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UDC-DCSL's Favorite Holiday Gifts That Give Back

Monday, December 19, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Washington, DC—The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) faculty and staff have come together to compile a list of holiday gifts that give back and/or gifts that help educate the recipient on social issues. Many members of the faculty have suggested gifts within their fields of expertise.

Here are some suggestions for holiday gifts: 

Prof. Ferguson: May I suggest "The Untold Story of the Real Me"—a book of poetry written and created by young men who were charged as adults in DC Court. The book is the product of the Free Minds Book Club. It is a great and heartbreaking read.

Prof. Lee: Three books that changed the way I think: A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn; The Autobiography of Malcolm X; Nature’s Trust by Mary Wood

Prof. Jones: Jewelry from The Giving Keys a pay it forward enterprise that hires people transitioning from homelessness to make the pieces. You buy a piece of jewelry engraved with a personally inspiring message (say, "love") and later give it to someone else who might need the message. Keys are the most popular pieces of jewelry, but other pieces are available.

Prof. Lainez: I would urge donations to charities supporting relief efforts in Aleppo, particularly those targeting services for children and families. I'd suggest donating to orgs that spend 90% or more on direct services like Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders and Unicef. Charity Navigator provides nonprofit ratings to determine the most accountable and effective charities.

Book suggestion: Robin Einhorn's "American Taxation American Slavery," published by UC Press. The book delves into the history of the imposition of income taxes in America, noting surprising origins. In her related essay, Tax Aversion and the Legacy of Slavery, Professor Einhorn writes “Americans are right to think that our antitax and antigovernment attitudes have deep historical roots. Our mistake is to dig for them in Boston. We should be digging in Virginia and South Carolina rather than in Massachusetts or Pennsylvania, because the origins of these attitudes have more to do with the history of American slavery than the history of American freedom. They have more to do with protections for entrenched wealth than with promises of opportunity, and more to do with the demands of privileged elites than with the strivings of the common man. Instead of reflecting a heritage that valued liberty over all other concerns, they are part of the poisonous legacy we have inherited from the slaveholders who forged much of our political tradition...” The entire essay is here:

Prof. Hayat: Books, tees, prints or original pieces from Hebru Brand. This Chicago artist has created an entire group of child superheroes led by Fly Boy. His site had books, tees, prints and original pieces.

The March Trilogy by John Lewis, which won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Book I; Book II; Book III.

These Brother Vellies shoes made by hand by artisans in South Africa, Kenya and Morocco.

Yassin Bey at the Kennedy Center. Enough said.

Prof. Karin: Saru Jayaraman's Behind the Kitchen Door. Also, The Tribe by Sebastien Junger.

Prof. Morin: Women for Women International has a whole list of gifts that you can give in someone's honor.  For $35, you can send a gift of Women's Rights training and education.  There are gifts for literacy, education, health care, and many other services that can literally change the lives of women and children.

Prof. Fraidin: A gift certificate for a cup of coffee at your favorite cafe, to sip while you take the on-line Harvard implicit bias test. A donation in your name to the National Coalition Child Protection Reform, the most effective advocacy group devoted to preserving families and limiting the epidemic of unnecessary, racially-disproportionate foster care placements.

Jordan Uhl: Because socks are the most requested item in homeless shelters, Bombas socks has a 1-to-1 model: one pair donated [to a homeless shelter] for every pair purchased. The socks are warm, comfortable and come in a variety of styles. Highly recommend!

Michael Harris: Elbi - Where Love Unlocks Change by Elbi Digital.


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