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Links to advocacy and civil rights organizations.

In these times, fighting for racial justice through disparate, isolated efforts is an inefficient luxury.

Alliance for Justice

The Alliance for Justice is a national association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women's, children's and consumer advocacy organizations.


The American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is the voluntary federation of America's unions, representing more than 13 million working women and men nationwide.

Alliance for National Renewal

The Alliance for National Renewal (ANR) is a coalition of over 200 national and local organizations dedicated to the principles of community renewal.

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

ADC, the national association of Arab Americans, is a grassroots civil rights organization that works in every sphere of public life to promote and defend the rights of the Arab American community.

American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA)

The American Association for Affirmative Action is the association of professionals managing affirmative action, equal opportunity, diversity and other human resource programs.

Anti-Defamation League

The Lawyers Division is a group of prominent New York lawyers, committed to realization of the objectives and policy goals of the ADL. Our mission is as follows: To stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike.

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance

Founded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, is the first and only national organization of Asian Pacific American union members.

Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights

The Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights is committed to the revitalization of a progressive civil rights agenda at the national level. Its work is grounded in the belief that such an agenda benefits the entire country, not just particular interest groups.

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

CAIR is dedicated to presenting an Islamic perspective on issues of importance to the American public. In offering that perspective, we seek to empower the Muslim community in America through political and social activism.


The National Center for Fair & Open Testing is an advocacy organization that works to end the abuses, misuses and flaws of standardized testing and ensures that evaluation of students and workers is fair, open, and educationally sound.

Equal Justice Network

Its mission is to strengthen and expand the provision of civil legal assistance to low-income people through the collaborative efforts of a community of advocates that includes legal services programs, the private bar, social service and community organizations, law schools, courts, advocacy groups at the state and national levels, and poor people as advocates for themselves.

Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty

ISHP a nonprofit organization that facilitates access to accurate data and research about homelessness and poverty, focusing principally on Southern California but also indexing materials of statewide, national and global importance. All of our services are free of charge. The Institute is "linked to" from a number of other organizations, such as the Research Forum on Children, Families, and the New Federalism, SERVE, the Joint Center on Poverty Research, UCLA, and The Institute for Research on Poverty, National Health Care for the Homeless Council and a host of other organizations.

International Organization for Migration

IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

Lawyer's Committe for Civil Rights Under Law

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Committee's major objective is to use the skills and resources of the bar to obtain equal opportunity for minorities by addressing factors that contribute to racial justice and economic opportunity. Given our nation's history of racial discrimination, de jure segregation, and the de facto inequities that persist, the Lawyers' Committee's primary focus is to represent the interest of African Americans in particular, other racial and ethnic minorities, and other victims of discrimination, where doing so can help to secure justice for all racial and ethnic minorities.

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights/Leadership Conference Education Fund's mission is to empower the civil rights community to lead the fight for equality and social justice in the emerging digital society through the establishment of an online social justice network. leverages communications technologies to create an online society committed to the continued pursuit of equality and fostering greater understanding and mutual respect for difference.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

MALDEF's mission is to foster sound public policies, laws and programs to safeguard the civil rights of the 35 million Latinos living in the United States and to empower the Latino community to fully participate in our society.

Michigan Student Study

The Michigan Student Study is a comprehensive multi-method longitudinal research initiative. It tracks over 2,000 students over their four years of college to assess how experiences with racial/ethnic diversity on campus impact their development.

Mobility International USA

As a US-based national non-profit organization, the mission of Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is to empower people with disabilities around the world through international exchange, information, technical assistance and training, and to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in international exchange and development programs.


The primary focus of the NAACP continues to be the protection and enhancement of the civil rights of African Americans and other minorities. Membership, the lifeblood of the Association, is open to anyone believing in the basic tenets of the NAACP.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

For more than half a century, LDF has used the law as a powerful tool to pry open doors of opportunity long closed to African Americans, other people of color, women, and the poor.

National Action Network

The National Action Network (NAN), founded in 1991 by Rev. Al Sharpton, is a civil rights organization whose mission is to be the voice of empowerment for the disenfranchised throughout America. NAN offers a committed national advocacy network of activists, volunteers and religious leaders guided by the non-violent civil protest doctrines of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that speak against racism, bigotry and bias.

National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium

NAPALC works to advance the legal and civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans through litigation, public education and public policy.

National Association for the Education of African American Children with Learning Disabilities

The National Association for the Education of African American Children with Learning Disabilities (NAEAACLD) was founded in 1999 for the purpose of increasing awareness and promoting an understanding of the specific issues facing African American children. The organization’s mission is to link information and resources provided by an established network of individuals and organizations experienced in minority research and special education with parents, educators, and others responsible for providing a quality education for all students.

National Association of Protection & Advocacy Systems

NAPAS, the voluntary national membership association of protection and advocacy systems and client assistance programs, assumes leadership in promoting and strengthening the role and performance of its members in providing quality legally based advocacy services.

National Coalition on School Diversity

The National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD) is pressing for a more significant commitment to racial and economic integration in U.S. Department of Education programs – in magnet schools, charter schools, through interdistrict transfers under No Child Left Behind, and in the new education funds Race to the Top and the Investing in Innovation Fund.

National Civic League

The National Civic League (NCL) is a 107-year-old non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to strengthening citizen democracy by transforming democratic institutions.

National Council of La Raza

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization established in 1968 to reduce poverty and discrimination, and improve life opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

NGLTF is the national progressive organization working for the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, with the vision and commitment to building a powerful political movement.

National Women's Law Center

The National Women's Law Center has worked since its inception in 1972 to protect and advance the progress of women and girls at work, in school, and in virtually every aspect of their lives. The Center brings to its work extensive subject expertise in the major areas of family economic security, health, employment and education. The Center uses a variety of tools to maximize its impact in bringing women's concerns to public policy makers, advocates and the public, including public policy research, monitoring and analysis; litigation, advocacy and coalition-building; and public education.

National Urban League

The National Urban League is the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream.

Native American Rights Fund

The Native American Rights Fund mission is the preservation of tribal existence, the protection of tribal natural resources, the promotion of human rights, the accountability of governments, the development of Indian law and educating the public about Indian rights, laws, and issues.

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights

PACER's mission is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.

People For the American Way

People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal and education work, as well as monitors and researches the religious rights movement and its political allies.

Project Equality

Project Equality Inc. is a national program sponsored by religious, non-profit and for-profit organizations, to assist employers to achieve equal employment opportunities for all people.

Rainbow/PUSH Coalition

The National Rainbow/PUSH Coalition (RPC) is a multiracial, multi-issue, international membership organization founded by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. We're working to move the nation and the world toward social, racial and economic justice. From our national headquarters in Chicago and a bureau in Washington, D.C., we're uniting people of diverse ethnic, religious, economic and political backgrounds to make America's promise of "liberty and justice for all" a reality.

The Urban Institute

The Urban Institute is a non-profit, nonpartisan policy research and educational organization established to examine the social, economic, and governance problems facing the nation.

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