Black Voters Matter Fund is dedicated to expanding Black voter engagement and increasing progressive power. In Alabama, led by LaTosha Brown, a Selma native, they were instrumental in defeating Republican Roy Moore and electing Democrat Doug Jones in a past Senate election, a win largely attributed to Black voters, and women in particular. The group raised money, provided grants to smaller GOTV efforts, organized rides to the polls, and created and distributed thousands of flyers and brochures.
PICO Affiliate in Alabama working with congregations around the state to build electoral engagement and mobilize faith communities on issues around mass criminalization and education.
WOKE VOTE surprised the nation by having trained college students and church-goers, organize and turn out African Americans across Alabama en masse to block an accused child molester from office, and elect Democrat Doug Jones to the Senate. They hosted a Woke Vote Conference: A Road Map to A Woke 2018, to take their model national, as they continue to work on the ground with other groups to boost voter engagement and hold government accountable to all the people of Alabama.
A newly formed Indigenous-led organization that gives voice to the ancestral imperative to uplift Indigenous peoples. It provides Alaska Native peoples, communities, and their values a voice at all levels of policymaking and leverages a strong community network that provides guidance in connecting values with political candidates, proposed policies and land management. Their focus includes advocacy, education, local decision-making, and unifying Indigenous communities to address issues impacting their ways of life.
An undocumented and youth-led organization of immigrant families including LGBTQ people and single-parent households affected by prisons and divisive narratives of “good vs. bad immigrant.” Aliento believes that communities have the power to engage in collective problem-solving. Through political education and art creation, they seek to shift away from the belief that punitive practices lead to justice. Through art, they heal and build power to reimagine a community without a punitive system.
Developing leadership among Black communities by educating, organizing, and mobilizing citizens to participate in the democratic process. Empowering communities to make voting and civic participation a cultural responsibility and tradition in order to promote greater social and economic justice that will enhance the quality of life.
Arizona Coalition for Change (C4C) & its (c)(4) sister organization Our Voice, Our Vote Arizona (OVOV) are member-led organizations based in Phoenix and Tucson committed to advocating for lasting progressive public policies that empower and equip our most vulnerable communities. They focus on building civic and political power in black and brown communities through voter mobilization & turnout, grassroots organizing, leadership development training, voter registration, electing champions into office, and holding elected officials accountable. By putting people first, they develop and lift up the voices of the New American Majority to take on the nations’ most pressing issues.
An immigrant youth-led organization that fights for higher education access and immigrant rights. ADAC began shortly after Prop 300 was implemented, prop 300 targets the education of undocumented immigrant students forcing many out of school. The group organizes with local communities to promote leadership development, civic engagement,higher education access, and grassroots organizing and advocacy around other issues that affect undocument youth and families. With the support of local attorneys around Arizona they have assisted thousands of DACA applicants with their initial applications and renewal processes free of cost.
A student-led, non-partisan organization created to represent the collective interest of the 140,000+ university students and 400,000+ community college students in Arizona. They advocate at the local, state, and national levels for affordable and accessible higher education. Their organization is built around three pillars – advocacy, organizing, and leadership development. ASA advocates for student issues to elected and appointed officials in Arizona and Washington D.C. They also run direct action campaigns on and off campus and work to build student power every year through voter registration, education and GOTV.
The unified 501(c)4 table in Arizona, consisting of labor, immigrant, civic engagement, reproductive rights, civil rights, environmental, and other progressive organizations. The table came together in 2011 with the goal of pushing a progressive agenda in Arizona and advocating for better policy to serve working families and improve Arizona’s democracy. Arizona Wins functions as a shared hub for the electoral and voting rights advocacy field and communications efforts of all partners. Arizona Wins identifies shared priorities, organizes partner organizations to pool their resources, both financial and programmatic, to invest in a coordinated program to reach our shared goals, and identifies and works to fill gaps in both resources and program areas.
An energetic immigrant-led multi-racial multi-generational group that won the historic victory that ousted Sheriff Arpaio from office by organizing the largest GOTV canvassing in Arizona’s history. It inspired support from thousands of community members statewide and supporters from all over the US. They continue the resistance against racism and xenophobia outside of Arizona through direct action and electoral work.
Defending rights and defeating intolerance, the Arizona chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations is the leading American Muslim advocate for justice and mutual understanding in Arizona. Their mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. CAIR-AZ does this through our legal work, advocacy and through civic engagement programs that empower our community.
A recognized environmental all-Navajo organization based within the Navajo homeland. It’s empowering local and traditional people to organize, speak out and determine their own destinies. It’s educating and advocating for traditional teachings and providing a voice for all life in the Four Sacred Mountains. Among their victories on multiple issues, a key one is winning reform of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.
An organization focused on building effective and sustaining advocacy capacity among low-income and leaders of color in Arizona. Their programs accelerate the work of existing organizations to ensure they can scale and run impactful programs for elections and advocacy campaigns. Their work includes an executive leadership program that builds relationships and coordination across the progressive political infrastructure, and a fellowship that targets middle managers of the most influential organizations in the state. Instituto also incubates community-based organizations to build a more robust progressive infrastructure in Arizona.
LUCHA and its c3 sister ACE are Center for Popular Democracy affiliates based in the Phoenix area, started to challenge anti-immigrant policies. They have over 1000 Latino and immigrant members, and provide empowerment services along with leadership development, organizing, and civic engagement at scale. They’ve led ballot campaigns including the winning 2016 Prop 206 Minimum Wage initiative, helped in the efforts to defeat former Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio, and continue to create leaders and campaigns that challenge the political status quo in Arizona.