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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.]

Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Voices for Creative Nonviolence has deep, long-standing roots in active nonviolent resistance to U.S. war-making. Begun in the summer of 2005, Voices draws upon the experiences of those who challenged the brutal economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and U.N. against the Iraqi people between 1990 and 2003.

Free Press

Free Press is a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, and universal access to communications. Learn more at


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) conserves America's original civic values working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is a national
alliance of local state and federal resource professionals. PEER's
environmental work is solely directed by the needs of its members. As a
consequence, we have the distinct honor of serving resource
professionals who daily cast profiles in courage in cubicles across the

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) was established in
1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and
social issues that affect people's lives. In order for citizens to
effectively exercise their voices in a democracy, they should be
informed about the problems and choices that they face. CEPR is
committed to presenting issues in an accurate and understandable
manner, so that the public is better prepared to choose among the
various policy options.

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent
organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By
focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we
give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their
crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted
advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human
rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously
to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has
fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.

Military Families Speak Out (MFSO)

Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) is an organization of people opposed to the war in Iraq who have relatives or loved ones who are currently in the military or who have served in the military since the buildup to the Iraq war in the fall of 2002. Formed by two families in November of 2002, we have contacts with military families throughout the United States, and in other countries around the world. Our membership currently includes over 3,400 military families, with new families joining daily.

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)

ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now,
is the nation's largest community organization of low- and
moderate-income families, working together for social justice and
stronger communities. Since 1970, ACORN has grown to more than 350,000 member families, organized in 850
neighborhood chapters in over 100 cities across the U.S. and in cities
in Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Canada.


The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions. The
AFL-CIO union movement represents 10.5 million members, including 2
million members in Working America, its new community affiliate. We are
teachers and truck drivers, musicians and miners, firefighters and farm
workers, bakers and bottlers, engineers and editors, pilots and public
employees, doctors and nurses, painters and laborers-and more.

Africa Action

Africa Action is a national organization that works for political, economic
and social justice in Africa. Through the provision of accessible information
and analysis combined with the mobilization of public pressure we work
to change the policies and policy-making processes of U.S. and multinational
institutions toward Africa. The work of Africa Action is grounded in the history and purpose of its
predecessor organizations, the American Committee on Africa (ACOA), The
Africa Fund, and the Africa Policy Information Center (APIC), which have
fought for freedom and justice in Africa since 1953. Continuing this tradition,
Africa Action seeks to re-shape U.S. policy toward African countries.

Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF),
an international relief and development organization committed to
saving the lives of malnourished children and families, provides
sustainable access to safe water and long-term solutions to hunger. For
nearly three decades, ACF has pursued its vision of a world without
hunger by combating hunger in emergency situations of conflict, natural
disaster, and chronic food insecurity.

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

The American Friends Service Committee is a practical expression
of the faith of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Committed
to the principles of nonviolence and justice, it seeks in its work and
witness to draw on the transforming power of love, human and divine.

American Rights at Work

American Rights at Work is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to promoting the freedom of workers to organize unions and bargain collectively with employers. Through action, research findings, and outreach inside and outside of the labor community, we expose injustice in the workplace and fight for the rights of America's workers.As a leading advocate, American Rights at Work is a readily available resource on workers' rights and labor-related issues. We can also connect you with other advocates, policy experts, activists and figures within the labor movement.

American Rivers

American Rivers is the only national organization standing up for
healthy rivers so our communities can thrive. Through national
advocacy, innovative solutions and our growing network of strategic
partners, we protect and promote our rivers as valuable assets that are
vital to our health, safety and quality of life.
Founded in 1973, American Rivers has more than 65,000 members and
supporters nationwide, with offices in Washington, DC and the
Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, California and Northwest

Americans for Safe Access

Americans for Safe Access is the nation's largest organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all. Our supporters are outraged by human rights abuses but inspired by hope for a better world - so we work to improve human rights through campaigning and international solidarity. We have more than 2.2 million members and subscribers in more than 150 countries and regions and we coordinate this support to act for justice on a wide range of issues.

Amnesty International - USA

We are people from across the world standing up for humanity and human rights.
Our purpose is to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and
dignity are denied. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and
mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer,
more just world.

Audubon Society

Now in its second century, Audubon connects people with birds, nature and the environment that supports us all. Our national network of community-based nature centers, chapters, scientific, education, and advocacy programs engages millions of people from all walks of life in conservation action to protect and restore the natural world.