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9to5, National Association of Working Women: 9to5, Atlanta Working Women
Atlanta, GA | south
9to5 Atlanta Working Women combines advocacy, public education, civic engagement, grassroots organizing, policy campaigns and leadership development to improve the safety net for women and families and improve employment policies, while building for long-term goals, especially creation and retention of family-supporting and family-flexible jobs for all. 9to5 Atlanta has two ongoing campaigns:…
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Alabama Organizing Project (Fiscal Sponsor: Alabama Council on Human Relations)
Montgomery, AL | south
For fifteen years, the Alabama Organizing Project (AOP) has been training the future leaders of Alabama to speak out and educate others for social justice. AOP assists organizations in the state to work collaboratively in empowering their constituents – many of whom are low income people – to find policy, program and developmental solutions to problems of poverty in a state where democratic empo…
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Arise Citizens’ Policy Project
Montgomery, AL | south
Arise Citizens’ Policy Project was founded in 1998 with a mission to promote state policies that improve the lives of low-income people. It carries out this mission through a coalition of 150 congregations and organizations across the state of Alabama to which it provides organizing training, policy analysis and campaign coordination. Arise also organizes families directly, mostly in the city of M…
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Arkansas Public Policy Panel
Little Rock, AR | south
Founded in 1963, Arkansas Public Policy Panel (APPP) is a statewide organization dedicated to achieving social and economic justice by organizing citizen groups, educating and supporting them to be more effective and powerful, and linking them with one another in coalitions and networks. Its hallmark convening is the Arkansas Citizens First Congress (CFC) which brings together 58 organizations, repr…
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Children’s Defense Fund: Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative
Jackson, MS | south
The Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative for Economic and Social Justice (SRBWI) promotes the first human rights agenda in the United States aimed at eradicating historical race, class, cultural, religious and gender barriers experienced by southern rural black women. SRBWI aims to: To nourish the internal capacity of women to take responsibility for their own lives, per…
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Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children(FFLIC)
New Orleans, LA | south
Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children fights for a better life for all of Louisiana’s youth, especially those involved in or targeted by the juvenile justice system. The organization was started by David Utter, Shannon Wight and Gabriella Celeste. When the three opened the doors to the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana in 1997, little did they know that the…
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Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami
Miami, FL | south
Fanm Ayisyen nan Miyami-Haitian Women of Miami (FANM) is an advocacy and social service agency that works to empower Haitian women and their families socially and politically while helping to facilitate their adjustments to South Florida. Founded in 2001, and located in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood, the organization serves the needs of low-income women and their families through counseling, e…
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Farmworker Association of Florida
Apopka, FL | south
Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF) is a grassroots organization led by and for farmworkers. Founded in 1983, FWAF empowers farmworkers and rural low-income communities to gain control over the public policies that affect their lives. FWAF’s primary activities include farmworker political action and the Environmental Health and Pesticide Safety project. FWAF encourages environmental agencies …
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Farmworker Association of Florida: Farmworkers Self-Help
Dade City, FL | south
Located in Dade City in west central Florida, Farmworkers Self-Help (FSH) was founded in 1982 by Mexican immigrants and Mexican-American migrant farmworkers. Its mission was to improve the lives of migrant farmers in the region who were often the targets of abusive attacks by the U.S. Border Patrol. This small group quickly expanded its geographic reach to five counties across west central Florida (…
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Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama (FOCAL)
Montgomery, AL | south
Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama (FOCAL) develops the skills and capacity of low-income families and child care providers through its programs and partnerships. Founded in 1972, FOCAL has confronted inequality, oppression and discrimination through training, leadership development, organizing and advocacy. FOCAL advocates for a child care system in Alabama that is affordable, accessible, …
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Florida Immigrant Coalition
Miami, FL | south
Florida Immigrant Coalition was formed by a group of legal advocates in Miami to mitigate the impact of the 1996 welfare/immigration reform legislation. With the assistance of Center for Community Change, FLIC was formally incorporated in 2004 and has become a statewide, membership-based, immigrant-led coalition fostering a social movement that empowers individuals and families to defend the human, …
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Georgia Citizens’ Coalition on Hunger
Atlanta, GA | south
In December 1974, the Georgia Citizens’ Coalition on Hunger (Hunger Coalition) was founded as a statewide coalition of concerned citizens. Representatives from civic organizations, labor unions and the church realized that thousands of children and adults were experiencing serious conditions of malnutrition and nutrition related health problems. A statewide conference was held and it was unanimous…
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Georgia Strategic Alliance for New Directions and Unified Policies (STAND-UP)
Atlanta, GA | south
Georgia STAND-UP, a Think & Act Tank for Working Communities, is an alliance of leaders representing community, faith, academic, and labor organizations which organizes and educates communities about issues related to economic development. Its mission is to provide information and resources to help create healthy, livable neighborhoods while respecting the right of existing residents to benefit …
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Greater Birmingham Ministries
Birmingham, AL | south
Founded in 1969, GBM is a multi-faith, multi-racial organization dedicated to serving people in need, pursuing justice, and building stronger communities. GBM began when three different denominations each launched new ministry efforts to respond more effectively to people in need and to seek a faithful community of justice and peace in Birmingham. These three efforts, begun by the United Methodist C…
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Greater Birmingham Ministries: Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice
Montgomery, AL | south
ACIJ has grown into a fierce statewide grassroots movement. ACIJ have built an organized base of immigrant leadership in Alabama where previously communities had been isolated and completely shut out of civic engagement. Immigrants have joined together with African-American civil rights leaders, progressive and conservative white faith communities, southern LGBTQ communities, Democrats, Republi…
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Highlander Research and Education Center
New Market, TN | south
Highlander serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the U.S. South. Through popular education, participatory research, and cultural work, we help to create spaces — at Highlander and in local communities — where people gain knowledge, hope and courage, expanding their ideas of what is possible. Highlander is a place where leaders, networks, an…
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Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama
Birmingham, AL | south
Founded in 1999 in Birmingham, Alabama, Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!) serves low-income Spanish-speaking immigrants, primarily from Mexico and Central America. The ¡HICA! constituency is composed of 4,000 people living in urban, suburban and rural Alabama, 99 percent of whom are Latino. It works to engage both newcomers and U.S.-born Latinos through advocacy, organizing, leadersh…
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Hope CommUnity Center
Apopka, FL | south
Hope CommUnity Center (Hope) was founded in 1971 as the Office for Farmworker Ministry (OFFM) in Apopka, Florida, a city 20 miles west of Orlando. It was launched by the Catholic Diocese of Orlando and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to serve Central Florida’s agricultural workers. It developed into an organizing and mobilizing entity for Latino, African-American and Caribbean-born farmworkers …
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Human Services Coalition of Dade County dba Catalyst Miami
Miami, FL | south
Founded in 1996 by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Catalyst Miami (Catalyst) serves as an intermediary organization that facilitates advocacy programs and implements community building strategies. Catalyst’s mission is to develop and support individual leaders and strong organizations that work together to improve health, education and economic opportunities throughout Miami…
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Institute For Policy Studies : Black Worker Initiative
Washington, DC | south
As Washington’s first progressive multi-issue think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) has served as a policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements for over four decades — from the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960s to the peace and global justice movements of the last decade. Some of the greatest progressive minds of the 20th and 21st centuries hav…
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Isaiah Institute of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA | south
The Isaiah Institute builds networks of congregations on the Gulf Coast, introducing the organizing model to participating pastors and their congregations, and mobilizing communities to advocate for public policy change that will support positive redevelopment of hurricane-debilitated low-income communities. The Institute was formally incorporated in 2008 with a mission to assist member and a…
Kentucky Coalition
London, KY | south
Kentucky Coalition is committed to policy change on issues such as economic justice and voting rights, economic transition and environmental protection, new energy and green jobs, to benefit low-income families. A little bit of Kentucky Coalition’s history: in the late 1970s, when citizens in six Appalachian states conducted a land study, researching the ownership of land and minerals …
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Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights Under Law: Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program (“PREP”)
Washington, DC | south
The Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP) seeks to improve K-12 student performance, retention, and access to equal educational opportunities. We serve low-income and minority children in targeted communities by increasing parental engagement in education and ensuring that parents become successful advocates for their children. Our goal is for every child to have meaningful access to a q…
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Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights
New Orleans, LA | south
The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights is a nonprofit law office that defends the right of every Louisiana child to fairness, dignity, and opportunity. Our Children’s Defense Team is the juvenile public defender in New Orleans, where our holistic, team-based, cross-disciplinary advocacy helps young people achieve their legal and life goals in more than 1,200 cases each year.
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Louisiana Children’s Museum
New Orleans, LA | south
Since opening its doors in 1986, the Louisiana Children’s Museum (LCM) has been one of the city’s premier attractions for children. We welcome 147,000 visitors per year, engaging children, families, caregivers, and school groups in memorable interactive experiences designed to make learning fun. The Museum’s 30,000 square feet of exhibit space and programs offer children a diverse set o…
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McIntosh Sustainable Environment and Economic Development
Darien, GA | south
McIntosh SEED (Sustainable Environment and Economic Development) is a grass-roots, community-based organization working in McIntosh County, Georgia. Their work is guided by the social, economic, environmental, and cultural interest of the community. McIntosh SEED provide quality education, better housing, recreational facilities, business opportunities, and environmental protection and restoration.…
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Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative
Biloxi, MS | south
Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative (MLICCI) was founded in 1998 at a statewide gathering of over 100 low-income parents, child care providers, and community leaders who came together to address low-income working families’ unmet need for quality, affordable child care. Since its founding, MLICCI has worked as a statewide, grassroots organization with the mission of building a movement of…
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Morehouse School of Medicine: Satcher Health Leadership Institute
Atlanta, GA | south
Through the strong history, mission, and values of Morehouse School of Medicine, the Satcher Health Leadership Institute is committed to developing the next generation of health leaders and professionals. Satcher Health Leadership Institute mission is to develop a diverse group of public health leaders, foster and support leadership strategies, and influence policies and practices toward t…
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Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED)
Berea, KY | south
Founded in 1976, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) works with rural families in Kentucky and Central Appalachia to create economic opportunity, strengthen democracy, and support the sustainable use of natural resources. In January 2011, MACED also launched the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP), a research and policy program that provides analysis of state fisca…
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New Florida Majority Education Fund
Miami, FL | south
The New Florida Majority Education Fund (NFM-EF) was co-founded in 2011 by key leaders from several leading grassroots social justice organizations in Florida, including foundation grantees Miami Workers Center (MWC) and Florida Immigrant Coalition. NFM-EF became an independent organization in 2013; it works to organize voter participation and political influence of marginalized residents in the sta…
New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice
New Orleans, LA | south
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, African American workers were locked out of the reconstruction, while immigrant workers were locked in. Poor and working class African Americans faced racial exclusion, while immigrant workers experienced brutal exploitation. Three years later, in the context of a global economic crisis, jobs and immigration continue to be sharply divisive wedge issues. The pol…
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Nollie Jenkins Family Center
Lexington, MS | south
Nollie Jenkins Family Center (NJFC) visualizes an energized and involved community where all people, young and old, are valued, nurtured and supported as we work together to build and sustain communities that are purposeful in ensuring that the environmental, political, cultural, recreational, educational, economic, spiritual needs of its citizens are actualized and preserved. NJFC’s mi…
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North Florida Educational Development Corporation
Gretna, FL | south
North Florida Educational Development Corporation (NFEDC) is a grassroots, community-based organization that works to empower individuals and families in Gadsden County and the North Florida Panhandle to become more self-sufficient and improve the quality of their lives. Launched in 1987 by poor women in rural Gadsden County – the only predominantly African-American county in Florida – the organ…
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One Voice
Jackson, MS | south
Founded in 2007, Community Policy, Research and Training Institute promotes civic engagement in public policymaking through leadership development, research support, training and technical assistance for advocacy group associations and community-based organizations, with the goal of improving the quality of life for African-Americans and other disenfranchised communities. Its leadership, board and s…
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Parents for Public Schools
Jackson, MS | south
Parent for Public Schools (PPS) was founded in Jackson, Mississippi in 1991 by a committed group of parents who wanted to see their students and public schools thrive. The actions of these parents inspired similar groups in other parts of the country and resonated in both rural and urban communities. PPS has since grown into a national organization with 17 chapters in 12 states with a mission of str…
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Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide
Atlanta, GA | south
Since 1986, Project South has constructed social movement practices that advance social change in U.S. society and attempted to demonstrate that unless there is an independent social movement led by the people most negatively affected by public policy, it does not matter who is in office or what short-term policy changes are achieved – communities of color and poor communities will be lost in the …
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Southern Echo
Jackson, MS | south
Southern Echo was founded in 1989 to build the capacity of African American communities to form a network of new, accountable grassroots community organizations, on an inter-generational model. Southern Echo provided training, technical and legal assistance. The primary goal was to empower the community to impact the formation and implementation of public policy. Southern Echo is a leadership…
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Southern Echo: Citizens for a Better Greenville
Greenville, MS | south
Citizens for a Better Greenville (CBG) was founded in 2001 to focus on parent and student organizing and advocacy for quality education for all local public school students. Located in the Mississippi Delta, the Greenville community suffers from the legacies of structural and institutional racism in the area and present-day inequities that permeate almost all aspects of everyday life. CBG supports G…
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Southern Echo: Sunflower County Parents and Students Organization
Indianola, MS | south
Since 1995, Sunflower County Parents and Students Organization, formerly known as Indianola Parent Student Group, has been using an intergenerational model of community organizing to advocate for quality public education opportunities for all students in the city of Indianola and throughout Sunflower County. SCPSO trains grassroots leaders and organizers who are taking on many of the leadersh…
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Southern Echo: Tunica Teens in Action
Tunica, MS | south
Formed in 1993, Concerned Citizens for a Better Tunica County works to build the leadership capacity of low-income families by involving students and parents in intergenerational organizing and advocacy. The organization serves the entire population of Tunica County (located in the northwest corner of Mississippi) but works more directly with African-American and low-wealth families, with plans to e…
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Southern Mutual Help Association
New Iberia, LA | south
Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc.’s mission is to build healthy prosperous rural communities in Louisiana. Its special focus is with distressed rural communities whose livelihoods are interdependent with our land and waters. It works primarily with agricultural and pervasively poor communities, women and people of color. It helps build rural communities through people’s growth in th…
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Southerners on New Ground
Atlanta, GA | south
SONG long term goals are to build, drive, amplify, and support Southern inter-sectional movement work thru regional capacity building, leadership development, and organizing. All of SONG work centers  shared interest of women, LGBTQ people, people of color, and immigrants, SONG starts at the place of lifting barriers and breaking the isolation that prevents people from participating fully in econom…
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Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment
Knoxville, TN | south
Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) is committed to for social, economic, and environmental justice in Tennessee. SOCM’s original name, Save Our Cumberland Mountains, grew out of SOCM’s origins as a grassroots community organization based in poor isolated coalfield communities in five northern counties in the Cumberland Mountains.  SOCM kept this name for the first thir…
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Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment: Community Media Organizing Project
Knoxville, TN | south
The Community Media Organizing Project (CMOP) empowers grassroots, community-based organizations to employ media relations and communications work in strategies to organize families and individuals to improve their own lives and communities through institutional change. CMOP uses peer learning, skills training, leadership development, skills exchange and shared analysis to help partner organizations…
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Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
Nashville, TN | south
The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) is a statewide, immigrant and refugee-led collaboration whose mission is to empower immigrants and refugees throughout Tennessee to develop a unified voice, defend their rights, and create an atmosphere in which they are recognized as positive contributors to the state. Since its founding in 2001, TIRRC has worked to develop immigrant lead…
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Tides Center: Dream Defenders
Miami, FL | south
Dream Defenders is an uprising of communities in struggle, shifting culture through transformational organizing. Dream Defenders was founded in April 2012 in the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin. Dream Defenders’ mission is to build a movement from a moment of action and to translate the anger of a generation into transformative action for young people and communities of color. Dream D…
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Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA | south
Vietnamese American Youth Leaders of New Orleans (VAYLA) is a multi-racial, community-based organization working to empower low-income youth and families through support services and organizing for cultural enrichment and positive social change. VAYLA is deeply rooted in Village de L’Est, (also referred to as “Versailles”), a predominantly Vietnamese, Latino, and African-American neighborhood …
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Voices for Alabama’s Children
Montgomery, AL | south
VOICES for Alabama’s Children (VOICES) was established in 1992 and is the longest standing statewide child advocacy organization in Alabama, with a mission to ensure the well-being of Alabama’s children through research, public awareness, and advocacy. According to 2012 Alabama KIDS COUNT data, 26 percent of the state’s children (approximately 260,000) live in poverty. VOICES moves …