A new Millennial-led, multiracial movement dedicated to transforming our democracy by fighting Donald Trump’s racism head on, removing corporate influence from the Democratic Party, and electing a new generation of young progressive leaders to usher in a new America. They are combining direct action, organizing and electoral engagement to remake the political landscape.
Beautiful Trouble is an action laboratory, toolbox and network of artist-activist trainers helping grassroots movements be more creative and effective. Their book, trainings and strategy game — as well as their recently launched Trouble vs. Trump and Resistance Hotline initiatives — are powering the rising resistance in 2017
Beyond The Choir partners with social justice organizations to craft resonant messaging, plan strategic campaigns, develop leaders, and mobilize larger bases of support. Past partners include #AllofUs, American Friends Service Committee, Beautiful Trouble, Chelsea Manning Support Network, #IfNotNow, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Our Homes, Rainforest Action Network, Veterans For Peace, Vets for Bernie, Working Families Party, and numerous local campaigns.
BAJI educates and engages African American and black immigrant communities to organize and advocate for racial, social and economic justice, with Organizing Committees in New York, Georgia, California, and Arizona. They provide training and technical assistance, develop leadership skills, work with faith communities, and initiate dialogues with African Americans and black immigrants. BAJI’s flagship project is the Black Immigration Network (BIN), a national alliance that brings together black-led organizations and programs to advance just immigration policies and promote cultural shifts our communities need.
The call to action that launched a renewal of movement for the basic human rights and dignity of black people in this country. Launched by queer black women in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict, over the past 4 years BLM has transformed the narrative around race, police accountability, and the criminal justice system. Black Lives Matter is a national network with 38 chapters mobilized and resisting anti-Black racism across the US.
Blackbird formed in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, MO. They helped develop collaborative spaces as the center of organizing and match intense protests with base building in working class Black communities. In 2015, they developed and coordinated the Movement for Black Lives conference that brought together about 1200 Black organizers, activists, community members, academics and racial justice leaders to learn together and build community. Blackbird now coordinates the Movement for Black Lives network.
The BlackOUT Collective is a full service Black Direct Action collective, which provides on the ground support, training and the opportunity for deep space visioning in communities that prioritize the liberation of Black people.
A vibrant member-based youth activist and civic engagement organization, at the forefront of the movement for black lives and connecting it with other social justice issues. They are combining leadership development, advocacy, direct action, and vote work to build political power.
The Center for Media Justice organizes under-represented constituencies for media rights, access, and representation to win social and economic justice. The Center for Media Justice houses the Media Action Grassroots Network, which advocates for critical issues such as open and affordable internet, fair representation, prison phone justice, and protection against police surveillance of communities of color.
The Center for Rural Strategies works to improve the lives and social conditions of rural Americans through accurate and compelling storytelling and media. They engage in public education, work with press to assist them in the coverage of rural topics, and help nonprofit organizations incorporate media and communications into their work to build a stronger voice on behalf of rural communities.
The Center for Story-Based Strategy offers social justice networks, alliances and organizations the analysis, training and strategic support to change the story on the issues that matter most. Since 2002, they’ve collaborated with over 300 organizations to win critical campaigns and train over 5,000 change-agents to be transformative storytellers.
The Climate Justice Alliance links together over 35 local groups through shared work, common messaging, and movement building to pivot towards a just transition away from unsustainable energy. Each group’s work is grounded in its own local circumstances, cultures, and traditions, but uses to collective strategies to meet their goals.
CODEPINK 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.
Understanding that the advancement of racial justice is entangled with economic justice, media justice and building power, Color of Change aims to harness both people power and the power of the internet to wage transformative campaigns for progressive change. Among many campaigns, they’ve successfully kicked Glenn Beck and “Cops” off of Fox, and have pressured corporations to withdraw their support for ALEC, a secretive right-wing policy promoter.
CultureStrike is an art-based, cultural change organization that believes artists play a powerful role in inciting conversations, inventing new ways of thinking, and redefining the limits of what’s possible to dream big, disrupt the status quo, and envision a truly just world rooted in shared humanity. They engage in visionary strategy, developing new narratives, and cultivating artists to conduct the cultural work necessary for systemic change.
While jobs are often precarious, Debt follows millions of Americans to the grave. The Debt Collective organizes the collective power of thousands of debtors who have taken action and won millions of dollars in debt forgiveness (and huge national attention) for students of for-profit colleges. They aim to politicize debt, using it as leverage to to organize and engage millions of Americans who are affected by it.
Democracy Spring is fighting to end the corruption of big money in politics and protect the right to vote for all people. In 2016, they organized the largest American civil disobedience action of the 21st century at the US Capitol, disrupted the Democratic National Convention with mass nonviolent direct action to hold Democrats accountable, and intervened in races across the country to empower pro-democracy candidates. In 2017, they’re building a nationwide nonviolent army to defend democracy from Trump and the GOP’s assault and transform the Democratic Party to deliver a government that represents all of us.
The Democratic Socialists of America is largest socialist organization in the United States. With hundreds chapters all around the country—DSA operates both inside electoral campaigns and with social movements on a range of local and national issues. Its membership has exploded in the wake of the Bernie campaign and Trump’s election.
Free Speech for the People is a key player in the movement to overturn Citizens United. Through legal advocacy and public pressure they have been instrumental in the fight to get big money out of politics as well as tackling the ideology that says corporations are people. They’re also now challenging the Trump Organization’s corporate takeover of the US government.
GetEQUAL is a grassroots network fighting for the full equality and liberation of everybody in the United States. They fight at the intersection of the fights for LGBTQ and racial equality, centering the experiences of transgender people of color, those who are undocumented or detained, those living in rural places, and those who are low income.
The Grassroots Global Justice Alliance weaves together organizers and organizations from working class communities, poor communities and communities of color to build the capacity of a movement for peace, democracy and a sustainable world. They are currently working on issues of climate justice, gender justice, militarization, and just transition, and are active in forming people’s assemblies, congresses, delegations, and caravans to advance the vision and work.
IfNotNow is a group of American Jews organizing for the freedom and dignity of all Israelis and Palestinians by ending their community’s support for Israel’s occupation, grounded in the belief that the liberation of the Jewish and Palestinian peoples is intertwined and neither can live freely while one is an occupier and the other is occupied. They are committed to building a broad movement that shifts the American Jewish public away from institutions and activities that lend social, political, and financial support to the occupation.
Since 1990, The Indigenous Environmental Network has worked to address economic and environmental issues facing indigenous communities, both in the U.S. and globally. IEN aims to educate and empower Indigenous Peoples to address and develop strategies for the protection of all life forms using direct action and organizing campaigns. They were active in the fights against the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines.
The Indigenous People’s Power Project (IP3) is a nonviolent direct action training and support network advancing Indigenous communities’ ability to exercise their inherent rights to environmental justice, cultural livelihood, and self-determination. Formed in 2004 as a project of the Ruckus Society, IP3 offers NVDA training, action support, and network building customized to fit the traditions of Indigenous communities. They were critical in training water protectors to fight against DAPL.
Indivisible started as a Google Doc, and has grown into a mass movement of local groups advocating resistance to their members of Congress. Indivisible has moved thousands of people to town halls, public events, and district offices – where folks are standing up against Trump’s agenda and demanding that their representatives do the same.
#KnockEveryDoor is an innovative project that aims to do just what’s in their name – knock on every door in the United States and have deep conversations with their neighbors. #KnockEveryDoor wants to understand people’s lived experience of the election and what motivated them to vote (or not vote) – building community in the process.
A vibrant hub for Latinx and Chicanx organizing, Mijente combines cultural, electoral, and issue organizing to advance a broad agenda of social justice in solidarity with other oppressed communities.
Million Hoodies is a human rights organization founded in the wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin to confront anti-black racism and systemic violence. They develop of the next generation of human rights leaders, run campaigns to push back against anti-black racism and mass criminalization, and educate on critical issues and the right to be safe.
Momentum is dedicated to teaching and learning the craft of popular movements fighting for justice. They give grassroots organizers the tools to build massive, decentralized social movements that aim to shift the terrain under policymakers’ feet, providing trainings centered on escalation, building popular support, and absorbing new activists into strong movement organizations.
Movement Generation supports leadership from communities on the frontlines of ecological disruption to usher in a just and equitable transition towards local living economies. Based on this analysis they take on projects in training and research, movement building, and narrative shifting that has reached thousands of changemakers and hundreds of groups.
Movement Netlab is a ‘think-and-do tank’ formed by organizers and researchers working on the front lines of the most dynamic movements of our time, from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter. They’re developing strategic frameworks, organizing platforms and training materials to increase the effectiveness of emerging popular movements aimed at structural transformation, designed for moments where social movements need to work across issues and at huge scale to win. Netlab collaborates with organizers, technologists, trainers, artists and funders to support the growth of decentralized, self-organized networked movements.
Cosecha is a popular movement for the permanent protection, respect, and dignity of all immigrants. They have a 4-phase strategy culminating in a general strike of millions of workers and students, and are currently helping communities organize their churches, campuses, and governments to provide sanctuary for immigrants.
MPower Change is a grassroots movement rooted in diverse Muslin communities throughout the United States who are working together to build social, spiritual, racial, and economic justice for all people.
NDLON leads the fight to protect the welfare, justice, and dignity of day laborers in the United States. They take on a wide range of issues from wage theft and worker safety to immigrant justice. At the intersection of migrant rights and labor rights, NDLON’s constituents are in the crosshairs of Trump’s radical agenda, and their organizing—driven from grassroots worker centers across the United States—is in a unique position to fight back.
Started by guest workers in The Gulf after Hurricane Katrina, the NGA works to promote the welfare, justice, and dignity of guest workers in the United States, whose working conditions are often abysmal. They’re do this in partnership with those locked out of the workforce, and push for all workers in the United States to have a path toward first-class citizenship.
The Native Organizers Alliance, a project of People’s Action, supports grassroots changemakers who advance the welfare of indigenous people by providing them resources, support, technical assistance, and networks. They aim to develop new organizers’ capacity within the movement. In addition to being active in the DAPL fight they were also involved in a successful voting rights case bringing early voting closer to tribes in Northern Nevada.
With one foot in the Art world and another on the pulse of social movements, Not an Alternative makes creative interventions using art, activism, and pedagogy to effect social change. Recently, they created The Natural History Museum, a mobile museum that aims to show the socio-political forces that shape nature. Their mobile museum has done exhibits all over the country and has played a critical role in getting science museums to divest their holdings from the fossil fuels.
The Other 98% is both a non-profit organization and a grassroots network of concerned people that shines a light on economic injustice, undue corporate influence and threats to democracy. It works to kick corporate lobbyists out of DC, hold elected officials accountable, and make America work not just for the elite but for the other 98% of us.
The Organization United for Respect at Walmart organizes those who work at the largest employer in the country to demand respect, fair wages, fair schedules and dignity in the workplace. Not quite a union, not quite an advocacy organization, OUR Walmart has won improvements and wage increases worth billions for Walmart workers with their revolutionary peer-to-peer organizing model.
Our100 started as an open letter by 100 women of color to center the first 100 hours after the election, first 100 days of the new administration, and movements for social justice on the leadership of WOC. Many of these leaders were also critical in the #GOPHandsOffMe campaign to combat the normalization of sexual assault and right-wing assault on reproductive rights.
The Power Shift Network is bringing together leaders — from the smallest campus groups to the largest national organizations — to fight for climate, clean energy, and social justice. They mobilize the collective power of young people to mitigate climate change and create a just, clean energy future and resilient, thriving communities for all.
Presente is the largest national Latinx online organization advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture. They use email, social networks, text messages, on-the-ground events, merchandise giveaways, house parties, radio and television ads, and anything else to make their members’ voices heard.
Since 1986, Project South has built diverse regional movements that aim to confront racism and poverty at their roots. Through organizing, education, training, publications, and even a radio show, Project South has sparked civic participation by thousands of people in the effort to transform the US and global South and achieve social and economic justice.
Resist Here is a project of the Working Families Party that makes every Tuesday a Resist Trump Tuesday – protests nationwide at US Senators’ offices to advocate resistance against Trump’s agenda and cabinet. Resist Here provides resources for people nationwide to challenge Trump’s cabinet appointments through widespread public resistance and demonstration of the political cost for those willing to tolerate and enable Trump’s agenda.
Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United has organized 24,000 restaurant workers, 200 high-road employers, and thousands of engaged consumers to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce. They have won workplace justice campaigns bringing over
Rhize provides behind-the-scenes support to social movements around the world in order to build more just and democratic societies. They coach emerging leaders and organizations, connect them to social movements, and build bridges between base-building and mass mobilizations.
SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, they move White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice, connecting people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts.
SONG is a regional organizing hub for southern LGBTQ people led by people of color. With an appreciation for how racism, homophobia, transphobia, and geography are interrelated, they have been a driving force in building an organization, community, and world that bends towards full liberation. They created the first southern, LGBTQ-led, traveling Organizing School for small towns and rural places in the south and likewise have organized and lobbied for progressive legislation.
Stay Woke is a radically inclusive digital accelerator that engages learners, builders, and activists in the work of advancing equity and justice in America. They have several projects including the Resistance Manual, a Wiki site compiling useful information for resisting Trump and his agenda. People from all over the country have contributed entries on everything from state laws and elected representatives to resistance techniques and crisis resources.
Student Action is a national network of students affiliated with People’s Action fighting for economic, racial, gender, and environmental justice in 15 states across the country.
The Ruckus Society provides environmental, human rights, and social justice organizers with the tools, training, and support needed to achieve their goals through the strategic use of creative, nonviolent direct action.
The Undercurrent is the investigative journalism arm of American Family Voices. Their stories have gone viral, being featured on dozens of sites and seen by millions. They’ve gone toe to toe with James O’Keefe and recently covered a recording from the Koch brothers’ secretive donor retreat where a strategist announced their aim to rebrand the network.
A new national network of Black undocumented immigrants working to uplift undocuBlack stories and facilitate access to resources for the community. Their aim is to “Blackify” the country’s understanding of the undocumented population and facilitate access to resources for the Black undocumented community in pursuit of truly inclusive immigrant rights and racial justice movements.
USSA is the country’s oldest and largest national student association dedicated to building power for students. They develop grassroots campus bases, run strategic campaigns at local, state, and national levels, and train leaders through organizing to dismantle systems of oppression in higher education through a framework of education justice.
The nation’s largest youth-led, student labor campaign organization, with affiliated locals on over 150 campuses. USAS affiliates run local and nationally-coordinated campaigns for economic justice in partnership with worker and community organizations. They use the unique leverage of students to hold accountable multinational companies that exploit the people who work on university campuses, in communities, and in the overseas factories where collegiate apparel is produced.
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, with over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. They organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. UWD is at the forefront of efforts to stop the deportations of undocumented youth and their parents. They also strengthen alliances and support for DREAMers at the intersection of queer and immigrant rights.
Through research, media, advocacy and direct pressure, UnKoch My Campus aims to rid colleges and universities of the Koch Brothers’ money and influence—to dismantle their use of the education system for private political gain. After huge wins expelling the Kochs from Suffolk University and University of Dayton, they now have active campaigns on 4 campuses in Florida, Virginia, Indiana, and Kansas.
Wildfire trains, supports, and links grassroots groups, laying the foundation for a powerful movement toward political, economic, and ecological justice. Using democratic, experiential methods, the Wildfire Project fuses political education and skills training with personal and group transformation in a curriculum tailored to specific needs of groups in action and in need.
The day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, millions took to the streets all over the country in series of Women’s Marches to air grievances and make their voices heard. With an intersectional frame, the Women’s March made the case for human rights and diversity while drowning out the (white) noise of Trump’s radical agenda in one of the biggest global days of action EVER. Since the march, organizers have lead actions for those galvanized by the marches to fight back and resist.
WORC is a network of grassroots community organizations with over twelve thousand members and 39 local chapters that works towards a democratic and just society with a sustainable and healthy environment. They’ve taken on agri-business, factory farms and sprawl, now they are tackling issues like safe food and a sound energy policy.
A dynamic Latina-led group fighting for reproductive justice and it’s intersection with immigration, racial equity, LGBTQ liberation, criminal justice, environmental justice, and economic justice. Focused on building leadership among young Latinas, COLOR also engages in community and electoral organizing and policy advocacy. 2016 vote work included voter registration, GOTV, and campaigning for a successful minimum wage increase.
The Colorado Civic Engagement Roundtable plays a pivotal role in supporting the c3 landscape to create a more equitable, just and inclusive state. They provide strategic analysis of demographic trends, planning and coordination around nonpartisan voter education and mobilization, consultation on critical list-building/membership building activities, and strategic leadership for year-round election administration programs and/voter enfranchisement.
An affiliate of People’s Action, COPA is a statewide, member-led, multi-racial organization focused on advancing and winning progressive social change across a range of issues. They combine organizing, voter engagement, and leadership development to build power statewide. In 2016, they knocked on 80,000 doors, and helped win a statewide minimum wage increase despite fierce and well-funded opposition.
A first-rate youth and student vote group that runs both large-scale voter mobilization and issue campaigns. A Bus Federation affiliate. In 2016, New Era Colorado ran a huge 55,000 youth voter registration drive, a voter education program on 7 college campuses and distributed over 300,000 voter guides.
This long-standing Latino base-building group is rooted in Southwest Denver. They organize across generations for racial justice and immigrant rights, equity in education, and run a data-driven voter engagement program.
This Denver-based PICO affiliate helped lead the successful campaign to raise the state’s minimum wage in 2016. They held 33,000 live conversations with new and irregular voters as part of PICO’s Let My People Vote Program. Now working on Know Your Rights and Immigrant Defense Trainings.
Organizes for economic, social and environmental justice in the state’s rural areas west of the Rockies. Primary issues: Public Land Usage, Impact of Extractive Industries & Local Food. Embraced the campaign to raise Colorado’s minimum wage by knocking on 7,000 doors to turnout voters for the winning measure in 5 counties: Mesa, Garfield, Delta, Montrose, and Ouray.
Believes in SPEAKING YOUTH TO POWER. They are developing a bold, creative, impactful and local culture of civic participation among young people. Organizing along social justice lines and using the Bus Federation model, in 2016 they registered 4,200 new voters, distributed over 75,000 voter guides on college campuses and communities. Overwhelming passed a measure that allows citizens to sue the city whenever they violate their charter. In 2017-18 they are working for automatic voter registration.
A multicultural network of congregations across Florida tackling systemic racial and economic injustice. Affiliated with PICO National Network, FIF won a ‘Ban the Box’ measure in Broward County and is working on restoring voting rights to 1.5 million people disenfranchised by felony convictions. In 2016 they knocked on 46,000 doors, and spoke with 279,000 voters by phone. Active in immigrant defense, know your rights, and Sanctuary city work.
The table encourages collaboration among Florida’s nonpartisan grassroots organizations and provides them with critical tools, training, and strategic support. In addition to developing the capacity of these organizations, they also work on structural reforms to strengthen voting rights and representation for the New American Majority (people of color, single women, youth, and low-income individuals). The Florida 501c3 Civic Engagement Table is a State Voices fiscally sponsored project.
Florida’s strongest immigrant rights organization and one of the anchor immigrant-rights groups nationally. FLIC is fighting deportations, educating immigrants on rights and advocating for Sanctuary cities. They have developed major electoral capacity and delivered past wins at the local, state, and federal levels.
Dynamic new statewide student organizing network. Launched in 2016 with a VOTE MOB GOTV campaign on 23 Florida campuses. Post-election, 18 campus chapters are engaged in long-term work to train leaders, run campaigns and build power for the 2018 mid-term elections.
A well-established, data-driven organization, NFM works to increase the voting power and political influence of Florida’s low-income black and Latino communities. Focuses on protecting and expanding the voting rights of all citizens, including those new to the country, raising children on their own, struggling to make a living, or returning from incarceration. Registered 31,000 new voters in 2016 and won a key lawsuit allowing 108,000 additional voters to register.
A very strong affiliate of the Center for Popular Democracy (Formerly Organize NOW/FIRE), based in Orlando and Tampa, moving towards statewide presence in 2017/18. Combining grassroots base-building with election work to advance racial, economic, climate and reproductive justice. A hub for anti-Trump resistance.
The major community organization in Maine, with 35,000 dues-paying members statewide. A People’s Action affiliate, MPA runs campaigns on a full slate of progressive issues and has a campus program. MPA won a statewide minimum wage increase ballot initiative in 2016. At a March 2017 Resistance Summit 800 participants identified protecting the Affordable Care Act, recruiting progressive candidates for state and local offices and defending referendums on the minimum wage and fair taxes to fund education as top priorities for 2017.
A collaboration of 4 community organizations (MOSES, ROC-MI, Mothering Justice, and Building Movement Project- Detroit People’s Platform) is building major power in low- income and working class communities statewide. They led the successful effort to raise the state’s minimum wage in 2014 and are working on a paid sick leave ballot initiative for 2018. Their Center for Progressive Leadership runs training programs for Local Candidates & Campaign Managers.
A Center for Popular Democracy affiliate, Good Jobs Now is a grassroots membership-based organization that fights for economic and social justice for low-income workers in Detroit through issue campaigns and voter engagement.
A growing progressive student network, which launched VOTE MOB campaigns on 8 campuses in 2016, distributed more than 13,000 voter guides, registered more than 1300 people to vote, and fought for local progressive candidates and ballot measures, in partnership with community groups.
A growing People’s Action affiliate, statewide with strength in Detroit, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. They organize faith, immigrant, and African-American communities on racial, gender, economic and environmental justice with campaigns on child and elder care. Active on Immigrant and Refugee defense. They have 16 staff, over 100 institutional affiliates, and have integrated conversations with voters into their movement-building strategy. A major hub of the Michigan Resistance.
Michigan Voice’s partners with groups organizing traditionally underrepresented and marginalized communities to vote: people of color, single women, youth, and low-income individuals, first generation immigrant youth, people formerly incarcerated. A fiscally sponsored project of State Voices, their work will be key to turnout in the 2018 elections, census participation, and redistricting.
An affiliate of PICO, ISAIAH mobilizes the faith community for social and economic justice, helping win a statewide minimum wage increase. ISAIAH’s 100+ member congregations are leading the Sanctuary Movement in MN.
NOC is a grassroots, member-led group building power in communities of color. In 2016, NOC won key victories on worker’s rights and police accountability and is now powering the MN resistance in the streets, at the state legislature, and to the polls in 2018.
A powerhouse People’s Action affiliate with 23 coalition members, TakeAction Minnesota led the defeat of voter ID, won the strongest paid sick leave in the country, and helped ban the box. They’re shaping the 2018 Governor’s and state legislative races by getting 17,000 members to caucuses, united around a People’s Agenda.
A developing PICO-affiliate based in Reno, building organizing and electoral capacity at the intersection of racial, social, and environmental justice.
ACDC is a new organization dedicated to comprehensive services for and advocacy on behalf of the AAPI community in the Las Vegas Valley. They registered 3,000 voters and made over 50,000 calls to educate voters in 2016, and have also advocated for policies that would increase and improve voter access.
A newer coalition of churches and community groups formed in 2014 to meet a gap in African American civic engagement and organizing in Las Vegas. With planning support by Silver State Voices and seed funds from Movement 2016, FOA conducted voter registration at services, speeches from the pulpit, and provided the only non-partisan rides-to-the-polls hotline and service in the valley during the last election. They also made over 20,000 calls and knocked over 8,000 doors to educate voters. They’re now working to set up a c4 arm and are engaging on clean energy policy.
This People’s Action affiliate is a well-established progressive coalition in Nevada with voter engagement capacity in Las Vegas and Reno. PLAN organizes on almost everything including tax/economy, immigrant rights and racial justice, LGBT and gender justice, and environmental issues. Their c4 PLAN Action partnered with CCC Action to contact over 300,000 voters about the Presidential and US Senate elections in 2016, and they register thousands of voters every cycle. They’ll be one of the key grassroots groups conducting accountability work on Senator Dean Heller.
Silver State Voices (SSV) is the Nevada affiliate and a fiscally sponsored project of State Voices, working year-round to build long-term collaboration among Nevada’s nonpartisan grassroots organizations. SSV encourages civic engagement in historically marginalized communities (people of color, single women, youth, and low-income individuals) and builds the capacity of the organizations that serve them.
Greater Cleveland Congregations is a nonpartisan coalition of 40 dues-paying member faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County representing 35,000 people working together to build power for social justice across lines of race, class, religion. They helped lead the charge for Medicaid expansion, court diversion programs, and police reforms. In 2016 GCC will mobilize its members, hold educational events, and knock 12,000 doors to get out the vote in Cuyahoga County.
The statewide branch of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, expanding from Pennsylvania into Cleveland and beyond. They engage in leadership development and organizing to advance the health and well-being of Black women and girls, and the Human Rights of LGBTQ and marginalized communities, with services provided to over 50,000 people since 2004. They want to expand their Voice Your Vote! Project™ into the state this year.
The strongest statewide community and voter engagement network in Ohio, bringing together community and faith organizations, labor unions and policy groups. OOC builds power for social, racial, and economic justice, and plans to register 150,000 Ohio voters in 2016, while organizing on issues including a minimum wage increase, ending mass incarceration, and combatting climate change.
A statewide organization led by young people engaging in student organizing on issue campaigns & electoral mobilization. They engage in nonviolent direct action, policy advocacy, and leadership development on campuses across Ohio to build independent political power. Fiscally sponsored by Ohio Organizing Collaborative.
An affiliate of the national Unity Voter Empowerment Campaign by the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. They work nationally with A. Phillip Randolph Institute, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Cost of Freedom Project, Black Youth Vote, and other groups to register and turn out Black voters in Ohio.
A PICO affiliate and OOC member based in Cincinnati. They are leading a C4 project to elect a non-racist prosecutor in Hamilton County and working to pass a local ballot initiative to fund universal preschool for all 3 and 4 year olds.
Yes We Can Columbus is committed to improving people’s lives and continuing the political revolution in Columbus. They are focused on getting big money out of politics, increasing the minimum wage, and empowering working people to have a voice in local democracy. They’re working mostly at the state and local levels, and are developing capacity to engage in the Columbus spring elections.
215PA is a new multiracial collaborative led by parents, teachers, students, union members, and other Philadelphians coming together to make meaningful change. 215 People’s Alliance is lifting up education rights and local control of Philadelphia schools at the ballot box and in the streets during the 2016 election cycle.
A powerful Center for Popular Democracy affiliate and Latino immigrant rights organization branching out from CASA de Maryland, with a growing base in South Central PA (Dauphin, Lancaster and York Counties). They plan to register 10,000 voters and contact over 45,000 infrequent Latino voters. CASA in Action will be working to engage Latinos in the Presidential, US Senate, and 16th Congressional District races, as well as some key down-ballot opportunities in York County.
A USAction and ProgressNow affiliate, Keystone Progress is a multi-issue advocacy organization that combines cutting edge online organizing techniques and hard-hitting earned media to advance the state’s progressive agenda. They’re working statewide on issues from the local to national level, and are building up their community organizing and electoral capacity.
A Center for Popular Democracy affiliate providing education, leadership development, and organizing in the Latino communities of Reading and Allentown. Started in 2014, MRPA has been a leader in the fight to close Berks Family Detention Center, and provides support for the detained families. They have also played a leading role in campaigns for immigration reform, a fair budget for education and human services, driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, municipal IDs, and the Fight for
This organization shines a light on the untold stories of organizing in the greater Philadelphia region. Using innovative media-based organizing strategies, MMP has an impressive track record of raising awareness around local social justice concerns and connecting communities across issues. This election cycle they will support the media and communications needs of electoral organizers and voting rights advocates.
The statewide branch of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, based in Pittsburgh with recent expansions into Philadelphia (and Ohio). They engage in leadership development and organizing to advance the health and well-being of Black women and girls, and the Human Rights of LGBTQ and marginalized communities, with services provided to over 50,000 people since 2004. Their Voice Your Vote! Project™, will reach a universe of 125,000 in and beyond Pittsburgh.
This affiliate of the Center for Popular Democracy Action is a multi-issue economic justice-driven membership organization with significant field capacity in Pittsburgh, greater Allegheny County, as well as Philadelphia. One PA was instrumental in boosting turnout around 3 State Supreme Court vacancies which were all filled by progressives. They are planning to knock over 75,000 doors to mobilize around the Presidential, US Senate, and state legislative races in 2016.
A coalition of 50 organizations working with diverse immigrant and refugee communities, PICC coordinates statewide immigration services, registers new citizens and turns them out to vote, and advocates year-round for immigrant rights, including tuition equity, ending family detention and shutting down the Berks Detention Center, and passing driver’s licenses for all. They’ve registered over 25,000 voters and will focus on developing capacity of their partners while sending mail and calling their registrants to get them educated and to the polls.
A new statewide student organizing network, with a voter engagement program on 6 campuses.
One of the newest Working Families organizations, working on issue fights and races at the statewide and local levels.
A faith-based PICO affiliate expanding statewide. POWER played a key role in winning a living wage ordinance for city agencies and contractors, and led a statewide faith coalition that successfully changed the state’s public education funding formula to correct long-standing racial bias and inadequacies. They had 18,500 live GOTV conversations in 2014 and have plans to register and turn out at least 7,500 new voters in 2016.
Philly Neighborhood Networks has been organizing people door-to-door for progressive candidates and issues for a dozen years, with leadership from of one of the most intensive and successful GOTV efforts ever, MoveOn’s 2004 “Leave No Voter Behind” Campaign. They’ve won advances on government ethics and the minimum wage, and are active on healthcare, city budget issues, and housing.
A PICO affiliate addressing statewide inequities in educational funding and achievement in Allentown and the Lehigh Valley. They are committed to economic dignity through the Fight for
A new group started by former staff and activists from the Bernie campaign, modeled on and inspired by Reclaim Chicago. They ran actions against the dominance of corporate dollars on the DNC host committee, and are pushing to stop a lame-duck TPP vote. Reclaim Philly is planning to canvass 10,000 doors with a focus on young low-propensity voters, and is in communication and collaboration with other movement groups.
A powerful affiliate of the Center for Popular Democracy and Latino immigrant rights organization branching out from CASA de Maryland, with a growing base in Loudon and Prince William County. They have voter engagement and electoral capacity and plan to register 10,000 voters and contact over 20,000 infrequent underrepresented voters by phone and at the door. CASA in Action will be working to mobilize voters in the Presidential and Congressional District 10 races.
Chesapeake Climate Action Network has a 15-year record of organizing and policy victories in Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland, working to build a diverse and powerful movement to put the region on a path to climate stability. With over 14,000 supporters in Virginia, CCAN mobilizes activists and works side by side with groups throughout the state to take on the biggest climate threats and opportunities, fighting dirty fracked gas infrastructure and incentivizing clean energy such as wind, solar and energy efficiency investments.
Statewide voter registration and organizing powerhouse with strength in the African American and immigrant communities in the Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Tidewater regions. Currently undertaking a historic program to register and engage over 175,000 new voters.
Virginia Organizing is a long-standing and major player in the state’s political landscape organizing multiple constituencies and across issues. They run year-round civic engagement programs including restoration of voting rights for former felons, and have a grassroots presence in every state legislative district. Affiliated with People’s Action and works with Center for Community Change on many campaigns.
The Virginia Student Environmental Coalition is devoted to unifying students across Virginia to create a network for advocacy, education, and action around environmental justice issues. They are building out 10 campus teams of 4 to 7 volunteers who will register 1500 young people to vote for climate and get them to vote from the op of the ticket down.
A statewide student organizing network at six campuses to fight the rise of college tuition, crushing student debt and push racial and social justice on-campus. Fiscally sponsored by New Virginia Majority/ New Virginia Majority Education Fund.
One Wisconsin Now & Institute fights the conservative noise machine using research, communications and rapid response to influence media, members, decision-makers and donors. A strong ProgressNow affiliate that helped create the new student loan debt movement, they’ve generated 10,000 media hits and have over 90,000 supporters. In 2016 they used innovative digital tactics to reach over 300,000 voters with student debt statewide.
Our Revolution Wisconsin is draining the swamp with people power. Building a member-led, populist political organization from the bottom up, they aim to take back power from elites and build a Wisconsin that is of, by, and for the people. They have chapters and organizing meetings all over the state doing base-building in the communities needed to win on issues and elections that matter.
One of the strongest state-based immigrant rights organizations in the country. In the wake of the election they held mass meeting across the state and then helped organize Wisconsin’s “Day without Latinos” on February 13, 2017, bringing 40,000 people into the streets of Milwaukee. Voces de la Frontera Action and Voces de la Frontera has chapters in Milwaukee, Racine, Madison, Green Bay, Waukesha, and Walworth County, and a strong history of organizing the Latino vote.
A strong affiliate of People’s Action that runs top-notch civic engagement programs statewide. Citizen Action of Wisconsin has over 42,000 individual members and 123,000 supporters and is engaged in organizing campaigns on health care and economic justice.
An affiliate of the Center for Popular Democracy and a rising powerhouse organization based in Milwaukee, with work in Madison and elsewhere in the state. They’re organizing low wage workers and community members to win living wages, safe communities and strong public schools for all, and make sure their voices are are heard and officials are held accountable in elections.
A strong State Voices table lifting up grassroots groups doing nonpartisan voter engagement. The key group supporting youth and student organizing in Milwaukee and statewide.
A grassroots independent political organization that fights for Wisconsin’s working families—working to raise the minimum wage, get big money out of politics, and advocate for racial justice. In 2016 WWFP knocked on 50,000 doors, led the Fight for 15, and successfully pushed Milwaukee and Dane counties to enact minimum wage increases.
A major grassroots community organization focused in predominantly African-American wards on Chicago’s South and West sides (Englewood and North Lawndale). Action Now is a CPD affiliate that has a strong leadership development program and a track record of hitting the streets to do major issue mobilization, voter registration, and GOTV.
A strong youth-driven organization and Bus Federation affiliate, Chicago Votes has registered over 20,000 voters, distributed 100,000 voter guides connecting living wage and police accountability to local races, advanced statewide democracy reforms including Online and Election Day Voter Registration, and elevated the voices of black and brown youth in the local civic arena.
Grassroots Collaborative is made up of 11 community and labor organizations in Chicago who organize with a focus on economic and racial justice. Current campaigns include solving the Illinois budget crisis through a progressive tax system, and financial reform that prioritizes working people over Wall Street. Grassroots Illinois Action builds the political power of working families and residents of color through issue education, voter engagement, candidate training and voter mobilization to elect progressive candidates. GIA holds elected officials accountable through direct action and the Take Back Chicago online platform.
The state’s largest public interest organization and a People’s Action affiliate, covering a range of issues including consumer protection, healthcare, environment, voting rights, and economic justice. They combine this policy work with voter registration and GOTV, along with endorsements through their PAC, Progressive Action Project.
ICIRR is a powerhouse that created the national model for immigrant voter engagement. They have a strong staff that organizes on critical immigrant rights issues and provides immigration services and voter registration year-round. They will be turning out new immigrant voters in 2016, with a focus on suburban swing areas including the 10th Congressional District.
This People’s Action affiliate on the north side of Chicago organizes across constituencies for economic justice, healthcare, and education. They have a leadership development program that includes a youth group, and have executed significant turnout programs in their turf.
SOUL is a strong faith and community-based organization on Chicago’s south side and suburbs fighting on issues of racial and economic injustice. In 2013, they launched a campaign to bring about criminal justice reforms in Cook County and as helped make it a key electoral issue in 2016. They are a People’s Action affiliate and member of IIRON.
A diverse, membership-driven organization in the greater Chicago area, The People’s Lobby is building a down ballot revolution of progressive grassroots candidates to fight against austerity budgets and mass incarceration and for good jobs, a clean environment and fair elections. They teamed with National Nurses United to start the Reclaim Chicago PAC, which fielded 2200 volunteer shifts to help win 10 competitive Alderman races in 2015 and provided over 5000 volunteer field hours for progressives running for States Attorney and state legislature in 2016. They are an affiliate of People’s Action.
UN35 is a year-old, neighbor-led independent political organization on the North West side of Chicago working to ensure local folks are engaged in government decision-making and local elected officials are accountable to them. They engage neighbors year round, and have mobilized to knock over 30,000 doors during election season. They will knock 25,000 doors for the general election and build capacity in several adjoining wards in 2019 to have a significant impact on key city- and state-wide races.
Inspired by the Working Families Organization model, UWF is a new “Independent Political Organization” in Illinois with major support from Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU, Action Now, and the Grassroots Collaborative. They are combining direct action and corporate accountability with hard-hitting vote work.
The Workers Center for Racial Justice and its sister 501 c4, the Center for Racial and Gender Equity are Black-led organizations focused on organizing marginalized Black workers and strengthening economic security for Black families. These two organizations, which help anchor the BlackRoots Alliance, run a sophisticated movement building program that integrates grassroots organizing, leadership development, direct action, policy advocacy, and civic engagement into one seamless operation. During the 2016 election cycle WCRJ and CRGE plan to engage and mobilize more than 25,000 Black voters in Illinois.
The major Latino and immigrant rights organization in Maryland and a national model, providing a range of services and organizing for immigration reform and economic justice. They run significant voter turnout operations, and are affiliates of the Center for Popular Democracy expanding into Virginia and Pennsylvania. They were instrumental in getting the state’s DREAM Act passed and winning the referendum on it in 2014.
The state’s Working Families affiliate is an independent political organization bringing together major community and labor organizing groups to fight for economic justice in the streets and at the ballot box.
A major progressive organization in the state and affiliate of People’s Action, they combine grassroots base-building and a coalition structure that boasts over 120,000 members and supporters. They engage in high quality vote work and campaigns for economic, racial, and environmental justice.
This PICO affiliate is a coalition of 28 religious, community and labor organizations with chapters in Nashua, Manchester, and Concord. Organizing for economic and racial justice, with a very strong youth engagement program.
A long-standing progressive statewide group and affiliate of People’s Action. They are running a major voter engagement program with a campus component, and organize on a variety of economic justice and healthcare issues, including a strong “Stand with Women” campaign.
Rights and Democracy is a growing progressive organization in New Hampshire that branched out from Vermont. A Peoples’ Action affiliate, they do strong vote work to hold elected officials accountable and advance campaigns for economic and climate justice. They also have a strong youth organizing and civic engagement program.
This statewide PICO affiliate is helping to lead the fight for immigrant driver’s licenses and is organizing on a variety of racial justice issues. They will be running a GOTV program in 2016.
A Center for Popular Democracy affiliate started in 2015 that is building a base of dues-paying Latino immigrant members and providing immigration, employment, labor and tax services. In 2015, MRNJ, worked in coalition partners to win a paid sick leave ballot initiative in Elizabeth, and pushed successfully for municipal ID in Roselle. They’re now a leader on the statewide campaign for driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, and launched a youth leadership development project.
The state’s major progressive student organizing group in NJ, they have a presence in 10 of New Jersey’s public universities, as well as a widening group of community colleges. They’re integrating vote work with organizing on college affordability and other issues.
This Working Families Organization is the major umbrella for community and labor organizing groups in the state.
NAVA is organizing Native Americans in Albuquerque and beyond on environmental, economic and racial justice. They work hard to register and engage voters, including on the Navajo Nation and other reservations.
This PICO affiliate led the 2014 fight for a minimum wage increase in Las Cruces, and had 35,000 live GOTV conversations with new and irregular voters that same year. They are a major organizing force among Latinos / Chicanos in that part of the state.
A new Working Families Party affiliate that is just launching. Partners at the table include OLE, SWOP, NAVA, CWA, and AFT.
An affiliate of the Center for Popular Democracy, doing strong community organizing especially among working class families and parents. They do vote work and run campaigns on education, economic justice, and more, and are part of a current effort to put paid sick leave on the ballot in Albuquerque.
A major institution in the state and People’s Action affiliate, SWOP has capacity to move a significant Chicano base in Albuquerque, and through it’s sister c4 has weighed into competitive State House races. They organize on a variety of issues and have strong youth leadership and cultural / community programs.
Strong Families New Mexico, a state project of Forward Together, leads year-round civic engagement to build power with working class families, including immigrant, indigenous and rural communities of color. They have a strong base of support in Bernalillo, McKinley, Dona Ana, and Rio Arriba Counties, and organize on multiple issues from a family frame. They played a lead role in defeating a 20 week abortion ban ballot initiative in 2013.
A strong People’s Action affiliate, CVH has significant turnout capacity among their bases in African-American and Latino communities with a focus on public housing residents. Founded in East Harlem, they now have capacity in all 5 boroughs and are becoming a statewide force by expanding up the Hudson Valley with chapters and offices in Yonkers, Newburgh & Poughkeepsie. CVH is also one of the leaders in the US for participatory budgeting.
A PICO affiliate working in 4 boroughs of New York City. They mobilized the faith community to help win a strong Ban the Box policy in the city and are active in Alliance for A Just Rebuilding and other climate justice efforts. They have plans for a strong GOTV program in 2016.
A Center for Popular Democracy affiliate and New York’s major Latino and immigrant community organizing group, with robust services, leadership development, issue, and voter work. They have over 19,000 members and will focus civic engagement efforts on New York City and Long Island this year, registering more than 2,500 voters and engaging more than 20,000 voters through Get Out the Vote efforts. Make the Road Action builds political power by engaging thousands of Latino, immigrant, and African-American voters every year.
This People’s Action affiliate is strongest community organization upstate, with 5 offices across the area and 2 more in New York City. Their do strong organizing among the middle class on big issues including tax reform, money in politics, and racial and economic justice, and have a track record of strong vote work.
An affiliate of the Center for Popular Democracy, NYCC is an economic justice powerhouse organizing primarily among tenants and low-income families in New York City.
The anchor of the Working Families Organizations and a major umbrella for progressive electoral forces in NY state. They play in races from the local to statewide levels, and will be targeting targeting key Congressional and State Senate seats in 2016, among others.
A People’s Action affiliate that has done both civic engagement & direct political work in state legislative and city elections in New York City. VOCAL’s base is among low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS, the drug war and mass incarceration.
APANO organizes across a variety of Portland’s Asian and Pacific Islander communities to address gaps in economic, social, and physical well-being through organizing, leadership development, cultural work, and civic engagement. They focus on youth / students and parents, and work on a wide range of issues including reproductive health, voting rights, economic justice, and immigrant rights. They’ve worked with Causa and Unite Oregon to register over 15,000 new citizens to vote.
A strong statewide Latino organization with direct presence in Marion, Polk, Multnomah, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties. They fight for immigrant rights, economic justice, and LGBT equity through a combination of advocacy, coalition building, leadership development, and civic engagement. Along with Unite Oregon and APANO, Causa has helped to register over 15,000 new citizens to vote.
Color PAC endorses, invests in, and otherwise supports progressive candidates, regardless of party, that will advance racial equity and correct social and economic inequities experienced by communities of color. They help progressive people of color prepare, run and win elected office to ensure the state’s representation is a better reflection of its population.
This grassroots organization champions a variety of campaigns to support working families with a focus on mothers. They organize and advocate on issues including childcare, sick and family leave, retirement security and pay equity for women, and domestic worker rights. Family Forward also educates and mobilizes voters in the electoral process.
Formerly the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) and Oregon Action, Unite Oregon is a People’s Action affiliate with chapters in Portland, Beaverton, and Rogue Valley. Led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty, they engage on a variety of social, economic, and racial justice issues through advocacy, leadership development, organizing, and vote work. Working with APANO and Causa they registered over 15,000 new citizens to vote.
The founding affiliate of the Bus Federation, they helped advance and implement automatic voter registration laws that will reach 300,000-500,000 voters. Bus uses innovative strategies to build off-campus youth power. They do massive vote work and their current issue focus is on advancing voting rights and climate justice.
One of the strongest statewide student associations in the country, registering and turning out tens of thousands of new voters each election cycle – 50,000 in 2014 alone. They also run solid campaigns to advance tuition affordability, gender justice, and other issues.
The state’s Working Families Party affiliate, an umbrella of community and labor groups in Oregon.
Oregon’s farmworker union and the largest Latino organization in the state, with over 6,000 members, mostly Mexican and Central American immigrants. In addition to organizing for labor rights and economic justice, they also do voter engagement work, especially in the Woodburn area.
The hub for immigrant organizing in Washington, including Latino, African, and Asian communities. They have registered over 24,000 voters since their founding post-9/11, and have helped advance immigrant rights and racial justice in the state. OneAmerica is an affiliate of People’s Action.
The state’s Bus Federation affiliate combines creative tactics and policy work to knock down the barriers for youth civic engagement. They have also rolled out a youth agenda, and do solid youth-led vote work.
Washington CAN is the state’s largest grassroots organization and an affiliate of People’s Action, with over 40,000 members working on a range of consumer protection, economic justice, and racial justice issues. They can also do election work at significant scale.
An affiliate of the Center for Popular Democracy, they are a powerful and growing economic justice group that organizes low-wage workers and working families. They have significant field capacity for vote work.
LUCHA and its c3 sister ACE are Center for Popular Democracy affiliates based in the Phoenix area, started in 2009 to challenge Sheriff Arpaio and anti-immigrant policies. They have over 1000 Latino and immigrant members, and provide empowerment services along with leadership development, organizing, and civic engagement at scale. They’ve led ballot campaigns including this year’s Minimum Wage initiative, and are part of a new collaborative effort to take out Arpaio and advance justice reform.
One Arizona was formed in 2010 as a direct response to the growing disenfranchisement of voters and the attack on the Latino community in the form of SB1070. The table members represent a broad tapestry of 501c3s focused on voter registration, voter engagement, voter mobilization, election protection, and issue advocacy. They work collaboratively on civic engagement efforts in statewide and municipal election cycles, and One AZ increases the effectiveness, coordination, and evaluation of those efforts.
A major grassroots migrant justice organization based in Phoenix, providing services and using leadership development, policy advocacy, civic engagement and direct action to advance a range of immigrant rights. They work to empower, protect, and defend migrant families and are one of the leading forces against Joe Arpaio. They’ve teamed up with LUCHA and the Center for Neighborhood Leadership to start a c4 effort and defeat Arpaio in 2016.
Ambitious new non-partisan voter engagement effort, co-chaired by Georgia House minority leader Stacy Abrams. Under major attack by Georgia GOP on false “voter fraud” charges for a handful of incomplete voter registrations, despite successfully registering over 70,000 voters in 2016 alone.
A great State Voices and America Votes affiliate that has both a c3 and a c4.
An exciting new community organizing and voter engagement group, affiliated with Center for Popular Democracy.
Spark RJ Now organizes for reproductive rights and gender justice through a racial and economic justice lens. They have a strong youth leadership development program with an emphasis on empowering LGBTQ youth of color to develop their own media resources, and conduct civic engagement activities.
A dynamic new group advancing the civic leadership of women and young people of color interested in health equity, racial, and reproductive justice. They provide comprehensive training in grassroots organizing, fundraising, and civic engagement campaigns in order to gain power and make change. WE also conducts research and engages in policy advocacy and is a member of the ProGeorgia table, making almost 15,000 contact attempts in 2014.
This affiliate of People’s Action has 3,500 dues paying members, 16 staffers, and a growing civic engagement program turning out mostly Latino and African American voters. They also have a strong base of white working class Iowans in the Des Moines metro and rural areas. The Iowa CCI Action Fund targets State House & State Senate races that determine control of the Legislature.
This is a new youth organizing and voter mobilization alliance active on 5-6 campuses — supported by United States Student Association (USSA), Powershift Network, Iowa CCI, People’s Action, and Student Power.
A very strong long-standing organization with bases all over Kentucky, with scale to run a major c4 vote program.
MOVE is a nonpartisan hub for statewide grassroots organizing that uses voter engagement to create social change. By equipping the staff and leaders of its partner organizations with training, data tools like VAN, and strategic integrated voter engagement skills, they build long-term statewide voter power and overcome the obstacles of episodic campaign cycles.
An affiliate of the Center for Popular Democracy and major organization in the St. Louis community. They organize on racial, economic, and environmental justice and also do vote work.
St. Louis-based, anchoring a statewide effort to engage voters.
Mobilize Missouri is a grassroots organization committed to racial and economic justice in the state of Missouri. They are organizing on critical issues, like dismantling the school to prison pipeline, but also endorsing candidates and throwing down on local elections. Most recently they supported Tishaura Jones in her run for St. Louis Mayor.
St Louis-based racial justice org, with a 30 year history of police accountability work. One of the anchor orgs in Ferguson, along with MORE, they also do VOTE work.
Bus Federation affiliate. Major youth driven progressive group. Highly effective, punches above its weight. Montana’s Republican legislature recently passed Medicaid expansion and campaign finance reform. Additional progressive seats could go a long way.
A grassroots organization with over 1400 members working to fight for human dignity and push back on bigotry and intolerance across the state. They engage in research, advocacy and organizing to advance human rights for historically oppressed communities and have worked to engage those same communities in the civic process.
A strong advocacy and election engagement coalition run by and for women. They have done large-scale vote work including voter registration, GOTV, and a mail voter guide to educate and mobilize low-income women and their allies to participate in the democratic process. They also fight hard on issues related to women’s health and economic security, as well as LGBTQ, immigrant, and voting rights.
An affiliate of the Center for Popular Democracy with a strong base in the Black and Latino community in Charlotte, also working in Raleigh/Durham. One of a few community organizations with large scale c4 capacity in North Carolina, they registered 8,000 voters in 2016 and organize on gender, racial, and social justice issues.
A statewide, black-led independent political and electoral organization whose work combines the best social media strategies with patient relational organizing, reaching hundreds of institutional leaders, affiliated households and young adult networks. Their work in 2016 elected the first black State Supreme Court Justice in NC history, flipped a state house seat by 3,000 votes, and won a county school tax measure by 1,200 votes.
A respected and vibrant place-based organization rooted in Greensboro with statewide and national reach. They work on a robust racial justice agenda, including black-brown partnerships. Voting rights, vote work, and training organizers old and young are key pieces of their programming.
A large, powerful State Voices affiliate that works closely with all the key grassroots groups that do vote work in NC. They provide grants and technical support to many smaller community-based groups. Together those groups registered over 200,000 voters in 2016.
A strong new organization focused on voter education, grassroots lobbying, and electoral organizing across rural Western NC to advance quality education, affordable healthcare, safe energy, fair tax reform, and competitive democracy. Founded by young organizers from rural communities in Western counties, Just Us United is focusing on the state’s most competitive legislative districts in Buncombe, Haywood, Madison and Yancey Counties.
North Carolina Latino Power is a new effort to build a statewide, independent political and electoral vehicle centered in Latino communities and institutions, and led by Latino leadership. They are building chapters and affiliates that develop and organize on localized citizen platforms, and are planning to reach over 45,000 voters this cycle. They are the sibling organization to the more established North Carolina Congress of Latino Organizations – a network of over 70 Latino organizations across the state.
The group behind Moral Mondays, led by visionary leader Rev. Barber, played a pivotal role in defeating the GOP governor in 2016. NC NAACP is a major player in voting rights and racial justice issues. They’re resisting the GOP power grab in NC now, and partnering with groups across the South and Midwest to replicate the Moral Monday Model.
A new but vibrant and growing youth and campus-oriented network, Southern Vision Alliance is an umbrella which supports five different youth and student efforts: Ignite NC, Community Alliance for Public Education, Education Justice Alliance, NC Vote Defenders, and Youth Organizing Institute. SVA helps them build capacity to take on social, economic, and environmental justice campaigns as well as to get out and protect the youth vote in more than a dozen counties.
National People’s Action affiliated organizations in West Virginia. Significant statewide turnout capacity and ability to target swing vote State House races in 2016 Our Vote Our Future has formed a candidate pipeline doing trainings and recruitment of state legislative candidates across WVA.
Long-standing organization with organizing capacity and a focus on African-American communities in rural southern Arkansas. Ramping up their voter engagement work, including c4.
A visionary immigrant rights group that has dramatically increased voter participation of immigrant communities in Arkansas, and works closely with the spectrum allied groups to build a broader strategy in Arkansas. Partners closely with Center for Community Change.
United Vision for Idaho is a statewide racial, economic and health justice organization that does vote work.
Economic, social & racial justice organization in Idaho
A newer PICO-affiliate doing unprecedented multi-racial organizing and coalition-building in Indianapolis. They defeated the outgoing Mayor’s proposal for a new
KPA mounted a significant turnout program in 2014 in the Latino & African-American communities in Wichita, Kansas City & southwest Kansas (25% of Kansans are Latino or African-American). KPA is affiliated with People’s Action.
Kansas-wide, multi-racial non-profit grassroots organization
BOLD Louisiana organizes low-wealth residents, fisher folk, communities of color and others who are being (literally) swamped by rising sea levels, unhinged energy extraction, and economic decline to fight for economic and environmental justice.
An exciting new power-building alliance of community organizing groups in Louisiana, anchored by Friends and Families of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children, Jeremiah Group, VAYLA, Louisiana Budget Project, VOTE, Women with a Vision, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Stand With Dignity at the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, and SEIU Local 21LA.
A feisty multi-issue group that is working in coalition with several groups.
PICO-affiliate in New Orleans. Focused on mass incarceration, recently helped defeat racist prosecutor in Caddo County.
A small but potent group that organizes Louisiana prisoners, ex-offenders and their families to vote and organize for change.
Turning Pipeline Fighters into voters and working to turnout young people, young families and Native voters. We will go door-to-door on horseback with the Cowboy and Indian Alliance asking voters to stand with farmers, ranchers and tribes.
Oklahoma is now the earthquake capital of the world thanks to the state’s many pipelines and fracking wells. BOLD Oklahoma brings together urban and rural folks; farmers and ranchers; and indigenous and non native people to fight for clean air, water, and a healthy environment.
A progressive voter turnout campaign, rooted in SD Native communities.
Large statewide voter engagement operation, with the scale and style of the Obama campaign or OFA.
Newly launched PICO-affiliate organizing congregations in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Active in anti-payday payday lending and voter turnout work.
Running the largest youth voter engagement programs in San Antonio, MOVE works 24/7/365 to mobilize, organize, and empower young people. Affiliated with the Bus Federation; established in 2013.
San Antonio-based vote work and issue campaigns in largest Latino voting county in Texas.
Runs a major statewide campus vote, advocacy and leadership development program as part of an issue strategy around repro rights, LGBT rights, freedom and sex ed.
The strongest grassroots organization in the state, with offices in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. They use direct action, advocacy, base-building, leadership development and vote work to advance an agenda or social and economic equality for low and moderate-income Texans. TOP is an affiliate of the Center for Popular Democracy.
An affiliate of the Center for Popular Democracy based in Austin and Dallas and expanding to Houston. They empower their membership of largely Latino, immigrant, low-income workers to achieve fair employment through direct services, organizing, civic engagement, and leadership development. In 2016 Workers Defense Action Fund will be engaging in key Austin City Council races and a state house race in Dallas.
African immigrants fighting for civil rights, opportunity, and a better life for their families here in the U.S. and back in Africa.
ACCE works one-on-one with community members from San Diego to Sacramento on a variety of issues ranging from local neighborhood concerns to statewide and sometimes national policy fights. It is a statewide community organization working with thousands of members in 11 counties creating transformative change by helping ordinary citizens to organize and take action. Their geographic focus is in San Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland, Contra Costa County, San Francisco and Sacramento.
Alliance San Diego focuses on building coalitions to promote social justice and social change. Hundreds of Alliance San Diego volunteers have brought tens of thousands of voters into the election process. In a county with nearly 1.5 million voters but regular participation rates of only 60%, their efforts have made a decisive difference in election after election. Their areas of expertise include strategic organizing, public policy advocacy, immigration reform and educational equity.
The nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, we’re working with 20 community-based groups in LA and Orange County to empower, educate, and mobilize thousands of voters to the ballot in up to 17 different AANHPI languages.
A grassroots organization improving the health, well being and political strength in low-income Asian Pacific Islander communities
California Calls is a growing alliance of 31 grassroots, community-based organizations spanning urban, rural and suburban counties across the state. They engage, educate and motivate new and infrequent voters among young people, from communities of color, and from poor and working class neighborhoods to make California’s electorate reflect our state’s diverse population
The California Environmental Justice Alliance is a statewide, community-led alliance that works to achieve environmental justice. Represents approximately 20,000 Asian Pacific American, Latino, and African American residents in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, Los Angeles, Inland Valley and San Diego/Tijuana area.
An economic justice coalition of community groups, organizing and advocating for policies which reduce poverty
Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice works with Latino residents in the Inland Valley areas of Riverside and San Bernardino.
Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment provides opportunities for grassroots groups to challenge and eliminate the disproportionate burden of pollution borne by poor people and people of color. Their work is rooted in California’s San Joaquin Valley, which is one of the poorest and most environmentally unhealthy regions of the country.
CAUSE’s mission is to build grassroots power to realize social, economic and environmental justice for the people of California’s Central Coast Region through policy research, leadership development, organizing, and advocacy. Their areas of expertise include community organizing and policy advocacy, leadership development, redistricting and voting rights, immigration reform, environmental justice, non-profit organizational development, social justice philanthropy, urban planning and smart growth, educational reform, and economic justice campaigns that bring together diverse community and labor organizations. Their geographic focus is in the Central Coast region consisting of Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties
Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) was formed in 1986 to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles; promote harmonious multi-ethnic and multi-racial human relations; and through coalition-building, advocacy, community education and organizing, empower immigrants and their allies to build a more just society.
Communities for a Better Environment works in low-income Latino and African American communities in Oakland, Richmond, Wilmington and Huntington Park. CBE combines community organizing, science-based advocacy, and legal intervention into a uniquely effective single strategy to successfully impact change in these target communities and develop campaigns to address health hazards in the community.
Communities for a New California is a statewide civil and human rights organization committed to achieving public policy that is socially, economically, and environmentally just for California’s families. Their areas of expertise include strategic organizing and public policy advocacy. Their geographic focus is in the Central Coast, San Joaquin Valley, Imperial and Coachella Valley.
Founded in 1990, Community Coalition is best known for leading nationally recognized grassroots campaigns that include groundbreaking nuisance abatement work to close over 150 liquor stores and educational justice campaigns to transform the quality of public education. Their areas of expertise include strategic organizing, public policy advocacy, civic engagement, education, child welfare reform. They work in South Los Angeles.
Congregations Building Community (CBC) is an interfaith, non-profit grassroots organization that works to empower marginalized communities throughout Stanislaus County to create policy changes in the areas of education, immigration, access to healthcare and violence.
COPE’s focus is to build a collaboration of proactive and prophetic leadership to address and serve neglected African American neighborhoods. They have trained over 350 clergy, lay leaders, parents, and community leaders in the art of faith-based community organizing. Their areas of expertise include faith-based community organizing, public policy formation, program development, mentoring relationships, development of regional and local public policy initiatives. They work in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
A multi-racial, multi-generational, interfaith federation of 20 member institutions representing 38,000 families across the region.
The Dolores Huerta Foundation was established in 2003 by Camila Chávez, daughter of civil rights leader and co-founder of the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta. DHF oversees training for low-income community members in the areas of leadership and organizing skills specific to civic and electoral participation so that they can become catalysts for change in their own communities. Areas of expertise include education and youth development and economic development. Their geographic focus Central Valley (Kern and Tulare counties).
Environmental Health Coalition works to improve the well-being of families and children in low-income communities of color in the San Diego/Tijuana region. Through organizing, advocacy and leadership training, residents are empowered to determine their visions for their neighborhoods and achieve public policies that reflect their desired changes.
Faith in Action in the Bay Area organizes in over 40 congregations and schools representing 30,000 families across San Francisco and San Mateo Counties and develops courageous community leaders and bold grassroots campaigns on the issues that directly affect inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula.
Faith In Action Kern County is a network of congregations committed to improving the quality of life for all families living in Kern County.
Formerly “Faith in Community”, Faith in the Valley – Fresno is a coalition of faith institutions working towards a more just, compassionate, equitable, and thriving city of Fresno.
The mission is to build a strong and empowered Filipino community by organizing constituents, developing leaders, providing services, and advocating for policies that promote social and economic justice and equity for all.
An interfaith coalition of Long Beach-area congregations united in pursuit of social justice for all residents of the community.
Working with congregations, schools and neighborhood institutions in San Bernardino and Riverside County, Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC) brings people together to strengthen families and improve communities
C4 donor table in the Inland Empire.
InnerCity Struggle has worked with youth and community residents since 1994 to promote safe, healthy and non-violent communities in the Eastside. Their areas of expertise include education, Latino politics, civic engagement trends among people of color, youth organizing, campaign development, grassroots fundraising, strategic planning processes and coalition building. Their geographic focus is in Boyle Heights, unincorporated East Los Angeles, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights.
The Korean Resource Center (KRC) was founded in 1983 to empower low-income immigrants, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and people of color communities in Southern California. Using a holistic approach, KRC strives to empower our community by integrating services, education, culture, organizing, and coalition building, all of which seek to improve the life of the individual and the community.
An interfaith, community organization that unites people from diverse backgrounds to improve the quality of life of Los Angeles residents.
Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability based in the San Joaquin and East Coachella Valley mobilizes community voices, advocates for sound policies, and eradicates injustice to promote equal access to opportunity regardless of race, income, and place.
A leader in addressing working poverty, inadequate healthcare and polluted communities.
Merced Organizing Project (MOP) is a multi-culture and multi-faith based grassroots community organization that made up of local congregations, community groups, organizations, and individuals who are concerned about the well-being of families in Merced. MOP represents 17 organizations and congregations with over 6,000 families in Merced County.
The mission is to create a safe, productive, and healthy community through collaboration, advocacy, and organizing.
Mobilize the Immigrant Vote amplifies the voices of low-income immigrants and refugees of color by building our voting power for a just, equitable, and healthy California. MIV’s model is built upon capacity building for immigrant and refugee-led community groups on electoral organizing, statewide in-culture and in-language coordinated field campaigns, and cultural strategy. MIV has completed 13 civic engagement campaigns and reached over 570,000+ New American immigrant and refugee voters of color.
The mission of Oakland Community Organizations is to develop leaders who build power through their congregations and schools to bring about systemic change and improve the quality of life for their families.
Oakland Rising educates and mobilizes voters in East and West Oakland’s neighborhood. Their current work focuses on building a permanent political/electoral infrastructure; exercising and expanding political influence; and aligning organizations and coordinating with other progressive forces. Their areas of expertise include the City of Oakland, Oakland politics, local tax and fiscal policy, voter engagement/field, instant run-off voting, and Oakland elections.
Orange County Congregation Community Organization (OCCCO) is a faith-based community organization working to strengthen families and improve neighborhoods. Pico affiliate.
Pacoima Beautiful works to empower the Pacoima community through programs that provide environmental education, advocacy, and local leadership in order to foster a healthy and safe environment.
PACT‘s mission is to empower everyday people to create a more healthy and just society by winning extraordinary victories for the community – not by speaking for them, but by teaching people how to speak up and take action in the public arena through grass roots organizing. PICO affiliate.
PACT is a non-profit federation of congregations and community organizations in San Joaquin County, committed to faith-based community organizing. PICO affiliate.
People Organized for Westside Renewal (POWER) is a membership-based community organizing group that employs a community organizing strategy based on relationship building and direct action to create meaningful change in the neighborhoods where they work.
PODER works in San Francisco’s Mission and Excelsior Districts organizing Latino immigrant families to address environmental injustices and implement solutions to achieve healthy, sustainable communities.
PICO California is the state’s largest faith-based community organizing network with over 450 member congregations representing 450,000 families committed to advancing a racial and economic justice agenda for California. In 2014, PICO California affiliates in 15 counties had over 250,000 conversations with new and infrequent voters and identified over 105,000 supporters to help pass the Proposition 47, the historic sentencing reform measure.
PPOFT develops relationships across economic, racial and spiritual lines in order to help enrich the lives of all the people in Placer County. PICO affiliate.
The mission of the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center is to provide an opportunity for day laborers, household workers and other low-wage workers in the community to find safe work at a fair wage, to organize and advocate for themselves in relation to policies that impact their lives, to obtain new trades and skills that improve their employability and quality of life, and to improve the overall conditions for all immigrant workers.
The California Donor Table is a community of donors who pool and align investments in leaders, groups and systems that make lasting progressive political change beyond any single election cycle or issue campaign. They support a range of issues including gender and LGBTQ equity; racial, economic, and criminal justice; immigrant and workers’ rights; and environmental protection. The Donor Table funds and connects all these efforts in order to become stronger and more effective. The California Donor Table Fund conducts similar activities focused solely on nonpartisan organizations.
Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT) is a multicultural, multi-faith grassroots organization and member of the PICO California network that empowers everyday people to create a more healthy and just community. ACT’s members include over 40 congregations, schools and neighborhood groups, representing 40,000 families in Sacramento County.
The San Diego Organizing Project (SDOP) is a PICO-affiliated, faith-based community organization which has united people throughout the county building a powerful voice that is creating a future of hope for all of San Diego.
San Francisco Rising is a new grassroots alliance that has united to make change in San Francisco. The organization brings together African American, Latino, Chinese and Filipino communities and leaders from across the city to create a new, community-based political infrastructure capable of running sophisticated electoral operations each election cycle. Their areas of expertise include: San Francisco politics, community organizing, youth programs.
SIREN’s mission is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees in Santa Clara County through community education and organizing, leadership development, policy advocacy and civic engagement. SIREN believes that all people regardless of legal status or nationality are entitled to essential services, human dignity, basic rights and protections, and access to full participation in society.
Silicon Valley Rising is a coalition of labor, faith leaders, community-based organizations and workers aspiring to a new vision for Silicon Valley where all workers, their families and communities are valued.
SCOPE works to reduce barriers to social and economic opportunities for poor and working class communities by creating public sector jobs and training programs. The organization has identified over 34,000 voters in Los Angeles County who believe that government must invest in family supporting jobs, quality education, and clean air and water. Their areas of expertise include strategic grassroots organizing, public policy advocacy, grassroots leadership development, civic engagement, job training.
TODEC (Training Occupational Development Educating Communities) Legal Center is a grassroots community based non-profit organization that has been serving migrant communities in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial Counties for decades. TODEC’s efforts reach more than 15,000 people annually and it has assisted thousands of people in becoming U.S citizens since it opened.
A PICO affiliate, True North Organizing Network develops leadership in communities with common values across Tribal Lands and in Humboldt and Del Norte counties.
UTWSD is a a multi-ethnic membership-based organization formed in January 2010 immediately following the taxi drivers’ strike of December 2009. High lease prices, harassment by law enforcement and public transportation officials, and a generally languishing taxi industry necessitated better self representation and organization among drivers. Striking drivers appointed leadership and formed UTWSD. Since then UTWSD has lead the charge in effectuating real change for taxi drivers here in San Diego.
Dedicated to improving working conditions in the warehouse industry in Southern California. Focuses on education, advocacy and action to change poor working conditions in the largest hub of warehousing in the country.
Working Partnerships USA, founded in 1995, is an independently funded social change organization founded by labor and community groups that equips everyday people to participate and win in developing a fair and free society. Their areas of expertise include economic research and analysis, government accountability and reform, health care, organizing and leadership development. Their work is centered in Santa Clara County.
Founded on Earth Day in 1970 by Ralph Nader and Toby Moffett, CCAG has been fighting for justice for over forty four years. By utilizing grassroots power, CCAG has created change on the issues our members care about including quality, affordable health care, protection of consumers, the environment, and democracy.
Very strong statewide organization that has made CT a leading progressive laboratory on fights like: Min wage (first state to
JUNTA provides a range of services to immigrant families and empowers the Latino and low-income community to take control of their economic and social well-being, through advocacy and civic engagement. They have active campaigns for immigrant and workers rights, as well as a cultural program.
A year-old Center for Popular Democracy affiliate rooted in the immigrant and working class populations of Bridgeport. They provide tools for youth and parents to identify issues and run successful campaigns that improve education outcomes. MRCT has led statewide efforts to improve scheduling practices of retailers that disproportionately hurt minorities and punish working mothers, mobilized members to fight anti-immigrant policies, and pushed to resolve the Puerto Rico debt crisis.
The major community org in Hawaii, member of the PICO National Network.
The leading organizing force in the state’s Chinese community. CPA won Chinese and Vietnamese bilingual ballots in Boston, and is leading the new statewide Asian and Pacific Islanders Civic Action Network (APIs CAN!). Its 501c4 affiliate is an anchor of Right to the City VOTE, which is a coalition led by communities of color building citywide power in Boston.
For over 20 years CSJ has built a grassroots movement for economic justice, rooted in low-income communities and communities of color that have been excluded from the economic benefits of the current system. They recruit and develop leaders from low-income backgrounds and organize effective campaigns to address the economic survival issues that members face. Direct action, advocacy, and vote work are all used to advance their issues and hold elected officials accountable.
The hub for players in progressive advocacy and politics to build power and win public policy in Massachusetts, with twenty-eight organizations including environmental groups, labor unions, community base-building organizations, and organizations that advocate for LGBT, racial, and gender equality. Members range broadly in size, strategy, constituency, and priorities, but are committed to working together to advance a shared agenda.
This PICO affiliate is one of the state’s leaders on major economic and racial justice campaigns, including current efforts to raise the minimum wage, increase taxes on millionaires to fund education and transportation, and reduce mass incarceration and its effects. They helped win minimum wage and earned sick policies in 2014, collecting 93,000 signatures and having more than 12,000+ live conversations with voters while developing a base of volunteer leaders.
MIRA is the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees, serving one million foreign-born residents and more than 130 member organizations with policy advocacy, organizing, leadership development, citizenship assistance, voter engagement, and other initiatives that build organizational capacity. They also serve immigrants in New Hampshire through the New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees (NHAIR).
A statewide voting rights and issue advocacy organization working to promote election access and equity in typically disenfranchised communities through grassroots organizing and non-traditional methods of outreach. They also have a youth leadership development program and work to get local nonprofits involved in civic engagement work.
One of the leading statewide coalitions of community-based organizations who unite to build transformative power of low-income people, people of color, and immigrants. They help groups build leadership and increase voter participation in these communities to advance an economic and racial justice agenda, by providing training, tools and support to build organizational capacity.
A strong grassroots organization and affiliate of People’s Action and the Center for Popular Democracy, N2N-MA builds power among people of color, immigrants, and the working-class in Holyoke, Lynn, Springfield, and Worcester. They fight for economic, environmental, and racial justice and engage 10,000 voters in the electoral process. Chapters have elected some of their 15,000 members to office and won key victories on criminal justice reform and fair taxation.
A statewide, member supported, grassroots organization with volunteer-led chapters across the state, primarily in the bellwether cities and towns west and north of Boston. Progressive Massachusetts publishes the only multi-issue progressive legislative scorecard in the state, and is focused on developing citizen activists to build the grassroots infrastructure necessary to take on an ambitious legislative agenda.
Working Families Party is the major umbrella of community and labor organizing in Rhode Island.
Rights and Democracy is a People’s Action affiliate expanding into Vermont. They do strong vote work to hold elected officials accountable and advance campaigns for economic and climate justice. They also have a strong youth organizing and civic engagement program.