December Aside

I would like to take a step back for a week from all the geekage that I throw your way each and every week. As we get to the end of the year, I would like to take a moment to say how difficult things can be during this time of year. As many people are inevitably traveling across the country and world, I would like everyone to remember to be safe and take care of everyone around them. Mask up and vaccinate if you can.

Another opportunity I would like to bring up an opportunity to help others for those who are broke like I am. I am a broke grad student barely scraping by. Currently , Tab for a Cause is doing a promotion with No Kid Hungry to make sure that kids out of school can still get the meals they need. For every person who joins, they will help provide a meal. Another awesome thing is that you can earn money for charity, by doing something you are probably going to do anyways: opening a tab. If you would like to join this or the many other causes supported during the year, you can join using my link:

Take care of yourself this winter season.

Resources to fight Systematic Racism

If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that I usually will tell you a whole bunch of holidays that take place over the world. This time, I don’t feel like celebrating anything. This past week has just been a whole lot for me. I felt numb for a few days and now I felt like doing what I can: get information out there. I’m not really the type of person that goes out protesting, but this is something that I can do.

Campaign Zero: Campaign Zero is a group that fights for the end of unnecessary police violence “by limiting interventions, improving interactions, and ensuring accountability.” They currently have ten categories where policy reform can take place as well as research supporting those reform policies. Ways to get involved and donate can be found on this website.

Minnesota Freedom Fund: Currently this organization is using donation money in order to “pay bail for those who have shown up in love and grief and rage to demand justice for the murder of George Floyd.” This fund is using donation money so that protesters do not have to stay in jail just because they don’t have the money for bail. While the organization is currently asking people to donate directly to Floyd’s family or other local organization, they will use money donated to continue freeing people and advocacy of abolishing the prison industrial complex.

ACLU Minnesota: The American Civil Liberties Union for the state of Minnesota “continues to promote, protect, and extend the civil liberties and civil rights of people in Minnesota through litigation, lobbying, and community engagement.” Currently, the group is calling for “a fair, independent, and transparent investigation.”

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund: This is a GoFundMe created by a member of the Floyd family. The funds are going to be used to cover funeral costs, grief counseling, travel for court cases, and assisting the family during this time. A portion will also be used to care for George Floyd’s children and their education. If you want more information, there is an FAQ section you can go to.

If you know more sources, I would appreciate anyone telling me so that I can add to this resource page. Also, I ask that anyone who can donate, please do. I understand that times are hard, so don’t spend outside of your means. Also, I implore that you do something. You might not be out on the streets protesting, but we must show that what happened last week is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

Generating Internet Points

I think that a lot of people, including myself, are feeling kind of helpless in today’s world for a variety of reasons. There are just a lot of problems out there and sometimes it feels like you cannot do anything. As a student who is in-between schooling right now, I feel that I can’t really afford to spend money, even on things that I feel are really good causes. But what if I told you that you could support different charities and causes, by doing what you’re doing right now: surfing the internet. There is a chrome extension know as Tab for a Cause. What it does it give you ads every time you open a new tab. Using the points that those ads generate, you can gift those points to organizations that you want to support. One of the first things that I was worried about was how annoying the ads would be, as are most people. Honestly, after the first week, I stopped noticing the ads. They’re off to the side and you don’t really see them. Truly gives you time to think about that random thing that you want to search google for.

If you would like to join me in my quest to help the world, you can join using my link here. Also, share with your friends if you would like to spread the world. It’s 100% free.

The Animal Rescue Site

If you are like me, you want to help with different causes. You really do. Unfortunately for many causes, you have to donate a lot of time and money, something that often times I cannot afford. Because of this, I am often times looking for different causes that don’t cost a lot of time or money for me to be able to participate in. One such causes that I found is the Animal Rescue Site. It is their mission to help animals that are in animals shelters with needs such as food and vaccinations. Understanding that not everyone can contribute large sums of money to them, on their site, they have a large purple button, that by clicking it, you can donate some food to some of the shelters that they sponsor. I make sure to have this site up all the time so that I can make sure to click that button every day. They also have a list of more free things that you can do to help them, and also have a store so that you can purchase some swag that can help them further if you are able to contribute more to them. By doing this, it only takes a few seconds to help an animal an animal in need. Just browse their site, so that you can see the variety¬†of things that they do and see how you can help out more.

If you have other causes that are good to support, let me know. I’m always looking for more things to do, so being able to help out even with little things over a long time can make a huge difference.

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