I wanted to take the time to introduce myself and explain the overarching theme and purpose of ALL THE GOOD WE CAN (ATGWC), a movement dedicated to raising awareness as to how you, individually, can better the lives of those who need us to keep fighting for them.
Initially, I was hesitant to mention- let alone identify- individual politicians, because I want ATGWC to be movement that is useful to people of all political ideologies. I realized, however, that it would be disingenuous to all of you if I did not provide an honest narrative as to how ATGWC came into fruition.
The truth is, like millions of other Americans, I was devastated by the results of the 2016 Presidential election. As the official projections were made in the early hours of November 9th, I was on the phone with my mom, Carol, who said something quite sobering: “Shane, you didn’t fight tirelessly for Hillary because of who she is, you fought so hard for her because of who, and what, she fought for. The unfortunate reality is that she is no longer in the equation (Me → Hillary → Causes I am passionate about) and so now it is your job to fight even harder for those who need it most.”
Then, after a few hours of sleep, I listened as Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered her concession speech. For one brief moment I felt as though Secretary Clinton was addressing me personally (presumptuous, I know) when she said: “Please, please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It’s always worth it. And we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives.”
So, it was because of two statements made by two of the strongest people I “know” (my mother & Hillary Rodham Clinton) that something in me flipped, and I became instantly determined to continue fighting for those who need us most.
Equipped with an abundance of passion- but zero relevant experience- I was determined to figure out a way that we could do “ALL THE GOOD WE CAN.” After talking to strangers, crying with friends, and reading every article I could get my hands on, I started to realize that the consensus was unanimous: people wanted to get involved and “do good.” Everyone I spoke to, however, had the same two concerns: (1) they didn’t know where or how to even begin, and; (2) they weren’t sure if they had the time to actually do anything that would make a difference. Using these two factors I came up with what I hope will be a solution: All The Good We Can: a centralized online movement that gives countless ways that you can do good in just a couple of minutes, from the comfort of your own home, and without having to make any financial contributions.
The next step was to determine the causes on which ATGWC would focus. It was at this point I realized that the purpose of ATGWC transcends politics, and is actually rooted in humanity. Of course, there are countless causes/ communities/ issues that are in desperate need of attention & assistance. But, there are a handful of causes that are irrefutably the most impacted by changes in the political climate. Each time the political climate shifts, the six causes served by ATGWC will experience a quantifiable impact. With regard to the 2016 election, the six causes will be negatively impacted. Therefore, it is with great conviction that ATGWC will tirelessly keep fighting for: Children, Disability Rights, Immigration, the LGBTQ Community, Racial & Cultural Equality, and Women’s Rights.
As the website demonstrates, there are countless ways that you can change the lives of those who need us to keep fighting for them. None of the actions on this site require monetary donations. In fact, we refuse to accept any financial contributions; ATGWC’s goal is to change lives by engaging with one another. Not only does ATGWC strongly believe that your voice is powerful, we know that your voice can be life-changing.
So whether you have 5 minutes or 15, I hope you find that ATGWC is a helpful resource that allows you to do all the good you can. As a result, we, together, will do ALL THE GOOD WE CAN. I am certain that if we do ALL THE GOOD WE CAN, not only will we have a more prosperous tomorrow, but we will also show the world that we are stronger, and better, together.
With Hope & Gratitude,
Shane R. Martins
Founder & President, All The Good We Can