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.
Since the formation of the ACLU-NCA in 1961, our Mission has been to protect and expand civil liberties through legal action, legislative advocacy, and public education.
Each year we review more than 10,000 requests for legal assistance. Sometimes our local case goes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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 a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League's goal is to influence public policy through education and advocacy. 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.