SOCIAL SOLUTIONS for JUSTICE
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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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Chrysalis' philosophy is that a steady job is the single most important step in a person's transition out of poverty and onto a pathway to long-term self-sufficiency. Offering a hand up, rather than a hand out, Chrysalis empowers its clients to complete a self-directed job search.
CODE PINK is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.
Rooted in a network of local organizers, online supporters and generous donors, with an emphasis on joy and humor, their tactics include satire, street theatre, creative visuals, civil resistance, and directly challenging powerful decision-makers in government and corporations. And of course, wearing pink!
ColorOfChange.org exists to strengthen Black America's political voice. Their goal is to empower their members - Black Americans and their allies - to make government more responsive to the concerns of Black Americans and to bring about positive political and social change for everyone.
Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. They work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.
In this spirit, Common Cause serves as an independent voice for change and a watchdog against corruption and abuse of power. They employ a powerful combination of grassroots organizing, coalition building, research, policy development, public education, lobbying and litigation to win reform at all levels of government.
Courage Campaign fights for a more progressive California and country. They are an online community powered by more than one million members. Their proven strategy combines digital tools with grassroots community organizing. Every day, they use email, social media, petitions, offline events and data-driven outreach to educate public opinion, mobilize action, and hold our leaders accountable.
They focus on THREE priorities:
Economic Justice – Human Rights – Corporate and Political Accountability
Courage Campaign is not bound by election cycles or confined to issue areas. Courage Campaign does not endorse candidates. They are a permanent, independent, multi-issue campaign.
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.
#cut50 is a national bipartisan initiative to safely and smartly reduce our incarcerated population by 50 percent over the next 10 years. We believe there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reform our broken criminal justice system.
Democracy for America was founded on the idea that the grassroots are the key to the Democratic Party’s success. For too long party leaders were beholden only to moneyed interests and high-powered consultants. The closer the Democratic Party aligned itself with Washington insiders, the further rank and file Democrats wandered from the polls on Election Day. Governor Howard Dean’s presidential campaign re-energized the grassroots by tapping into the progressive values that they cared about: strong communities, security at home and abroad, and liberty for all people to live the way they chose. Democracy for America was founded by Gov. Dean and built by those energized activists to help reform the Democratic Party from the ground up.
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.
Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives.
But something is changing. More than 3 million mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors, gun owners, and everyday Americans have come together to make their own communities safer. Together, we are fighting for the changes that we know will save lives.
Everytown starts with you, and it starts in your town.
Every Voice builds the political power necessary to create a democracy where your political influence isn’t determined by your net worth and every voice is heard. They do this by running and winning campaigns that support champions of reform at the federal and state level. They also demonstrate that there is a political cost to opposing reform, by running hard-hitting campaigns opposing candidates that support the status quo.
Their campaigns are both ambitious and strategic. They inject the issue of ‘Big Money In Politics’ into campaigns where they know the message will break through and where there is a clear difference between the candidates’ positions on reform. They also choose to engage in races that are competitive, and where they believe targeting the voters responsive to their messaging will make the most difference.
Feeding America serves 46.5 million Americans in need. The Feeding America network of food banks is leading the fight against hunger in communities nationwide. Support Feeding America and help solve hunger. Learn more about how their network addresses the issue.
The Franciscan Action Network is a nonprofit grassroots organization amplifying the justice efforts of Franciscans and Franciscan-hearted people around the country. They invite you to join the growing movement that endures from St. Francis of Assisi and his call for compassion for the poor and for creation over 800 years ago.
One of their early leaders was Margaret Mary who worked as director of faith outreach at Bread for the World. She had a unique perspective on the connection between what happens in Washington and what happens at the UN.
Generation Progress is a national organization that works with and for young people to promote progressive solutions to key political and social challenges. Formerly known as Campus Progress, they are expanding our programs in activism, journalism, policy research and advocacy to engage all Millennials, not just those on college campuses. Generation Progress engages a diverse group of young people nationwide, inspires them to embrace progressive values, provides them with essential trainings, and helps them to make their voices heard—and to push policy outcomes in a strongly progressive direction.
As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC's vision a reality.
HRC envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
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.
Their values include: Trust & Transparency; Inclusion & Equity; Leadership; Sustainability; Shared Responsibility
The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected.
National People's Action 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.
No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.
The No Kid Hungry campaign works to shine a national spotlight on the crisis of child hunger in America, creating a powerful movement of individuals committed to bold action. We build partnerships that enlist influential individuals in the cause and advocate policy changes needed to achieve their goals.
People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way.
Their vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Their America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.
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 we 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.
Rebuild The Dream is a 21st Century "think tank" that champions innovative solutions to fix the U.S. economy and uplift the next generation. Led by its founding president, Van Jones, who has spent the past 20 years working for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice in creative, thoughtful ways. A former advisor to the Obama White House, Van is presently a host of CNN Crossfire.
With Van's leadership, Rebuild The Dream effectively integrates mass media, creative artists, digital technology and celebrities. The organization raises awareness and pushes for change on pressing issues, including excessive incarceration, student loan debt, and immigration.
RESULTS is a movement of passionate, committed everyday people. Together they use their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty. Volunteers receive training, support, and inspiration to become skilled advocates. In time, volunteers learn to effectively advise policy makers, guiding them towards decisions that improve access to education, health, and economic opportunity.
Not sure how you feel about adding the Human Rights Campaign. I believe in justice and human rights for all people, but feel free to decide if it’s something we should include here.
US Action builds power by uniting people locally and nationally, on-the-ground and online, to win a more just and progressive America. US Action 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.