Note: Many of these advocacy groups support diverse issues, but they are arranged, where possible, into categories, for easier searching.
American Civil Liberties Union – “The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”
National Association for Multicultural Education - The Founders of NAME envisioned an organization that would bring together individuals and groups with an interest in multicultural education from all levels of education, different academic disciplines and from diverse educational institutions and occupations. NAME today is an active, growing organization, with members from throughout the United States and several other countries. Educators from preschool through higher education and representatives from business and communities comprise NAME’s membership.
National Organization for Women - 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.
Women’s Education Equity Act – The Women’s Educational Equity Act (WEEA) Equity Resource Center was established more than 20 years ago to bring support and resources to the many exceptional efforts that are improving the education of girls and women in the United States. The WEEA Center is a national project that promotes bias-free education, believing that gender equity works for everyone–for girls and women, men and boys. Our mission is to increase educational opportunities and outcomes for all students by focusing on gender equity and drawing on the strengths of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, and income.
National Women’s Law Center- The National Women’s Law Center has worked since its inception in 1972 to protect and advance the progress of women and girls at work, in school, and in virtually every aspect of their lives.
AGELE – Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education - The mission of the Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education is to provide leadership in the identification and infusion of gender equity in all educational programs and processes and within parallel equity concerns including, but not limited to age, disability, ethnicity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.
American Indian Movement – “Pledged to fight White Man’s injustice to Indians, his oppression, persecution, discrimination and malfeasance in the handling of Indian Affairs. No area in North America is too remote when trouble impends for Indians. AIM shall be there to help the Native People regain human rights and achieve restitutions and restorations.”
America Latino – This website is a social and professional site tailored to address the needs and offer an understanding of the growing US Hispanic/Latino segment. It includes listing of numerous advocacy groups around the country, articles, classified ads and other resources. Membership is free.
Center for the Study of White American Culture- “Not an organization for white supremacists, as some people might infer, we are instead a multiracial organization that looks at whiteness and white American culture.”
Japanese American Citizenship League-The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is a membership organization whose mission is to secure and maintain the human and civil rights of Americans of Japanese ancestry and others victimized by injustice.
NAACP – “For more than nine decades, the NAACP has consistently relied on the membership and participation of socially conscious individuals of all races, religions, political affiliations and ideologies. While we have fought and won many battles to end racism, and injustice, there is still much work to be done. With your help we can build on the tremendous progress we have made and work together to eliminate the remaining barriers to freedom and equality for all Americans.”
National Congress of American Indians- “NCAI serves to protect the rights of Indian Nations and Native Governments, to enhance the quality of life of Indian and Native people, and to promote a better understanding among the general public about Indian and Native governments, people, and rights.”
Organization of Chinese Americans – Founded in 1973, the Organization of Chinese Americans, Inc. (OCA) is a national non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization of concerned Chinese Americans. OCA is dedicated to securing the rights of Chinese American and Asian American citizens and permanent residents through legislative and policy initiatives at all levels of the government.
National Urban League – The Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream.
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)- “The immediate object of the League is to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people. Its ultimate purpose is to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens.”
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
GLSEN - The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GLSEN, is working to ensure safe and effective schools for all students.
PFLAG - Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and almost 500 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG national office, located in Washington, DC, the national Board of Directors and 14 Regional Directors.