Illustration of Derek Powazek by Adam Ellis

My Holiday Wish List

Dear friends and family,

So we’re coming up on the holidays, and you may have started to think about what to get me this year. I’ve never done this before, but this is a year like no other, so I’m doing something different.

This year, instead of buying me something, I’d like you to take that cash and make a donation to one of the organizations listed below instead. You can do so in my name.

I’m lucky. I have everything I need. I have a wife who loves me, a farm full of animals, and food on the table. And I have you, someone who cares enough about me to read this. Thank you. But there are many in this country who do not have those things, and many who are desperately afraid for their future right now.

I don’t know how you voted in this election, and I don’t want to. No matter who you voted for, the fact is, the incoming administration is on the record: they plan to dismantle health care, disregard environmental regulations, fight the free press, and take away the civil rights of many who only recently achieved them.

The organizations that will stand up to these injustices are more important than ever. They need the cash more than I do. Please support them instead of me.

I am terrified for the future of this country for the first time in my adult life. Your donation to one of these organizations, even if you don’t agree with them, is the greatest gift you could give me.

Happy holidays,

— Derek


Please donate to:

American Civil Liberties Union

Anti-Defamation League

Campaign Zero

Color of Change

Center for Reproductive Rights

Council on American-Islamic Relations

Electronic Frontier Foundation

International Refugee Assistance Project

International Rescue Committee

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

NARAL Pro-Choice America

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

National Organization for Women

Natural Resources Defense Council

Planned Parenthood

Southern Poverty Law Center

Trevor Project


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