Awaken the Activist | Get Involved with These Organizations

In this unstable political climate, it is only natural to feel helpless amidst the chaos. As you watch the news, check your phone or tune into NPR on your drive to school, one question is on your mind: what can I do about it? Fear not, here are some outlets to help you get woke and involved with civil justice in the St. Louis area.

American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri (ACLU)

The ACLU of Missouri has one goal: to guard individual civil liberty and justice. They work with communities, public outreach, education and advocacy. The group is open to volunteers with all skill sets to help in events or specific projects. Give them a call or get started under their “volunteer” tab on their website and fill out an interest form for their upcoming events.

Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE)

MCE began in 1969 for preservation of land, water and air. This nonprofit engages in programs for a long-term resolution. Be sure to look into their volunteer and internship opportunities listed on their website. Participate in their meetups and networking events, including the student-oriented group, MCE Young Friends.

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Tackling Islamophobia and xenophobia, CAIR advocates for justice and mutual understanding. This group is perfect for anyone that wants to erase stereotypes and build interfaith networks. If you think Islamophobia is an issue and want to learn more, check out their website, visit their office in St. Louis or even look for available internships.

Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA)

If your passions lie in causes for migrants and refugees, check out MIRA. The statewide coalition of more than 30 organizations advocate for the rights of immigrants and refugees in communities, education and even economic sectors. For events and lobby days, start under their volunteer tab, sign up or give them a call.

Story by Ayesha Ather

Illustration by Crystal French

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