The front-line against the DUP
Following the popularity of my compilation of sources on how awful the DUP are, I wanted to compile a bunch of different organisations and charities which have been campaigning for years to make things better for people in Northern Ireland. These are people who not only live with the discrimination of the DUP, but go out of their way to make themselves targets of it, by speaking out against the DUP on a regular basis. I’m not going to include any political parties, but I’m happy to accept suggestions of other campaign groups, charities, or anyone else you think people should know about and support.compilation of sources on how awful the DUP are, I wanted to compile a bunch of different organisations and charities which have been campaigning for years to make things better for people in Northern Ireland. These are people who not only live with the discrimination of the DUP, but go out of their way to make themselves targets of it, by speaking out against the DUP on a regular basis. I’m not going to include any political parties, but I’m happy to accept suggestions of other campaign groups, charities, or anyone else you think people should know about and support.
Alliance for Choice
No relation to the Alliance Party (I thought they were when I first encountered them years ago, oops!), Alliance for Choice are a Northern Ireland specific campaign to introduce free, safe and legal abortion access in Northern Ireland. They have a merchandise shop for their #TrustWomen campaign, or you can donate to them: http://www.alliance4choice.com/get-involved/#/donate/
Rally for Choice
Rally for Choice host an annual abortion rights rally in Northern Ireland.
Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC)
The ARC are an all-Ireland campaign for abortion rights, fighting to repeal the 8th Amendment in the Republic of Ireland and to extend abortion rights to Northern Ireland. They have a shop, “Merch for Choice”, or you can donate directly: https://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/get-involved/donate/
There is also a London-Irish ARC, who provide support in campaigning and lobbying for choice, as well as raising awareness in London of the lack of abortion rights in Ireland. They are a great group to get involved with if you live in, or near, London.
Family Planning Association (FPA)
Abortion Support Network (ASN)
The ASN provide financial assistance and accommodation to people who are pregnant to travel to England or other countries to access abortion. You can donate here: https://www.asn.org.uk/donate/
Marie Stopes Belfast Centre
The Marie Stopes Belfast Centre are the only provider of abortion pills in Northern Ireland, although they can only provide them within the strict limitations of the law; they also provide support and advice with regards to going to their English centres for abortion. You can donate to their Open Door Fund for Irish people here: https://www.mariestopes.org.uk/opendoorfund
Abortion Pill Providers
It is illegal to possess abortion pills without a medical prescription in Northern Ireland, and medical prescriptions are almost impossible to get legally, however there are several online providers which have been tested and found extremely reliable and safe; the medication they send out is exactly the same as what would be provided in England by a doctor. There have been several raids recently, including on International Women’s Day, with the intention of finding abortion pills, but for some people this risk is their only option so you may want to donate to Women Help Women or Women on Web.
Women’s Rights (more generally)
Reclaim the Night
Reclaim the Night Belfast host the annual Reclaim the Night march in Belfast, to call for political will against gender-based violence and harassment.
Reclaim the Agenda
Women’s Resource and Development Agency (WRDA)
WRDA provide training to women’s groups and organisations, and lobby for political change specifically with regards to women’s issues.
Women’s Information Northern Ireland
Women’s Info NI are a group set up to support women’s understanding of themselves within Northern Ireland and to promote their development.
Belfast Feminist Network (BFN)
BFN were are a grassroots activist community, with regular meetings, campaigns and participation in all kinds of activism in Belfast.
The Rainbow Project
The biggest LGBT charity in Northern Ireland, the Rainbow Project promote the health and well-being of LGBT people, including through lobbying for legal change. They accept donations here: http://www.rainbow-project.org/support-us/donations
GenderJam NI does a massive amount of work in supporting transgender young people in Northern Ireland, particularly with issues such as school, healthcare and lobbying; they also provide guidance and training for all sorts of organisations. You can donate here: https://genderjam.org.uk/supportus/
Sail NI supports the families of transgender people, which is particularly necessary when a child comes out as transgender to help navigate that, and also for adults who have a partner who comes out as transgender, but also for people of all ages from all communities.
Cara-Friend support LGBT young people in Northern Ireland through youth groups, counselling, befriending, health support and other activities; like the other LGBT rights organisations, they also lobby.
Here NI provide specific support for lesbian and bisexual women, recognising a gap in services and support.
Love Equality is a lobbying consortium of different organisations who are campaigning together for equal civil marriage in Northern Ireland, through lobbying the Assembly and also through supporting two court case which are challenging different aspects of the current ban on same-sex marriage.
Belfast Pride is the biggest Pride in Northern Ireland and takes place from 28th July to 6th August this year (2017), with the parade day on Saturday 5th August.
Foyle Pride will be 24th August this year and takes place around Derry/Londonderry.
Pride in Newry will be the 2nd September this year and is in Newry, Co. Down.
Outburst Queer Arts Festival
Outburst host an annual arts festival showcasing LGBT artists, creators and subjects. They haven’t announced their 2017 dates yet, but it’s usually towards the end of the year, so stay tuned!
Quire are an LGBT choir, providing community and encouragement for LGBT people in the performing arts; they also perform at many of the rallies for LGBT rights in Northern Ireland and do tours.
Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland run many campaigns to protect the environment and lobby to increase environmental protections in Northern Ireland.
An Dream Dearg
An Dream Dearg (“The Red Group”) are an Irish language campaign group, campaigning for an Irish Language Act which would protect Irish speakers’ rights and promote its use.
Integrated Education Fund (IEF)
The IEF support integrated education (children and young people learning together regardless of religion/background), and help parents campaign for their children’s schools to become integrated. They accept donations: https://www.ief.org.uk/donate/
Corrymeela are a cross-community group with a residential village, who have been going since before the Troubles; they provide training and outreach across Northern Ireland with the goal of people working and living peacefully together.
This is by no means a conclusive list, please feel free to tweet me or comment with more suggestions and I’ll add them in. I just haven’t had the time to go searching for ones I wasn’t already somewhat familiar with!