For nearly a century, the ACLU has worked to protect the civil rights of all Americans, including:
Defending free speech and the right to protest
Fighting relentless attacks on reproductive freedom
Pushing for reforms to our racially-biased criminal justice system
For the next few years and beyond, our country will be subject to increased attacks on our personal freedoms that are meant to be protected by the U.S. Constitution. The ACLU works relentlessly to fight against the lawmakers that are trying to strip people of their rights, including women, immigrants, and people of color.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
From their website: The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
the NAACP focuses on such issues as Education, Health, Media Diversity, Civic engagement, Environmental and Climate justice, Economic opportunity, and criminal justice.
One in five American women has chosen Planned Parenthood for health care at least once in her life. Planned Parenthood is a health organization essential to people living in low-income areas, and offers breast exams, STI screenings, cancer screenings, reproductive healthcare including pap smears, birth control pills, general wellness checkups, and more. It services over 2.7 million, including men, women, and transgender people.
- Planned Parenthood is the leading provider of reproductive health care and education. 1 in 5 women has been a Planned Parenthood patient in her lifetime.
- Over 93% of the services provided by Planned Parenthood are preventive – including life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, and STD testing and treatment.
- Planned Parenthood provides medically-accurate sex education and programs for parents to help improve communication with their teens.
- Planned Parenthood does routine vasectomies for men and offers breast exams for women.
- Planned Parenthood does not turn anyone away for lack of insurance or inability to pay.
- Planned Parenthood stands at the forefront in advocating for reproductive rights and access to care. (source)
Federal funding DOES NOT go to Planned Parenthood's abortion services. Defunding Planned Parenthood on the basis of this falsehood is misleading many Americans.
Planned Parenthood is an extremely important healthcare center that serves millions of people. It's proven that abortion rates go down when women have access to affordable pregnancy prevention. To defund Planned Parenthood would displace millions of people in need who have nowhere else to turn for ALL of their general healthcare, reproductive or otherwise.
The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." Now the nations premier civil rights / human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all. (source)
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CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. (source)
- Supports free enterprise, freedom of religion and freedom of expression
Is committed to protecting the civil rights of all Americans, regardless of faith.
Supports domestic policies that promote civil rights, diversity and freedom of religion.
Opposes domestic policies that limit civil rights, permit racial, ethnic or religious profiling, infringe on due process, or that prevent Muslims and others from participating fully in American civic life.
CAIR is a natural ally of groups, religious or secular, that advocate justice and human rights in America and around the world.
Supports foreign policies that help create free and equitable trade, encourage human rights and promote representative government based on socio-economic justice.
Believes the active practice of Islam strengthens the social and religious fabric of our nation.
Condemns all acts of violence against civilians by any individual, group or state.
Advocates dialogue between faith communities both in America and worldwide.
Supports equal and complementary rights and responsibilities for men and women.
NCADV is the voice of victims and survivors. NCADV is the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence. They do this by affecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs and education that drive that change. (source)
Reproductive Rights and Justice: NOW affirms that reproductive rights are issues of life and death for women, not mere matters of choice. NOW fully supports access to safe and legal abortion, to effective birth control and emergency contraception, to reproductive health services and education for all women. We oppose attempts to restrict these rights through legislation, regulation or Constitutional amendment.
Ending Violence Against Women: NOW is unique in its approach to the issue of violence against women, emphasizing that there are many interrelated aspects to the issue—domestic violence; sexual assault; sexual harassment; violence at abortion clinics; hate crimes across lines of gender, sexuality and race; the gender bias in our judicial system that further victimizes survivors of violence; and the violence of poverty emphasized by the radical right’s attacks on poor women and children—all of which result from society’s attitudes toward women and efforts to “keep women in their place.”
Economic Justice: NOW advocates for wide range of economic justice issues affecting women, from the glass ceiling to the sticky floor of poverty. These include welfare reform, livable wages, job discrimination, pay equity, housing, social security and pension reform, and much more.
LGBT Rights: NOW is committed to fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, health services, child custody and military policies. NOW is committed to educational efforts that combat the adverse effects of homophobia, promote positive images in the media and ultimately ensure civil rights protection for all. NOW asserts the right of lesbians to live their lives with dignity and security, and marriage equality for all.
Racial Justice: NOW condemns the racism that inflicts a double burden of race and sex discrimination on women of color. Seeing human rights as indivisible, we are committed to identifying and fighting against those barriers to equality and justice that are imposed by racism. A leader in the struggle for civil rights since its inception in 1966, NOW is committed to diversifying our movement, and we continue to fight for equal opportunities for women of color in all areas including employment, education and reproductive rights.
Constitutional Equality Amendment: Equality in pay, job opportunities, political structure, social security and education will remain an elusive dream without a guarantee of equality in the U.S. Constitution. The progress we have made—and must continue to make—towards women’s equality can be lost at any time because those advances depend on legislation that can be (and has been) weakened or repealed by Congress. Although we did not succeed in ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, winning a constitutional guarantee of equality for women remains one of NOW’s top priorities.
RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
Donate to RAINN here.
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The SPLC employs a three pronged strategy to battle racial and social injustice:
2. Teaching Tolerance: SPLC knows we don't achieve equality and justice through the courts and investigative reporting alone. The future of our great country lies in the hands of today's young people.
3. Seeking Justice: SPLC uses the courts and other forms of advocacy to win systemic reforms on behalf of victims of bigotry and discrimination.
There are currently 892 hate groups operating within the United States. Track them with the SPLC's interactive hate map.
The AIC, established in 1987, works to strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration.
The Council promotes the prosperity and cultural richness of our diverse nation by standing up for sensible and humane immigration policies that reflect fundamental American values; The Council insists that our immigration laws be enacted and implemented in a way that honors fundamental rights; The Council works to achieve justice and fairness for immigrants under the law; and The Council strives to educate policy makers and the general public about the enduring contributions of America’s immigrants. The Council employs a diverse set of strategies, including policy advocacy, litigation, research, communications, and education. (source)