PROGRESSIVE LINKS      


Local

Peace & Justice
Environment & Energy
Civil Rights/Human Rights
& Consumer Protection
Democratic Party
Other Political
Labor/Unions/Economic Justice

National & Regional

Election Reform
Political Reform
Media Reform
Anti War
Fair Trade, Economic Justice
& Community Empowerment
Faith Based
Environment & Energy
Civil Rights & Human Rights
Progressive Think Tanks

 
LOCAL -- PEACE & JUSTICE

www.isp.msu.edu/gluna

The Greater Lansing Area United Nations Association (GLUNA)  was founded to promote the principles of the United Nations and to foster world understanding and international education.
www.glnawi.org
Greater Lansing Network Against War and Injustice is a membership organization seeking to end war and promote social justice through advocacy, education and nonviolent action.
www.michiganpeaceteam.org/mpt
Michigan Peace Team works to create a non-violent alternative to militarism and violence through empowered peacemaking.
www.ssc.msu.edu/~pjstudy
MSU Peace and Justice Studies primary objective is to encourage students to think critically about violence, its causes, consequences, and alternatives both at home and abroad.
www.paxchristimi.org
Pax Christy Michigan works to bring about peace locally, nationally and globally through prayer, study and action.  They are rooted in spirituality, dedicated to studying the issues of peace and justice from the vantage point of all those involved, and espouse working for peace with justice through nonviolent conflict resolution.
www.peaceedcenter.org
The Peace Education Center is a non-profit association in the greater Lansing area.  Activities are determined by member organizations, at-large members and by task forces which target specific issues that affect us all locally, nationally and/or globally.
www.veteransforpeace.org
Veterans for peace are veterans working together for peace and justice through non-violence. Wage peace!

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LOCAL -- ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY

www.alam.org
The American Lung Association of Michigan (with a Capital region office located in Lansing) is currently involved  in promoting asthma awareness in Michigan as well as fighting lung disease.
www.cleanwateraction.org
Clean Water Action  is a national citizens' organization (with a Lansing office) working for clean, safe and affordable water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, creation of environmentatlly safe jobs and businesses, and empowerment of people to make democracy work.
www.msu.edu/~eco/about.html
ECO - MSU’s Student Environmental Group
www.peakoillansingmi.blogspot.com
Lansing Post-Petroleum Planning Project (LP4)   We can avoid SOME of the worst pain of the climate change we've unleashed by understanding global warming and "peak oil" and planning to relocalize economic activity by using the remaining easy oil to buy time to develop the habits, tools, and techniques to live well with much less energy, while cutting CO2 emissions.

www.mecprotects.org

The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) is addressing the primary assaults on Michigan's environment,  promoting alternatives to urban blight and suburban sprawl, advocating for a sustainable environment and economy, protecting Michigan's water legacy,  promoting cleaner energy and working to diminish environmental impacts on children's health.
www.michiganlcv.org/home.htm
The Michigan League of Conservation Voters is the nonpartisan political action voice for Michigan’s environmental and conservation movement. We make environmental protection a priority with elected officials, candidates, and voters by mobilizing citizens as a political force for the environment.
www.michigannature.org
The Michigan Nature Association (MNA), established in 1952, protects examples of Michigan's unique natural habitats and rare or endangered species. Programs focus on public conservation education and scientific study. The MNA now has 160 nature sanctuaries across the state for people to enjoy today and into the future.
www.michigantrails.org
Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy regionalized in Fall 2005, forming a Midwest office in Ohio. The Lansing-based group remained here and reorganized as an independent statewide nonprofit. The same staff are doing the same type of work, much of it on the Greater Lansing Tri-County area!

www.UrbanOptions.Org

Urban Options is a non-profit community agency which provides energy and environmental information and services and seeks to improve the environmental quality of our urban spaces with educational programs and demonstrations of practical and healthful home and yard improvements.  Urban Options operates Michigan's Energy and Environmental Demonstration House which features a variety of exhibits dealing with insulation, air leakage, composting, gardening and recycling.

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LOCAL -- CIVIL RIGHTS/HUMAN RIGHTS, CONSUMER PROTECTION

www.msu.edu/~cdaadmin/index.htm
EVE, INC – End Violent Encounters Formerly called the Council Against Domestic Assault (CADA), EVE, Inc. provides shelter and supportive services for the victims of domestic violence in our community, while seeking to end domestic violence through public awareness and community education.
www.oneunitedmichigan.org
Lansing Area United (LAU) is a chapter of Citizens for a United Michigan, the coalition opposing the anti-affirmative action measure (the so-called “Michigan Civil Rights" initiative) on the 2006 ballot.

www.lahronline.org

The Lansing Association for Human Rights  has as its mission to address the needs and concerns of the greater mid-Michigan LGBT community, its families and friends.
www.studentdoctor.com.msu.edu/orgs/Choice/
Medical Students for Choice is dedicated to promoting comprehensive reproductive health care for all people, including health education, access to contraception, and safe and legal abortions.(national at www.ms4c.org).

www.michiganconsumer.org

The Michigan Consumer Federation, with offices in East Lansing, works full-time for the passage of pro-consumer laws and the the defeat of bills that would harm consumers.
www.michiganequality.org
Michigan Equality is a statewide organization dedicated to building and using political power to promote equality and eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
www.mircrc.org

Michigan Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice works to ensure reproductive choice through the moral power of religious communities. The Coalition seeks to be a representative of people of all faiths and to give a clear voice to the reproductive issues of people of color, those living in poverty, youth, and underserved populations. All-Options Counseling service.

www.echt.chm.msu.edu/~chmphr/
MSU Physicians for Human Rights mission is to respond to poverty, repression, discrimination and other social determinants of health that threaten the richness of our right to freedom.
www.naacplansing.org

NAACP - Lansing Branch

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LOCAL -- DEMOCRATIC PARTY

www.8thdistrictdems.org/index.php

The 8th District Congressional Democratic Committee is the source for news and actions by the Democratic party in Michigan's 8th Congressional district.

www.demsandfriends.com

Eaton County Dems and Friends is dedicated to informing voters on public policy issues by offering events, infomation, public forums, speakers, publications and action.

www.inghamcountydemocrats.org

The Ingham County Democratic Party, with an office in East Lansing, enables local democrats to stay connected with party events and issues as well as to help elect Democrats to office.
www.isabellademocrats.com
Isabella County Democratic Party provides information, forums, events and links on their website.

www.mi-democrats.com

The Michigan Democratic Party has an office in Lansing. The site offers a subscription to a briefing email as well as many ways of becoming active in the party.

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LOCAL -- OTHER POLITICAL

www.bloggingformichigan.com

Blogging For Michigan (BFM) is a progressive community that provides news and commentary on issues affecting the people of Michigan. BFM believes strongly in the value of the Michigan progressive blogosphere and is committed to supporting high quality citizen journalism.

www.thedartcenter.org

The Greater Lansing Association for Development and Empowerment (GLADE) is the Lansing affiliate of DART (The Direct Action and Research Training Network) which is a national network of grassroots, metropolitan, congregation-based  community organizations throughout the US.
www.gp.org/partyinfo.html
Green Party of Michigan - A state chapter in the Green Party of the USA, the Michigan Green Party is committed to environmentalism, non-violence, social justice and grassroots organizing. Greens are renewing democracy without the support of corporate donors.

www.lafpp.org

Lansing Area Families for Progressive Policy is a grassroots organization founded during the 2004 election which has extended its purpose beyond supporting candidates to speaking out on a variety of issues with hopes of influencing local and national policy by inspiring local and national public servants and private citizens.
lansing.mi.lwvnet.org
League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan group that supports informed citizen participation in political affairs, including candidate forums, voter registration, and many other activities.
www.mcfn.org
Michigan Campaign Finance Network is a non-partisan, non-profit coalition of organizations and individuals concerned about the influence of money in politics and the need for campaign finance reform in Michigan. MCFN conducts research on campaign contributions and their relationship to election outcomes and issues of public policy, supports access to campaign finance information, and develops educational initiatives for the public on the subject of campaign finance reform
www.miprogresscoalition.org
Michigan Coalition for Progress is an independent progressive voice for the people of Michigan dedicated to holding our elected political leaders accountable and moving Michigan forward.

www.justicecaucus.org

The Michigan Justice Caucus has as its mission is to promote the cause of  progressive democracy within the Democratic Party, in government and in the legal profession.  It seeks to promote the values of social and economic justice, civil rights, integrity and fairness by participating in the nomination and election of progressive people and by encouraging the exercise of these values in our government.

www.michiganliberal.com

Michigan Liberal.Com A blog of Michigan political information and opinion compiled from the Michigan press.

www.michiganprospect.org

The Michigan Prospect is a nonprofit public policy institute, founded to develop progressive public policies. Our role is to build a structure for public policy education and advocacy calling upon the resources of both public and private organizations.

www.dfalink.com/group.php?id=28

Mid Michigan Democracy for America is dedicated to political action supporting socially progressive, fiscally responsible candidates at all levels. Use the DfA link to find the many other Michigan chapters as well.

political.moveon.org/team/index.html

MoveOn local groups can be found at this link

progressmichigan.org

Progress Michigan is an issue oriented state-wide group dedicated to progressive politics in Michigan, with a networking web site similar to Facebook that includes a progressive jobs bank.

www.ccp.org/states/MI

Progressive Michigan is a developing coalition focused on more effective collaboration and communication among progressive organizations in Michigan.

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LOCAL -- LABOR/UNIONS/ECONOMIC JUSTICE

www.msu.edu/~aaup
American Association of University Professors - MSU Chapter (AAUP)  The AAUP is a grass-roots membership organization devoted exclusively to the issues of higher education, emphasizing the importance of shared governance and tenure as bulwarks against the erosion of academic freedom.
www.msu.edu/~loc1585
AFSCME Local 1585  AFSCME is the Association of Federal, State, and County Municipal Employees - www.aafscme.org. The national union is made up of state councils, such as Michigan AFSCME Council 25 - www.miafscme.org, and the state councils are made up of locals, such as AFSCME Local 1585.

www.geuatmsu.org

GEU: Graduate Employees Union (MSU)
www.habitat.org
Habitat for Humanity - Homes for low income folks. Go to the national site for information on Lansing HFH and Ingham East HFH
www.lclaa.org/index.html
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement - Greater Lansing Chapter LCLAA) is the official Latino constituency group of the AFL-CIO. LCLAA is the first national organization to represent the views of not only Latino trade unionists but all Latino workers seeking justice at the workplace.  LCLAA builds political empowerment for Latino families, supports economic and social justice for all workers and promotes greater cultural diversity at the workplace. Through our chapters, we mobilize to be a voice for all Latino working Families.

www.mea.org

The Michigan Education Association represents teachers, faculty and education support staff throughout the state.  They also advocate for quality public education. Local headquarters are in East Lansing.  

www.miaflcio.org

The Michigan State AFL-CIO works to bring social and economic justice to our nation by enabling working people to have a voice on the job, in government, in a changing global economy and in their communities.
msusej.org/about_html
MSU Students for Economic Justiceworking to support local, national, and international economic, labor rights, and human rights issues. Most importantly, we're working to monitor and expose our university's ties to sweatshop industries. We are a chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS).
www.msu.edu/~realfood
The Real Food Group - The MSU student affiliate of the United Students for Fair Trade  www.usft.org. The Real Food Group works to make our global food system more environmentally and socially just.

www.seiu517m.org

SEIU: Service Employees International Union  is a full-service, fast-growing, membership-driven union dedicated to providing representation for Michigan's public employees.

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ELECTION REFORM  

campaignmoney.org

Campaign Money Watch seeks to hold politicians accountable for doing political favors for their contributors, and to put the issue of campaign finance reform on the front burner {a project of Public Campaign Action Fund, a 501(c)4 nonpartisan organization based in Washington, D.C.}

www.lwv.org
The League of Women Voters encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and works to increase knowledge of major public issues and candidates. Note: there is a Lansing chapter in Directory.
www.mcfn.org
The Michigan Campaign Finance Network is a nonpartisan, nonprofit coalition of organizations and individuals concerned about the influence of money in politics and the need for campaign finance reform in Michigan. MCFN conducts research on campaign contributions and their relationship to election outcomes and issues of public policy, supports access to campaign finance information and develops educational initiatives for the public on the subject of campaign finance reform.

www.projectvote.org

Project Vote is a 501 (c) (3) non-partisan, nonprofit organization with goals of registering, informing and protecting the rights of low income and minority citizens nationwide

www.pcactionfund.org

Public Campaign Action Fund is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to reforming America’s campaign finance laws to holding elected officials accountable for opposing reform and for the special favors they give their political contributors.

www.uscountvotes.org

US Count Votes is a Utah-based non-profit corporation seeking to provide nationwide, impartial statistical auditing services to help ensure the accuracy of future elections by collecting detailed election data and, prior to November 2006 and providing statistical evidence of vote tabulation errors immediately following any U.S. election.

www.uvote.org

Website under construction. Ultimately, this domain will help serve as an interface for a new way of voting built off of a peer trust network with the following goals:
* Anonimous
* Verifiable
* Voter eligibility
* Voter intention
* Instant run-offs

www.velvetrevolution.us

Velvet Revolution is committed to peaceful change in countries where governments ignored the inalienable rights of the people. First call to action is the questionable results of 2004 election.

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POLITICAL REFORM  

www.actthere.com

America Coming Together (ACT) will continue working on the ground, organizing and informing the progressive community in 2005 and beyond. ACT is building a permanent infrastructure for progressives to effect change in federal, state and local government.

www.ourfuture.org

Campaign for America's Future desires to place the question of falling wages and rising insecurity at the center of our national debate and to make this economy work for working people once again.

www.opensecrets.org

The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy with the goal of creating a more educated voter, an involved citizenry, and a more responsive government.

www.cagw.org

Citizens Against Government Waste is a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government.

www.commoncause.org

Common Cause is a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization founded as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest.
Note: state office for Michigan is in Directory.

www.coopamerica.org
Coop America has a mission to harness economic power–the strength of consumers, investors, businesses and the marketplace–to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society

www.democracyforamerica.com

Democracy for America is a political action committee dedicated to supporting fiscally responsible, socially progressive candidates at all levels of government ­from school board to the presidency.  There is a Lansing chapter in Directory.

www.migreens.org

The Green Party of Michigan has its offices in Ann Arbor.  There is a Capital Area Green Party (Clinton, Shiawasee, Eaton and Ingham) which can be accessed at the web site.

www.gp.org

The Green Party of the United States is a federation of state green parties committed to environmentalism, nonviolence, social justice and grass-roots organizing.

www.michcitizenaction.org

Michigan Citizen Action is an affiliate of US Action with its Michigan office in Kalamazoo.  Its purpose is to educate, encourage and support the citizens of Michigan in the pursuit of a more properous life, including promotion of consumers' and workers' rights and formation of public policy as it relates to the local, state and national levels.

www.moveon.org
www.moveonpac.org

The MoveOn family of organizations brings real Americans back into the political process. With over 3.3 million members across America, we work together to realize the progressive vision of our country’s founders. MoveOn is a service – a way for busy but concerned citizens to find their political voice in a system dominated by big money and big media. Note: there is a local group in Directory.

www.nationalpriorities.org

National Priorities Project (NPP) offers citizen and community groups tools and resources to shape federal budget and policy priorities which promote social and economic justice

www.politicsthatwork.com

Politics that Work is dedicated to bringing objective, factual information to voters about how well or poorly different approaches to policy making work.

www.pdamerica.org

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is working within the general framework of the Democratic Party and with sister organizations to create a new, democratic, grassroots-based, nationally federated progressive organization. It is developing a Michigan chapter and is in the process of establishing a local affiliate in Lansing.

www.uwsa.com

United We Stand America–the Grassroots follows the national debt and its inpact

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MEDIA REFORM  

www.democraticmedia.org

Center for Digital Democracy seeks to preserve the openness and diversity of the Internet in the broadband era, and to realize the full potential of digital communications through promoting noncommercial, public interest programming

www.publicintegrity.org

Center For Public Integrity investigative journalism in the public interest

www.fair.org

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) offers well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship

www.freepress.net

Free Press is a national nonpartisan organization working to increase informed public participation in crucial media policy debates, and to promote a media system with a strong nonprofit and noncommercial sector.

www.hearusnow.org

Hear Us Now provides a consumer voice for communications choice (project of Consumers Union).

www.mediachannel.org

MediaChannel is a media issues supersite “As the media watch the world, we watch the media.”

http://mediamatters.org

Media Matters exposes conservative misinformation in media.

www.mediatank.org

Media Tank promotes media literacy, policy education, and a vibrant local media culture through community workshops, lectures, screenings, forums; national organizing and speaking engagements, and resources materials.

www.mediatenor.org

Media Tenor has content analysis of media around the world

www.mediatransparency.org

Media Transparency exposes the money behind the media

www.mediawatch.com

Media Watch challenging racism, sexism and violence in the media

www.NoMandate.org

NoMandate.org is a forum for concerted action. New Action Letters will be posted regularly for you to review and send. Your input helps decide our agenda. This is a long‑term effort. Ten minutes of your time every week helps keep persistent pressure on the media to improve their news coverage

www.spinproject.org

The Strategic Press Information Service provides media technical assistance to nonprofit public-interest organizations across the nation who want to influence debate, shape public opinion and garner positive media attention.

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ANTI-WAR  

www.bringthemhomenow.org

BRING THEM HOME NOW! is a campaign of military families, veterans, active duty personnel, reservists and others opposed to the ongoing war in Iraq

www.costofwar.com

National Priorities Project site which highlights monetary and social costs of Iraq war
www.peaceactionmich.org
Peace Action started in 1957 as the Citizens Committee for a SANE Nulear Policy. For over forty years it has successfully organized to end the nuclear threat, to create a more peaceful economy, and to support nonviolent resolutions to international conflicts.

www.unitedforpeace.org

United for Peace and Justice is a coalition of groups in the US who have joined to oppose our government's policy of permanent warfare and empire-building.

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FAIR TRADE, ECONOMIC JUSTICE &
  COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

www.acorn.org

ACORN  Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now is the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, working together for social justice and stronger communities.  Organized in 850 neighborhood chapters in 75 cities across the U.S. and elsewhere, it campaigns for better housing, schools, neighborhood safety, health care, job conditions, and more.  

www.enej.org

ENEJ Episcopal Network for Economic Justice
In 1988 the Episcopal General Convention formed the ENEJ to carry out the vision of the 1988 General Convention and strengthen those engaged in economic justice ministries within the Episcopal Church.   It supports initiatives for economic justice and the living wage movement, work to deepen theological foundations of peace and justice, and initiatives to develop a living (sustainable) economy for a living planet.

www.sugarlaw.org

Guild Law Center  A national, non-profit public interest law firm associated with the National Lawyers Guild, the Guild Law Center provides legal advocacy, representation, education and technical support to empower community groups, workers’ rights groups and individuals seeking systemic change toward economic and social justice.

www.nicwj.org

IWJ  Interfaith Worker Justice calls upon our religious values in order to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the U.S. on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for workers, especially low-wage workers. 

www.jwj.org

Jobs With Justice: Campaign for Worker Rights
Founded in 1987, JwJ aims to improve working people's standard of living, fight for job security, and protect workers' right to organize. As part of a larger campaign for economic and social justice, JwJ has created a network of local coalitions that connect labor, faith-based, community, and student organizations to work together on workplace and community social justice campaigns.

www.nlg.org

National Lawyers Guild  An association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers of America in a organization that shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.

www.studentsagainstsweatshops.org

USAS  United Students Against Sweatshops is an international student movement of campuses and individual students fighting for sweatshop free labor conditions and workers' rights, starting with the working conditions in which clothing is made that bears the school's logo. 

www.usft.org

United Students for Fair Trade is a national network of student organizations which raises awareness and intensifies demand for Fair Trade alternatives, both on campus and in communities. USFT does leadership development through intensive international exchanges and skill-building conferences; and serves as a resource group for its student-based affiliates.  

www.workersrights.org

The Workers Rights Consortium is a non-profit organization created by college and university administrations, students and labor rights experts to assist in the enforcement of manufacturing Codes of Conduct adopted by colleges and universities for producing clothing and other goods bearing college and university names. There are more than 100 colleges and universities affiliated with the WRC.
FAITH-BASED PROGRESSIVE GROUPS  
www.cpt.org
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) offers an organized, nonviolent alternative to war and other forms of lethal inter‑group conflict. CPT provides organizational support to persons committed to faith‑based nonviolent alternatives in situations where lethal conflict is an immediate reality or is supported by public policy.

www.thedartcenter.org

The Direct Action and Research Training Center is a non-profit network of affiliates to assist in the development of strong, congregation-based, grassroots community organizations committed to democratic principles and values of justice and fairness.  Its Lansing-based affiliate is GLADE (The Greater Lansing Association for Development and Empowerment).

www.interfaithalliance.org

The Interfaith Alliance is a national, nonprofit alliance of religious groups which seeks to counter the extreme positions taken by the religious right, to promote democratic values, defend religious liberty, challenge hatred and religious bigotry and reinvigorate informed civic participation.

www.sojo.net

Sojourners is a Christian ministry whose mission is to proclaim and practice the biblical call to integrate spiritual renewal and social justice.

www.soulforce.org

Soulforce has as its purpose freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance

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ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY  

www.fas.org/pub/gen/ggg/citizen.html

Citizen Action is a consumer and environmental organization that addresses issues through grassroots organization in 30 states.  in areas such as community's right to know about toxic hazards, Medicare/Medicaid reform, prescription drug assistance programs, holding manufacturers of defective products responsible, and general health care reform.

www.energyaction.net

Energy Action – Youth United for Clean Energy is an alliance to support and strengthen the student and youth clean energy movement in North America..

www.edf.org

Environmental Defense Fund aims to use scientific evidence to protect the environmental rights of all people to have clean air, clean water, healthy food and flourishing ecosystems.

www.foe.org

Friends of the Earth is the U.S. voice of an influential, international network of grassroots groups
www.greengeeks.net
Green Geeks' services are offered at low cost to young and growing grassroots organizations, particularly those working on environmental and social justice issues. Larger organizations and businesses will find Green Geeks highly affordable. Also has on-line manual for e-activists

www.nfw.org

National Wildlife Federation provides education, information and assistance for individuals and corporations to preserve wildlife and other resources

www.nrdcwildplaces.org

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an environmental action group whose mission is to safeguard the earth: sponsors the NRDC BioGems campaign empowering citizens to take effective online action in defense of our planet's most endangered wild places.

www.nature.org

The Nature Conservancy is a leading international, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the diversity on life on Earth

www.populationconnection.org

Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth) is the national grassroots population organization that educates young people and advocates progressive action to stabilize world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth's resources

www.citizen.org

Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization

www.pirg.org

Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG) is an alliance of state-based, citizen-funded organizations that advocate for the public interest.  Its mission is to deliver consistent, result-oriented activism that protects the environment, encourages a feair marketplace for consumers and  fosters responsive, democratic government.  (see PRIGIM below for Michigan-based group.)

www.pirgim.org

Public Interest Research Groups in Michigan (PIRGIM)    Each state-based PIRG is independent and locally-based.  State PIRGS work together to share ideas and resources and cooperate on regional and  national issues.

www.rainforest-alliance.org

Rainforest Alliance acts to protect ecosystems and the people and wildlife that depend on them by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.

www.sierraclub.com

The Sierra Club is a prassroots environmental organization working to protect our communities and the planet.

www.ucsusa.org
www.ucsactions.org/action  (For action alerts)

Union of Concerned Scientists works for clean air and energy, safe and sufficient food.

www.uspirg.org

U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) acts as watchdog for the public interest in our nation's capital.  

www.worldwatch.org

Worldwatch Institute is a leading source of information about interactions among key environmental, social, and economic trends aimed at attaining an environmentally sustainable, socially just society.

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CIVIL RIGHTS/ HUMAN RIGHTS  

www.aarp.org

The American Association of Retired People  provides information, advocacy and service for older people. Note: there is a Lansing chapter in Directory.

www.internationalanswer.org

A.N.S.W.E.R. Act Now to stop War and end Racism is a coalition of major national organizations that have campaigned against US intervention in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia.

www.aclu.org

The American Civil Liberties Union  works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the US.

www.aclumich.org

American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is located in Detroit. There is a Lansing chapter in Directory.

www.afsc-fan.org

American Friends Service Committee Faith Action Network is an interfaith alliance in Michigan working to secure positive outcomes on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) policy issues and to shape public opinion as well as building a statewide list of voters that support non-discrimination for GLBT people

www.amnesty.org
www.amnestyusa.org

Amnesty International works to protect human rights worldwide. Local groups are group #81 - MidMichigan Chapter and MSU College of Law Chapter. See Directory.

www.antiracismnet.org

AntiRacismNet is an online resource for the activist community and a portal offering information about anti‑racism activities to the general public.
 www.childrensdefense.org
The Children's Defense Fund is a private, nonprofit organization seeks to make sure every child has asuccessful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities, paying particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities.

www.secondparentadoption.org

CARE Coalition for Adoption Rights Equality Advocates for second parent adoption regardless of parents’ marital status or sexual orientation

www.glaad.org

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) promotes fair, inclusive representation the media aimed at eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation

www.gpac.org

The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GenderPAC) works to end discrimination and violence caused by gender stereotypes and promotes understanding of the connection between discrimination based on gender stereotypes and sex, sexual orientation, age, race, class.

www.hrc.org

Human Rights Campaign: bipartisan organization that works to advance equality based on sexual orientation and gender expression and identity through grassroots and political action and education.

www.lambdalegal.org

Lambda Legal  a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV

www.prochoicemichigan.org

MARAL Pro-Choice of Michigan  is the state's largest grass-roots, pro-choice organization working to ensure reproductive freedom for Michigan's citizens. Its mission is to develop and sustain an constituency that uses the polical process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding her reproductive options, including pregnancy, unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children and choosing legal abortion.

www.michiganequality.org

Michigan Equality is building a statewide list of voters that support non-discrimination for GLBT people and our families for use in influencing state elections and political process

www.naacp.org

NAACP National Association for the Advancement of Colored People seeks to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

www.thetaskforce.org

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force    A national advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights

www.nlg.org

The National Lawyers Guild  is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our economic and political system. The Guild seeks to unite lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization that shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.

www.now.org

The National Organization for Women is an organization of women activists whose goal is to take action bring about the equality of all women.

www.plannedparenthood.org

Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual throughout the world to manage his or her fertility.  Therefore, its mission is to provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings which protect the individual's rights and privacy, to advocate public policies which guarantee those rights and services, to provide educational programs and to promote research.

www.tri.org

Triangle Foundation is Michigan’s leading organization advocating for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) and allied communities, also providing bias-crime victim assistance.

www.uniteunion.org

UNITE members work in apparel, textile, and related industries; in industrial laundries; in distribution and retail; in auto parts and auto supply; in Xerox manufacturing and many other industries in the United States and Canada.

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PROGRESSIVE THINK TANKS  

www.americasfuture.org

America’s Future Foundation is a network of America’s next generation of classical liberal leaders
www.cbpp.org
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonpartisan research organization and policy institute that analyzes budget, taxation and government programs and the effects of policisn on poor and low income people.

www.centerwomenpolicy.org

Center for Women Policy Studies is an independent, national, multiethnic, and multicultural feminist policy, research, and advocacy institution promoting justice and equality for women

www.tcf.org/

The Century Foundation is a left-liberal research foundation that undertakes timely and critical analyses of major economic, political, and social institutions and issues.

www.epinet.org

Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy.

www.ips-dc.org

The Institute for Policy Studies combats poverty, war, corporate globalization, and ecological destruction through research and activist education.

www.movingideas.org

The Policy Action Network connects you to the progressive community.

www.preamble.org

The Preamble Center’s mission is to promote vigorous public dialogue about the economic problems confronting America's working families and encourage the development of serious, workable solutions through research, analysis and the dissemination of information to the public.

www.ppionline.org

The Progressive Policy Institute has the mission to modernize progressive politics and government for the Information Age. Leaving behind the stale left-right debates of the industrial era, PPI is a prolific source of "Third Way" thinking.  It is affiliated with the Democratic Leadership Council.

www.rockridgeinstitute.org

The Rockridge Institute is recommended by George Lakoff for its work in rethinking progressive politics, reframing public debate and reforming public policy.

www.securitypeace.org

The Security and Peace Institute (SPI) will build on the work of both its parent organizations by promoting a shared foreign policy agenda for the US and its international partners.

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