Issues and Organizations

Meet ups offer our network members a chance to get together and share resources that make local action more accessible and effective. Below are some of the groups that attended our meetups. The ActLocal directory of partners is here – www.actlocal2017.org/directory – please feel free to suggest other groups!

Austin Local Organizations

Texas Alliance for Retired American Education Fund
Mobilizing retired union, senior and community activists into a statewide grassroots movement advocating on behalf of senior citizens in Texas.

Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce
Promoting economic development of Hispanic and other minority-owned businesses in Central Texas.

Human Rights Campaign, Austin
City chapter of Human Rights Campaign.

Texas Council on Family Violence
Domestic violence coalition working to end family violence through partnerships, advocacy, and direct services for women, children, and men.

Common Cause Texas
Nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy.

Sierra Club, Austin
Exploring, enjoying, and protecting the wild places of the earth through conservation, politics, outings, and more!

National Women’s Political Caucus, Texas
State affiliate of the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC). Diverse, bipartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a true women’s political power base in Texas.

Austin NOW
Austin’s chapter of the National Organization for Women. Protesting pregnancy crisis centers run by religious institutions, and that which perpetuate the spread of inaccurate information.

Baltimore Local Organizations

Unite For America
Movement of concerned citizens and communities, formed in the wake of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Crisis. Developing and amplifying multi-partisan public initiatives that yield measurable results in protecting the nation, our rights, and our freedom.

Get Money Out – Maryland
Promoting reforms that minimize the influence of money, and strengthen the power of citizens, in the political process, in the U.S. and in Maryland. Promoting an amendment to the U. S. Constitution that overturns the Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. FEC, and establishes that constitutional rights apply only to natural persons. Working in Maryland with persons and organizations regardless of political affiliation.

Represent.Maryland
Marylanders from all parties fighting for laws that end polical corruption.

A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition (Act Now Stop War and End Racism)
Political organization located in Baltimore, MD. Learn more by clicking on their Facebook link in the organization title.

Baltimore Corps
Organization building robust, equitable pipelines to enlist talent in advancing Baltimore’s most promising social innovations.

Thread
12 years of connecting volunteers who care about students in Baltimore city with students who are underperforming.

Baltimore Education Coalition
Fighting for public schools. Preventing funding cuts for public schools.

Sierra Club of Maryland
Nationwide environmental advocacy organization with over than 60 chapters around the U.S.

Boston Local Organizations

Laughing Liberally
Political comedy show featuring some of Boston’s top liberal and progressive comedians.

Voter Choice MA
Advocates for Ranked-Choice Voting.

Progressive Massachusetts and Cambridge-Somerville for Change
Umbrella group organizing around progressive issues in Massachusetts, helping elect and support progressive candidates for public office who are committed to making a difference on these issues, and holding elected officials accountable to progressive positions and values. Working to impact the legislative agenda through collaborations with specialized, local groups (e.g. Jobs not Jails).

Our Revolution Cambridge
Revitalizing American democracy, empowering progressive leaders, and elevating the political consciousness.

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence – Massachusetts Brady Chapter
Creating a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025.

ADAPT
National grass-roots community that is organizing disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, assuring the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.

Emerge America
Premier training program for Democratic women; inspiring women to run, and honing their skills to win. Their goal is to increase the number of Democratic women in public office.

Free Speech for People
National non-partisan non-profit organization working to renew our democracy and our Constitution for the people, not big money and corporate interests, and by RootsAction, an online initiative dedicated to galvanizing people who are committed to economic fairness, equal rights, civil liberties, environmental protection, and defunding endless wars. Check out Free Speech for the People’s campaign, Impeach Trump Now.

ACLU
Working to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Brand New Congress
Running 400 candidates in a single campaign to rebuild the country.

Our Revolution Cambridge
Developing a grassroots-based democratic, progressive, political organization in Massachusetts. Supporting progressive candidates, advocates for single payer, criminal justice reform.

JALSA
Social justice organization devoted to the defense of civil rights, the preservation of constitutional liberties, and the passionate pursuit of social, economic and environmental justice for all people.

 

Charlotte Local Organizations

About Face Charlotte
Sharing stories of the community.

Youth Programs
City resource for youth programs in your area.

Carolina Abortion Fund
Assisting those who need help paying for an abortion.

NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina
State chapter of NARAL Pro-Choice.

D.C. Local Organizations

ACLU DC
For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

RiseStronger
Working to become the largest citizen watchdog organization in the United States with the mission of empowering Americans to monitor and take action in response to the Trump Administration, Congress, and state and local governments.

DC Chapter of Sierra Club
The Sierra Club is the oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization with 755,000 members  who explore, enjoy and protect the environment.

 

Los Angeles Local Organizations

Immigrant Defenders
Progressive, social justice law firm that provides high-quality representation and legal services to immigrants in Southern California.

SoCal 350
Part of a statewide coalition that has been fighting a move to bring toxic and volatile tar sands and other crude oil via outdated and leaky trains across California.

Caring Across Generations
Faith-based organization working to improve quality of life for the elderly in the United States.

Won’t Stop
Network and database of willing volunteers in the Los Angeles area.

CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles)
Organization working to achieve a just society fully inclusive of immigrants.

CIVIC: End Isolation
National immigration detention visitation network working to end U.S. immigration detention.
Director, Christina Fiahlo

Phone banks re: Foster Campbell and Sharon Weston Broome
Phone banks to support Democratic Candidate for US Senate, Foster Campbell, and Baton Rouge Mayoral Candidate, Sharon Weston Broome.

Jesse Creed for L.A. City Council
Website for prospective city council member, Jesse Creed.

Civilian Veterans Association
Supporting civilians who served the United States n official and nonofficial war zones or during domestic terrorist events.

Nashville Local Organizations

Davidson County Young Democrats
Growing the community of Democrats in Nashville, strengthening the DCDP organizational structure, fundraising, promoting democratic values/policies, and getting Democrats elected!

We Are Watching
Watching the Tennessee Legislature and calling out discriminatory, dangerous, and harmful legislation.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Demanding action from legislators, state and federal; companies; and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms.

Protect Our Parks Nashville
The Wilderness Society determined Tennessee senators are moderates on the environment and might be able to be swayed.

No Exceptions
Addressing sentencing reform, internal conditions, and parole in prison institutions through education, legislation, litigation, and organizing.

AWAKE Tennessee
Advocating for the advancement of women and kids through education and policy change.

Davidson County Democratic Women’s Group
Encouraging women to seek elected and appointed public offices, participate in civic, educational and political initiatives, and support the Democratic platform and the party nominees.

Women for Tennessee’s Future (WTF)
Political action committee dedicated to mobilization, advocacy, and fundraising for the election of progressive women across the state. WTF offers education about the political process, information on crucial political issues, and support for progressive women candidates for public office.

Indie Nash
Non-profit organization which provides a collective and uncompromised voice for locally-owned, independent businesses in Metro Nashville.

Open Table Nashville
Housing justice issues. Organizing and advocacy work surrounding housing rights and basic human dignity.

Homes for All Nashville
Community organization dedicated to building renter power by supporting and connecting tenant groups in Davidson County.

New Orleans Local Organizations

ACLU Louisiana
The ACLU is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

Brady Campaign
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025.

ACORN/Fair Grinds
Wade Rathke is the founder and Chief Organizer of ACORN International as well as Local 100 United Labor Unions and the Publisher of Social Policy magazine. Wade is also the founder, and served as the Chief Organizer of ACORN for 39 years.

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
Achieving justice for low-income people in Louisiana by enforcing and defending their legal rights through civil legal aid, advocacy and community education.

New York Local Organizations

GEMS (Girls Empowerment Mentoring Services)
NYS organization specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.

National Lawyers Guild
The nation’s oldest and largest progressive bar association.

Working Families Party
Working Families is New York’s progressive political party. The Working Families party is focused on tackling the political, economic, and education inequality that deprive working and middle class families of opportunity.

The Arab American Association of New York
Supporting and empowering the Arab Immigrant and Arab American community by providing services to help them adjust to their new home and become active members of society.

Committee to Protect Journalists
Defending the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. Promoting press freedom worldwide.

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
Working to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States for almost 100 years.

Sankofa.org
Social justice organization enlisting the support of today’s most celebrated artists and influential individuals in collaboration with grassroots partners to elevate the voices of the disenfranchised and promote justice, peace, and equality.

Oxford Local Organizations

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Demanding action from legislators, state and federal, companies, and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms.

Popular Resistance of Mississippi
Student organization at the University of Mississippi dedicated to promoting the power of the people over corporate rule.

The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies
Educating about issues of gender and sexuality, promoting interdisciplinary research and intersectional analysis related to gender and sexuality, and advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion to empower its university students, faculty, staff, and the larger community.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) North Mississippi
Meetings are now on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Harrison Room of the JD Williams Library on the campus of the University of Mississippi.

NAACP
Ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and eliminating race-based discrimination.

Planned Parenthood
Nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health services both in the United States and globally. Local affiliates: Memphis Region and South East Atlanta.

Lafayette County Democrats
Democratic agenda: Education, Municipal elections, Prisoner vote.

Mississippi Votes
Nonpartisan organization that works to stimulate civic engagement through voter registration, education, and advocacy.

The ACLU – American Civil Liberties Union
Defending and preserving the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Gracing the Table
Discussion group that promotes community healing through monthly dialogue in Holly Springs, MS.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW)
The nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls.

League Women Voters Mississippi
Nonpartisan, multipurpose organization of women and men that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences policy through education and advocacy.

Mississippi Marching Forward
An effort to stay activated and moving forward beyond the Women’s March on Jackson and Women’s March MS to DC efforts.

The Winter Institute
Working in communities and classrooms, in Mississippi and beyond, to support a movement of racial equity and wholeness as a pathway to ending and transcending all division and discrimination based on difference.

Sustainable Oxford
Community-minded organization that seeks to foster local economic stability and growth through food systems and local businesses.

San Francisco Local Organizations

CIVIC: End Isolation
National immigration detention visitation network working to end U.S. immigration detention.
Director, Christina Fiahlo

 

Santa Fe Local Organizations

New Mexico Legislature
Get up-to-date information on the latest legislation, committees, and publications in your area.

Retake Our Democracy
Engaging, educating, and activating individuals of all races, cultures, genders, and political views to promote civic and political involvement and ensure that the will of common people has a central place in the democratic process.

Animal Protection Voters
Uniting to pass legislation to decrease animal suffering.

Frack off Greater Chaco, Protect the Sacred
Solidarity campaign to stock fracking in Greater Chaco.

New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty
Advancing economic and social justice through education, advocacy, and litigation.

 

St. Louis Local Organizations

Planned Parenthood, St. Louis
Leading provider, educator and protector of reproductive health care, nationwide.

ArchCity Defenders
Working towards a fair and just criminal justice system in St. Louis, MO.

Organization for Black Struggle
Building a movement that fights for political empowerment, economic justice, and the cultural dignity of the African-American community, especially the Black working class.

MORE (Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment)
Uniting low and moderate income families in the St. Louis area to work towards and equal and just world, across divisions of class, age, and race.

Forward Through Ferguson
Story-telling platform and organization addressing wide spread racial inequality.

MICA Project (Migrant & Immigrant Community Action)
Celebrating the dignity of immigrants and their cultures.

Missouri Coalition for the Environment
Missouri’s independent, citizens’ environmental organization for clean water, clean air, clean energy, and a healthy environment.

Missouri GSA Network
Empowering youth leaders to push back on homophobia and transphobia in Missouri Schools.