Friday, October 21, 2005

Database of Social Justice Organizations

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The ACLU is the nation's guardian of liberty. They work daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Their job is to conserve America's original civic values - the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
http://www.aclu.org/
Positions Available: Various

ADC is a grassroots civil rights organization which welcomes people of all backgrounds, faiths and ethnicities as members. The ADC was founded in Washington, DC by U.S. Senator Jim Abourezk in 1980 Advisory Board members include: Muhammad Ali, Her Majesty Queen Noor, several U.S. Congressmen, Edward Said & Casey Kasem among others ADC has members in all 50 states - and it is the largest Arab American organization of its kind. The three cities with the largest concentrations of Arab Americans are: Los Angeles, Detroit, & New York.
http://www.adc.org/
Positions Available: Volunteers

The American Friends Service Committee carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world. Founded by Quakers in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims, AFSC's work attracts the support and partnership of people of many races, religions, and cultures.
http://www.afsc.org/
Positions Available: Volunteers

The Anti-Defamation League
The immediate object of the League is to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people. Its ultimate purpose is to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens.
http://www.adl.org/adl.asp
Positions Available: Various

Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services is a human services organization committed to the development of the Arab American community in all aspects of its economic and cultural life. Staff and volunteers have joined forces to meet the needs of low income families, to help newly arrived immigrants adapt to life in America, and to foster among Americans a greater understanding of Arab Culture as it exists both here and in the Arab world. To achieve these goals, ACCESS provides a wide range of social, mental health, educational, artistic, employment, legal and medical services. ACCESS is dedicated, in all its efforts, to empowering (enabling) people to lead more informed, productive, and fulfilling lives.
https://www.accesscommunity.org/
Positions Available: Various

Arcus Foundation
The Arcus Foundation seeks to contribute to a pluralistic society that celebrates diversity and dignity, invests in youth and justice, and promotes tolerance and compassion. The foundation was formed in the belief that all individuals have a right and responsibility to full participation in our society and with the conviction that education and knowledge can be an antidote to intolerance and bigotry.
http://www.arcusfoundation.org/pages/home.shtml
Positions Available: Various

Association of Multi-Ethnic Americans, Inc.
AMEA's primary goal is to educate and advocate on behalf of multiethnic individuals and families by collaborating with others to eradicate all forms of discrimination. AMEA believes that every child, every person who is multiethnic/multiracial has the same right as any other person to assert a personal identity that embraces the fullness and integrity of
their actual ancestry, and that every multiethnic/multiracial family, whether biological or adoptive, has the same right to grow and develop as any other, and that our children have the right to love and respect each of their parents equally.
http://www.ameasite.org/
Positions Available: Volunteers

CAMBIOS "means "changes" in the Spanish language. It was established in 1997 for the purpose of working with teachers, parents, and youth to address the issue of racism, and work towards its elimination. CAMBIOS has donated 50 multi-cultural books to 25 public and private elementary schools, in Lenawee County, Michigan. The mission of Cambios is to celebrate diversity and eliminate discrimination by providing educational
programs and resources.
http://www.cambios.org/
Positions Available: Various

Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL)
The mission of COOL (Campus Outreach Opportunity League) is to educate, connect and mobilize college students and their campuses to strengthen communities through service and action
http://www.idealist.org/ioc/
Positions Available: Various

The Center for Community Change is a progressive social justice organization whose central project is to support the emergence of one or more movements for social and economic justice in the U.S. The Center strives to transform the national debate and national politics as well as the institutions, economic systems and policies that affect low-income people and working class people, especially people of color.
http://www.communitychange.org/
Positions Available: Various



Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College
The Center for Corporate Citizenship provides leadership in establishing corporate citizenship as a business essential, so all companies act as economic and social assets to the communities they impact by integrating social interests with other core business objectives. Through its research, executive education, consultation and convenings on issues of corporate citizenship, The Center is the leading organization helping
corporations define their role in the community.
http://www.bc.edu/centers/ccc/index.html
Positions Available: Various

The Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ), established in 1984, promotes a free enterprise approach to global economic justice through expanded capital ownership. CESJ is a non-profit, non-partisan, ecumenical, all-volunteer organization with an educational and research mission.
http://www.cesj.org/
Positions Available: Volunteers

Center for Healing Racism
With the avowed purpose of healing racism, the Center established the goals that would guide this achievement. These goals call for the creation of a safe and accepting environment in which people can explore issues of racism, recognize manifestations of racism, examine assumptions and beliefs about racism, understand the impact of racism on themselves and others, and receive the support and encouragement to begin the healing process. In addition, the Center recognizes the benefits derived from active coalition building with other groups and associations that share a commitment to racial justice.
http://www.centerhealingracism.org/
Positions Available: Volunteers

Civilrights.org
Home to socially-concerned, issue-oriented original audio, video, and written programming, civilrights.org is committed to serving as the online nerve center not only for the struggle against discrimination in all its forms, but also to build the public understanding that it is essential for our nation to continue its journey toward social and economic justice.
http://www.civilrights.org/
Positions Available: Various

Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR's vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding. CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp
Positions Available: Various

Days of Dialogue
A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to be a catalyst in the community problem solving process by creating dialogue on sensitive social issues among diverse community groups. By facilitating respectful, purposeful conversation on a broad range of public issues and public policies and topics, we foster understanding, and encourage
citizens to improve their quality of life through civic engagement.
http://www.daysofdialogue.org/
Positions Available: Volunteers

Facing History
For more than 27 years, Facing History has engaged teachers and students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other examples of collective violence, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.
http://www.facing.org/
Positions Available: Volunteers, Research

Families USA is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Working at the national, state, and community levels, we have earned a national reputation as an effective voice for health care consumers for over 20 years.
http://www.familiesusa.org/
Positions Available: Various

Fellowship for Reconciliation (FOR)
FOR seeks to replace violence, war, racism, and economic injustice with nonviolence, peace, and justice. They are an organization committed to active nonviolence as a transforming way of life and as a means of radical change. They educate, train, build coalitions, and engage in nonviolent and compassionate actions locally, nationally, and globally.
http://www.forusa.org/
Positions Available: Volunteers

Hope's Voice
Hope's Voice is a national HIV and AIDS organization committed to promoting the education and prevention of HIV and AIDS to young adults. Hope's Voice uses open dialog and peer-to-peer education, through both speaker appearances of young adults living with HIV and AIDS and progressive programs to send a crucial message: HIV and AIDS does not discriminate. Hope's Voice aims to raise awareness and help young adults create the social change that is needed to end this epidemic.
http://www.hopesvoice.org
Positions Available: Speakers, Volunteers

As America's largest gay and lesbian organization, the Human Rights Campaign provides a national voice on gay and lesbian issues. The Human Rights Campaign effectively lobbies Congress; mobilizes grassroots action in diverse communities; invests strategically to elect a fair-minded Congress; and increases public understanding through innovative education and communication strategies. HRC is a bipartisan organization that works to advance equality based on sexual orientation and gender expression and identity, to ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
http://www.hrc.org/


The Institute for Humane Studies was founded in 1961 by Dr. F. A. "Baldy" Harper, a former economics professor at Cornell University. Part of a generation that had lived through two devastating world wars and seen the rise of numerous totalitarian dictatorships, Harper set up an institute devoted to research and education in the conviction that greater understanding of human affairs and freedom would foster peace,
prosperity, and social harmony.
http://theihs.org/
Positions Available: Various

InterAction: American Council for Voluntary International Action "InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations. With more than 160 members operating in over 100 countries, we work to overcome poverty, exclusion and suffering by advancing social justice and basic dignity for all.”
http://www.interaction.org/
Positions Available: Various

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
http://www.lambdalegal.org/cgi-bin/iowa/index.html
Positions Available: Various

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
MALDEF is the leading nonprofit Latino litigation, advocacy and educational outreach institution in the United States. MALDEF's mission is to foster sound public policies, laws and programs to safeguard the civil rights of the 40 million Latinos living in the
United States and to empower the Latino community to fully participate in our society.
http://www.maldef.org/
Positions Available: Various

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
http://www.naacp.org/
Positions Available: Various

The purpose of the National Association for Community Mediation is to support the maintenance and growth of community-based mediation programs and processes, to present a compelling voice in appropriate policy-making, legislative, professional, and other arenas, and to encourage the development and sharing of resources for these efforts.
http://www.nafcm.org/
Positions Available: Interns, Volunteers



The National Civic League (NCL)
America's original advocate for community democracy. It is a non-profit, non-partisan, membership organization dedicated to strengthening citizen democracy by transforming democratic institutions. NCL fosters innovative community building and political reform, assists local governments, and recognizes collaborative community achievement. NCL accomplishes its mission through technical assistance, training, publishing, research, and the All-America City Awards, America's original and most prestigious community recognition program.
http://www.ncl.org/
Positions Available: Volunteers

The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI)
A nonprofit leadership training organization based in Washington, D.C. Since 1984, NCBI has been working to eliminate prejudice and intergroup conflict in communities throughout the world.
http://www.ncbi.org/
Positions Available: Volunteers

The National Conference for Community and Justice
NCCJ's purpose is to transform communities to provide fuller opportunity and to be inclusive and just – through institutional change – by empowering leaders. NCCJ's programming facilitates community and interfaith dialogues, provides workplace consultations, youth leadership development, seminarian and educator training. Its nationally recognized research provides data and analysis to the evolving study of intergroup relations; and, its public policy works with government leaders and
advocates policies that reflect understanding and respect.
http://www.nccj.org/
Positions Available: Various

The National Lawyers Guild/Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice (a.k.a. Guild Law Center) is a national, non-profit, public interest law center that provides advocacy, representation, legal education and technical support to empower community and workers' rights groups and individuals seeking systemic change toward economic and social justice. The GLC was founded by the National Lawyers Guild to support the principle that economic justice and civil rights are inseparable.
http://www.sugarlaw.org/
Positions Available: Interns

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The Freedom Center offers lessons and reflections on the struggle for freedom in the past, in the present, and for the future. And it helps visitors discover the power of one voice - shared with many - by speaking out about the meaning of freedom.
http://www.freedomcenter.org/
Positions Available: Various

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
A Newark-based urban research and advocacy organization dedicated to the advancement of New Jersey's urban areas and residents. Established in 1999 by the Alan V. and Amy Lowenstein Foundation, the Institute provides a dynamic and independent voice for change necessary to create just, vibrant and inclusive urban communities throughout New Jersey. The Institute was formed in the belief that New Jersey's urban areas hold remarkable potential but also face dramatic challenges. Through thorough and independent analysis of barriers and identification and promotion of advantages, the Institute is committed to the undertaking actions necessary to effect positive change.
http://www.njisj.org/
Positions Available: Various

Nonviolence.org continues to be one of the most highly-visible and visited peace websites, being highly ranked through Gulf War II, the biggest U.S. military action since the web began. This model of independent activist web publishing is still critical and becomes more appreciated every day. The Nonviolence.org mission of featuring the best writing and analysis from a nonviolent viewpoint continues.
http://www.nonviolence.org/
Positions Available: Various

Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgendered persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
http://www.pflag.org/
Positions Available: Volunteers

The Peace and Justice Studies Association
PJSA works to create a just and peaceful world through: The promotion of peace studies within universities, colleges and K-12 grade levels; The forging of alliances among educators, students, activists, and other peace practitioners in order to enhance each other's work on peace, conflict and non-violence; The creation and nurturing of alternatives to structures of inequality and injustice, war and violence through education, research and action.
http://www.peacejusticestudies.org/index.php
Positions Available: Various


The National Rainbow/PUSH Coalition (RPC) is a multiracial, multi-issue, international membership organization founded by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., working to move the nation and the world toward social, racial and economic justice by uniting people of diverse ethnic, religious, economic and political backgrounds to make America's promise of " liberty and justice for all" a reality.
http://www.rainbowpush.org/
Positions Available: Various

Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute
The central mission is to motivate youth to reach their highest potential. The Institute has designed programs based on Mrs. Parks philosophy of "Quiet Strength" which engages youth in hands-on experiences to build practical day-to-day living skills. by promoting multicultural participation in the program to provide youth with a cross-cultural exposure for nurturing a global and inclusive perspective.
http://www.rosaparks.org/
Positions Available: Volunteers

The Social Justice Center
A nonprofit office center cooperatively-owned by Madison Community Co-op, the Tenant Resource Center, Wisconsin Citizen Action Fund and Wisconsin Community Fund. The building houses the offices of the four founding organizations, plus offices of other nonprofits (in the incubator space on the lower level). There is also a community meeting room available for use by the organizations in the building, as well as outside
nonprofits, when sponsored by one of the four member organizations.
http://www.socialjusticecenter.org/
Positions Available: Volunteers

The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, the Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups.
http://www.splcenter.org/index.jsp
Positions Available: Various

Swirl
Swirl aims to unite the mixed community by providing support to mixed families, mixed individuals, transracial adoptees, and inter-racial/cultural/faith couples. Through various educational and social events, Swirl is a meeting place for members of the mixed community to celebrate and explore their heritages.
http://www.swirlinc.org/nflash.htm
Positions Available: Volunteers

Triangle Foundation is Michigan's leading organization serving gay, lesbian, transgender, and allied communities.
http://www.tri.org/
Positions Available: Various

The United States Branch of the International Association of Educators for World Peace. IAEWP promotes international understanding and world peace through education and developing new and innovative educational strategies and pedagogies dedicated to the pursuit of peace, social justice concerns, and current challenges to the maintenance and extension of peace around the globe.
http://www.iaewp.us/
Positions Available: Various

The Urban Institute measures effects, compares options, shows which stakeholders get the most and least, tests conventional wisdom, reveals trends, and makes costs, benefits, and risks explicit.
http://www.urban.org/
Positions Available: Research

The Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream.
http://www.nul.org/
Positions Available: Various

Volunteer.Gov/Gov consolidates volunteer opportunities available in the public sector, including: the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of New York Division of Veterans Affairs. This online service lets prospective volunteers match their interests and abilities with available opportunities nationwide through searches based on volunteer activity, location of opportunity, effective date of the opportunity, the sponsoring partner and by keyword search. In the future, Volunteer.Gov/Gov will expand to include other channels for volunteer service to all levels of government.
http://volunteer.gov/gov
Positions Available: Volunteers

Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent, Inc. (W.O.M.A.N., Inc.)
A community-based, multi-service agency, was created in 1978 as a two bedroom shelter for battered women. The organization quickly realized that additional options were needed by women who, for many reasons, did not want to enter shelters. In 1979, the Crisis-Line was created, and immediately began receiving approximately 25-30 calls per month -- we now receive over 18,000 a year! Soon after the Crisis-Line was instituted,
the agency also began providing individual counseling and support groups.
http://www.womaninc.org/
Positions Available: Various

The Young Politicians of America is a service-learning movement composed of young Americans aged 14-22 working together to revive political discourse and awareness by establishing nonpartisan civic clubs in high schools and colleges. They deliver their services and spread their mission through an innovative Service-Chapter program.
http://www.ypa.org/
Positions Available: Various

GLOBAL

African Counseling Association
A network of counsellors and counsellor educators with an interest in counselling in Africa. Develop counselling theory and practice that is appropriate for the African context. Form working relationships with counselling organizations both in and outside of Africa. Disseminate information on counselling, counsellor education and counsellor supervision. Recognize the achievement of African counsellors.
http://www.geocities.com/kim1122a/
Positions Available: Volunteers

Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. AIís vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
http://www.amnesty.org/
Positions Available: Volunteers

The Centre for Social Justice is an advocacy organization that seeks to strengthen the struggle for social justice, committed to working for change in partnership with various social movements and recognize that effective change requires the active participation of all sectors of our community. Based in Ontario, CSJ work increasingly extends across Canada and into the international arena.
http://www.socialjustice.org/
Positions Available: Various

CorpWatch counters corporate-led globalization through education, network-building and activism. They work to foster democratic control over corporations by building grassroots globalization a diverse movement for human rights and dignity, labor rights and environmental justice.
http://www.corpwatch.org/index.php
Positions Available: Various

The Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Our goals are to: Strengthen democratic values, Reduce poverty and injustice, Promote international cooperation and Advance human achievement. This has been our purpose for more than half a century. Created with gifts and bequests by Henry and Edsel Ford, the Foundation is an independent organization, with its own board, and is entirely separate from the Ford Motor Company.
http://www.fordfound.org/
Positions Available: Various





The Global Justice Movement (GJM) seeks to present well thought out alternatives to traditional globalization efforts. GJM emphasis is on inclusiveness and abundance for all, rather than a continuance of outmoded thinking and institutions. In particular, GJM examines and presents alternatives to the present money system.
http://www.globaljusticemovement.org/
Positions Available: Various

Jubilee USA Network consists of over 60 organizations including labor, churches, religious communities and institutions, AIDS activists, trade campaigners and over 9,000 individuals are active members of the Jubilee USA Network. Jubilee is a strong, diverse and growing network dedicated to working for a world free of debt for billions of people.
http://www.jubileeusa.org/
Positions Available: Various

The Social Justice Committee of Montreal
The mission of the Social Justice Committee is to: Analyze the underlying structural and global causes of poverty, human rights violations and other social injustices ; Contribute to informed popular participation in eliminating these injustices ; Work in solidarity to transform our world into a just society.
http://www.s-j-c.net/Main.htm
Positions Available: Volunteers

UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes us unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young.
http://www.unicef.org/
Positions Available: Various

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Founded in 1915 during World War I, with Jane Addams as its first president. WILPF works to achieve through peaceful means world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence, and to establish those political, social, and psychological conditions which can assure peace, freedom, and justice for all. WILPF works to create an environment of political, economic, social and psychological freedom for all members of the human community, so that true peace can be enjoyed by all.
http://www.wilpf.org/
Positions Available: Various


Southeast Michigan

The Ann Arbor Area Committee for Peace was formed shortly after September 11, 2001, to promote peaceful solutions to international conflicts and to protect civil rights and civil liberties. The Ann Arbor Area Committee for Peace (formerly Ann Arbor Ad Hoc Committee for Peace) was founded by a small group of concerned residents desiring to carve out the space for principled dissent, promote nonviolent solutions to international conflicts, and advance friendship and understanding between people of all faiths and nationalities.
http://justpeaceinfo.org/
Positions Available: Volunteers

Avalon Housing is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and managing permanent rental housing for people with extremely low incomes in Washtenaw County. Avalon owns and operates 143 units of housing, scattered at a dozen sites throughout Ann Arbor. Rents are structured to be affordable to people with incomes at or below 30% of the area median income, and the majority of tenants include people who were homeless and who have a mental or physical disability. Support services are available to all tenants in order to assist them in maintaining their housing stability and enhance their quality of life.
http://www.avalonhousing.org/
Positions Available: Volunteers

Focus: HOPE
A nationally recognized civil and human rights organization in Detroit, Michigan. Our mission is to use intelligent and practical action to fight racism, poverty and injustice. Achievements include: A food program for eligible mothers, children, and senior citizens, Education and training in manufacturing, engineering, and information technology, Arts
programs to increase understanding of different cultures, Children's day care and education, A manufacturing operation that gives students hands-on work experience Conference facilities Volunteer and outreach initiatives
http://www.focushope.edu/
Positions Available: Various

Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and address its root causes in our community by: reducing food waste through the rescue and distribution of perishable and non perishable food; coordinating with other hunger relief providers; educating the public about hunger; and developing new food resources.
http://www.foodgatherers.org/
Positions Available: Volunteers


Ginsberg Center
Through programs, initiatives and publications, the Ginsberg Center strives to engage students, faculty members, university staff, and community partners in a process which combines community service and academic learning in order to promote civic participation, build community capacity, and enhance the educational process.
http://www.umich.edu/~mserve/
Positions Available: Volunteers

SOS Community Services
We are a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that serves homeless families and children and others in crisis in Washtenaw County. Founded in 1970 by students at Eastern Michigan University, SOS has evolved from its roots as a peer-counseling program into an agency whose comprehensive services assist families in their move from homelessness to self-sufficiency and permanent, stable housing. Today, SOS occupies four program and administrative sites in Washtenaw County, Michigan.
http://comnet.org/local/orgs/sos/
Positions Available: Volunteers

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