The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution — part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group — the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector.
Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Our work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. We are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing.
The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) is a leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration. Our mission is to promote reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights.
The Anti Police-Terror Project began as a project of the ONYX Organizing Committee. We are a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color. Founding coalition members include the Black Power Network, Community Ready Corps, Workers World and the Idriss Stelley Foundation. APTP is not a non-profit organization.
At Grassroots Leadership, we believe no one should profit from the imprisonment of human beings. We live in the most incarcerated society in the history of the world. Every day we confront a prison industry that preys on pain because locking people up dehumanizes all of us.
The Decarceration Project is a litigation and policy initiative of The Legal Aid Society that is dedicated to ending the mass incarceration of low-income New Yorkers, and eradicating the criminal justice system’s disproportionate impact on communities of color. The Project helps New Yorkers navigate the inequities of the money bail system and provides assistance to sentenced people who have had their sentences calculated incorrectly. It also is home to the Women’s Pretrial Release Initiative, a collaboration between Legal Aid, Fedcap and the Open Society Foundation focused on getting cis- and trans-women off of Rikers Island. The Project is the first of its kind in the country, and a national voice for changing how public defenders fight pretrial detention and end mass incarceration. In 2018, the Project was recognized as an Exemplary Project in Indigent Defense by the American Bar Association.
The National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression was founded in 1973 in Chicago, Illinois to mount organized action against unjust treatment of individuals because of race or political beliefs. Its founding grew out of the struggle to free Angela Davis from a racist frame-up on murder charges surrounding the aborted attempt by Jonathan Jackson to free his brother, George Jackson and the Soledad Brothers in 1970. The Chicago Branch, now the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR), continues to struggle for justice.
Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) is an unprecedented campaign that is working to end discriminatory policing in New York. We are advancing policies that protect the safety and rights of all New Yorkers to create true community safety. We are in the courts fighting to hold police accountable for violating New Yorkers' constitutional rights. We are training communities to know their rights and to observe and document police abuse. We engage in strategic direct action, organizing and civic engagement to build the power of communities most impacted by abusive policing. And we are in Albany and at City Hall demanding law and policy changes that advance police accountability to improve safety for communities.
The Unified Actional Coalition is a team of activists with a passion for justice and equality. From LGBT rights to the systematic problem of mass incarceration, the Coalition works to educate and empower the global community, giving people an opportunity to make an impact on the world around them.
#ItsBiggerThanYou is an organization, that provides a platform to support positive social change. Our aim is to uplift, inform and empower communities using the agency of youth advocacy, and radical activism. We aim to teach from the ground up, to eradicate systematic oppression and disenfranchisement of people of color. Through education, awareness and empowerment within our communities. We choose to focus our beauty, power, and potential through sustainable methods of activism and revolution.
The Stop Mass Incarceration Network (SMIN) exists to stop the slow genocide of mass incarceration and all its consequences; racial profiling, a legal system that disproportionately impacts Blacks and Latinos, the police murder of our children, the criminalization of a generation, discrimination, widespread torture in prisons and treating those formerly incarcerated as less than full human beings. SMIN was initiated in 2011 by Dr. Cornel West and Carl Dix. SMIN is determined to bring forth a movement of millions of people, from all walks of life, in steadfast resistance to the New Jim Crow and we will not stop until mass incarceration and the police murder of Black, Latino and other oppressed peoples stops. Everybody striving for these same objectives should join SMIN. Organizations should affiliate as this is a national network – it’s wide open for every person and every organizations involvement and contribution.
Ferguson Youth Initiative is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization serving the youth of the Ferguson community. FYI empowers teens from Ferguson and surrounding communities to become productive, positive, and contributing members of the community.
CCWP is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex (PIC). We see the struggle for racial and gender justice as central to dismantling the PIC and we prioritize the leadership of the people, families, and communities most impacted in building this movement.
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee was founded in 1969 as a group of civil rights lawyers and advocates working to secure racial equity and economic opportunity for all. Our vision is to root out and dismantle deeply entrenched systems of discrimination, racism, and economic oppression by using the power of the law to give voice to those most impacted by these civil rights issues.
With new and unprecedented threats to civil rights upon us, we use legal advocacy to empower communities and create policy change. We are Texas lawyers for Texas communities, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts.