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.
The Drug Policy Alliance envisions a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights, in which people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies but only for crimes committed against others, and in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more.
Our mission is to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies.
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.
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.
The Marijuana Policy Project is the nation’s largest organization marijuana policy organization. MPP envisions a society in which marijuana is legal for adults and regulated similarly to alcohol; medical marijuana is accessible to every seriously ill patient who could benefit from it; marijuana education is honest and realistic; and treatment for marijuana consumers is non-coercive and geared toward reducing harm. MPP works toward these goals by increasing public support for non-punitive, non-coercive marijuana policies; increasing support for marijuana policy reform in Congress; and changing state and local laws to eliminate or minimize penalties for the medical and adult use of marijuana. MPP believes D.C. voters or their elected local representatives should have the right to determine marijuana policies in the District.
The National Women's Political Caucus is a multipartisan, multicultural grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women's participation in the political field and creating a political power base designed to achieve equality for all women. Founded in 1971, the NWPC prides itself in increasing the number of pro-choice women elected and appointed into office every year. Through recruiting, training and financial donations, the NWPC provides support to women candidates running for all levels of office regardless of political affiliation. In addition, hundreds of state and local chapters reach out to women in communities across the country to better assist them in their dreams of being elected into office. The NWPC strives to break the glass ceiling, which restricts a woman's ability to climb the political ladder, one crack at a time.
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.