African American Religious Affairs (AARA) is a program of People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation. AARA endeavors to build a strong association of progressive clergy, theologians, seminarians and ministry lay leaders who will encourage African American churches and communities to become more civically engaged and promote social justice programs and policies in areas of public education, health care, equal justice, civic participation and economic justice for all.
The Alliance for Justice is a national association of more than sixty organizations advocating environmental protections, civil rights, social justice, individual privacy, and consumer protections. Projects of the Alliance for Justice include: the Judicial Selection Project, which advocates for a fair and independent federal judiciary; the Nonprofit Advocacy Project, which works to strengthen the voice of nonprofits in public policy debates; and the Foundation Advocacy Initiative, which seeks to educate grantmakers on their legal rights to support nonprofit work.
The Alliance’s commitment to social justice and civil rights goes hand in hand with DC Vote’s mission for social justice and voting rights for DC residents.
The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and today represents 1.5 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide. Its mission is to: “improve the lives of our members and their families; to give voice to their legitimate professional, economic and social aspirations; to strengthen the institutions in which we work; to improve the quality of the services we provide; to bring together all members to assist and support one another; and to promote democracy, human rights and freedom in our union, in our nation and throughout the world.”
The mission of the American Humanist Association is to be a clear, democratic voice for Humanism in the United States, to increase public awareness and acceptance of Humanism, to establish, protect and promote the position of Humanists in our society, and to develop and advance Humanist thought and action.
The American Jewish Committee was established in 1906 by a small group of American Jews deeply concerned about pogroms aimed at the Jewish population of Russia. The group determined that the best way to protect Jews in Russia and other countries would be to work towards a world in which all peoples are accorded respect and dignity.
Almost 100 years later, that founding mission continues to guide AJC's efforts to promote pluralistic and democratic societies where all minorities are protected. In addition to its New York headquarters and Office of Government & International Affairs in Washington, AJC today operates 33 U.S. offices and 18 international posts. We are an international think tank and advocacy organization that attempts to identify trends and problems early - and take action.
ADA is America's oldest 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. Our lobbying philosophy is based on democratic action - motivating our grassroots members to lobby their senators and representatives as constituent-advocates.
With 65,000 members nationwide, numerous state and local chapters, and its headquarters in the District of Columbia actively engaging in the political process, ADA continually strives to push for democratic and progressive values and ideals in American policy. Our founders included Eleanor Roosevelt, labor leader Walter Reuther, economist John Kenneth Galbraith, historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, and former Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
The Bert Corona Leadership Institute promotes civic participation, education, and economic advancement among youth from farm worker and under served communities. BCLI serves youth and adults from farm worker and developing communities by providing training opportunities that focus on civic participation, leadership, capacity development, and strengthening education.
The Mission of the Black Leadership Forum is to promote creative and coordinated Black Leadership, diverse in membership but clear on its priority, to empower African Americans to improve their own lives and to expand their opportunities to fully participate in American social, economic and political life.
Founded in 1977 in Washington, D.C., as a confederation of civil rights and service organizations, by a nucleus of 11 leaders of organizations which included the National Urban League, National Urban Coalition, NAACP, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, National Council of Negro Women, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Martin Luther King Center for Non Violent Social Change, Congressional Black Caucus, National Conference of Black Mayors and the National Business League.
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) is a Division of the Rail Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). The BLET represents Locomotive Engineers, Conductors, Brakemen, Firemen, Switchmen, Hostlers and other Train Service Employees on numerous railroads in the United States. Its total membership is more than 59,000 and growing. The BLET exists to promote and protect the rights, interests, and safety of its members through solidarity, aggressive representation, and education.
For more than 15 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights has used the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.
15 years ago, renowned activist and author Gloria Steinem, along with other feminist leaders, founded Choice USA. As a national pro-choice organization, Choice USA gives emerging leaders the tools they need to organize, network, and exchange ideas to build a youth centered pro-choice agenda and mobilize communities for reproductive justice.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence supports a progressive agenda to reduce firearm injury and death. The Coalition works to stop illegal gun markets, support grassroots gun control, and influence litigation to reform the gun industry. DC Vote, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and other organizations work together to put the power in the hands of DC residents to choose their own gun laws.
The mission of Common Cause is to strengthen the individual’s contribution and influence in government, to make sure that government serves the public interest, to promote fair elections, and to ensure the civil liberties of all Americans. Common Cause is a natural ally of DC Vote in the fight for DC residents to have a voice in government.
FairVote seeks elections that promote voter turnout, fair representation, inclusive policy and meaningful choices by building on our nation's history of improving upon the American experiment. As a catalyst for electoral reforms such as instant runoff voting, proportional voting, direct election of the president and automatic voter registration, we conduct research, analysis, education and organizing to ensure all Americans can exercise their right to vote and elect representatives who reflect our racial and political diversity.
FairVote has six program areas: the Program for Representative Government (reforms to represent racial and political diversity, in particular proportional voting methods); IRV America (supporting majority winners, meaningful choices and better campaigns through instant runoff voting); Voting and Democracy Research Center (research and analysis of our elections through the lens of our goals for elections); Election Services Group (consulting on electoral systems, with a focus on non-governmental elections); and the Democracy USA initiative (creating a stronger, more strategic network of national and state pro-democracy advocates that can nimbly pursue a comprehensive reform agenda). We pursue special initiatives, including an effort being launched this spring in support of direct election of the president.
Friends of the Earth is an international environmental grassroots network of organizations in 70 countries, using high-profile campaigns to advocate for a healthy and just world. Different campaigns address different areas of importance: the Community, Health and Environment Program works to protect basic needs, such as pure food, clean water, and healthy air; the Economics for the Earth Program uses economic tools to protect the environment; the International Program helps to keep international trade agreements environmentally conscious; the Legislative Program puts pressure on Congress to protect our environment; and the Regional Programs work to improve specific regions in a variety of ways. Only by acquiring full voting rights can DC residents have an impact on environmental legislation.
The mission of the Hip Hop Caucus is to work towards ending urban poverty for the next generation. We organize young people in urban communities to be active in elections, policymaking, and service projects. Our priority issues are Urban Poverty, Urban Planning, Climate Change, Healthcare, Public Education, and Criminal Justice.
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
The mission of the Council is to serve as the representative voice of the organized American Jewish community in addressing the principal mandate of the Jewish community relations field, expressed in three interrelated goals: to safeguard the rights of Jews here and around the world; to dedicate ourselves to the safety and security of the state of Israel; and to protect, preserve and promote a just American society, one that is democratic and pluralistic, one that furthers harmonious interreligious, inter ethnic interracial and other intergroup relations.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR) is the nation’s premier civil rights coalition. The Leadership Conference has organized the national legislative campaign on every major civil rights law since 1957. Issues the Leadership Conference addresses include: affirmative action, religious freedom, rights of indigenous peoples, criminal justice, and voting rights, among many others. The issue of DC voting rights is very important to the Leadership Conference, and working with DC Vote raises more awareness about this injustice.
The League of Women Voters of the United States is a strictly nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to making democracy work for all citizens. The League of Women Voters has addressed many different issues throughout its existence since 1920; current campaigns involve civil liberties, election reform, campaign finance reform, redistricting reform, clean air, social security, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and DC voting rights. The League of Women Voters is a valuable partner in the struggle for voting rights.
The Mautner Project was founded in 1990 following the death of Mary-Helen Mautner in 1989 of breast cancer. Shortly before her death, Mary-Helen asked her partner, Susan Hester, to start an organization that could help other lesbians facing the overwhelming challenges of life-threatening illnesses.
The mission of the Mautner Project is to improve the health of lesbians and their families through advocacy, education, research, and direct service. The Mautner Project envisions a healthcare system that is guided by social justice and responsive to the needs of all people.
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. The NAACP works toward political, educational, economic, and social equality of all persons, through advocacy, education, and the democratic process. DC Vote and the NAACP are both committed to strengthening the voice of the thousands of African-Americans living in DC.
The National Association of Social Workers aims to exert professional influence in policy, legislation and guidelines that impact individuals, groups and communities and promote the integrity of the social work profession through mobilization, education, and advocacy. Their mission includes: uniting social workers for professional development and advocate for local and national professional service delivery and practice issues. As a local chapter the Chapter seeks to address major or national public policy issues in collaboration with the National Association of Social Workers.
The objectives of the National Bar Association "…shall be to advance the science of jurisprudence; improve the administration of justice; preserve the independence of the judiciary and to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession; to promote professional and social intercourse among the members of the American and the international bars; to promote legislation that will improve the economic condition of all American citizens, regardless of race, sex or creed in their efforts to secure a free and untrammeled use of the franchise guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States; and to protect the civil and political rights of the citizens and residents of the United States."
The National Black Justice Coalition is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Their mission is to end racism and homophobia.
As America's only nationwide Black gay civil rights organization, they are the authoritative source on LGBT issues as they affect Black communities.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, the NBJC offers key insight and advocacy work on the following topics and more:
- HIV/AIDS in Black LGBT communities
- Hate Crimes motivated by LGBT bias
- LGBT Youth Trends, Influences and Concerns
- Racism and Homophobia abuse of "Don't Ask Don't Tell"
- Religion Based Homophobia
NBJC's Religious Affairs program is dedicated to lifting the theological chains of oppression from Black LGBT community. They provide understanding, enlightenment, and spiritual empowerment to those who think being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is a sin or a curse.
The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation was founded in 1976 on the principle of the yet unfulfilled realization of a full democracy. Building upon its rich history and strong relationships, the National Coalition serves as an effective facilitator and convener at the local, state and national levels. For more than 29 years, the National Coalition, through its 80 member organizations, has proven itself uniquely qualified to address the disenfranchisement of African American voters.
The National Council of Jewish Women is a volunteer organization that has been at the forefront of social change for over a century. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW courageously takes a progressive stance on issues such as child welfare, women's rights, and reproductive freedom.
The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) is a council of national African American women's organizations and community-based sections. Founded in 1935, the NCNW mission is to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. NCNW fulfills this purpose through research, advocacy, and national and community-based services and programs on issues of health, education, and economic empowerment in the United States and Africa. With its 39 national affiliates and more than 240 sections, NCNW is a 501(c)3 organization with an outreach to nearly four million women.
The National Federation of Democratic Women was formed in October, 1971, when 27 women gathered at breakfast during the Democratic Women's Leadership Conference at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, D.C. Rilla Moran was elected temporary chair and the group set May, 1972, Nashville, Tennessee, as the first annual meeting.
Rilla Moran (from Tennessee) was elected the first President of the Federation at the May, 1972 meeting and served until 1977 when Jean Ohm of South Dakota was elected President. At this convention, the women of the Federation established the Founders Internship for a young woman between the ages of 18 and 25 to work at the Democratic National Committee.
During the period 1972-1977, the Federation gained recognition from the Democratic National Committee as the offical women's organization and received a seat on the DNC Executive Committee and three seats on the DNC. Rilla Moran Woods, C. DeLores Tucker and Caroline Wilkins were instrumental in establishing this offical recognition for NFDW through their work on the Charter Commission and the 1976 Convention Committee.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc. (NGLTF, Inc.), founded in 1973 and incorporated in 1974, works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community to win complete equality. We do this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation and pass pro-LGBT legislation and other measures. We also analyze and report on the positions of candidates for public office on issues of importance to the LGBT community.
The National League of Cities represents the interests of cities, towns and villages in the United States. Its mission is to promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance. The National League of Cities works in Washington, DC to advocate issues that specifically affect cities and to strengthen the role of local governments. DC Vote and the National League of Cities push for increased authority of Washington DC’s local government.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.
The National Organization of Concerned Black Men (CBM) was founded in 1975 when several Philadelphia police officers sponsored social events for kids at risk to gang violence. CBM’s vision was to fill the void of positive black male role models in many communities by providing mentors and programs that affirmed the care and discipline that all youth need, while providing opportunities for academic and career enrichment. While the vision of CBM’s founding members has expanded to include children and their parents nationwide, the philosophy of men offering themselves as positive role models to children has remained CBM’s mission for more than 30 years.
The National Treasury Employees Union is widely known as a smart, tough organization, well-respected for its knowledge of federal employee issues. And for its determination to work with federal agencies, with Congress, and in the courts to protect, promote and expand the rights of those it represents.
For 70 years, NTEU has been driven by the principle that every federal employee should be treated with dignity and respect. In that time, NTEU has grown to represent some 150,000 bargaining unit employees in 31 federal agencies and departments.
NTEU members are represented by an experienced and professional staff in Washington, D.C., seven field offices across the nation and highly trained, dedicated local leaders in their workplaces.
The National Urban League is devoted to empowering African-Americans to achieve economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights. The National Urban League actively inspires change through education programs, job training, health programs, civic engagement, and civil rights advocacy. The National Urban League and DC Vote together promote the voting rights of African-Americans living in the District of Columbia.
The Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington brings together nonprofit leaders to build the strength, influence, and visibility of the region's nonprofit sector in order to effectively address and influence issues that affect all people.
More than 150 member organizations represent the broad diversity of the region's nonprofit organizations. Service providers, advocacy organizations and foundations all have a seat at the Roundtable and a role in shaping and advancing a common agenda.
People for the American Way (PFAW) is an educational organization dedicated to a society valuing freedom, pluralism, community, and tolerance. PFAW works to achieve these goals by analyzing important information and distributing findings for a full and fair exposition of the issues. Issues include civic participation, an independent judiciary, constitutional liberties, civil rights, religious freedom, and public education. DC Vote and People for the American Way both believe in the value of education in the struggle for voting rights.
Progressive Democrats of America are committed in word and action, both personally and politically, to justice and democracy at all levels, and to the preservation and restoration of natural ecosystems in America and worldwide.
Progressive Democrats of America are specifically committed to the realization of new models for achieving local, national and global security that redirect the current wasteful and obscene levels of military spending toward the uncompromising and effective funding of: health and education programs; an end to discrimination; the provision of full and meaningful employment; and an end to poverty for all people.
Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts.
Public Citizen fights for openness and democratic accountability in government, for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable energy sources; for social and economic justice in trade policies; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; and for safe, effective and affordable prescription drugs and health care. Public Citizen has six divisions and two state offices.
Founded more than 90 years ago, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is an organization of 2.1 million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide and dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society. It is the fasted growing union in North America.
U.S. Public Interest Research Group is an advocate for our environment, consumers and ordinary citizens. U.S. PIRG uses investigative research and advocacy to encourage a responsive government, a fair economy, and environmental protections. U.S. PIRG has worked in the public’s interest on such issues as Arctic drilling, Clean Air, student aid, and corporate reform. U.S. PIRG and DC Vote both defend the rights of ordinary citizens in democracy.
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) has been the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in the nation's capital for over 40 years. It has educated and mobilized the American Jewish community on legislative and social concerns as an advocate in the Congress of the United States on issues ranging from Israel and international religious freedom to economic justice and civil rights, to international peace and religious liberty.
The RAC is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.
The Washington Office for Advocacy represents Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations perspectives to the U.S. Congress and Administration on legislative and public policy matters. The Office works on both urgent policy issues and long-term goals, as articulated in social witness positions passed by the General Assembly. The Director also works with the Commission on Social Witness (CSW) to facilitate study and action on the social justice statements which are in process.
The Washinton Office also sponsors a Social Justice Internship Program in which Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations’ have the opportunity to expand their advocacy skills, grow personally, and acquire professional experience while serving the interests of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.
The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) is one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America, with 620,000 active members in virtually every economic sector. The UAW not only fights for the workplace rights of its members; the organization has been and continues to be actively involved in legislation and advocacy for civil rights, better schools, clean air, workplace health and safety, and healthcare for retirees. DC Vote and the UAW are natural partners in the fight for the representation of working people.
Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ embraces God’s transforming mission to do justice, seek peace, and build community. Therefore, in response to the call of Christ, they speak and act prophetically through public witness, policy advocacy, issue education, and grassroots empowerment to build a more just, compassionate and inclusive world.
The General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. The General Board has headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.
USAction is dedicated to improving social, economic, and health security for all Americans. USAction works to involve the public in the political process and to hold corporate influence in check. The organization uses specific campaigns, targeting issues such as: preserving Social Security, making health care affordable for all, fairer taxes for working Americans, quality public schools, and improving consumer rights. USAction’s dedication to connecting the American people to democracy is similar to DC Vote’s commitment to bring democracy to all Americans.
The Woman's National Democratic Club is the meeting place for Democrats in the nation's capital. WNDC engages members (women and men) in public policy and serves as a forum for Democratic leaders.
The Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MAHCC) is one of the most active business organizations in the Mid Atlantic region. They are proud to represent small businesses in general and women, veteran and minority businesses in particular, as well as to promote economic, workforce and community development in the Nation’s Capital and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.
For public employees, the people we elect determine the quality of our lives and our livelihood. Our wages, benefits, working conditions, health and safety, and even whether we have jobs at all, are in the hands of officials who influence our future. Unless, that is, we hold them accountable. Our activism in politics is incredibly important.
Through PEOPLE we help elect candidates who stand for what matters to AFSCME members:
- Strong contracts
- No contracting out
- Affordable heath care
- Retirement security
- No cuts to vital public services
Politics is part of AFSCME’s DNA. Federal election law and some state laws prohibit using dues for campaign contributions and other political activities. AFSCME PEOPLE enables our union to be strong politically and help enact legislative programs that protect our jobs.
For more than 180 years now, All Souls' congregation has sought to live up to the vision inherent in their name, "All Souls." It's a vision of a human community where all people are welcome at the table. Where the divisions that separate us in our daily lives come tumbling down and we recognize ourselves as part of one human family.
All Souls! All Vote! is a non-partisan task force dedicated to strengthening voter education, registration, and turnout in the community. Created in Fall 2003, All Souls! All Vote! has been working in their neighborhood, in the metropolitan area, and nationally.
To promote awareness of the severe under-representation of the District of Columbia in federal politics as well as the lack of autonomy the district has to pass and enforce its own laws and budgets, as well as to promote the movement to make DC its own state.
The Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC), founded in 1983, is a volunteer, membership consortium of organizations and individuals concerned with the revitalization of Anacostia and its neighboring communities east of the Anacostia River.
The Armenian National Committee of America is the largest grassroots organization advancing the concerns of the Armenian American community. The main goals of the ANCA are: to foster public awareness for a free, united, and independent Armenia, to influence United States policy on interests of the Armenian American community, and to collectively represent the Armenian American viewpoint on public policy. The efforts of the ANCA and DC Vote spotlight and help to change the lack of democracy both in Washington, DC and around the world.
The mission of Bread for the City is to provide vulnerable residents of Washington, DC, with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. We recognize that all people share a common humanity, and that all are responsible to themselves and to society as a whole. Therefore, we promote the mutual collaboration of clients, volunteers, donors, staff, and other community partners to alleviate the suffering caused by poverty and to rectify the conditions that perpetuate it.
The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is truly the Washington, DC region's catalyst for advancing nonprofits by being the most comprehensive resource for education and training, networking, advocacy and buying opportunities.
Most importantly, the Center helps nonprofits maximize their efforts to achieve their missions--not waste precious effort and resources on administrative and professional challenges. When the Center is successful in strengthening nonprofits, nonprofits are successful in strengthening communities.
The Center provides training and education on how to manage and maximize resources. We're a center for sharing best practices through networking. We advocate so governments understand that nonprofits provide core services that hold communities together. And, we provide members with the buying power they need to operate efficiently.
The Council of Churches of Greater Washington (CCGW) belongs to all Christians in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. We encourage all to contribute: Talent, Money, Time.
Often referred to as CCGW or the Council, it primarily has three main purposes:
- Promote cooperation and collaboration among Christian people, churches and related organizations;
- Represent Christian interests and positions on issues in the greater Washington, DC community; and,
- Collectively provide services, as Jesus would have us do, in those matters and situations too difficult or awkward for a single church or person or better done communally by all of us working together.
The DC Fiscal Policy Institute conducts and shares research regarding tax issues in the District of Columbia, and how budget and tax issues affect lower-income residents. Specific areas of work include: analyzing the long-term effect of the District’s tax policies on fiscal health, ensuring that programs serving lower-income residents are well-designed, and researching poverty trends and serious problems facing lower-income residents. DC Vote is working to give the power to these lower-income DC residents to address their needs.
D.C. Hunger Solutions was established to fight hunger and improve the nutrition and health of children and families in the District of Columbia. D.C. Hunger Solutions first informs the public about hunger in the District and programs that can be used to eliminate hunger. D.C. Hunger Solutions then works to expand the use of federal child nutrition programs and food stamps, both by monitoring the administration of these programs and through community outreach. In the fight against hunger, it is essential for residents to have a say in their government.
The Washington, DC, bureau of the National Association for the Advanced of Colored People is the legislative arm of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. The Washington, DC, bureau focuses their activities on the legislative and executive branches of government. The Washington, D.C. bureau plans, coordinates, and communicates the NAACP’s political action and legislative program. DC Vote and the D.C. NAACP are both working to strengthen the influence of African-Americans living in the District.
DC Action for Children has been working since 1992 to improve the lives of children living in the District of Columbia. DC ACT is a multi-issue advocacy organization that believes every child should be given the opportunity to reach his or her potential. DC ACT works through four strategies: to be an information source for issues affecting children, to maintain a constituency committed to children, to work with other groups to advocate for children, and to promote public policy that improves the lives of children. Only when DC gains a vote in Congress will residents be able to effectively advocate for DC’s children.
The DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc., or DC Appleseed, works to solve public policy problems faced by those who live and work in the District of Columbia. DC Appleseed addresses the issues with the help of volunteer attorneys and experts who develop solutions. DC Appleseed’s projects involve issuing reports, participating in regulatory proceedings, bringing lawsuits, managing public education campaigns, and meeting or testifying before government officials. DC Appleseed is one of DC Vote’s leading partners in the fight for voting rights, concentrating their resources on legislative efforts.
DC for Democracy is the District’s largest unaligned progressive group of activists, community leaders and everyday voters working for positive change in our local government and recognition in America’s legislature.
DC Jobs with Justice is a coalition of labor organizations, community groups, religious organizations and student groups dedicated to protecting the rights of working people and supporting community struggles to build a more just society.
The DC Latino Caucus engages in voter registration and education projects as well as in endorsing Democratic Party candidates for public office who agree with the Caucus’ goals for improved quality of life and representation for Latinos.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. DC NOW is a local chapter of NOW.
Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.
The DC Republican Committee (DCRC) is made up of registered republicans living in the District of Columbia who are nominated and elected to serve as the committee.
The DCRC Chairman is elected by the members of the DCRC Committee every 4 years. The Republican National Committeeman and Committeewoman are elected at the same time as the DC Republican Presidential primary every 4 years, which is open to all Republican voters. The Executive Committee is appointed by the Chairman with the approval of the DCRC Committee. Nomination to the DCRC Committee requires nomination by an existing DCRC member and must be confirmed by the DCRC Nominations Committee.
National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE)'s mission has remained the same since 1921, to protect and improve the retirement benefits of federal retirees, employees and their families.
We are a newly formed, non-profit student based organization that is focused on promoting D.C. statehood. Residents of the District of Columbia are the only U.S. citizens who pay federal income tax yet do not have voting representation in the U.S. Congress. D.C.'s lack of self determination runs against democratic principles codified in American and international law. Moreover, D.C. is the only national capital of a democracy where the residents are unrepresented in the national legislature.
The goal of this organization is to work towards righting this injustice by seeking full democratic and equal rights for the people of Washington D.C. Young people have been under-engaged in this struggle. Our organization seeks to fill this void by catalyzing the participation of D.C. college students, D.C. high school students, and college students throughout the country who may or may not be from D.C.
The DC Young Republicans (DCYRs) is a 527 organization of individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 committed to supporting Republican causes in the nation’s capital. They are a member of the Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) – the oldest political youth organization in the United States. DCYRs was recently named the YRNF 2010 State Federation of the Year. The Latino Federation of Greater Washington
The District of Columbia Association of REALTORS® (DCAR) serves as a state-level association representing nearly 3,000 residential and commercial REALTORS® who are licensed in the District of Columbia.
Committed to maintaining a thriving real estate environment in the city, DCAR lobbies on behalf of members and promotes issue awareness and grassroots activism. DCAR's Political Action Committee (RPAC) screens candidates for DC public offices and endorses and donates to those who support REALTOR® business interests.
The District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving the climate for business in D.C. With over 2,000 members, DCCC has a powerful impact on legislation and the business climate.
The Chamber is working aggressively to expand the economy in Washington, D.C. by attracting new jobs and creating economic opportunities for our members and citizens. The Chamber also focuses on issues that impact our future growth and community development, including arts and culture, education, international trade, and government affairs.
The District of Columbia Democratic State Committee (DCDSC) is the Democratic Party of the District of Columbia and, as such, the official arm of the national Democratic Party (the Democratic National Committee - DNC) in the DC jurisdiction. The majority of members of the DCDSC are elected in the Democratic Presidential Primary every four years.
The Downtown Cluster of Congregations is a nonprofit, ecumenical association dedicated to addressing human service needs of the District of Columbia. Founded in 1972, the Downtown Cluster currently has 42 member congregations. The Downtown Cluster maintains programs such as the Homeless Services Unit, the Geriatric Day Care Center and the Washington Area Community Investment Fund by raising funds, finding operating space, and gathering volunteers. The Downtown Cluster of Congregations is an important ally for voting rights, bringing the religious community into the struggle.
The Foundry Democracy Project seeks to educate the public and the Federal government of the moral need for voting representation for District of Columbia residents. The Foundry Democracy Project and DC Vote believe that is immoral to deny democracy to over half a million people who pay taxes, serve on juries, and sometimes give their lives in defense of their country. The Foundry Democracy Project works with the belief that when enough people come to understand the immorality of the present situation and appreciate the moral imperative for change, change will come.
The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club is the voice of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Democrats in the District of Columbia. Established in 1976, Gertude Stein is one of the oldest Democratic clubs in the District and is a founding chapter of the National Stonewall Democrats. The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club maintains active members in each of the 8 wards of the District of Columbia.
The Greater Washington Board of Trade is the largest regional network of business and nonprofit leaders representing all industry sectors. The Board of Trade helps organizations to grow and build a better community through three methods: creating business opportunities through networking events and community-building projects, representing businesses and employees on a variety of issues, and marketing the Washington, DC, region as a vibrant place to work and live. The District of Columbia Public Affairs Group is a committee of the Board of Trade that addresses local policy issues affecting the community and business climate. The DC Public Affairs Group and the Greater Washington Board of Trade are instrumental in the struggle for voting rights by highlighting the need for business owners in the District to be represented.
The Greater Washington Urban League has the mission to increase the economic and political empowerment of African Americans and other minorities and to help all Americans share equally the responsibilities and rewards of full citizenship. The League works toward equal opportunity and equal access for African Americans and other minorities in the Washington area with programs such as: Aging Services, Education Services, Employment and Training Services, Housing and Economic Development and the Urban Environmental Program. One of the rewards of full citizenship is voting rights, yet the thousands of citizens in DC are denied the right to vote. The support of the Greater Washington Urban League is crucial in DC Vote’s mission.
The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington brings together members of different religions, economic levels and races to deepen understanding for diverse traditions and to build a community. The IFC deepens understanding through dialogues, youth workshops, children’s art, pilgrimages, prayer services and concerts. The IFC builds a community through education, training, advocacy, coalition building and uniting leaders of different faiths to act together. The IFC is also involved in social programs working to strengthen families, overcome racism and give aid to people seeking shelter, food or medicine. In the fight for voting rights, it is essential that members of all faiths be represented.
As the central community relations agency of the organized Jewish community in our nation's capital, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) endeavors to foster a society based on freedom, justice and democratic pluralism; for it is such a society which affords Jews, and all people, the conditions most conducive to individual security, equal opportunity and creative group survival.
On behalf of over 210 constituent agencies, organizations and synagogues in Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia and suburban Maryland, the JCRC determines a consensus on the broad range of public policy issues central to Jewish conscience and concern. Those views are then promulgated to Washington area legislators, as well as civic, public opinion, media and interfaith leaders. The JCRC also coordinates within the Jewish community programs of information and advocacy on priority domestic and international issues.
Jews United for Justice's mission is to lead Washington-area Jews to act on our shared Jewish values by pursuing justice and equality in our local community.
Jews United for Justice does this by mobilizing the Jewish community to act in solidarity with local social justice campaigns, connecting Jewish institutions with the tools and opportunities to make a difference, and by learning and reflecting on our traditions.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity was founded in 1911 with the motto of "achievement in every field of human endeavor." The Fraternity has since grown to more than 600 active undergraduate and alumni chapters. The Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation was founded in 1981 to assist in the community service efforts of the Fraternity. The Foundation supports scholarships, after-school programs, and national programs such as Habitat for Humanity. DC Vote is grateful for the support of Kappa Alpha Psi.
The League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia is one of the many local branches of the national League of Women Voters. The District of Columbia League focuses specifically on issues affecting residents of DC. Current issues include: support for DC public libraries, education, healthcare, homeland security, housing, transportation, and Congressional representation for DC. DC Vote and the League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia have worked together in the past and will continue to work together for DC voting rights.
Log Cabin DC is part of the national Log Cabin Republican effort to achieve fairness and equality for gay and lesbian individuals and families who simply seek to participate in the responsibilities and privileges enjoyed by heterosexual Americans.
Metro TeenAIDS is a community health organization dedicated to supporting young people in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Through education, support, and advocacy, MTA works to prevent the spread of HIV, promote responsible decision making, and improve the quality of life for young people infected with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS.
The Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO is the local voice for working people. The local Councils of the AFL-CIO organize their local communities to promote social justice for all working people. The Metropolitan Washington Council is at the forefront of the movement to improve the lives of working people in the Washington area by: organizing workers, negotiating union contracts, providing emergency services and legal services, and supporting worker-friendly political candidates. Workers in Washington, DC go without a voice in Congress to advocate for their rights, which DC Vote is working to change.
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington protects and advocates for the right of every individual to make responsible reproductive choices. In Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and Washington, DC. PPMW provides comprehensive reproductive health services, teen pregnancy prevention programs, family planning, breast and cervical cancer screening, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, colposcopy, and peri- and post-menopause services, among other women’s and men’s health programs.
River Road Unitarian Church (RRUC) is a religious community of people engaged in worship and the celebration of life, personal and intellectual growth, caring and supportive fellowship, humanitarian service and social action. We affirm individual freedom of belief; we encourage each person's unique religious quest; we include people of diverse views and backgrounds. Everyone is welcome.
The Service Employees State Council was officially re-organized in November 2003 with the adoption of a new Constitution to guide the organization's growth. The State Council is made up of nearly 30,000 members in several SEIU local unions operating in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
With more than 120,000 members in eight states and Washington, DC, 32BJ is the largest property service workers union in the country. 32BJ is affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), an organization of over 2 million members united by a belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide. To raise industry standards and improve lives, SEIU and 32BJ focuses its resources on organizing new members into the union.
So Others Might Eat (SOME) helps the poor and homeless of Washington, DC. SOME meets the daily needs of the people they serve by providing food, clothing, and health care. SOME works to break the cycle of homelessness by offering services such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling to those in need. So Others Might Eat advocates on behalf of the poor through collaborative partnerships to address the root causes of homelessness, hunger, and poverty. By rehabilitating the homeless population, SOME strengthens their voice for change.
UFCW Local 400 is a local affiliate of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. It is a democratic organization with the goal of helping workers obtain and hold onto better paychecks, job security, decent fringe benefits and justice on the job. Local 400 attains these goals through the support, unity, and involvement of members, just like you; and through community and political involvement.
UNITE (formerly the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees) and HERE (Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union) merged on July 8, 2004 forming UNITE HERE. The union represents more than 450,000 active members and more than 400,000 retirees throughout North America.
UNITE HERE boasts a diverse membership, comprised largely of immigrants and including high percentages of African-American, Latino, and Asian-American workers. The majority of UNITE HERE members are women.
Established in 1952, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA ) is one of the oldest and largest divisions of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), and a member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA). With the help of over 5,000 members, volunteers, and supporters in the greater Washington area, UNA-NCA works to build public knowledge, strengthen UN-US relations, and aid the UN in achieving its goals of advocacy, education, networking, and outreach.
We are a humanistic religious community, without formal creed or dogma, united in the belief that the greatest moral and spiritual values are to be found through raising the quality of human relationships.
The Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) represents more than 5,000 active and retired teachers in Washington D.C. WTU is dedicated to social and educational justice for the students of the District of Columbia and to improving the quality of support, resources, compensation and working conditions for the public servants and proud teachers who educate our students in D.C. Public Schools.
The Whitman-Walker Clinic is a community-based health organization serving the Washington, DC area. The Whitman-Walker Clinic was established in 1978 with the goal of providing high quality, comprehensive, accessible health care and services to the gay and lesbian community. The Whitman-Walker Clinic is also especially committed to ending the suffering of those affected by HIV/AIDS. The Whitman-Walker Clinic and the gay and lesbian community are important partners in the struggle for voting rights.
Founded in 1905, the YWCA strives to eliminate racism and empower women and their families with career education and training, health and wellness, and child and youth development programs. The YWCA works to build a community that reaches out to those in need, provides opportunities, cultivates healthy lifestyles, challenges social stereotypes, and values diversity and equality. As part of their commitment to social equality, the YWCA National Capital Area supports the efforts of DC Vote to achieve equality for DC citizens.