Action from Ireland (Afri) - Promotes debate and influences policy and practice in Ireland and internationally on human rights, peace and justice issues.
African National Congress (ANC) - A national liberation movement formed in 1912 to unite the African people and spearhead the struggle for fundamental political, social and economic change. The Freedom Charter, which was adopted by the Congress of the People in 1955, remains the basic policy document of the ANC.
Alberta Council for Global Cooperation - A coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in Alberta and committed to advocating harmonious relations among nations and to promoting equitable community development within nations which is people-centred, democratic, just, sustainable, inclusive and respectful of indigenous cultures.
Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ) - Supports locally-based grassroots organizing by sharing political analysis, mobilizing for direct action, monitoring the centers of corporate and government power, expanding channels of communication, and sharing skills and infrastructure. Core projects include:
Alliance for Justice - A national association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women's, children's and consumer advocacy organizations.
Alliance for Retired Americans - A strong voice for retired workers and their families. A way for retired union members and others to make their voices heard. Three million members.
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland - The main non-sectarian party of Northern Ireland. There are both Protestants and Catholics among its members and supporters. It has sometimes been described as a soft unionist party because it believes Northern Ireland should stay in the United Kingdom until its people decide otherwise.
America Coming Together (ACT) - ACT is conducting a massive voter contact program, mobilizing voters to defeat George W. Bush and elect progressive candidates all across America.
American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) - The professional association of the United States Foreign Service. With 13,000 dues-paying members, AFSA represents 26,000 active and retired Foreign Service employees of the Department of State and Agency for International Development (AID), as well as smaller groups in the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (FCS), and International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB).
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Largest public interest law firm in the U.S. Its projects address civil liberties issues, including AIDS, capital punishment, lesbian and gay rights, immigrants' rights, prisoners' rights, reproductive freedom, voting rights, women's rights and workplace rights.
Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) - ATR opposes all tax increases as a matter of principle. Believes in a system in which taxes are simpler, fairer, flatter, more visible, and lower than they are today. The government's power to control one's life derives from its power to tax. ATR believe that power should be minimized.
Americas Program - Policy studies center generating a steady flow of commentaries, investigative articles, policy briefs, special reports, think pieces, citizen guides, and other publications.
Amnesty International - A worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards.
Amnesty International USA - Dedicated to freeing prisoners of conscience, gaining fair trials for political prisoners, ending torture, political killings and "disappearances," and abolishing the death penalty throughout the world. Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is the U.S. Section of Amnesty International.
As You Sow - Dedicated to holding corporations accountable for complying with consumer, workplace and environmental laws.
Association for Progressive Communications, The (APC) - A a global network of civil society organizations dedicated to empowering and supporting groups and individuals working for peace, human rights, development and protection of the environment, through the strategic use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), including the Internet.
B'Tselem - Endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights culture in Israel.
Benton Foundation - Works to realize the social benefits made possible by the public interest use of communications. Benton seeks to shape the emerging communications environment and to demonstrate the value of communications for solving social problems.
Bilderberg Meetings - Annual, unofficial, invitation-only conference of approximately 120 to 140 guests from North America and Western Europe, most of whom are people of influence. About one-third are from government and politics, and two-thirds from finance, industry, labour, education and communications. Meetings are closed to the public.
Black Radical Congress (BRC) - The purpose of the BRC is to promote dialogue among African American activists and scholars on the left; to discuss critical issues on the national and international scene that pertain to the Black community; to explore new strategies and directions for progressive political, social and cultural movements; and to renew the Black radical movement through increased unified action.
Boston Mobilization - A progressive community organization that educates, empowers, and organizes students and local residents to engage in grassroots campaigns for peace, economic justice, and genuine democracy.
Brecht Forum, The - Through its programs and events, the Brecht Forum brings people together across social and cultural boundaries and artistic and academic disciplines to promote critical analysis, creative thinking, collaboartive projects and networking in an independent community-level environment.
Burma Campaign UK - Through public education, policy advocacy, consumer boycotts, and divestment campaigns, FBC works to raise awareness about the human rights violations by Burma's illegitimate military dictatorship. Also see bio of Aung San Suu Kyi, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
California First Amendment Coalition (CFAC) - Promotes and defends the people's right to know, that is, your freedom of information (to find out) and freedom of expression (to speak out) about matters of public interest.
California NOW (CA NOW) - The California National Organization for Women is the largest state organization of feminists, both women and men, in the U.S.
California State Society - Washington based organization encourages meetings and exchanges of information and interests with prominent California business leaders, policymakers, journalists, and academicians.
CALPIRG - California advocate for the public's interest: clean affordable power, clean air, clean cars, safe fertilizers, clean coasts, toxics program, consumer protection, envionmental program and more.
Campaign for Peace and Democracy (CPD) - Dedicated to advancing a new, progressive and non-militaristic U.S. foreign policy - one that encourages democracy and social justice by promoting solidarity with activists and progressive movements throughout the world.
CANADEM - Creates and manages a resource bank of Canadians with skills in areas such as human rights, peacebuilding or democracy, to serve as a civilian standby mechanism for the UN and other international agencies conducting field operations.
Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) - One of Canada's most authoritative voices promoting better social and economic security for all Canadians, focussing on concerns such as income security, employment, poverty, child welfare, pensions and government social policies.
CatholicVote - A U.S. national voter education movement that is committed to the values and teachings of the Catholic faith.
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) - A non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Center for Democracy in the Americas - Devoted to changing U.S. policy toward the countries of the Americas by basing our relations on respect and dignity, recognizing positive models of governance in the region, and fostering dialogue particularly with those governments and movements with which U.S. policy is at odds.
Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) - One of the first organizations to challenge economic injustice as a violation of international human rights law. CESR works with social scientists and local partners in affected communities to document rights violations, advocate for changes in policies that impoverish and exploit people, and mobilize grassroots pressure for social change.
Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) - International reproductive health and rights organization. Its main goal is to enhance from a rights perspective the practices of those institutional actors, such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which receive large amounts of U.S. international assistance, and which, in partnership with governments, wield the greatest influence on policies and programs affecting the largest number of people worldwide.
Center for Immigrant Families - Engages immigrant women of color in a process of collective reflection, community building, personal and social transformation, and organizing for change.
Center for Public Integrity - One of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. High-quality, well-documented, investigative public service journalism and research.
Centre for Social Justice (CJS) - Canadian advocacy organization that works to narrow the gap between rich and poor, to challenge corporate domination of Canadian politics, and for policy changes promoting economic and social justice.
Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) - Defends and promotes the civil and political rights of Chinese and Asian Americans within the context of, and in the interest of, advancing multiracial democracy in the U.S.
CISPES - A grassroots organization dedicated to supporting the Salvadoran people's struggle for self-determination and social and economic justice.
Citizen Lab - An interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Canada focusing on advanced research and development at the intersection of digital media, global security, and human rights. Undertakes advanced research and engages in development that monitors, analyses, and impacts the exercise of political power in cyberspace.
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) - CAGW's mission is to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government. Founded in 1984 by the late industrialist J. Peter Grace and syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, CAGW is the legacy of the President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, also known as the Grace Commission.
Coalition for the International Criminal Court - The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) includes 2,500 civil society organizations in 150 different countries working in partnership to strengthen international cooperation with the ICC; ensure that the Court is fair, effective and independent; make justice both visible and universal; and advance stronger national laws that deliver justice to victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) - A community-based worker organization. Members are largely Hispanic, Haitian, and Mayan Indian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida.
Committee for a Unified Independent Party (CUIP) - Founded by long-time independents Dr. Lenora Fulani and Jacqueline Salit. Functions as a research and strategy center for the growing movement of independents in America, working to unify diverse independents around common goals.
Committee for a Workers' Internatonal (CWI) - A campaigning international socialist organisation based in over 35 countries. The CWI is part of the struggle to overthrow the rule of big business and global capitalism.
Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft (COMD) - COMD is an anti-militarism organization that also challenges the institution of the military, its effect on society, its budget, its role abroad and at home, and the racism, sexism and homophobia that are inherent in the armed forces and Selective Service System. COMD activities include community education, direct action and youth outreach.
Common Cause - Citizen's lobbying organization promotes open, honest and accountable government.
Common Sense for Drug Policy - Fights the excesses of the drug war by providing pro bono legal assistance to those adversely affected by current drug policy. Provides advice and technical assistance to individuals and organizations working to reform current policies.
Commonwealth Club - Public affairs forum, bringing together its 16,000 members for over 400 annual events on topics ranging across politics, culture, society and the economy.
Communist Party of India - Derives its world outlook from Marxist philosophy and accepts the integrated system of Marxism-Leninism and Mao Zedong. The Party upholds and practices proletarian internationalism and opposes all kinds of imperialism, hegemonism, colonialism, expansionism, racism, chauvinism, aggression and domination.
Communist Party of Nepal (CPN-UML) - The CPN (UML) is a political representative of the working and patriotic people of Nepal. The Party is firmly committed to nationalism, democracy, equality and justice and to enhance progress and prosperity of the people. The Party upholds the principles of socialism and pursues the road of People's Multi-Party Democracy which is a creative application of Marxism and Leninism in the Nepalese condition.
Communist Party USA - Marxist-Leninist working-class party that uniting white, brown and white, men and women, youth and seniors.
Concord Coalition, The - Advocating fiscal responsibility while ensuring Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are secure for all generations.
Conference of Socialist Economists - An international, democratic membership organisation committed to developing a materialist critique of capitalism, unconstrained by conventional academic divisions between subjects.
Conservative Party (UK) - The origins of the Conservative Party can be traced to the 'Tory' faction which emerged in the later seventeenth century. The current leader of the Conservative Party is Iain Duncan Smith.
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)- CEO is a European-based research and campaign group targeting the threats to democracy, equity, social justice and the environment posed by the economic and political power of corporations and their lobby groups.
Council for a Livable World - Arms control organization focusing on halting the spread of weapons of mass destruction, opposing a national missile defense system, cutting Pentagon waste and reducing excessive arms exports.
Council of Canadians - Canadian citizens' watchdog organization comprised of over 100,000 members and 50 chapters. across the country. The Council lobbies Members of Parliament, conducts research, and runs national campaigns aimed at safeguarding Canada's social programs, promoting economic justice, renewing democracy, asserting Canadian sovereignty, advancing alternatives to corporate-style free trade, and preserving the Canadian environment.
Council on Hemispheric Affairs - A nonprofit, tax-exempt independent research and information organization, was established to promote the common interests of the Western hemisphere, raise the visibility of regional affairs and increase the importance of the inter-American relationship, as well as encourage the formulation of rational and constructive U.S. policies towards Latin America.
Democracy Center, The - The Democracy Center was founded in San Francisco in 1992 to strengthen the advocacy work of nonprofit and community groups in California as well as NGOs in a variety of countries around the world. Since then the Center has provided advocacy training, counseling, strategy planning and other assistance to hundreds of groups and thousands of people working on social and economic justice issues on three continets.
Democracy for America - Grassroots political organization founded by Howard Dean, working to change the Democratic Party from the bottom up.
Democracy for America - Founded by former Gov. Howard Dean and built by those activists to help reform the Democratic Party. Recruits and trains progressive candidates to run for all levels of public office.
Democracy Watch - A Canadian citizen group advocating democratic reform, government accountability and corporate responsibility.
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) - Largest socialist organization in the U.S. and principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International. DSA believes that the U.S. economy and society should be run democratically-to meet public needs, not to make profits for a few, that many structures of government and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and social democracy so that ordinary Americans can participate in the many decisions that affect our lives.
Demos - A multi-issue national organization, Demos combines research, policy development and advocacy to influence public debate and catalyze change. Publisher of The American Prospect magazine.
Economic Club of Washington - Connecting prominent business and other leaders in the Washington, D.C., area. It also has become an influential forum for the exploration of national and global public policy issues.
encuentro 5 (e5) - A space for progressive movement building in the heart of Boston's Chinatown.
European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) - ECDPM improves international cooperation between Europe and countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific (ACP) through capacity building for policy management, the promotion of policy dialogue between ACP countries and Europe, and the provision of information and facilities for knowledge exchange.
European Free Alliance - Draws together political parties fighting for democracy and self-determination for the stateless nations and regions of Europe. EFA Members of the European Parliament are members of the Greens/European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament, forming a common parliamentary group since the European elections of 1999.
European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity - Supporting the transformation and democratisation processes in Central and Eastern Europe. The Forum functions as a platform for co-operation with social democratic oriented personalities, groups and parties in the region and informs the international social-democratic movement on the political situation in East-Central Europe with an emphasis on the developments of social democracy.
Federation of American Scientists (FAS) - Conducts analysis and advocacy on science, technology and public policy, including national security, nuclear weapons, arms sales, biological hazards, secrecy, education technology, information technology, energy and the environment.
FAIFE - An International Federation of Library Association and Institutions (IFLA) initiative to promote the basic human rights defined in Article 19 of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
FIAN - Exposes violations of people's right to food wherever they may occur.
Focus on the Global South - Focuses on Global South issues in developing countries. Challenges neoliberalism, militarism and corporate-driven globalisation while strengthening just and equitable alternatives.
Foreign Policy Association (FPA) - A national, nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental, educational organization founded to educate Americans about the significant international issues that influence their lives.
Foreign Policy in Focus (FPIF) - Seeks to make the U.S. a more responsible global leader and global partner. It is a think tank without walls that functions as an international network of more than 650 policy analysts and advocates.
Fórum Social Mundial (World Social Forum) - An open meeting place where groups and movements of civil society opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism, but engaged in building a planetary society centred on the human person, come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, for formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action.
Foundation for Ethics and Meaning (FEM) - The Foundation's activities and research seek to challenge the present economic and cultural dominance of market driven hyper-consumption, and the worship of material wealth, power and celebrity.
Freedom Forum - Dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. The Freedom Forum is the main funder of the operations of the Newseum, an interactive museum of news in Washington, D.C.; the First Amendment Center; and the Diversity Institute. The First Amendment Center and the Diversity Institute are housed in the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. The First Amendment Center also has offices in Washington.
Freedom House - A leading advocate of the world's young democracies, which are coping with the debilitating legacy of statism, dictatorship, and political repression. It conducts an array of U.S. and overseas research, advocacy, education, and training initiatives that promote human rights, democracy, free market economics, the rule of law, independent media, and U.S. engagement in international affairs. Also see Freedom HouseNews and Reports.
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) - A Quaker lobby in the public interest. People of many religious backgrounds participate in this work. FCNL's staff and volunteers work with a nationwide network of thousands of people to advocate social and economic justice, peace, and good government.
Global Exchange - Research, education, and action center dedicated to promoting people-to-people ties around the world.
Global Justice Now - Democratic social justice organisation. Mobilises people in the UK for change, and act in solidarity with those fighting injustice, particularly in the global south.
Global Witness - Runs campaigns against natural resource-related conflict and corruption and associated environmental and human rights abuses. From Cambodia to Congo, Sierra Leone to Angola, it has exposed the brutality and injustice that results from the fight to access and control natural resource wealth, and have sought to bring the perpetrators of this corruption and conflict to book. Its work has revealed how, rather than benefiting a country's citizens, abundant timber, diamonds, minerals, oil and other natural resources can incentivise corruption, destabilise governments, and lead to war.
Government Accountability Project - Protects the public interest and promotes government and corporate accountability by advancing occupational free speech, defending whistleblowers, and empowering citizen activists. Resource for information about whistleblowing, governmental wrongdoing and official misconduct.
Grassroots International - Primary focus is on land, water and food as human rights and nourishing the political struggle necessary to achieve these rights.
Grassroots Leadership - A multi-racial team of organizers based in Charlotte, NC. Its goal is to help Southern community and labor organizations think critically, work strategically and gain power to achieve justice and equity. Provides a range of support to Southern organizations and labor unions including public policy development, community education, research, direct action campaigns, coalition building and crisis intervention.
Greenlining Institute - A multi-ethnic research, leadership development, and public policy organization whose ultimate goal is to increase low-income and minority participation in civic participation and policy-making that result in equitable policies that improve the quality of life for all communities.
Greenpeace International - International organization dedicated to the protection of the environment by peaceful means. Learn the history of Greenpeace, read its Annual Report, explore the virtual Rainbow Warrior, view Greenpeace Video Files.
Haiti Support Group (UK) - An association of individuals who support the Haitian people in their struggle for justice, human rights, and participatory democracy. HSG was launched in June 1992 in the aftermath of the military coup d'etat that overthrew the democratic government.
Hampton Institute (HI) - Founded with the purpose of giving a platform to everyday, working-class people to theorize, comment, analyze and discuss matters that exist outside the confines of their daily lives, yet greatly impact them on a daily basis. The organization was named after former Black Panther, Fred Hampton, and also cites inspiration from Italian Marxist theorist, Antonio Gramsci, as well as educator and philosopher, Paulo Freire. In order to remain consistent with its working-class billing, the HI seeks out, as well as aims to develop, organic intellectuals within the working class; both in the US as well as internationally.
Handgun Control - Works to enact sensible gun control legislation in the United State but does not seek to ban guns.
Human Rights Watch - Stands with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice.
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