Today's regularly scheduled name content will be interrupted with political activism. (Well, mostly. There's some name stuff, too). If the terrible events of the day have you feeling depressed or defeated, try making a difference in your community. Here are some links to well-deserving causes!
If monetary donation doesn't work for you, click around the sites for ways to get involved. Sign petitions, boost awareness, or volunteer in person for causes that matter to you.
Want to make sure people have access to adequate healthcare and family planning services?
Planned Parenthood - Care. No Matter What.
Healthcare.gov - Official site of the Affordable Care Act
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Finding cures. Saving children.
Want to promote environmental education and climate change protections?
Sierra Club - Explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.
Greenpeace - The leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.
Earthjustice - Because the Earth needs a good lawyer.
Want to protect civil rights and promote social justice across the country (and the globe)?
ACLU - Because freedom can't protect itself.
NAACP - To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
Amnesty International - Action for Human Rights. Hope for Humanity.
Want to protect the rights of women?
National Organization for Women (NOW) - Take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.
Feminist Majority Foundation - Equality around the world.
American Association of University Women (AAUW) - Empowering women since 1881.
Tell me your favorite charities and nonprofit groups in the comments below!
As for the name content... Keep getting excited about names. Keep reading blog posts and forums and baby name books. Ask people about where their names come from. Write down all the names you love. Promote diversity in naming. Stay passionate about what you love.