Justice, and Human Rights
Coalition to Free the Angola 3
More than thirty years in solitary confinement for crimes
they did not commit. Locked down in the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary,
one of the nation's most racist and brutal prisons. Political prisoners
- wrongfully convicted, considered a threat to the repressive prison's
status quo. This is the story of Albert Woodfox, Herman Wallace and Robert
King Wilkerson – aka the Angola 3. In 1971, these men organized
a Black Party Panther chapter within the confines of the prison. Together
they led campaigns to stop prison rape and to inform prisoners of their
rights. All three became targets of the prison administration and were
convicted of murders with shoddy evidence. Living their lives out in solitary
confinement, the Angola 3 and their supporters fight for their freedom
(in 2001, Wilkerson was exonerated and released). The National Coalition
to Free the Angola 3 continues to work on behalf of Woodfox and Wallace,
seeking justice in a system that has long turned a blind eye to their
The Carter Center is committed to advancing human rights
and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. Founded in 1982 by former
U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, the Atlanta-based
Center has helped to improve the quality of life for people in more than
65 countries. Their mission is to wage peace, fight disease, and build
hope by both engaging with those at the highest levels of government and
working side by side with poor and often forgotten people.
Action for New Directions (WAND)
WAND works to empower women to act politically to reduce
militarism and violence and redirect excessive military spending toward
unmet human and environmental needs.
WITNESS partners with human rights defenders, training
them to use video to document abuse and create change.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
The CIW is a community-based worker organization. Our
members are largely Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian immigrants working
in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida. We strive to build our
strength as a community on a basis of reflection and analysis, constant
attention to coalition building across ethnic divisions, and an ongoing
investment in leadership development to help our members continually develop
their skills in community education and organization.
Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
Established in 1977, RAWA is an Afghan women's organization
working in Afghanistan and Pakistan to empower women and peacefully resist
fundamentalist domination. RAWA works for secular democracy, full participation
in public life for women and girls, and respect for all human rights.
MADRE is an international women's human rights organization
that works in partnership with women's community-based groups worldwide
to address issues of health, economic development and other human rights.
MADRE was founded in 1983 with work in Central America.
Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, a
coalition of organizations and individuals committed to the abolition
of capital punishment, provides information, advocates for public policy
and mobilizes and supports people and institutions that share our unconditional
rejection of the state's use of homicide as an instrument of social policy.
The Brady Center works to reform the gun industry and
educate the public about gun violence through litigation and grassroots
mobilization, and works to enact and enforce sensible regulations to reduce
gun violence including regulations governing the gun industry.
JumpStart International seeks to build peace by providing
economic opportunities for individuals and their families to become self-sufficient.
They believe self-sufficiency and economic independence are the foundation
of effective solutions to oppression, racism, and discrimination. JumpStart
works with families trying to live a normal life in areas devastated by
conflict, natural disaster, and systemic poverty. By implementing employment
and training programs through construction and engineering projects that
actively build and rebuild sustainable communities, JumpStart hopes to
achieve its vision of peace, economic opportunity, civil society, and
mutual understanding for all people.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the world’s
major sources of instability. Americans are directly connected to this
conflict, and increasingly imperiled by its devastation. It is the goal
of If Americans Knew to provide full and accurate information on this
critical issue, and on our power – and duty – to bring a resolution.
for Middle East Peace
The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) is a nonprofit
organization that promotes an enduring Israeli-Palestinian peace, via
two states, that brings security for Israel and freedom for Palestinians.
FMEP sponsors programs, public speaking, makes small grants, and publishes
the Report on Israeli Settlement in the Occupied Territories containing
analysis, commentary, maps, and other data.
Friends Service Committee: Middle East Peace Building Program
A campaign supporting nonviolent resistance and refusal
in Israel and Palestine.
The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
B’tselem was established in 1989 by a group of
prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members. It endeavors
to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human
rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomenon of
denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights
culture in Israel.
Health / HIV / AIDS
Women, Strong Girls
The mission of Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) is to build upon the lessons learned from strong women throughout history to help girls and young women become strong women themselves. By building communities of women committed to supporting positive social change, Strong Women, Strong Girls works to create cycles of mutual empowerment for women and girls. SWSG has created an innovative after school model that uses the study of contemporary and historic female role models, mentoring relationships with college undergraduate women, and skill building activities to help at-risk girls in grades 3-5 build positive self-esteem and skills for life-long success. In addition to supporting the development of young girls, Strong Women, Strong Girls also emphasizes the leadership and growth of the college women who volunteer as mentors. Strong Women, Strong Girls seeks to build the skills and leadership capacity of these talented young women to engage them as mentors for girls in their communities now and as life-long advocates for women and girls.
Thistle Farms is a non-profit business operated by the
women of Magdalene, a two-year residential community founded in Nashville
Tennessee in 1997 for women with a history of prostitution and drug addiction.
Magdalene was founded not just to help a sub-culture of women but also
to help change the culture itself. We stand in solidarity with women who
are recovering from sexual abuse, violence, and life on the streets, and
who have paid dearly for a culture that buys and sells women like commodities.
Through Thistle Farms, the women of Magdalene gain much needed job skills,
and learn responsibility and cooperation. Into every product goes the
belief that freedom starts with healing, and love can change lives. By
hand, the women create natural bath and body products that are as kind
to the environment as they are to the body. All sales proceeds go back
into the program.
Choice USA mobilizes and provides ongoing support to the
diverse, upcoming generation of leaders who promote and protect reproductive
choice both now and in the future.
National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA)
NAPWA advocates on behalf of all people living with HIV
and AIDS in order to end the pandemic and the human suffering caused by
HIV/AIDS. NAPWA works to strengthen the voice of over a million Americans
living with HIV and AIDS, and is the oldest national AIDS organization
in the U.S. NAPWA's programs respond to the changing needs of the epidemic
by developing positive leadership in people living with HIV and AIDS,
advocating for the needs of those living with HIV or at risk of becoming
infected and now working with a growing movement of people with AIDS throughout
the developing world. NAPWA takes its HIV/AIDS advocacy role seriously,
whether it's demanding appropriate government action or mobilizing organizations
and communities to offer accessible, integrated HIV services for at-risk
individuals. NAPWA has advocated strongly on behalf of people living with
HIV who were impacted by hurricane Katrina, and the annual conference
sponsored by NAPWA ('Staying Alive') will be held in December 2006 in
Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
ICRW is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to
improving the lives of women in poverty, advancing equality and human
rights, and contributing to broader economic and social well-being. ICRW
accomplishes this, in partnership with others, through research, capacity
building and advocacy on issues affecting women's economic, health and
social status in low- and middle-income countries. The HIV/AIDS epidemic
has had a devastating impact on women and girls. ICRW believes that the
global challenge is to assure that they have access to the prevention
and treatment services they need. ICRW focus areas include: how the stigma
of HIV/AIDS increases infection and reduces the use of programs for prevention,
treatment, and care; how to empower adolescents to protect themselves
from HIV infection; how to improve access to prevention methods that women
can control; and how HIV/AIDS affects household food security. ICRW has
offices in India, Uganda and Washington DC.
for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA)
SWAA is a pan-African women's organization dedicated to
women and their families in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The organization
has branch offices in 40 countries across Africa serving some of the areas
in the world most heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS. SWAA offers programming
to address the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on women and children;
access to information about HIV using a creative variety of media (including
TV, videocassette recorders, and satellite technology); advocacy leading
to inclusion of women on policy making bodies; and advocacy against gender
based discrimination in access to HIV treatment, care and support services.
In addition, SWAA works to reduce HIV-related stigma, enable access to
counseling and testing, and strengthen services for children orphaned
by HIV/AIDS. Currently, SWAA is placing special emphasis on the development
and use of HIV prevention methods controlled by women, including the female
condom and potential microbicides.
HTE'S mission is to create awareness and support for Native
environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources
for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Honor the Earth develops
these resources by using music, the arts, the media, and Indigenous wisdom
to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a
voice for those not hear
Native Wind was formed to protect the environment and
promote the welfare of indigenous people by facilitating the development
of renewable energy resources on tribal lands.
Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was
formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental
and economic justice issues (EJ). IEN's activities include building the
capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms
to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health
of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable
communities. IEN accomplishes this by maintaining an informational clearinghouse,
organizing campaigns, direct actions and public awareness, building the
capacity of community and tribes to address EJ issues, development of
initiatives to impact policy, and building alliances among Indigenous
communities, tribes, inter-tribal and Indigenous organizations, people-of-color/ethnic
organizations, faith-based and women groups, youth, labor, environmental
organizations and others.
National Biodiesel Board (NBB)
NBB is the national trade association representing the
biodiesel industry as the coordinating body for research and development
in the United States.
Information and Resource Service (NIRS)
NIRS is the information and networking center for citizens
and environmental organizations concerned about nuclear power, radioactive
waste, radiation, and sustainable energy issues. Throughout the world,
NIRS provides technical expertise to guide organizing efforts and public
education campaigns against some of the most dangerous nuclear proposals
facing our communities.
Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA)
OREPA advocates for responsible environmental restoration,
protection of public health, and the right of all people to participate
in decisions affecting their lives. As the USA continues to produce nuclear
weapons at the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, TN, OREPA works to stop the bombs
and prevent the Department of Energy from turning the Y-12 plant into
a brand-new $4 billion facility with the capacity to produce ten times
the number of nuclear weapons.
Alliance for Clean Energy
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) promotes responsible
energy choices that create global warming solutions and ensure clean,
safe and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. With offices in
Asheville N.C., Atlanta Ga., Knoxville Tenn., Savannah G.A. and Pittsboro
N.C., SACE seeks to build bridges between environmental, business, agricultural,
and government entities; support changes in policy that will improve public
health and protect the environment; and advocate for effective solutions
to mitigate climate change.
PIRGS (Public Interest Research Groups)
The State PIRGs speak for the public interest against
the special interests, on issues in the news and below the surface. When
consumers are victims of private greed, the State PIRGs are there; when
average citizens suffer from the absence of government attention or an
excess of government bureaucracy, the State PIRGs are there; when our
natural environment is threatened, the State PIRGs are there. As a public
interest watchdog organization, we uncover dangers to public health and
wellbeing and fight to end them, using the time-tested tools of investigative
research, media exposes, grassroots organizing, advocacy, and litigation.
www.pirg.org (This website
can link you to your individual state PIRG.)
From our founding in 2004, the Climate Crisis Coalition
(CCC) has been connecting global warming to human rights, labor, peace,
faith, sustainable business practices, environmental justice and other
issues. Our mission is to build a broad-based coalition that can become
an effective, powerful agent for change: the development and unfolding
of a national and visible action campaign that makes it impossible for
citizens and governments to ignore our urgent demands.
for Old Growth (CFOG)
CFOG is a citizens' project focused on protecting the
remaining 3% of California's remaining ancient forests. CFOG works to
develop and support legislation that will protect these old growth stands
from logging and other harmful activities in the state of California.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and
grassroots non-profit public interest organization campaigning for health,
justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food
safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health,
corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and
other key topics.
Appalachian Voices brings people together to solve the
environmental problems having the greatest impact on the central and southern
Appalachian Mountains. Their mission is to empower people to defend the
region's rich natural and cultural heritage by providing them with tools
and strategies for successful grassroots campaigns.
Youth Pride strives to enhance the lives of gay, lesbian,
bisexual, transgender and questioning youth through support services,
social activities, outreach and education.
Youth Advocacy Coalition
The National Youth Advocacy Coalition is a social justice
organization that advocates for and with young people who are lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) in an effort to end
discrimination against these youth and to ensure their physical and emotional
Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL)
The Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) is
the only Washington, DC metro area service organization solely dedicated
to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ)
youth. Founded in 1984, SMYAL is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.
Our mission is to promote and support self-confident, healthy, productive
lives for LGBTQ youth ages 13-21 as they journey from adolescence into
adulthood. To fulfill our mission, we focus our commitment and energy
on five focus areas: (1) Life Skills & Leadership Development, (2)
Counseling & Support, (3) Health & Wellness Education, (4) Safe
Social Activities, and (5) Community Outreach and Education.
and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through:
support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed
public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil
rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity
for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to
create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
your local chapter at the website)
Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation (NGLTF)
Founded in 1973, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Foundation is a national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
civil rights and advocacy organization. The group works to build the grassroots
political strength of our community by training state and local activists
and leaders, developing the infrastructure of state and local allies,
and organizing broad-based campaigns to build public support for complete
equality for LGBT people
National Center For Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national,
lesbian, feminist, non-profit law firm. Our mission is to create a world
in which every lesbian can live fully, free from discrimination. For the
past 26 years, through impact litigation, public policy advocacy, public
education, and free legal services, we have advanced the legal and human
rights of lesbians, gay men, and bisexual and transgender individuals
across the United States.
Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations
and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage.
Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate,
and passionate communication of truth.
Democracy Now is a daily radio and TV news program on
over 400 stations, pioneering the largest community media collaboration
in the U.S.
AlterNet is an award-winning news magazine and online
community that creates original journalism and amplifies the best of dozens
of other independent media sources. AlterNet's aim is to inspire citizen
action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties,
social justice, media, and health care issues.
Clamor is a quarterly print magazine and online community
of radical thought, art, and action. An iconoclast among its peers, Clamor
is an unabashed celebration of self-determination, creativity, and shit-stirring.
Clamor publishes content of, by, for, and with marginalized communities.
From the kitchen table to shop floor, the barrio to the playground, the
barbershop to the student center, it's old school meets new school in
a battle for a better tomorrow. Clamor is a do-it-yourself guide to everyday
Z Magazine is an independent magazine of critical thinking
on political, cultural, social and economic life in the US. It sees the
racial, gender, class and political dimensions of personal life as fundamental
to understanding and improving contemporary circumstances; and it aims
to assist activists' efforts to better the future.
An Ad-Free Feminist Magazine
Future of Music Coalition
The Future of Music Coalition is a not-for-profit collaboration
between members of the music, technology, public policy and intellectual
property law communities. The FMC seeks to educate the media, policymakers,
and the public about music / technology issues, while also bringing together
diverse voices in an effort to come up with creative solutions to some
of the challenges in this space.
Home Alive is a Seattle based anti-violence non-profit
organization that offers affordable self-defense classes and provides
public education and awareness. We believe violence prevention is a community
responsibility as well as an individual issue. Our work in self-defense
encourages everyone to recognize their entitlement to the basic human
right to live free from violence and hate. Our goal is to build a cultural
and social movement that puts violence in a context of political, economic
and social oppression, and frames safety as a human right.
Project Vote Smart, a non-partisan citizen’s organization,
has created the Voter’s Self-Defense System as a tool for voters
that provides information on candidates in five basic categories: biographical
information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest
group ratings. Regardless of where you live, Project Vote Smart empowers
voters with the tools they need to navigate local and national elections
and ballot initiatives. Project Vote Smart relies on hundreds of volunteer
hours – from self-identified liberals and conservatives (and everything
in between) – to provide accurate and unbiased information.
Rock the Vote is a non-profit, non-partisan organization,
founded in 1990 in response to a wave of attacks on freedom of speech
and artistic expression. They are dedicated to mobilizing young people
to participate in the political process in order to effect positive change
in their own communities. By connecting with the entertainment industry,
Rock the Vote coordinates voter registration drives, get-out-the-vote
events, and voter education efforts, all to help young people take advantage
of their right to vote. Rock the Vote’s website hosts easy online
voter registration for all states as well as information on key issues
such as health care, education, jobs and finance, war and the draft, and
Since its founding in 1982, Project Vote has dedicated
itself to increasing civic participation and voter engagement in low-income
and minority communities. In 2004, Project Vote registered 1.15 million
low- and moderate-income and minority voters, and mobilized 2.3 million.
Project Vote keeps a vigilant eye on any barriers facing voters during
elections and works to prevent such disenfranchisement; their website
is full of resources and news relating to voter intimidation, violations
of the National Voter Registration Act, and related issues.
Electiononline.org is a forum for
learning about, discussing, and analyzing election reform issues. With
up to the minute news, electiononline.org is dedicated to being a clearinghouse
on information related to anything and everything related to elections.
From new voting machines and absentee ballots to state-by-state voter
ID requirements and election day news (such as extended polling hours),
electiononline.org is a valuable citizen resource.
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