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Local + Regional Organizations
Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
The oldest environmental justice organization in Michigan, "DWEJ is dedicated to providing all Detroit residents with the tools they need to address environmental concerns in their own neighborhoods. DWEJ isn’t seeking to simply redistribute environmental harms, but to abolish them."
Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan
"a group of grassroots organizations engaged in leadership development and advocacy to build working-class power. Together, they advance social and racial equity, improving economic conditions for all people in Michigan."
"EQMI is Michigan’s statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) political advocacy organization..." The site's "primary goal is to connect victims of individual incidents of bias, discrimination, harassment, and violence, including intimate partner violence, to the support, referral, and navigational services they need to achieve justice."
Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
"... promotes awareness of, commitment to and advocacy for human rights and the environmental rights of planet Earth through education, community organization and action. MCHR opposes forces that suppress human dignity, freedom and justice — locally and around the world."
Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration
The MCEMI is working to: "reduce the number of persons entering jail and prison; reduce the length of stay when persons are imprisoned; ensure conditions of confinement that are conducive to genuine rehabilitation; increase the number of persons who are safely released from jail and prison facilities; adequately prepare and support those who are released from incarceration for success; reduce the “stigma” that prevents many formerly incarcerated persons from securing housing and employment; reinvest any savings from reductions in incarceration back into the most impacted communities."
Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion
Three core areas include community engagement, awareness, and organizing; youth leadership; and workplace inclusion, diversity, and equity consulting."
"... a coalition of labor, business, social service and civil rights members all across Michigan, fighting for the rights of homeowners, renters, immigrant families and students."
Here is a small sampling of national organizations working toward social justice in the United States. While their missions, included here as the organizations themselves describe them, may differ, their orientation toward improving the lives of underrepresented and discriminated against populations is the same. If you are looking for an organization not listed here (and there are many), please contact the librarian listed on this page.
American Association of People with Disabilities
"... advocates for full civil rights for the over 60 million Americans with disabilities by promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation."
American Civil Liberties Union
"For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been ... working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the "United States guarantee everyone in this country.
Black Youth Project
"The Black Youth Project will examine the attitudes, resources, and culture of the young, urban black millennial, exploring how these factors and others influence their decision-making, norms, and behavior in critical domains such as sex, health, and politics."
The Catholic Worker Movement
The resources here are for more in depth research into Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and the Catholic Worker Movement.
Equality Now's mission is to "achieve legal and systemic change that addresses violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world."
Indigenous Environmental Network
"IEN is an alliance of Indigenous Peoples whose Shared Mission is to Protect the Sacredness of Earth Mother from contamination & exploitation by Respecting and Adhering to Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Law."
"The Innocence Project's mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment."
National Coalition for Women & Girls in Education
"... formed to educate the public about issues concerning equal rights for women and girls in education; to monitor the enforcement and administration of current legislation related to equal rights for women and girls in education; to perform and publish research and analysis of issues concerning equal rights for women and girls in education, and to take the steps necessary and proper to accomplish these purposes."
National Fair Housing Alliance
"The National Fair Housing Alliance is the voice of fair housing. NFHA works to eliminate housing discrimination and to ensure equal housing opportunity for all people through leadership, education, outreach, membership services, public policy initiatives, community development, advocacy, and enforcement."
National LGBTQ Taskforce
"The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people."
Peace and Justice Studies Association
"The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) serves as a professional association for scholars in the field of peace and conflict studies. PJSA is dedicated to bringing together academics, educators, and activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for peacebuilding, social justice, and social change."
"Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy."
The mission of Planned Parenthood is: to provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual; to advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services; to provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality; to promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social implications.
Southern Poverty Law Center
"The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality."
"UnidosUS, formerly the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), is the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization. Through our unique combination of research, advocacy, programs, and a national network of nearly 300 community-based Affiliate organizations across the country, we simultaneously challenge the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos in the United States."