America's Progressive Community
...over 120 groups on the frontlines of change
representing tens of millions of progressive-thinking Americans.
[Please note: This page is a work in progress. Our staff is working on re-building and strengthening this list in our new system.]
MADRE is an international
women's human rights organization that works in partnership with
community-based women's organizations worldwide to address issues of
health and reproductive rights, economic development, education, and
other human rights. MADRE provides resources, training, and support to
enable our sister organizations to meet concrete needs in their
communities while working to shift the balance of power to promote
long-term development and social justice. Since we began in 1983, MADRE
has delivered nearly 25 million dollars worth of support to
community-based women's organizations in Latin America, the Caribbean,
the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Balkans, and the United States. For more information about MADRE, visit our website at www.madre.org.
Americans for Democratic Action
most experienced independent liberal lobbying organization. In the spirit of
the New Deal and ADA
founders Eleanor Roosevelt, renowned economist John Kenneth Galbraith, and
former Senator and Vice President Hubert Humphrey we lobby through coalition
partnerships, through direct advocacy, and through the media.
People For the American Way (PFAW)
People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.
Government Accountability Project
The Government Accountability Project (GAP) is a 30-year-old nonprofit
public interest group that promotes government and corporate
accountability by advancing occupational free speech, defending
whistleblowers, and empowering citizen activists. We pursue this
mission through our Nuclear Safety, International Reform, Corporate
Accountability, Food & Drug Safety, and Federal Employee/National
Security programs. GAP is the nation's leading whistleblower protection
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)
The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) is a
national organization composed of local coalitions and immigrant,
refugee, community, religious, civil rights and labor organizations and
activists. It serves as a forum to share information and analysis, to
educate communities and the general public, and to develop and
coordinate plans of action on important immigrant and refugee issues.
We work to promote a just immigration and refugee policy in the United
States and to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and
refugees, regardless of immigration status.
Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS)
NIRS/WISE is the information and networking center for people and
organizations concerned about nuclear power, radioactive waste, radiation,
and sustainable energy issues.
Food & Water Watch
The Sustainability Institute was founded in 1996 by the late Donella (Dana) Meadows to apply systems thinking and organizational learning to economic, environmental and social challenges. We believe that unsustainability does not arise out of ignorance,
irrationality or greed. It is largely the collective consequence of
rational, well-intended decisions made by people caught up in systems –
ranging from families and communities to corporations, governments and
economies – that make it difficult or impossible to act in ways that
are fully responsible to all those affected in the present and to
Lambda Legal is the oldest national organization pursuing high-impact
litigation, public education and advocacy on behalf of equality and
civil rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and
people with HIV. The work we do has impact on the way we live — we
change laws, policies and ideas.
National Center for Lesbian Rights
The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization
committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation,
public policy advocacy, and public education.
Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign represents a grassroots force of over 750,000
members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions
an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights,
and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
Institute for America's Future
The Institute for America's Future is a center of non-partisan research
and education. Drawing on a network of scholars, activists and leaders
across the country, IAF develops policy ideas, educational materials
and outreach programs. The Institute’s efforts help shape a compelling
progressive agenda primarily focusing on kitchen-table concerns such as
affordable health care, accessible higher education, retirement
security, living wages, healthy workplaces, strong infrastructures,
safe food, fair trade and clean energy.
Peaceful Tomorrows is an organization
founded by family members of those killed
on September 11th who have united to turn
our grief into action for peace. By developing
and advocating nonviolent options and
actions in the pursuit of justice, we
hope to break the cycles of violence engendered
by war and terrorism. Acknowledging our
common experience with all people affected
by violence throughout the world, we work
to create a safer and more peaceful world
The Constitution Project is a politically independent
think tank established in 1997 to promote and defend constitutional
safeguards. More information about the Constitution Project is
available at http://constitutionproject.org/.
Citizens Trade Campaign
Citizens Trade Campaign is a coalition of labor, environmental, religious, family farm, civil society and consumer organizations united in the pursuit of social and environmental justice in trade policy. Formed in 1992 to reform NAFTA, our more than fourteen million combined members support trade policy that reflects the interests of a majority of people in America, and across the world.
Human Rights First
Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York and Washington D.C. Human Rights First believes that building respect for human rights and
the rule of law will help ensure the dignity to which every individual
is entitled and will stem tyranny, extremism, intolerance, and violence.
Media Matters for America
Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit,
501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to
comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative
misinformation in the U.S. media.
National Priorities Project
The National Priorities Project (NPP) is a 501(c)(3) research organization
that analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand
and influence how their tax dollars are spent. Located in
Northampton, MA, since 1983, NPP focuses on the impact of federal
spending and other policies at the national, state, congressional
district and local levels. For more information, go to
National Whistleblowers Center
Since 1988, the NWC and attorneys associated with it have supported whistleblowers in the courts and before Congress and achieved victories for environmental protection, government contract fraud, nuclear safety and government and corporate accountability.
Veterans for Peace
Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985. It is
structured around a national office in Saint Louis, MO and comprised of
members across the country organized in chapters or as at-large members. The organization includes men and women veterans of all eras and duty
stations including from the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), World War II,
the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf and current Iraq wars as well as other
conflicts. Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start
and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus,
other means of problem solving are necessary.