PSAs — Ways You Can Get Involved

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Covid-19 Information for the Uninsured

Did you know that if you are an uninsured patient with COVID-19, your bills will be covered? Most major health systems participate in a program through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to cover bills from uninsured patients with COVID-19, as set up through the CARES Act. Also, The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) is a federal law that requires anyone coming to an emergency department to be stabilized and treated, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. For billing and cost-sharing information for patients with or without insurance seeking COVID-19 testing and/or treatments visit https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/index.html. (added 1/13/21)


New York Covid-19 Vaccine Information

More New Yorkers are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 65 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and public safety workers. All vaccinations are by appointment only. The COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline is open 7AM – 10PM, 7 days a week, to schedule vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. That’s 1-833-697-4829. Online signup information is available at covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov. (added 1/13/21)


New Jersey Covid-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 vaccines are on the way to hospitals and clinics across New Jersey. You can reserve your spot to get a vaccine now by pre-registering with the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System online. You will be asked some questions to determine when you are eligible to receive a vaccination. Information on the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System is at https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/. (added 1/6/21)


New York’s Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (ODPV)

If you are unsafe at home, New York’s Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, or OPDV is here to help. You can reach out to an OPDV advocate any time, day or night. TEXT us at 844.997.2121 or CALL us at 800.942.6906. Chat, text and calls are secure and private. More info is at https://opdv.ny.gov/ (added 1/5/21)


National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless is common during an infectious disease outbreak. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24/7 to help. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, or just need someone to talk to confidentially, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or suicidepreventionlifeline.org (updated 1/5/21)

National Independent Venue Association (NIVA)

The National Independent Venue Association, or NIVA, thanks those across the country who sent 2.1 million emails to their elected officials expressing their support for the Save Our Stages Act. The Act was passed by Congress as a part of the Covid-19 relief bill. Since it could take many weeks, even months for the funding to flow, the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund continues to raise money to assist the venues at greatest risk of permanently going under as we wait for the grants to be issued. To find out more, visit www.nivassoc.org. (revised 1/6/21)


Essex County Covid Vaccine Information

Frontline workers living in Essex County, NJ are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Essex County wants to get Frontline workers to the front of the line. Paid and unpaid healthcare workers, anyone who works to support medical and health services, and care givers will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Go to www.essexcovid.org or call 973-877-8456 to make an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine. (updated 12/31/20)


Hoboken Family Alliance

Hoboken Family Alliance, or HFA, is a 100% volunteer-driven organization and one Hoboken’s oldest non-profits. HFA spurs community spirit and change for the better – across civic, social, and educational opportunities for all families while bringing families together in the community. Many Hudson County people are in need of some extra care, attention, support or resources, including seniors, children of all ages and the homeless. More info on the Hoboken Family Alliance and volunteering is available at http://hobokenfamily.com. (updated 12/31/20)


Essex ResourceNet

Essex ResourceNet provides a wide range of information about support, resources, and services for families in Essex County, New Jersey. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and feel you need help, Essex ResourceNet offers a list of hotlines where you can vent, discuss depression, or report abuse, all anonymous. More info is at http://www.essexresourcenet.org. (added 12/31/20)


Covid Testing New Jersey

COVID-19 Testing is available to everyone in New Jersey. Do your part to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community by getting tested for COVID-19. You could have COVID-19 and not even know it. Find out if you have COVID-19 at any of the 400+ testing sites across New Jersey. It’s quick and easy. You don’t need insurance and free testing is available. Anyone who wants a test, can now get one. For more info in New Jersey, dial 2-1-1, or visit https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing.


Covid Testing New York

COVID-19 is still very active in New York. New York State’s 28 public and private labs are authorized to begin manual, semi-automated and automated testing for COVID-19. Testing is free to all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider or by calling the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065. If you go to a test site run by New York State, there is never any charge for your test. Be Smart, wear a mask, and stay six feet apart in public. More info is at coronavirus.health.ny.gov.


Arts for Art

Arts For Art is dedicated to serving a diverse community of artists and audiences in music, dance, poetry and visual arts. NYC-based Arts for Arts, or AFA, utilizes improvisation as a way to express a larger, more positive American dream of inclusion and freedom. Founded in 1996, AFA is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of FreeJazz — an African American indigenous art form in which improvisation is principle. AFA has shifted to online programming, releasing new and archival video content and presenting virtual concerts. This has provided much needed paid performance opportunities for artists and inspiration to all of us. More info is at ArtsforArt.org.


New York City Tenant Resource Portal

These are uncertain, stressful times especially for renters, and the NYC Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants, along with other support initiatives, try to help people maintain stable housing. If you are facing eviction, the New York City Tenant Resource Portal offers the resources you need in one place. This eviction prevention tool helps renters navigate public and private resources that can stabilize their housing situation. For more information, visit this link – https://www1.nyc.gov/content/tenantresourceportal/pages/.


The Community Food Bank of New Jersey

Approximately 4 in 10 individuals being served by food banks are new to charitable food assistance as a result of COVID-19. The Community Food Bank of New Jersey is the state’s largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization. If you live in New Jersey and need help finding a local food pantry, or if you would like to offer help, visit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey’s website at https://cfbnj.org.


St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center

Since 1939, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center has been dedicated to helping pets and their loving guardians persevere through challenging life conditions. St. Hubert’s animal shelters in Madison, North Branch and the Noah’s Ark Campus in Ledgewood, NJ all welcome animals directly from guardians, rescues, overcrowded New Jersey shelters, disaster situations, and more. Additionally, They offer adoptions, a pet food pantry, low-cost vet care/clinics, spay/neutering for community cats and other services. St. Hubert’s goal is to help keep pets and their families together. More info at https://www.sthuberts.org/.


Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS)

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services, or NNJLS, provides free civil legal help to low income residents of Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties in New Jersey. The NNJLS works to ensure that no one should be denied a meaningful opportunity to have their day in court simply because they cannot afford a lawyer. They work to ensure clients don’t lose their housing due to eviction or foreclosure; that they are not harassed by debt collectors or victimized by unfair business practices; that families have fair custody and support arrangements in the event of separation or divorce; and that they can receive the public benefits and other income support to meet daily needs. More information is available at https://www.northeastnjlegalservices.org/


The Newark Public Library

The Newark Public Library is available 24/7/365, offering a robust selection of core and specialized services to patrons through their web, social media and digital platforms, which are all available FREE with a NPL library card. In addition to their extensive collection of books and films, The Newark Public Library offers many online videos, including streamed arts events, author readings, bedtime stories for children and American Sign Language classes. More information is available at https://npl.org/


The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library has reopened for grab-and-go services. 30 branch locations have opened for contactless checkout of books, which can be reserved online as part of their gradual reopening. The New York Public Library also offers downloads of e-books, audio-books, films, databases, and their extensive Digital Collections. They offer three safe, socially distant ways for patrons to check out their holds and other materials. Patrons must check out items before leaving branches, using either the staff-assisted process or express self-checkout stations, or the new NYPL app. More information is available at www.nypl.org/.


All PSAs by Category


Animal Aid / Rescue PSAs

Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is on the ground in New York City, helping to save the lives of homeless pets and supporting efforts to make New York a no-kill state permanently, and aim for the initiative nationally by 2025. Best Friends operates the nation’s largest sanctuary for homeless animals; provides adoption, spay/neuter, and educational programs. While The Best Friends Lifesaving Center in New York City is closed during the pandemic, adoptions are still taking place remotely through an online application and video-conference meet-and-greets. Information on adoptions, fostering animals and volunteering is at ny.bestfriends.org/.

Pets Are Wonderful Support, or PAWS

Pets Are Wonderful Support, or PAWS, NY helps New York City’s most vulnerable residents remain with their pets, delivering critical programs and services through a community of partners and volunteers. PAWS’ programs help keep pets in their homes while protecting and promoting the human-animal bond that is so physically and psychologically valuable. Pets provide us with companionship, unconditional love, and they combat loneliness. Help protect this relationship each and every day for those facing challenges from advancing age, disability, or illness. PAWS’ motto: helping people by helping pets. More info is at pawsny.org.

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center

Since 1939, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center has been dedicated to helping pets and their loving guardians persevere through challenging life conditions. St. Hubert’s animal shelters in Madison, North Branch and the Noah’s Ark Campus in Ledgewood, NJ all welcome animals directly from guardians, rescues, overcrowded New Jersey shelters, disaster situations, and more. Additionally, They offer adoptions, a pet food pantry, low-cost vet care/clinics, spay/neutering for community cats and other services. St. Hubert’s goal is to help keep pets and their families together. More info at sthuberts.org/)


ART PSAs

The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA)

The National Independent Venue Association, or NIVA, thanks those across the country who sent 2.1 million emails to their elected officials expressing their support for the Save Our Stages Act. The Act was passed by Congress as a part of the Covid-19 relief bill. Since it could take many weeks, even months for the funding to flow, the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund continues to raise money to assist the venues at greatest risk of permanently going under as we wait for the grants to be issued. To find out more, visit www.nivassoc.org. (revised 1/6/21)

Artist Relief

Artist Relief offers an emergency financial and informational resources to U.S. artists of all types. This coalition of national arts grantmakers understands that the wellbeing of artists has financial, professional, social, and mental dimensions. To offer support, Artist Relief distributes $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19 and serves as an ongoing informational resource. The initiative will operate through December to assist with the rapidly escalating needs of the country’s artists. For information on eligibility, visit artistrelief.org/.

Arts For Art

Arts For Art is dedicated to serving a diverse community of artists and audiences in music, dance, poetry and visual arts. NYC-based Arts for Arts, or AFA, utilizes improvisation as a way to express a larger, more positive American dream of inclusion and freedom. Founded in 1996, AFA is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of FreeJazz — an African American indigenous art form in which improvisation is principle. During this pandemic with social distancing and the struggle for civil rights, Art is important for our well being. More information is on their website, artsforart.org

Jazz Foundation of America

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jazz Foundation of America has been helping hundreds of jazz and blues musicians, who live precariously even in good economic times, by providing compassionate counsel and direct financial support. The Jazz Foundation of America’s COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund helps musicians and their families with basic living expenses and more during this indefinite period of financial free fall. More information is on their website, jazzfoundation.org/covid19fund

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet, often while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. They provide relief in the form of financial assistance to many musicians who would otherwise be in terrible predicaments. More information is on their website, www.sweetrelief.org

MusiCares

The Recording Academy and its charitable foundation MusiCares’ mission is to support the music community in times of need. With that mission at heart, they realize many in the industry are still struggling and basic needs such as food, toiletries, and prescriptions can be difficult to afford during these challenging times. MusiCares helps keep the music community alive and thriving, giving it as much as it gives us. For more information, visit www.grammy.com/musicares


Community Aid PSAs

Essex ResourceNet

Essex ResourceNet provides a wide range of information about support, resources, and services for families in Essex County, New Jersey. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and feel you need help, Essex ResourceNet offers a list of hotlines where you can vent, discuss depression, or report abuse, all anonymous. More info is at http://www.essexresourcenet.org. (added 12/31/20)

Hoboken Family Alliance

Hoboken Family Alliance, or HFA, is a 100% volunteer-driven organization and one Hoboken’s oldest non-profits. HFA spurs community spirit and change for the better – across civic, social, and educational opportunities for all families while bringing families together in the community. Many Hudson County people are in need of some extra care, attention, support or resources, including seniors, children of all ages and the homeless. More info on the Hoboken Family Alliance and volunteering is available at http://hobokenfamily.com. (updated 12/31/20)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless is common during an infectious disease outbreak. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24/7 to help. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, or just need someone to talk to confidentially, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or suicidepreventionlifeline.org (updated 1/5/21)

New York’s Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (ODPV)

If you are unsafe at home, New York’s Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, or OPDV is here to help. You can reach out to an OPDV advocate any time, day or night. TEXT us at 844.997.2121 or CALL us at 800.942.6906. Chat, text and calls are secure and private. More info is at https://opdv.ny.gov/ (added 1/5/21)


COVID PSAs

Covid-19 Information for the Uninsured

Did you know that if you are an uninsured patient with COVID-19, your bills will be covered? Most major health systems participate in a program through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to cover bills from uninsured patients with COVID-19, as set up through the CARES Act. Also, The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) is a federal law that requires anyone coming to an emergency department to be stabilized and treated, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. For billing and cost-sharing information for patients with or without insurance seeking COVID-19 testing and/or treatments visit https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/index.html. (added 1/13/21)

Essex County Covid Vaccine Information

Frontline workers living in Essex County, NJ are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Essex County wants to get Frontline workers to the front of the line. Paid and unpaid healthcare workers, anyone who works to support medical and health services, and care givers will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Go to www.essexcovid.org or call 973-877-8456 to make an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine. (updated 12/31/20)

Free Covid-19 Testing

Free testing for Covid-19 is now available in NYC. With cases cases rising among the 20-29 age group, NYC Mayor De Blasio recommends that all New Yorkers get tested now, practice social distancing, wear a mask and take all necessary precautions to stay safe. There are hundreds of convenient nyc.gov/covidtest.

New Jersey Covid-19 Testing Information

COVID-19 Testing is available to everyone in New Jersey. Do your part to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community by getting tested for COVID-19. You could have COVID-19 and not even know it. Find out if you have COVID-19 at any of the 400+ testing sites across New Jersey. It’s quick and easy. You don’t need insurance and free testing is available. Anyone who wants a test, can now get one. For more info in New Jersey, dial 2-1-1, or visit https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing.

New Jersey Covid-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 vaccines are on the way to hospitals and clinics across New Jersey. You can reserve your spot to get a vaccine now by pre-registering with the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System online. You will be asked some questions to determine when you are eligible to receive a vaccination. Information on the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System is at https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/. (added 1/6/21)

New York Covid-19 Testing Information

More New Yorkers are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 65 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and public safety workers. All vaccinations are by appointment only. The COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline is open 7AM – 10PM, 7 days a week, to schedule vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. That’s 1-833-697-4829. Online signup information is available at covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov. (added 1/13/21)

New York Covid-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 is still very active in New York. New York State’s 28 public and private labs are authorized to begin manual, semi-automated and automated testing for COVID-19. Testing is free to all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider or by calling the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065. If you go to a test site run by New York State, there is never any charge for your test. Be Smart, wear a mask, and stay six feet apart in public. More info is at coronavirus.health.ny.gov.


DISASTER RELIEF PSAs

Direct Relief

Direct Relief’s mission is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay. Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, Direct Relief has been working in overdrive to get protective gear and critical care medications to as many health workers as possible, as quickly as possible, with emergency deliveries leaving daily for medical facilities across the U.S. With cities as well as rural areas now experiencing the brunt of the pandemic, they’re committed to responding as needed as the winter months progress. More information is available at www.directrelief.org/.

SBP

Disaster recovery from a disaster is a complicated and stressful process for survivors, and S-B-P is available to help. S-B-P rebuilds homes far below market rate, and carries out construction projects with much lower subsidies than traditional affordable housing models. Originally called the St. Bernard Project, the relief organization was founded in response to the unbearably slow rebuilding progress that followed Hurricane Katrina. S-B-P helps shrink the time between disaster and recovery. More information is available at sbpusa.org/.


FOOD ASSISTANCE PSAs

Brooklyn Shows Love Mutual Aid Project

The Equality for Flatbush and Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network have committed to feeding Brooklynites and providing other forms of material aid until May 2021, and maybe even longer, depending on the circumstances. As of May 2020, the group has doubled its food distribution work, and has committed to providing two large bags of non-perishable food and COVID-19 household supplies to more than 400 households. If you would like to help the “Brooklyn Shows Love Mutual Aid Project” expand their capacity, please sign up to volunteer: bit.ly/bkshowslovevolunteer

City Harvest

Due to the devastating fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, City Harvest’s commitment to one meal, one day, one New Yorker at a time is more important than ever. Since 1982, City Harvest helped start the food rescue movement by finding ways to get New York City’s abundance of excess food to residents struggling to feed themselves and their families. They list free food distribution sites, including soup kitchens, food pantries, mobile markets, schools, restaurants and City Harvest Emergency Food Distribution Sites. If you live in New York City and are in need of food, visit cityharvest.org/.

Community Food Bank of New Jersey

Approximately 4 in 10 individuals being served by food banks are new to charitable food assistance as a result of COVID-19. The Community Food Bank of New Jersey is the state’s largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization. If you live in New Jersey and need help finding a local food pantry, or if you would like to offer help, visit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey’s website at cfbnj.org.

Feeding America

Hunger in America is increasing as Covid rates climb, and Feeding America is working harder than ever to get nourishing food from farmers, manufacturers, and retailers to people in need. Feeding America connects people to food banks across the United States, and welcomes even small donations that can go far. More information is available at feedingamerica.org/.

FoodBank NYC

Food donations are vital to FoodBank NYC’s ability to enable soup kitchens and pantries to serve our most vulnerable. Whether you plan to make a difference solo or as a member of a team, there’s a New Yorker who needs you, and many ways for you to serve. Food Bank is taking proactive steps to safely continue providing food and other resources for New Yorkers in need, including those who may be quarantined or suffering from the economic downturn of the pandemic. They also need volunteers to help with their efforts. More info on helping and getting help is on their website: www.foodbanknyc.org.

Meeting Essential Needs with Digninty (MEND NJ)

Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity, also known as MEND, has been providing food to needy individuals and families in Essex County since 1980. Their hunger relief network, the largest in Essex County, supports a network of 20 member food pantries. MEND works to alleviate hunger by providing fresh and healthy food, funds, volunteers, and a collaborative forum for its member pantries, so that they may make a greater impact on the communities they serve. To find list or pantries and hours open, or to volunteer, more info mendnj.org/

Nourish NJ

Nourish NJ offers food, housing, medical, social and educational services 365 days a year in a warm, safe and caring environment, free of charge, no questions asked. Despite the pandemic, it hasn’t impeded their ability to get food into the hands of those who need it most. Nourish NJ is still distributing takeaway meals and bags of groceries, seven days a week, at 36 South Street in Morristown, NJ. For more information on their services, visit nourishnj.org/.

NYC-based Why Hunger

NYC-based Why Hunger was created through the fundamental belief that access to nutritious food is a human right, and that hunger is a solvable problem in a world of abundance. Through a simple commitment 40 years ago between the late musician Harry Chapin and DJ Bill Ayres, and supported by Yoko Ono, Why Hunger has been supporting social movements and grassroots innovations to change the systems, policies and institutions that perpetuate hunger and poverty in our world. More info is on their website: whyhunger.org.

The West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH)

The West Side Campaign Against Hunger, or WSCAH, serves 22,000 hungry New Yorkers every year, distributes 1.6 million pounds of healthy food, and connects people to essential benefits for themselves and their families. During this time of crisis, with the closure of many businesses, the amount of New Yorkers who need access to healthy food and supportive services for their families has increased exponentially. WSCAH recognizes that food insecurity is a multifaceted issue and there are many other factors that might contribute to why one is food insecure. For more information is on their website: https://www.wscah.org.

World Central Kitchen (WCK)

World Central Kitchen, or WCK, is working across America to safely distribute fresh meals in communities that need support – for children and families to pick up and take home, as well as delivery to seniors who cannot venture outside. Traditional safety nets like school feeding programs, city services, and food banks are struggling to meet basic needs. With the help of hundreds of restaurants and kitchens, World Central Kitchen works to make a meaningful impact in the fight to keep everyone fed, and to support the distressed restaurant industry. More information is available at wck.org.


HOUSING ASSISTANCE PSAs

Housing Justice for All

The Housing Justice for All campaign, run by the Upstate Downstate Housing Alliance, is founded on the belief that housing is a human right, recognizing that for too many families that right is far from a reality. Affordable rent is deeply connected to homelessness, and this coalition of over 70 organizations represents tenants, homeless New Yorkers, and public housing residents from Brooklyn to Buffalo. Founded in 2017 in Albany, The Housing Justice for All campaign supports and amplifies local housing organizations to win legislative gains at the statewide level. More information is available at housingjusticeforall.org/.

New York Tenant Resource Portal

These are uncertain, stressful times especially for renters, and the NYC Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants, along with other support initiatives, try to help people maintain stable housing. If you are facing eviction, the New York City Tenant Resource Portal offers the resources you need in one place. This eviction prevention tool helps renters navigate public and private resources that can stabilize their housing situation. For more information, visit www1.nyc.gov/content/tenantresourceportal/.

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services, or NNJLS, provides free civil legal help to low income residents of Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties in New Jersey. The NNJLS works to ensure that no one should be denied a meaningful opportunity to have their day in court simply because they cannot afford a lawyer. They work to ensure clients don’t lose their housing due to eviction or foreclosure; that they are not harassed by debt collectors or victimized by unfair business practices; that families have fair custody and support arrangements in the event of separation or divorce; and that they can receive the public benefits and other income support to meet daily needs. More information is available at NorthEastNJLegalServices.org.


LGBTQ PSAs

PFLAG NYC

PFLAG NYC is the founding chapter of the nation’s foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In 1973 the organization was launched in New York City by mothers and fathers who stood up for the rights of their gay children. PFLAG NYC provides services to New York City families, schools, corporations, and the larger community in order to increase understanding and acceptance of LGBT people. For more info, visit PFlagNYC.org.

Trans Justice Funding Project

Since 2012, the Trans Justice Funding Project has been a community-led funding initiative to support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people. The TJFP focuses the leadership of trans people by organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, trans misogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other related oppression. For more information, visit their website, transjusticefundingproject.org.


MUSICIAN AID PSAs

The Recording Academy / MusiCares

The Recording Academy and its charitable foundation MusiCares have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. While the Recording Academy is best known for the GRAMMY Awards, they serve the music community year round by providing emergency aid through MusiCares, and through the advocacy work they do to protect musicians’ rights. For more information, visit Grammy.com/MusiCares.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet, often while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. They provide relief in the form of financial assistance to many musicians who would otherwise be in terrible predicaments. More information is on their website, sweetrelief.org.

The Jazz Foundation of America

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jazz Foundation of America has been helping hundreds of jazz and blues musicians, who live precariously even in good economic times, by providing compassionate counsel and direct financial support. The Jazz Foundation of America’s COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund helps musicians and their families with basic living expenses and more during this indefinite period of financial free fall. More information is on their website, JazzFoundation.org/Covid19fund.


PUBLIC LIBRARY PSAs

Newark Public Library

The Newark Public Library is available 24/7/365, offering a robust selection of core and specialized services to patrons through their web, social media and digital platforms, which are all available FREE with a NPL library card. In addition to their extensive collection of books and films, The Newark Public Library offers many online videos, including streamed arts events, author readings, bedtime stories for children and American Sign Language classes. More information is available at npl.org.

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library has reopened for grab-and-go services. 30 branch locations have opened for contactless checkout of books, which can be reserved online as part of their gradual reopening. The New York Public Library also offers downloads of e-books, audio-books, films, databases, and their extensive Digital Collections. They offer three safe, socially distant ways for patrons to check out their holds and other materials. Patrons must check out items before leaving branches, using either the staff-assisted process or express self-checkout stations, or the new NYPL app. More information is available at npl.org.


RACIAL JUSTICE PSAs

Black Lives Matter

Founded in 2013 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer was acquitted, Black Lives Matter is a global organization whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities. Black Lives Matter centers on helping those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements, working to affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. They are working toward a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise. More information is on their website, https://blacklivesmatter.com/

Campaign Zero

Campaign Zero aims to reduce the number of people killed by police every year in America, to bring down the current rate of over 1000 per year to zero. Campaign Zero is calling on local, state, and federal lawmakers to take immediate action to adopt data-driven policy solutions to end the violence and to hold police accountable. More info is on their website, www.joincampaignzero.org

The Center for Policing Equity

The Center for Policing Equity is a team of research scientists, race and equity experts, data virtuosos, and community trainers who all partner with police departments, to diagnose the roots of disparate policing in order to eliminate the problem. For information about their research, visit their website at policingequity.org.

Color of Change

Color of Change designs powerful campaigns working to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back. Access the tools and resources that you need to lead change campaigns in your community on the issues that matter most to you. Campaigns must revolve around issues impacting Black people and strive to strengthen Black political power. More information available here Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. Color of Change helps move corporate and governmental decision-makers to create a more human, less hostile world for Black people in America. More information is available on their website, colorofchange.org.

Communities Against Police Brutality

Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB), is a Minnesota Twin-Cities based organization that was created to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis. CUAPB operates a crisis hotline to report abuse, to receive legal, medical, and psychological resource referrals, and to engage in political action against police brutality. More information is available at cuapb.org.

The Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative, or EJI, strives to challenge racial and economic injustice. EJI provides legal representation to prisoners possibly wrongly convicted, and protects basic human rights for the most vulnerable Americans, which includes children prosecuted as adults, the mentally ill, and the poor. More information on The Equal Justice Initiative’s work to promote criminal justice reform is available at eji.org.

Literacy for Incarcerated Teens

Literacy for Incarcerated Teens, or LIT, works to end illiteracy among New York’s incarcerated young people by inspiring them to read. LIT works to support the libraries in New York’s juvenile detention centers and provide reading materials, literacy programs for those incarcerated in New York’s juvenile facilities. More information is available at literacyforincarceratedteens.org.

Live Free USA

Livefreeusa works to address gun violence and mass incarceration. They’ve also started a Masks for the People campaign to transform their national network of community organizers to distribute masks and sanitizer to essential workers in the most marginalized black communities across the country. For more info, go to their website at livefreeusa.org.

The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)

The Movement for Black Lives, or M4BL, is an ecosystem of individuals and organizations creating a shared vision and policy agenda to win rights, recognition, and resources for Black people. Formed in 2014, M4BL was created as a space for Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions; to develop shared assessments of what political interventions were necessary in order to achieve key policy, cultural and political wins; and to convene organizational leadership in order to debate and co-create a shared movement wide strategy. M4BL’s fundamental idea is that we can achieve more together than we can separately. More info is on their website: https://m4bl.org

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Over the past 75 years, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund has been fighting for racial justice in America. The LDF defends the gains and protections won over those many years of struggling for civil rights. They also work to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.

Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and to achieve racial justice for a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. For more information, visit their website, NAACPLDF.org.


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Brennan Center

Help stop the spread of digital disinformation about elections. The Brennan Center for Justice is a nonpartisan law and policy institute, striving to uphold the values of democracy. The Brennan Center for Justice stands for equal justice and the rule of law, also recognizing that the spread of the coronavirus has exposed core weaknesses in American government. They are working to craft and advance reforms that will make American democracy work for all. More information is on their website, brennancenter.org.

Fair Fight

Voter suppression of voters of color and young voters is a scourge our country faces in states across the nation. Fair Fight promotes fair elections around the country, encourages voter participation in elections, and educates voters about elections and their voting rights. By raising public awareness, Fair Fight advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in other voter education programs and communications. Fair Fight Action has mounted significant programs to combat voter suppression in Georgia and nationally. For more information, visit their website, fairfight.com.

Rock the Vote

Rock the Vote is dedicated to building the political power of young people. Young voters are new voters and face unique obstacles, including voter suppression, that result in turnout that is historically 20 to 30 points below older voters. For 30 years, Rock the Vote has revolutionized the way we use pop culture, music, art, and technology to engage young people in politics and build our collective power. Information on voter registration deadlines in your state can be found at RockTheVote.org.

The National Vote at Home Institute

The National Vote at Home Institute is dedicated to ensuring the security of our elections and putting voters’ needs first. Vote at home is a growing trend across red, blue and purple states because it is a time-tested and proven way to bolster the security of elections, improve voter engagement, and reduce election-related costs. For more information, please visit their website at vote at voteathome.org.

Vote.Org

One of the most important things you can do, if you’re in the good old US of A, is to make sure that you are registered to vote. How can you check? It’s easy: Go to this website: Vote.org and spend 30 seconds entering your name, address and date of birth, and you’ll find out instantly if your voter registration is current. If you’re not registered, the site will give you instructions to register.