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Progressive Organizations Guide

(not pretending to be a complete list)

These descriptions are taken from the organizations’ official website.

You probably get emails from numerous organizations asking for donations. But it’s sometimes confusing just what these different organizations stand for and what they intend to do with your money. Here is a brief description (in no particular order) of some of the more visible groups and what they have to say about their purpose and goals.

Vote Vets - VoteVets.org

OUR MISSION: Started in 2006 and backed by more than 500,000 veterans, military family members and their supporters, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns to give a voice to veterans on matters of national security, veterans' care, and every day issues that affect the lives of those who served, and their families.

Common Dreams - commondreams.org

Every day, Common Dreams website has what you can do today to Resist (http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/03/02/resist-day-42-what-you-can-do-today). Our Mission: To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. Common Dreams has been providing breaking news & views for the progressive community since 1997. We are independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported.

Run For Something - runforsomething.net

Run for Something will recruit and support talented, passionate youngsters who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench. We’ll take a chance on people the usual “institutions” might never encounter. We’ll help people run for offices like state legislatures, mayorships, city council seats, and more. We’ll do whatever it takes to get more under-35 year-olds on the ballot.

Democracy for America - democracyforamerica.com

Democracy for America (DFA) is a member-driven, people-powered political action committee founded by former presidential candidate and DNC chair Gov. Howard Dean. Our mission is to build and empower the progressive grassroots to take our democracy back from corporations and the wealthy few and aggressively combat growing income inequality.

People’s Action - peoplesaction.org

People’s Action is a powerful new force for democracy and economic fairness. From family farms to big cities, from coast to coast, we’re fighting for community over greed, justice over racism, and people and planet over big corporations.

Bold Progressives - bold progressives.org

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and its over 1 million members and growing nation-wide believe in fighting for bold progressive change. It’s not enough to agree with us on the issues we champion — heroes in Congress and candidates on the campaign trail that we support also believe in fighting for these values. Founded in 2009 by Adam Green, a former MoveOn online organizer and Democratic party communications worker, and Stephanie Taylor, former MoveOn and SEIU organizer, the PCCC has been at the forefront fighting for progressive change ever since.

Move On - moveon.org

“Democracy In Action” - MoveOn is the largest independent, progressive, digitally-connected organizing group in the United States. Launched in 1998, MoveOn pioneered online organizing and advocacy techniques that have become standard in politics, nonprofits, and industry in the U.S. and worldwide. We combine rapid-response political campaigning with deep strategic analysis, rigorous data science and testing, and a culture of grassroots member listening and participation that allows us to consistently and quickly identify opportunities for progressive change–and mobilize millions of members to seize them. MoveOn members step up as leaders by using the MoveOn Petitions DIY organizing platform to create their own petitions and campaigns to drive social change.

TakeItBack.Org - takeitback.org

TakeItBack.Org-Advocacy is an independent, non-partisan c(4) organization dedicated to taking back our government from the undue influence of wealthy special interests and putting it to work again for everyday citizens by promoting reforms in a variety of areas, including: campaign finance, ethics and nonpartisanship in both our elections and our governing process.

TurnoutPAC - turnoutpac.org

Progressive Turnout Project is a grassroots Political Action Committee (PAC) with a single mission: get Democrats to the polls. We design, test, and execute specialized voter turnout programs targeting sporadic Democratic voters in the most competitive congressional districts in the country. In the 2016 election cycle, we sent our trained teams to districts across the country to run tailor-made turnout programs complementing the work campaigns do and boosting Democratic turnout.

People For The American Way - pfaw.org

People For the American Way was founded in 1981 by legendary television and film producer Norman Lear, the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, and a group of business, civic, religious, and civil rights leaders who were disturbed by the divisive rhetoric of newly politicized televangelists. We are dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way.

UltraViolet Action - weareultraviolet.org

“equality at a higher frequency” - UltraViolet is a powerful and rapidly growing community of people from all walks of life mobilized to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, from politics and government to media and pop culture. UltraViolet works on a range of issues including health care, economic security, violence, reproductive rights, racial justice, and immigration by putting the voices of all women, especially women of color and LGBTQ women, front and center. Sexism is everywhere. At UltraViolet, we combine innovative, cutting-edge organizing with grassroots, people-powered actions to fight for equality and progress.

Act Blue - actblue.com

Powering Democratic candidates, committees, parties, organizations, and c4s around the country. Act Blue provides an easy way for progressive organizations to set up on-line fundraising. When you donate through Act Blue, all of your money goes to the intended organization, although Act Blue asks you for a tip (of 10%), but this is optional.

Demand Progress - demandprogress.org

Demand Progress is a fiscally-sponsored project of New Venture Fund, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and Demand Progress Action is a fiscally-sponsored project of Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501(c)4 social welfare organization. Demand Progress is a national grassroots group with two million affiliated activists who fight for basic rights and freedoms needed for a modern democracy. We work to win progressive policy changes for ordinary people through organizing and grassroots lobbying. We focus on issues of civil liberties, civil rights, and government reform. We run online campaigns to rally people to take action on the news that affects them — by contacting Congress and other leaders, funding pressure tactics, and spreading the word in their own communities. We work in Washington to provide an advocate for the public in all the decisions that affect our lives.

MAYDAY America - mayday.us

“Help us reduce the influence of money in politics” - We are creating a people’s political machine to end the big money political machine.


NATIONAL DEM GROUPS
Democratic National Committee (DNC) - democrats.org

Here’s my bit of editorializing: Join the DNC and change it from within to reflect your values. It is, without a doubt, a very powerful organization, but like any big bureaucracy it is slow to change/evolve.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee - dccc.org

The official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House of Representatives. The only political committee in the country whose principal mission is to support Democratic House candidates every step of the way to victory.

Democratic National Committee (DNC) - democrats.org
Democratic Governors Association - dga.net

Founded in 1983, the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) is an independent voluntary political organization organized to support Democratic governors and candidates across the nation. As the only organization dedicated to electing Democratic governors and candidates, the DGA participates at all levels of campaigns, from providing resources to fund operations to helping articulate and deliver their messages. The DGA also provides expert advice in policy areas to Democratic governors and candidates, with several policy conferences a year on topics such as biotechnology and life sciences and the new energy economy. The DGA is proud to support the Democratic governors in 16 states and 2 US territories. We invite you to learn more about them, the upcoming races and how to be involved in the DGA.


NEW JERSEY DEM GROUPS
NJ Democratic State Committee - njdems.org

Democrats believe our government should work to ensure that every person has the opportunity to find a good job, earn a fair wage, enjoy equal rights, and achieve his or her full potential.

Monmouth County Democrats - monmouthdems.org

The Monmouth County Democrats are an organization dedicated to electing Democrats throughout Monmouth County. The objectives are: 1. To assist in the promotion and development of good government; whether national, state, county or municipal.  2. To further the principles of the Democratic Party. 3. To promote the middle-class values that built Monmouth County from the grassroots up.

NJ Working Families - workingfamilies.org

We believe that our economy is out of whack when wages are stagnant and good jobs are harder and harder to come by, but the very wealthiest just get richer and richer. When college is getting more and more expensive, and retirement more and more insecure. When quality public education is only available for some, but not all, of our children. When as hard as we work, inequality in America is only getting worse. We also believe the promise of our democracy has been broken when the views of a single wealthy donor can carry more weight that the needs of millions of hard working families. When a moneyed few can pull the strings in our democracy, they rewrite the rules of our economy to benefit them. The wealthy few are making money by doing harm to working families, whether they’re outsourcing jobs, privatizing schools or poisoning the environment. Working Families is a growing progressive political organization that fights for an economy that works for all of us, and a democracy in which every voice matters. We believe that our children’s life chances must not be determined at birth, and that America must be a nation that allows all its people to thrive.


ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS
League of Conservation Voters - lcv.org

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) works to turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities. LCV, in collaboration with our state LCV partners, advocates for sound environmental laws and policies, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elects pro-environment candidates who will champion our priority issues.

350 - 350.org

“We’re Building a Global Climate Movement” - 350* is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions bring together a global network active in over 188 countries.


Sierra Club - sierraclub.org

Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

Union Of Concerned Scientists - ucsusa.org

UCS was founded in 1969 by scientists and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. That year, the Vietnam War was at its height and Cleveland’s heavily polluted Cuyahoga River had caught fire. Appalled at how the U.S. government was misusing science, the UCS founders drafted a statement calling for scientific research to be directed away from military technologies and toward solving pressing environmental and social problems. We remain true to that founding vision. Throughout our history, UCS has followed the example set by the scientific community: we share information, seek the truth, and let our findings guide our conclusions.