Civil and LegalRights
1 Love Movement
Advocacy: Southeast Asian community rights
Social Media: facebook.com/1LoveMovement/?ref=br_rs @1lovemovement1
Purpose: 1Love Movement is a community network of grassroots organizers that work together to unite Southeast Asian communities to organize for power, so families can protect their human rights and live with dignity. 1Love Movement organizes communities through four points of action: Leadership Development, Coalition Building, Policy Advocacy & Political Education.
215 Peoples Alliance
Advocacy: Public Schools, Fair Minimum Wage, End to Stop and Frisk
Social Media: facebook.com/215peoplesalliance/
Purpose: Fully funded public schools for all children, and an elected school board, a $15 minimum wage for all workers, and tax policies that make wealthy corporations pay their fair share, an end to stop and frisk policing, and a criminal justice system that is fair to all people.
Advocacy: Multi-racial civil rights organization.
Social Media: facebook.com/AdvancementProject/ @AdvancementProject
Purpose: Develop and inspire community-based solutions based on the same high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns that produced the landmark civil rights victories of earlier eras.
American Civil Liberties Union of PA
Advocacy: Civil Rights
Social media: facebook.com/aclupa/ @aclupa
Purpose: The ACLU of Pennsylvania is made up of two organizational entities: the ACLU and the American Civil Liberties Foundation. 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.
Advocacy: Campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.
Social Media: facebook.com/amnestyusa/ @amnestyusa
Purpose: End abuses of human rights.
Black Lives Matter – UUCDC
Advocacy: Ethnic discrimination
Website: uucdc.org/justice/open-doors/ (local)
Website: blacklivesuu.com/connect (National)
Social Media: facebook.com/BlackLivesUU (National)
Purpose: Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.
Center for Victims of Torture
Advocacy: International nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture and violent conflict.
Social Media: facebook.com/CenterForVictimsOfTorture @CenterForVictimsOfTorture
Purpose: Torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life.
Advocacy: Serving the homeless
Purpose: CityTeam is a nondenominational Christian nonprofit compassionately serving the poor, the homeless and the lost, in San Jose, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, and around the world. Since 1957, CityTeam has been serving people in extreme poverty and helping them transform their lives, their families and their communities. Today, with the help of volunteers and faithful donors, CityTeam is impacting the lives of over 500,000 people each year just in the United States. We are training and equipping local leaders in 51 countries to love God, reach out to their neighbors, and disciple hundreds of thousands of people each year.
Coalition Against Death by Incarceration / Decarcerate PA
Advocacy: Overturning lifetime incarceration as a practice
Social Media: facebook.com/DecarceratePA
Purpose: We believe that sentencing people to Death By Incarceration is a violation of their human rights and an affront to the humanity of us all. That's why Decarcerate PA, Fight for Lifers, the Human Rights Coalition, and Right to Redemption are launching a campaign to end Death By Incarceration sentencing in PA.
Color of Change
Advocacy: Largest online racial justice organization
Social Media: facebook.com/colorofchange @colorofchange
Purpose: Build a new, effective strategy for changing the rules society lives by, and ending the injustices Black people face.
Advocacy: Non-partisan effort to build political power within the Latino community.
Social Media: facebook.com/latinovictory?_rdr=p @latinovictory
Purpose: Ensure the voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our nation forward.
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Advocacy: Nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity.
Social Media: facebook.com/lawyerscommittee
Purpose: Secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities.
Advocacy: Civil rights
Website: naacpmediabranch.org (local)
Website: naacp.org (National)
Social Media: facebook.com/NaacpMediaBranch/
Purpose: This organization addresses issues of socio-economic and racial equity in education, health, environmental and climate justice, criminal justice, and economic opportunity. Members engage in civil actions drawing attention to these issues.
National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT)
Advocacy: Membership organization committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture.
Social Media: facebook.com/nrcat
Purpose: Stop torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
Advocacy: Legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who may have otherwise gone without adequate representation.
Social Media: facebook.com/NativeAmericanRightsFund/
Purpose: Successfully assert and defend the most important rights of Indians and tribes in hundreds of major cases, and achieve significant results in such critical areas as tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, natural resource protection, and Indian education.
Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE)
Advocacy: Legal aid organization for low income individuals
Social Media: facebook.com/PLSEphilly/
Purpose: PLSE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal aid organization. PLSE’s mission is to work toward just outcomes for low-income individuals who have had contact with the Pennsylvania criminal justice system. Through individual representation, strategic litigation, community education, research, and legislative advocacy, PLSE advocates for a more equitable social environment for those with criminal records, including expanding access to employment and social services.
Philly Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Advocacy: Racial justice
Level: Local and national
Website: showingupforracialjustice.org - national office
Social Media: facebook.com/PhillySURJ - local office
Purpose: Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) believes in collective liberation -- and that none of us can be free until we end white supremacy. SURJ’s role is as part of a multi-racial movement is to undermine white support for white supremacy and to help build a racially just society.
POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild)
Advocacy: An interfaith organization committed to implementing systemic change for the betterment of PA communities.
Social Media: facebook.com/interfaith
Purpose: POWER uses our belief in God’s goodness and compassion for the suffering to organize and empower the people of Philadelphia, Southeastern, and Central Pennsylvania to live and work together so that God’s presence is known on every block, people work together to transform the conditions of their neighborhood, and life flourishes for all.
Real Justice Coalition
Advocacy: Racial equity
Social Media: facebook.com/PhillyForRealJustice @PhillyForREALJustice
Purpose: Our mission is to provide a safe space for community organizations and individuals to come together and combine resources to eliminate the system of white supremacy and police terror across all areas of racial, economic, and legal oppression. Ultimately, a complete overhaul of the current economic and social system is essential if we are to achieve a society that benefits the common good of the people and not just that of the ruling local/federal government and class.
UnidosUS (formerly National Council of la Raza)
Advocacy: Serve the Hispanic community through research, policy analysis, and state and national Advocacy efforts, as well as in program work in communities nationwide.
Social Media: facebook.com/weareunidosus/
Purpose: Build a stronger America by creating opportunities for Latinos.
Advocacy: Build community among Vietnamese residents.
Social Media: facebook.com/vietlead/
Purpose: VietLead is a grassroots community organization serving the Vietnamese community in Philadelphia and South Jersey, composed of members who seek to build a community, cultural, and people-centered vision for self-determination. Programs include Resilient Roots Community Farm in East Camden, OurRoots youth organizing project, and Senior Health Promotion.