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Useful Social and Political Action Organizations: Organizations

A guide to political and social action organizations currently engaged in defending social justice causes.

American Civil Liberties Union

 

The American Civil Liberties Union

"The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization [6][7] whose stated mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States."[8] It works through litigation and lobbying. The ACLU has 1,000,000 members and an annual budget of over $100 million. Local affiliates of the ACLU are active in almost all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The ACLU provides legal assistance in cases when it considers civil liberties to be at risk. Legal support from the ACLU can take the form of direct legal representation or preparation of amicus curiae briefs expressing legal arguments when another law firm is already providing representation."

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Civil_Liberties_Union; accessed March 17, 2017.

https://www.aclu.org/

Equal Justice Initiative

Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative (or EJI) is a non-profit organization, based in Montgomery, Alabama, that provides legal representation to prisoners who may have been wrongly convicted of crimes, poor prisoners without effective representation, and others who may have been denied a fair trial.[1] It guarantees the defense of anyone in Alabama in a death penalty case.

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_Justice_Initiative; accessed March 21, 2017.

 http://eji.org/

 

FIRE - Defending Individual Rights in Higher Education

The mission of FIRE is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience—the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. FIRE’s core mission is to protect the unprotected and to educate the public and communities of concerned Americans about the threats to these rights on our campuses and about the means to preserve them.

FIRE was founded in 1999 by University of Pennsylvania professor Alan Charles Kors and Boston civil liberties attorney Harvey Silverglate after the overwhelming response to their 1998 book The Shadow University: The Betrayal Of Liberty On America’s Campuses.

https://www.thefire.org

Free2Be

Free2Be

Free2Be works to end violence while advocating for the Human & Civil Rights of Sexual & Gender Minorities.  (Toll-free Nationwide 1-844-666-6683) (info@free2be.org).

Our direct social services which include counseling, support groups, public advocacy, and professional development are provided through the Free2Be Safe Anti-Violence Project. This project is a regional endeavor to address Intimate Partner Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Bullying, and other forms of violence which damage all of us as individuals and as a society. This project is the first of its kind in Alabama to be designed to meet the culturally specific needs of LGBTQ people. With your continued support we work to help survivors overcome trauma while providing public education and services to support the development of healthy relationships. We provide support groups for youth, young adults, transgender adults, as well as, counseling and resource referrals.

http://free2be.org/

Human Rights Foundation

HRF's mission is to "unite people in the common cause of defending human rights and promoting liberal democracy. Our mission is to ensure that freedom is both preserved and promoted".

HRF's website states that it adheres to the definition of human rights as put forth in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1976), believing that all individuals are entitled to the right to speak freely, the right to worship in the manner of their choice, the right to freely associate with those of like mind, the right to acquire and dispose of property, the right to leave and enter their country, the right to equal treatment and due process under law, the right to be able to participate in the government of their country, freedom from arbitrary detainment or exile, freedom from slavery and torture, and freedom from interference and coercion in matters of conscience.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Rights_Foundation; accessed April 27, 2017.

https://www.hrf.org/

The Institute for Justice

The Institute for Justice is the National Law Firm for Liberty.

IJ litigates to limit the size and scope of government power and to ensure that all Americans have the right to control their own destinies as free and responsible members of society.

Since 1991, IJ has come to the aid of individuals who want to do the simple things every American has the right to do—including own property, start and grow a business, speak freely about commerce or politics, and provide their children with a good education—but can’t because they find the government in their way.

http://ij.org/

International Refugee Assistance Project

International Refugee Assistance Project

 The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

IRAP is on the frontlines of the fight against the discriminatory executive order signed by President Trump. By mobilizing an emergency taskforce of legal advocates and leading the fight in the courts and the press, IRAP is playing a critical role in protecting the rights of thousands of affected refugees and immigrants.

From https://refugeerights.org/; accessed March 21, 2017.

 

https://refugeerights.org/

MALDEF - The Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America

MALDEF - The Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America


The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) is a national non-profit civil rights organization formed in 1968 to protect the rights of Latinos in the United States.[1] Founded in San Antonio, Texas, it is currently headquartered in Los Angeles, California and maintains regional offices in Sacramento, San Antonio, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_American_Legal_Defense_and_Educational_Fund; accessed March 21, 2017.

 

http://www.maldef.org/

NAACP

 

 

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)[a] is a civil rights organization in the United States, formed in 1909 as a bi-racial organization to advance justice for African Americans by W. E. B. Du Bois, Mary White Ovington and Moorfield Storey.[3]

Its mission in the 21st century is "to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination." Their national initiatives included political lobbying, publicity efforts, and litigation strategies developed by their legal team.[4] The group enlarged its mission in the late 20th century by considering issues such as police misconduct, the status of black foreign refugees, and questions of economic development.[5] Its name, retained in accordance with tradition, uses the once common term colored people, referring to people of some African ancestry.

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Association_for_the_Advancement_of_Colored_People; accessed March 20, 2017.

http://www.naacp.org/

NRDC

 

 

National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a New York City-based, non-profit international environmental advocacy group, with offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Bozeman, Montana, and Beijing, China. Founded in 1970, NRDC today has 2.4 million members and online activities nationwide and a staff of about 500 lawyers, scientists and other policy experts.[2]

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_Resources_Defense_Council

https://www.nrdc.org/

Planned Parenthood


Planned Parenthood


"Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. (PPFA), or Planned Parenthood, is a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health services both in the United States and globally. It is a tax-exempt corporation under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3),[4] and a member association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). PPFA has its roots in Brooklyn, New York, where Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. in 1916. Sanger founded the American Birth Control League in 1921,[5] which changed its name to Planned Parenthood in 1942."

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_Parenthood; accessed March 17, 2017.

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/

 

ProPublica

 

 

ProPublica


ProPublica is a non-profit corporation based in New York City. It describes itself as an independent non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.[2] In 2010, it became the first online news source to win a Pulitzer Prize, for a piece[3] written by one of its journalists[4][5] and published in The New York Times Magazine[6] as well as on ProPublica.org.[7] ProPublica's investigations are conducted by its staff of full-time investigative reporters and the resulting stories are given away to news "partners" for publication or broadcast. In some cases, reporters from both ProPublica and the news partners work together on a story. ProPublica has partnered with more than 90 different news organizations.

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ProPublica; accessed March 20, 2017.

 

https://www.propublica.org/

Sierra Club

 

 

Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is an environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892, in San Francisco, California, by the Scottish-American preservationist John Muir, who became its first president.

Traditionally associated with the progressive movement, the club was one of the first large-scale environmental preservation organizations in the world, and currently engages in lobbying politicians to promote green policies. In recent years, the club has gravitated toward green politics and especially toward bright green environmentalism. Recent focuses of the club include promoting green energy, mitigating global warming, and opposing coal. In 2015 Sierra Club launched it's activism platform AddUp.org.

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Club; accessed March 21, 2017.

http://www.sierraclub.org/

Southern Poverty Law Center

 

 

Southern Poverty Law Center


The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is an American nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation. It is noted for its legal victories against white supremacist groups, its classification of hate groups and other extremist organizations, its legal representation for victims of hate groups, and its educational programs that promote tolerance.[2][3][4] The SPLC's classification and listing of hate groups – organizations that in its assessment "attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics"[5] – and its labeling of certain people as extremists, have been the source of some controversy.[6][7]

 

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Poverty_Law_Center; accessed March 20, 2017.

 

https://www.splcenter.org/

Transgender Law Center

 

Transgender Law Center

The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is an Oakland-based civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. They are California's first "fully staffed, state-wide transgender legal organization" and were initially a fiscally sponsored project of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.[1] The stated mission of TLC is to connect transgender people and their families to technically sound and culturally competent legal services, increase acceptance and enforcement of laws and policies that support California's transgender communities, and work to change laws and systems that fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people.

TLC utilizes direct legal services, public policy advocacy, and educational opportunities to advance the rights and safety of diverse transgender communities.[2]

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transgender_Law_Center; accessed March 21, 2017.

https://transgenderlawcenter.org/

 

https://transgenderlawcenter.org/

TransLifeline

Trans Lifeline


Trans Lifeline is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. We run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have.

Trans Lifeline works to end transgender suicide and improve overall mental health of transgender people through education, advocacy, and direct service. We empower trans people to help one another, and to shape our collective efforts by drawing upon our wealth of individual experiences.

US: (877) 565-8860 Canada: (877) 330-6366

http://www.translifeline.org/

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project

 The Trevor Project is an American non-profit organization founded in 1998 focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning and other queer (LGBTQ+) youth. Through a toll-free telephone number, it operates "The Trevor Lifeline", a confidential service that offers trained counselors. The stated goals of the project are to provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24, as well as to offer guidance and resources to parents and educators in order to foster safe, accepting and inclusive environments for all youth, at home and at school.

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trevor_Project; accessed March 21, 2017.

http://www.thetrevorproject.org/