Doing anything on 1/20? Introducing #120forgood

What are you doing on Friday, January 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST?

There won’t be much on TV. Nothing of any substance, anyway. I wouldn’t suggest listening to the radio nor looking at social media for those two hours. Not if you want to keep your breakfast down.

So, what to do? What’s a good distraction?

You could talk a walk. You could read a book (endorsed by our outgoing President). You could listen to the musical “Hamilton” — always a fine way to escape whatever has you down. You could pluck your eyebrows (I’m overdue myself) or clean your room (ditto). If you’re at work, couldn’t your desk use tidying?

Napping. Talking to a friend. Doing the Meatstick. Taking in some art at a museum.

All great activities for that time slot.

But considering that I will be in a van en route to the Women’s March in Washington, here’s what I’m going to do:

I’m going to donate $10 every 10 minutes for two hours. That’s 120 minutes and $120. I’m going to turn those 120 minutes into $120 for 12 progressive causes.

Let’s redefine what 1/20 is all about. We can be a small but mighty tide of good on a bleak day.

Here are a few organizations to consider:


Center for Constitutional Rights

Council on American-Islamic Relations

Everytown for Gun Safety


Human Rights Campaign

Moms Demand Action

Move On


National Low-Income Housing Coalition

National Resource Defense Council


Planned Parenthood

The Shriver Center

Southern Poverty Law Center

Union of Concerned Scientists

Those are just a few of the many, many worthy groups out there.

If you’re with me, please let me know. I’m here and also on Twitter. Let’s share this, too. How’s this for a hashtag? #120forgood

Writer. Michigander. Mother. Sober.