated against for being different and forming part of this community. 

Disability:

I volunteered with LADPP (Latin American Disabled People's Project) one summer and the work they do is incredible (the staff are also lovely and very welcoming). LADPP work to remove the barriers disabled people face particularly focusing on those whose first language is not English and Spanish or Portuguese. 
Click here for more information on how you can support and get involved. 

Women's rights:

As a female, the fact that I may face discrimination solely because of my sex is sad. But, I can acknowledge that in many ways I am lucky and in a position of privilege. However, women still do not have equality of opportunity, especially in some countries where girls don't even have access to an education. That needs to change. 


Mental Health:

Mental health is still stigmatised in society and generally offered less attention than physical health. However, I think it should be treated just like physical health as it is not in everyone's control and can have a real impact on people's lives. 


Yemen: 

It is shocking how little coverage the situation in Yemen gets over the news and the situation they are in is incredibly heartbreaking. 

I have created a phone case design of fruit bowls of which I will be donating money to charities tackling the issue. Just for transparency: redbubble, the interface I use does take a large cut of the earnings as the manufacturer and I typically will earn around £3-4 on average for phone cases. The design is available in baby pink, pastel yellow and white. Each of the designs are available for a variety of IPhone and Samsung Galaxy models. Click the images to purchase. I have attached links to the charities I intend to donate the profits to above. I understand if you prefer to donate directly to the charities or check out their pages. I designed these products as an extra way to fundraise (as a student).