Resources

The events of the last year demonstrate that America has not yet moved beyond its ugly history of racial violence, bias, segregation, and discrimination.  Many of us are struggling to find ways to join the struggle for racial equality.  To support the work of the New York Law School Racial Justice Project, please contact us at impactcenter@nyls.edu or (212) 431-2314.  Below are some additional resources for how to engage in the movement for equality and justice.

 

Color of Change

The Color of Change focuses on strengthening Black America’s political voice in order to make government more responsive to their concerns by funding and organizing various political events, voting campaigns, and awareness campaigns.

 

Justice Together

Justice together is looking to form deeply focused policy coalitions in all fifty states and Washington, D.C. with hopes of having a deep impact on legislation on the local, state, regional, and national level. They aim to create a robust local/state/national policy plan that effectively addresses police brutality.

 

Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative is a nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. They litigate on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged with violent crimes, poor people denied effective representation, and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct. EJI also work with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment.

 

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.  Currently, Black Lives Matter is calling for volunteers who would like to get organized, get active, and fight back within their communities.

 

Race Forward

Race Forward’s mission is to build awareness, solutions and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information and experiences.  They advance racial justice through media, research, leadership development and their Racial Justice Leadership Institutes.

 

Do Something

Do Something is one of the largest global organizations for young people and social change. The organization implements social justice campaigns and tackles issues such as poverty, racism, and many more. Anyone can sign up for any campaign of their choosing.

 

Operation HOPE 

The mission of Operation HOPE is to be the best-in-class provider of financial literacy empowerment for youth, financial capability for communities, and financial dignity for all. They aim to accomplish this through their work on the ground as the nonprofit private banker for the working poor, the under-served and struggling middle class. Thanks to donations and an ever-growing volunteer base, they are able to provide a range of financial literacy empowerment programs and services throughout the Country

 

South Asian Americans Leading Together

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that elevates the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States.

 

Race Matters Institute

The Race Matters Institute helps organizations develop policies, programs, practices, and protocols that achieve more equitable outcomes for all children, families, and communities.

 

Advancement Project

The Advancement Project is a policy, communications and legal action group committed to racial justice.

 

The Opportunity Agenda

The Opportunity Agenda works to ensure that the United States lives up to its promise as the land of opportunity for every person who lives here.

 

Poverty and Race Research Action Council

PRRAC’s primary mission is to help connect social scientists with advocates working on race and poverty issues and to promote a research-based advocacy strategy on issues of structural racial inequality.

 

The National Council of La Raza

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) — the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States — works to improve opportunities for millions of Hispanic Americans across the country.

 

Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. It was founded to ensure that the promises of the civil rights movement became a reality for all.

 

The National Urban League

 

Established in 1910, the Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream.

 

NAACP

The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

 

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has a mission of advancing the civil rights of Latinos in the United States. Its unique three-pronged strategy for civil rights advancement combines advocacy, community education and litigation.

 

League of United Latin American Citizens

The Mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.