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Circles of Six
Every Person in New York

THE MORNING LINE "Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

On his last show of the year, John Oliver made this post-election plea:
"We're going to have to actively stand up for one another, and it can't be just sounding off on the internet or sharing think pieces or videos like this one that echo around your bubble. I'm talking about actual sacrifice to support people who are now under threat. So, if you can afford the time or money, support organizations that are going to need help under a Trump administration."

The inestimably talented actress Jan Maxwell heard Mr. Oliver's words, took them to heart, and came up with a great idea: Circles of Six.

It works like this: you reach out to five friends. Give your new group a name (sorry, Nasty Women is already taken). Each of you commits to giving $10 a month for the next six months to one of the six very worthy organizations on the list:

National Resources Defense Council
The International Refugee Assistance Project
The Trevor Project
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Planned Parenthood

After six months, they may change or add to the list of organizations.

Think of it as a way to give thanks to these organizations for the great work they do. Think of it as fortifying the bulwark around the Bill of Rights. Think of it as six degrees of collaboration. Then stop thinking and start doing.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for more at Jason's site and his book Every Person in New York.

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