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 in 2017, and electing Democrat Doug Jones, in 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 late in 2017, having trained college students and church-goers, organized and turned out African Americans across Alabama en masse to block an accused child molester from office, and elect Democrat Doug Jones to the Senate. In February, 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 community organization that strengthens the leadership of Alaskans to win public policies that improve their community members’ lives. They are inspiring, motivating, and bringing autonomous groups under one collective source for better communication and keeping their sanity. They have been holding their elected officials accountable and courageously mobilizing their communities around protecting healthcare.
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.
LUCHA and its c3 sister ACE are Center for Popular Democracy affiliates based in the Phoenix area, started in 2009 to challenge Sheriff Arpaio and 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 this year’s Minimum Wage initiative, and are part of a new collaborative effort to take out Arpaio and advance justice reform.
A member-led organization that advocates for families in low to moderate income communities on the most pressing issues affecting Black, Latino, and Millennial communities. This grassroots movement focuses on developing leaders, mobilizing organizers, and empowering communities to take on issues including education equity, fair and free elections, and criminal justice reform. OVOV Arizona is leading a powerful engagement and training initiative to motivate voters to get to polls this November.
An immigrant youth-led organization that fights for higher education and immigrant rights that began shortly after Prop 300 targeted the education of undocumented immigrant students forcing many out of school. It organizes in local communities to promote civic engagement and higher education. Since the announcement of DACA, it has served thousands of applicants free of cost with the support of local attorneys around Arizona.
A coalition of progressive advocacy organizations and labor unions formed as a direct response to the growing disenfranchisement of voters, attacks on Latinos, and the need to unite organizations to advocate for working families. They seek to change the state legislature and achieve progressive policies. With an electoral strategy and infrastructure, they are taking charge of securing goals in the state with a focus on engaging people of color, young people, and women.
An energetic immigrant-led multi-racial multi-generational group that won the historic community victory that ousted Sheriff Arpaio from office in 2016 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.
Dine Citizens Against Ruining our Environment is a recognized environmental all-Navajo organization based within the Navajo homeland. Its empowering local and traditional people to organize, speak out and determine their own destinies. Its 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.
A civic engagement organization and champion of civil rights building Latino political power. It unites Latinos, immigrants, and allies to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Working on immigrant rights, voting rights, environment, workers rights, healthcare, and education. Its focused efforts to register and mobilize new and young voters to the polls this election cycle.