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Article | Dec 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Upset with the Election? Get Involved!

Advocacy & Fundraising

Posted by Neil Bartholomay

 



This election came as a shock to the American public who share collective values like freedom, unity, & equality. For many, it served as a wake-up call be more involved in our democracy, and to be an agent of change. So, the central question to many is: How do I get involved?

 

Here's a list of different grassroots organizations who engage in organizing at the national, state and local level. These groups are all doing impactful progressive organizing work. Go visit their websites and get involved!


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Racial Justice

Council on American-Islamic Relations:

CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam. CAIR encourages dialogue, protects civil liberties, empowers American Muslims, and builds coalitions.

 

Urban Justice Center:

The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents. With a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. The Urban Justice Center provides personal legal advice and helps to file class action lawsuits. Ultimately, they help bring about systemic change and push social justice legislation forward.

 

SURJ:

SURJ is a national network that organizes White people for racial justice. SURJ moves White people to be a part of a multi-racial majority for justice. SURJ works to connect people across the country. While supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts.

 

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LGBTQ Rights

Trevor Project:

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

 

Equality Federation:

The Equality Federation is a movement creator and strategically works with state-based advocates. The organization works to empower local leaders. The main focus of Equality Federation is to build a strong movement for equality. 

 

 

 

Interested in reading more? Try our blog, "Top Advocacy Issues Effected with Trump Being Elected"

Women’s Rights

National Organization for Women (NOW):

The National Organization for Women uses a multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights. NOW is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. The creation of NOW was to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals.

 

Planned Parenthood:

Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual to manage his or her fertility. The main goals of Planned Parenthood are to provide reproductive health care and preserve privacy. As well as, advocate for public policies that ensure access to such services.

 

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Voting Rights 

Community Voters Project:

Community Voters Project helps to increase civic engagement among underserved and underrepresented communities. The organization uses non-partisan voter registration to get more people registered and voting.  They focus their efforts on African Americans, Latinos, and young people communities. The organization's goal is that everybody votes. Which results in more Americans having their say when it comes to policies that affect them.

 

 

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Environment

350.org:

350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. 350.org has thousands of volunteers in over 188 countries. Together they lead online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions. 350.org believes a global grassroots movement will hold our leaders accountable to realities of science and justice. 

 

 

Sierra Club

The mission of the Sierra Club is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth. As well as, practicing and promoting the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources. The Sierra Club believes in teaching and using humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.

 

General

MoveOn.Org:

MoveOn is the largest independent, progressive, digitally-connected organizing group in the United States.  MoveOn pioneered online organizing and advocacy techniques. That have become standard in politics and nonprofits. Using innovative research MoveOn can identify opportunities for progressive change.  MoveOn members step up as leaders by using the DIY MoveOn petitions organizing platform. The platform helps them to create their own petitions and campaigns to drive social change.

 

Change.org:

On Change.org, people can start campaigns, mobilize supporters, and work with decision makers to drive solutions. Petition Starters and supporters use it to engage with others and facilitate change.

 

SustainUs.org:

SustainUs’s mission is to advance justice and sustainability by empowering young people to engage in advocacy at the domestic and international levels.


 

There are tons of other organizations you can get involved with to make a difference. We hope that you have found a great organization to help or are motivated to take action. Go out and get involved and make a difference. 

 

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