SOCIAL SOLUTIONS for our ECONOMY
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Big money in politics adversely affects the health of our planet and the well being of its inhabitants. You can shift the paradigm with our political solutions and by taking action with these nonprofits, empowering them to affect change.
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The AFL-CIO is the umbrella federation for U.S. unions, with 56 unions representing 12.5 million working men and women. They work to ensure that all people who work receive the rewards of their work—decent paychecks and benefits, safe jobs, respect and fair treatment.
They provide an independent voice for working families and ways for working people to be actively engaged in politics and legislation. They also hold corporations accountable for their treatment of employees and ensure the voice of working people is heard in the financial system.
American Family Voices is a strong voice for middle class and working class families. They serve as an umbrella group that helps fund a broad network of organizations – including civil rights, environmental, women’s rights, consumer advocacy and health care organizations, and multi-issue think tanks – and build their infrastructure, both in the field and in communications.
Since their founding, they have educated the public and pushed for legislation on a number of vital issues to make American families more secure.
CREDO is a social change organization that supports activism and funds progressive nonprofits—efforts made possible by the revenues from their mobile phone company, CREDO Mobile. They have raised over $80 million for Democracy Now!, Brennan Center for Justice, Doctors Without Borders, ACLU, EFF, Planned Parenthood, 350.org and hundreds of other nonprofit groups.
CREDO Action, channels the power of its 3.5 million members to fight for progressive change. They've generated over 16 million letters and phone calls to decision-makers in Washington D.C., in state and local governments, and in corporate headquarters across the country. Their members have submitted their signatures over 127 million times on CREDO petitions and in public comments to government agencies.
Demos is a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy.
“Demos” means “the people.” It is the root word of democracy, and it reminds us that in America, the true source of our greatness is the diversity of our people. Our nation’s highest challenge is to create a democracy that truly empowers people of all backgrounds, so that we all have a say in setting the policies that shape opportunity and provide for our common future. To help America meet that challenge, Demos is working to reduce both political and economic inequality, deploying original research, advocacy, litigation, and strategic communications to create the America the people deserve.
Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice. They are changing the rules across the globe from a profit-centered global economy to thriving people-centered local economies; from the politics of greed to a living democracy that respects the rights of workers and nature; and from currency to community.
Global Exchange’s holistic approach reaches thousands of members and supporters, through educating the U.S. public about root causes of injustice and the impacts of U.S. government policies and corporate practices. They inspire change by building people-to-people ties, engaging grassroots education for action and linking social and environmental movements.
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement believe in people before profits, communities before corporations. They believe in watching out for each other and sharing in good times and bad. We need an economy that works for everyone.
That’s why they’re taking on greedy banks, corporations, and predatory lenders. That’s why they’re fighting to preserve critical government programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. That’s why they’re Fighting for $15/hour.
The Main Street Alliance works to provide small businesses a voice on the most pressing public policy issues across the nation. Their advocacy promotes vibrant businesses and healthy communities, and fosters leadership development of socially responsible business leaders.
National People's Action (NPA) is a network of grassroots organizations with a fierce reputation for direct action from across the country that work to advance a national economic and racial justice agenda. NPA has over 200 organizers working to unite everyday people in cities, towns, and rural communities throughout the United States through direct-action, house meetings and community organizing.
NPA staffs and supports three local, state and national campaigns in support of economic and racial justice: Bank Accountability, Housing Justice, and Immigrant and Worker’s Rights. These campaigns strive for “wins” meaning tangible concrete changes for our communities through policy and consciousness of social injustices and the empowerment to fight them.
Progressive Democrats of America seeks to build a party and government controlled by citizens, not corporate elites-with policies that serve the broad public interest, not just private interests. As a grassroots PAC operating inside the Democratic Party, and outside in movements for peace and justice.
For over two decades, the party declined as its leadership listened more to the voices of corporations than those of Americans. PDA strives to rebuild the Democratic Party from the bottom up-from every congressional district to statewide party structures to the corridors of power in Washington, where they work arm in arm with the Congressional Progressive Caucus. In just a couple of years PDA and its allies have shaken up the political status-quo on issues from ending the Iraq war, voter rights, protecting Social Security, a full employment economy, national healthcare and economic justice.
Public Citizen is a nonprofit organization that does not participate in partisan political activities or endorse any candidates for elected office. They accept no government or corporate money – and rely solely on foundation grants, publication sales and assistance from their 400,000 members and supporters.
Public Citizen serves as the people’s voice in the nation’s capital to ensure that all citizens are represented in the halls of power. For four decades, they have proudly championed citizen interests before Congress, the executive branch agencies and the courts. They have successfully challenged the abusive practices of the pharmaceutical, nuclear and automobile industries, and many others. They are leading the charge against undemocratic trade agreements that advance the interests of mega-corporations at the expense of citizens worldwide.
The Roosevelt Institute is the nonprofit partner to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Inspired by the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor, the Roosevelt Institute reimagines America as it should be: a place where hard work is rewarded, everyone participates, and everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity. They believe that when the rules work against this vision, it’s our responsibility to recreate them.
They bring together thousands of thinkers and doers—from a new generation of leaders in every state to Nobel laureate economists—working to redefine the rules that guide our social and economic realities. They rethink and reshape everything from local policy to federal legislation, orienting toward a new economic and political system: one built by many for the good of all.
ROOTSTRIKERS – Our government is corrupt. Not corrupt in any criminal sense. But corrupt in a perfectly legal sense: special interests bend the levers of power to benefit them at the expense of the rest of us. Both parties are part of the problem. Both have become dependent upon the campaign funding of the tiniest slice of the American people - not to mention the funding of corporations and other non-citizens. That dependency is this corruption.
Only the people can force lasting change on this broken system. That change begins with understanding: The people must recognize that corruption is not just one among many important problems. Corruption is the root problem, that makes solving the others so difficult.
Student Labor Action Project students came together in 1999 to organize for power. They recognized that student activists have the unique ability to control their student governments in order to leverage our schools to be on the side of the working class and hold administration accountable to our communities, workers on our campus and the students.
SLAP’s unique model of organizing students as part of a grassroots working class movement is why it has been successful at building student power. Working with Jobs with Justice and the United States Student Association, SLAP supports the growing student movement for economic justice by making links between campus and community organizing.
USAction builds power by uniting people locally and nationally, on-the-ground and online, to win a more just and progressive America. USAction organizes for power, for democracy and for change.
They organize for power because unequal distribution of power allows the privileged few to pursue their own ends at the expense of the dignity and well-being of the many. They organize for power to guarantee all Americans the self-evident rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
They organize for democracy because a just society only exists where all citizens have an equal voice. By promoting open debate, diversity and respect for individual rights, everyone can contribute to the common good.
They organize for change because, as Dr. Martin Luther King famously wrote, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We have a moral obligation to bring an end to an unjust status quo and allow all people to live their lives in peace – not just in America, but in all corners of the world. Therefore, our preferred means for resolving international conflicts are diplomacy, dialogue and negotiations.
U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitals across the country, they take on the special interests on issues such as product safety, public health, campaign finance reform, tax and budget reform and consumer protection, where these interests stand in the way of reform and progress.
Young Democratic Socialists are a national organization of 20 campus chapters and several hundred activists, and we are the student section of the Democratic Socialists of America. They are proud of their unique status as one of the few national, multi-issue left-wing student organizations in the United States. Twice a year they meet at their winter outreach conference and summer leadership retreat in order to share our experiences and build a national community.
The Young Democratic Socialists is part of the international struggle to build a better world. They organize on college and high school campuses to fight for the immediate needs of workers and students, while building their capacity to fight for more radical and structural changes in the long term. They call the better society we are fighting for democratic socialism.