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Help local organizations in 2009
Help local organizations in 2009
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

As we move into a year we all hope will be better than 2008, there are still some economic issues looming for local arts and GLBT organizations around the Sound. So, if you haven't already given to a few good causes, here are a few that really need your help. Think of it as karma in the bank, and we all know how good that can be these days.

Whether you've been to nearly every Seattle Lesbian Gay Film Festival since the beginning, or you're just planning to join the fun this year, these lovely people could use your help. Small amounts (I usually pick at least three organizations a year, and send about seven bucks, and, believe me, that does help), large amounts, volunteering, they can use it. So, go to info@queerfilm.org and I'm sure there'll be information on where and how to do something helpful for a wonderful group of people who bring us one of the best local film festivals every year.

Another organization that could use your help is CARA (Communities Against Rape and Abuse). They sponsor a number of women-powered and women-focused events that put women of color in the spotlight (in Seattle, isn't that a good thing?) every month with their "Ladies First" event at Hidmo Eritrean Restaurant. They also have a kickass barbecue in the summer and have plans to bring even more provocative and politically toothsome entertainment to Seattle this year. For information on how to help, go to www.cara-seattle.org.

And if you've never attended an event put on by CD Forum, not only should you in 2009, but you should definitely support this worthwhile organization that not only sponsors programs and forums on people of color, but GLBTQ folks of color, as well. Last year these people put on some great panels around Pride, and you can bet they'll be back on board with more exciting programs this year. So give them some incentive by putting your money where your piehole is and go to info@cdforum.org. Can't you already feel your karma getting all warm and fuzzy? Just think how good that'll feel when you actually give.

Also, if you're wanting to help out animals (and, seriously, besides former VP candidate Sarah Palin, who doesn't?), you might go to Wolf Haven's website, or go to the panel on global concerns for 2009 at Seattle Pacific University, January 10. It starts 9:30 a.m. To find out more about this informative event, go to wecprotects.org (for Wolf Haven's info, go to development@wolfhaven.org). And also there are a number of arts organizations out there like SIS Productions, Re-Act and Theater Schmeater - all have websites and all have done productions with GBLTQ characters and are very friendly to our community. So, that's just a start on a good way to begin a new year - one, to quote some of last year's campaign rhetoric, filled with change. So, change some things, give to some worthy causes, and reach out this year. Even if you can only give five bucks, that'll go a long way, particularly if you're helping any of the local shelters, who really need it this time of year.
 

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