Resistance Groups

The Leading Resistance Organizations

Indivisible

https://www.indivisibleguide.com

Indivisible began as an activist group of former Congressional staffers who learned from the effective tactics and strategy used by the nascent Tea Party as they gained seats and became an ‘opposition party’ during Obama’s tenure. Shortly after Trump took office, Indivisible produced a detailed nuts and bolts ‘how to’ guide for the Resistance which you can easily download from the preceding link.  Following the immediate success of their Guide, Indivisible chapters began to spring up around the country.

Following the successful midterm elections, Indivisible has published this new Indivisible on Offense Guide    provide a resource for Resistance groups to continue the fight up to 2020 to unseat President Trump and the GOP.

Their site has a Resistance Directory so you can join an Indivisible  group near you.  As of 2018, there are several thousand active Indivisible chapters around the country.   Simply visit this link, enter your email and zip code and you’ll be connected to an Indivisible Group near you. The local chapters are generally excellent and very focused on how best to promote effective grassroots organizing to resist Trump and the GOP.

Moveon.org

https://front.moveon.org

The granddaddy of protest organizations founded in 1998 is a major leader of the Resistance movement scheduling action calls, protest marches, partnering with other progressive organizations, organizing rallies and petitions, filing lawsuits as necessary, etc.

Organizations Focused on Enforcing the Rule of Law and Preserving Voting Rights

Alliance for Justice (AJF)

https://www.afj.org

AFJ works to ensure that the federal judiciary advances core constitutional values, preserves human rights and unfettered access to the courts, and adheres to the even-handed administration of justice for all Americans. It is a leading expert on the legal framework for nonprofit advocacy efforts, providing definitive information, resources, and technical assistance that encourages organizations and their funding partners to fully exercise their right to be active participants in the democratic process.

American Civil Liberties Union

https://www.aclu.org

For almost 100 years, the ACLU and its state chapters  have worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

The ACLU is the nation’s leading civil liberties advocate in the Supreme Court. With over 200 staff attorneys and an extensive network of cooperating attorneys, the ACLU handles thousands of cases each year on behalf of clients whose rights have been violated.

The ACLU has a powerful voice having offices in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Their legislative advocates are a constant presence in federal and state governments, working with policy makers to ensure the necessary laws exist to protect our civil rights.

Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA)

https://democraticags.org

Democratic Attorneys General are more important than ever because they are one of the few elected officials with the power to protect our democracy and hold Trump accountable:

‘The last several weeks have shown that justice and the rule of law can never be taken for granted. The inability and unwillingness of Congress and state legislatures to hold this administration and others in power accountable means our system of checks and balances rests with state attorneys general alone; our 23 Democratic Attorneys General are the last line of defense. With Justice Anthony Kennedy’s resignation, there is no clearer signal that we need leaders we can rely on. We must ensure our states are in a position to hold Trump accountable.’

Southern Poverty Law Center

https://www.splcenter.org

The SPLC is doing important work to fight hate and seek justice against Trump and the GOP.  The SPLC has a three-pronged strategy to battle racial and social justice: fighting hate by monitoring hate crimes/groups across the country, teaching tolerance and seeking justice through the courts.

Environmental Organizations working to Elect Endorsed Candidates

Friends of the Earth Action

https://foeaction.org

Friends of the Earth Action provides extra political muscle on legislative battles here in the U.S. to its sister organization, Friends of the Earth, which is part of a network of affiliates in 76 nations around the world.  

‘Friends of the Earth Action and its associated PAC make thoughtful political endorsements, provide direct support to candidates, and place environmentalists in the field on critical campaigns.’

National Resource Defence Council (NRDC)

NRDC was founded in 1970 by a group of law students and attorneys at the forefront of the environmental movement. Today’s leadership team and board of trustees continues its  work to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities.

‘NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

We combine the power of more than three million members and online activists with the expertise of some 600 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.’

The Sierra Club

https://www.sierraclub.org

This is one of the leading politically active environmental organizations working to protect the environment from the actions/inactions of Trump, his administration and the GOP.  The organization has active chapters throughout the country and the group is working to endorse and support the election of candidates whose platforms support preserving the environment.  In Illinois, the chapter’s website is https://www.sierraclub.org/illinois

‘Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with three 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. ‘

Through their PAC, Sierra Club Illinois has launched an aggressive GOTV effort in support of endorsed IL candidates for the 2018 midterm elections.  This initiative is their largest climate voter contact campaign ever.  Here’s the link to the press release describing this GOTV launch.

314 Action

http://www.314action.org

314 Action is a grassroots community of over 400,000 scientists and advocates who care about science and facts and are working to elect scientists to office:

 ‘Since putting out the call for scientists to run for office, over 7,000 scientists have reached out to us for assistance with their campaigns. We’ve trained over 1,400 of them and now we’re the largest resource for helping scientists run for office and win.’

Organizations Identifying and Training Prospective Women Candidates

As of 2017, women make up nearly 50.8 percent of the population, yet they only account for 19.6 percent of the U.S. Congress.

EMILY’s List

http://www.emilyslist.org

One of the most effective of these organizations and the oldest, EMILY’s List is a pro-choice group with over five million members devoted to finding, training and mentoring pro-choice Democratic candidates to run for office.  (EMILY stands for Early Money is Like Yeast). Their success ratio in past elections has been excellent.  Since their founding in 1985, EMILY’s List has helped elect over 100 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 to governors’ seats, and over 800 women to state and local offices.  EMILY’s List has also become one of the largest financial resources for minority women seeking federal office.

Ignite

http://www.ignitenational.org

Ignite—founded in 2010 and non-partisan—is likely the most college-oriented organization on this list, as they have college chapters all around the U.S. These student-run chapters support political activism by encouraging others in their community to register to vote. Ignite also has high school programs in California and Texas and gives high schools the opportunity to license their curriculum to bring non-partisan political activism to their school. Fellowships are offered to students, which are used to launch regional Ignite chapters and gain leadership skills.

Ignite also has a program that guides parents in empowering their daughters. And the organization offers political leadership conferences around the U.S.

National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC)

http://www.nwpc.org

Founded in 1971, the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) is another organization whose focus is electing progressive, pro-choice women to office. The NWPC has chapters in sixteen states and new chapters developing in ten more.

The NWPC offers twenty-five different training programs for women, which cover subjects such as time management, confidence building and online fundraising. NWPC has a parity PAC that people can contribute to which helps their endorsed clients with their campaigns.

Running Start

https://runningstartonline.org/about-us

Founded in 2007, Running Start is a non-partisan organization specializing in supporting high school and college women to consider a career in politics. Their Young Women’s Political Leadership Program helps young women in high school develop leadership skills and expand their political interests. Running Start caters to college women with their Running Start/Walmart Star Fellowship, which brings fourteen college women to D.C. to learn first-hand about politics.

Running Start also hosts a political summit that brings women together to learn about leadership and gain political connections; this event is open to women as young as fifteen and over thirty-five. Women can also sign up to be mentors  supporting and guiding other women on their political journey.

She Should Run

http://www.sheshouldrun.org

Founded in 2011, She Should Run is a non-partisan 501(c)3 that aims to provide an approachable starting place and network for women leaders considering a future run for office and for those who support them.

‘Our mission is to expand the talent pool of women running for office in the United States by providing community, resources, and growth opportunities for aspiring political leaders.  We believe that women of all political leanings, ethnicities, and backgrounds should have an equal opportunity to lead in elected office and that our democracy will benefit from the varied perspectives and experiences that women bring to leadership. We know that when women run for office they win at the same rates as men. Yet women are not encouraged and recruited at the same rate as men.’

She Should Run has set an ambitious goal to get 250,000 women to run for office by 2030.

Victory Institute

https://victoryinstitute.org

While not strictly reserved for supporting women, the Victory Institute is an organization focused on LGBTQI clients, with the mission of helping those who identify as LGBTQI run for political office. Founded in 1993, the Victory Institute has internship and fellowship programs that allow people to work in the U.S. Capitol, undergo candidate & campaign training or take advanced leadership training courses.  The Victory Institute also has international efforts at work in the Balkans, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, India, Peru and South Africa to increase the participation of LGBTQI people in politics, thus advancing equality. Lastly, the Victory Institute holds an International LGBTQI Leaders Conference encompassing three days of training, skills building and networking.

VoteRun Lead

https://voterunlead.org

VoteRunLead trains women to run for office and win with more than 33,000 women trained to run for office,

‘VoteRunLead is the largest and most diverse campaign and leadership program in the country. We work to equip women with the right know-how, trainings and how-to’s to help them enter politics with a purpose. We believe that by empowering women to run as they are, they will build a campaign based on their own passion, their own ideas and their own values.’

Women’s Campaign Fund

http://wcfonline.org

Women’s Campaign Fund (WCF), founded in 1974, is a bipartisan organization that strives to elect women of all political ideologies and ethnicities. WCF-endorsed candidates include Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA 43rd District) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

WCF offers resources in four areas: expertise, muscle, visibility and resources that range from tip sheets to trainings to individual consultations. They also offer a weekly news brief that covers the news surrounding women in politics. Lastly, WCF is another organization that has a PAC and you can contribute to it here. WCF is best for women who want individualized support when running for office and managing a campaign.

Rodham Consulting (Illinois)

http://www.rodhamconsulting.com

A recently formed consulting firm, Rodham Consulting helps women in Illinois run for office.  Their services are offered pro bono and their mission is:

We are a collective of progressive local political professionals and strategists who want more women to run for elected office, and we are donating our time, energy, and expertise to see it happen’.

On their site they list several other organizations that align with Rodham’s values  for women considering running for office in Illinois: Read More…

”Article
CROWDPAC

CrowdPAC offers a crowd-funding fundraising platform, objective voting information on candidates and races countrywide, and tools and resources on running for office.

EMERGE AMERICA

Emerge is a seven-month, 70-hour, training program providing aspiring female leaders with cutting-edge tools and training to run for elected office and elevate themselves in our political system in states outside of Illinois.

ILLINOIS WOMEN’S INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHIP (IWIL)

IWIL offers a competitive, 9-month, part-time fellowship training Illinois women how to run for office and win.

NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC TRAINING COMMITTEE

Free, online campaign training for every Democratic candidate. Everywhere. The training covers field organizing, campaign fundraising, messaging and media, and campaign management.

NEW LEADERS COUNCIL (NLC)

NLC works to recruit, train and promote the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow — trendsetters, elected officials and civically-engaged leaders in business and industry who will shape the future landscape.

CAUSE THE EFFECT (FORMERLY OFF THE SIDELINES)

Cause the Effect empowers women to take their ideas to action by connecting them with local organizations, issues and initiatives. Established by Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, OTS Chicago is a non-partisan platform for women in the Chicago area prioritizing civic impact and professional development.

RUN FOR OFFICE

Offers a directory where you can search by street address to find the offices you are eligible to run for, with all the information you need to get on the ballot. (See above for more detail about this organization).

SHE SHOULD RUN

A national network asking women to run, and continuing along their journey towards public office by demystifying the experience and empowering them to unleash their leadership potential. (Please see above for more detail about this organization.)

Organizations Focused on Flipping State Legislatures Blue

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC)

http://www.dlcc.org

The DLCC works in states to further its mission of winning state legislative seats and chambers for Democrats by building and maintaining state-of-the-art campaign services providing field support and the data they need to win races.  They have been very effective at flipping a number of state seats from Red to Blue. Since Trump’s inauguration, DLCC has been instrumental in flipping 44 Red state legislative seats from Red to Blue.  Here’s a link detailing their victories.

The DLCC is very focused too on redressing the injustice of GOP redistricting.  In all, state legislatures draw more than three-quarters of America’s congressional districts. Winning Democratic majorities in these states is the only sure way to prevent GOP gerrymandering from ever again deciding the outcome of a national election.

In 2012, Democratic congressional candidates won nearly a million and a half more votes than Republicans, yet Republicans won more seats in the U.S. House.  This happened because Republican-majority legislatures drew hundreds of our nation’s congressional districts in 2011, and they used that power to tilt the playing field in favor of GOP candidates in grotesquely-gerrymandered districts like Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional seat.  The impact was even worse at the state level, where Republican legislators drew their own districts to minimize minority voters’ influence and shield themselves from accountability.

As the next round of redistricting approaches, the DLCC is taking a multi-cycle strategic approach in a number of states like Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin, where increasing Democratic representation ahead of post-2020 redistricting is crucial.

Flippable

https://www.flippable.org

Flippable is working to turn our country blue from the ground up by focusing on state governments.  They are building a community of progressives committed to flipping state seats and organizing their communities in pursuit of progressive causes. This site provides data on the most flippable seats and provides meaningful actions to win, through spreading awareness, volunteering, and donations.

The National Redistricting Committee (NRDC)

https://democraticredistricting.com

The NRDC is focused on tackling the current stranglehold that Republicans have over drawing gerrymandered district maps which has cemented the GOP majority in the House despite the GOP being outnumbered. Chaired by former Attorney General Eric Holder, the NDRC is building a targeted, state-by-state strategy that ensures Democrats can fight back and produce fairer maps in the 2021 redistricting process. Former President Obama has joined this effort as well.

Sister District Project

https://www.sisterdistrict.com

Sister District is an effective group organizing grassroots activists in Blue districts to help flip  Red/Purple state legislative districts to Blue.  You can find a local chapter here to get trained and join in their grassroots efforts.

‘Sister District teams act as an expansion of a campaign’s field and fundraising programs. That means you’ll be writing postcards to voters, canvassing, phonebanking, textbanking, and raising money on behalf of amazing Democratic candidates. ..we believe long-term activism isn’t possible without building an activism community, full of real connections and real relationships. At Sister District, you’ll be part of a creative, innovative, passionate community of fellow activists’.

Organizations Advocating for Sensible Gun Control

Moms Demand Action

https://momsdemandaction.org

This organization, part of Everytown for Gun Safety and backed by Michael Bloomberg, has developed an action plan to kick out political incumbents who are beholden to the powerful gun lobby and the National Rifle Association (NRA) and instead elect candidates who endorse MDA’s Gun Sense platform.

‘Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives.

But something is changing. More than 4 million mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors, gun owners, and everyday Americans have come together to make their own communities safer. Together, we are fighting for the changes that we know will save lives.’

Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence

Founded in 1973 by a group of concerned women in the Chicago area, this organization has expanded to address gun violence and education on a regional basis as well. The group’s mission is:

‘The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the reduction of death and injury caused by firearms. This mission is achieved by:

 

  • Educating the public about the facts regarding firearm violence and misuse;
  • Producing and publishing educational materials to inform the public about the problem of firearm violence;
  • Serving as a clearinghouse for information on the issue of firearm violence;
  • Reviewing and making recommendations regarding the fairness, enforceability, and effectiveness of regulations and criminal sanctions related to firearms;
  • Working with special interest groups including health care professionals, law enforcements officials, and community groups to bring special perspectives to the issue;
  • Advocating for legislative goals which would reduce the easy access to firearms; and
  • Establishing a strong statewide organization with the numerical strength to translate public opinion into effective public policy.’

Organizations Advocating for Reproductive Freedom

Planned Parenthood

https://www.plannedparenthood.org

Trump and the GOP have been relentlessly attacking Planned Parenthood, one of the leading organizations taking care of women’s health needs around the country.  

‘For the past century, Planned Parenthood has transformed women’s health and empowered millions of people worldwide to make informed health decisions, forever changing the way they live, love, learn and work.

Planned Parenthood is America’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care. Our skilled health care professionals are dedicated to offering all people high-quality, affordable medical care. One in five American women has chosen Planned Parenthood for health care at least once in her life.

The heart of Planned Parenthood is in the local community. Our 56 unique, locally governed affiliates nationwide operate more than 600 health centers, which reflect the diverse needs of their communities.’

Vote Pro Choice

https://voteprochoice.us

Voter Pro Choice is seeking out pro-choice candidates to endorse and promote through it’s #VoterProChoice Voter Guide.

NARAL ProChoice America

https://www.prochoiceamerica.org

NARAL’s mission is to:

‘Organize its 1.2 million member activists, and the allies around us, to make sure leaders at every level hear from their constituents—the 7 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.

Educate citizens, lawmakers and other influencers about the pernicious impacts of anti-choice policies.

Work with its network of state affiliates to promote progressive, proactive policies that advance reproductive freedom—and fight back against harmful restrictions that threaten access to basic health care.

Elect champions who don’t just pay lip service to the values of reproductive freedom, but who truly fight for them—and we help defeat those who want to roll back the clock on women’s  reproductive rights.’

 

 

Organizations Promoting Criminal Justice Reform

American Civil Liberties Union’s Smart Justice 50 State Blueprint

https://50stateblueprint.aclu.org/about/

The ACLU has put together a blueprint showing state by state what actions we can take to significantly reduce the record high levels of incarceration throughout our country.  

‘The mission of the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice is to cut the nation’s jail and prison populations and to drive down racial disparities in incarceration. For the first time, we have a road map to help states get to a 50 percent reduction that isn’t just a one-size-fits-all approach.’

‘The Smart Justice 50-State Blueprints are the result of a multi-year partnership between the ACLU, its state affiliates, and the Urban Institute to develop actionable policy options for each state that captures the nuance of local laws and sentencing practices. We reviewed data on who’s incarcerated, for what reasons, and for how long. Urban Institute researchers then created a forecasting tool to predict the impact of reductions in admissions and length of stay on the number of people imprisoned in each state, the racial disparities in their prison systems, and the impact of these reductions on state budgets.’

Incarceration Reform

http://incarcerationreform.com

This is a digital resource to provide tools to get involved in reforming our punitive criminal justice system.  The resources were compiled following a criminal justice reform symposium in the summer of 2018 in Chicago.

‘The United States has far more people in prison and in jail than public safety requires. This damages the lives of those who are incarcerated, their families, and their communities. It also contributes to a cycle of crime and punishment and diverts resources from more constructive uses. We have much work to do to achieve a fair and effective criminal justice system.

The resource materials located on the various menu pages above include materials from the resource binder distributed at programs on Confronting the Moral Crisis of Mass Incarceration that St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in Chicago hosted in the Winter of 2018 to promote greater understanding of the criminal justice system and to begin to provide tools for individuals and organizations to get involved in promoting radical change. Leading experts spoke to the full range of complex issues that we need to address in order to rethink and change the laws and practices that have resulted in too many men and women—most of them people of color—being imprisoned or jailed.’

Chicago Area Fair Housing

https://www.cafha.net/jhi-main

The Just Housing Initiative is a coalition of individuals with criminal records, social service providers, community organizers, legal and policy experts, housing and criminal justice advocates, coming together to address housing barriers faced by individuals with criminal records.

‘The coalition was formed in response to pervasive housing barriers rooted in the disparate and often unwarranted encounters with the criminal justice system faced by people of color, women experiencing domestic violence, and people with disabilities. The coalition has been actively working to break down silos and expose the intersections between criminal justice and residential segregation to further housing advocacy.’

Community Renewal Society (CRS)

https://www.communityrenewalsociety.org

Community Renewal Society is a progressive, faith-based organization that works to eliminate race and class barriers. Founded in 1882, CRS informs, organizes and trains both communities and individuals to advocate for social and economic justice.

‘We believe every resident in our region has the right to:

  • Affordable housing
  • A high quality education
  • Jobs that pay a living wage
  • A fair criminal justice system
  • Safe, vibrant neighborhoods
  • Redeem themselves in the public eye once they’ve paid their debt to society.

To achieve our goal of a region that is free of race and class barriers, we:

  • Work purposefully on multiple issues, principally housing, jobs, education and criminal justice, because they are often intertwined
  • Work with a cross section of communities and leaders, engaging them in these critical issues
  • Examine and suggest improvements in current public practices
  • Expose the direct relationship between reducing social inequities and the long-term economic health of our region
  • Hold government accountable for its role in breaking down race and class barriers and making the region work for all of its residents.’

Recipe for Change

Launched  by Chef Bruno Abate of Tocco, a popular Italian restaurant in Chicago, Recipe for Change is an innovative program to teach inmates in Cook County Jail culinary skills that will enable them to get jobs when they are released from prison.  Chef Bruno also teaches the inmates about nutrition and healthy food plus many life lessons they’ll need to help them cope with their eventual freedom. This has been a very successful program and has been featured on 60 Minutes and other news outlets.   RFC has received grants from the MacArthur Foundation and other prominent foundations.

Restore Justice Illinois (RJI)

https://restorejusticeillinois.org

Restore Justice Illinois is a new civic organization founded to mitigate the human and fiscal impact of the extreme sentencing laws of the 1980s and 1990s, particularly where they have impacted children.

‘Our first priority is ending the practice of sentencing children to “life without parole” in Illinois by helping the Illinois General Assembly make good policy based on principled legal analysis, best practices in other states, guidance from the US Supreme Court, and international law.’

Other Important Activist Organizations and Leaders

A Brand New Congress

https://brandnewcongress.org/home

A coalition of former Bernie Sanders aides working on keeping his progressive agenda alive and on retaking the House and Senate beginning in 2018.

Credo Action

https://credoaction.com

Credo Action is the activist subsidiary of Credo, which has been one of the groups actively fighting against the Trump administration. They also have a mobile phone service (using Verizon towers) that donates a share of their profits to progressive causes.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

http://www.citizensforethics.org

A group of lawyers and researchers whose mission is to fight the influence of money in our political system not just to fight against Trump.  CREW is the organization that has filed suit against Trump to stop him from violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution which prohibits the President from receiving anything of value from foreign governments.  

Common Cause

https://www.commoncause.org

Common Cause is working hard to build a democracy that works for everyone:

‘From our founding in 1970 through today, a core principle of Common Cause is that as more eligible Americans participate, our democracy becomes stronger. In 1971, we led the campaign that won the 26th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, allowing 18 year-olds to vote.

Today, we are winning campaigns to modernize elections, making them more fair, secure, and accessible with automatic voter registration laws and same-day registration at polling places on Election Day. We are ensuring security and fairness at the ballot box by demanding paper back-ups and post-election risk-limiting audits to detect foul play early.’

Democratic Coalition Against Trump

https://www.democraticcoalition.org/

The Democratic Coalition was formed in the Spring of 2016 with the main goal of making sure that Donald Trump never became President. Now, the organization exists to hold the Trump White House accountable, and is directly countering Donald Trump and Republican elected officials and candidates who support him, through aggressive digital and traditional advertising, grassroots action, in-depth opposition research, and a nationwide rapid-response team.  HOWEVER this PAC has been controversial: there have been numerous accusations that  the co-founders have been taking a high percentage of the donations as consulting fees. (Daily Beast)

​’As part of its Resistance efforts the Democratic Coalition has created a Boycott Trump app that has over 350,000 downloads and #TrumpLeaks, which has been featured on MSNBC’s AM with Joy Reid (#TrumpLeaks appeared on a regular basis up until the election).

​The Democratic Coalition also runs Artists Against Trump, a group of more than 50 artists that includes award-winning actor Danny Glover, Daily Show creator Lizz Winstead, and former Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi.’

Democracy for America

http://www.democracyforamerica.com/about

A political activist group founded by former Governor Howard Dean, Democracy for America is focused on electing progressive candidates.  DFA leads public awareness campaigns on a variety of public policy issues, trains activists and provides funding directly to candidates for office.

Invest to Elect-IL

Facebook Page

Invest to Elect-IL is a group of over 100 Chicago based investors who have collectively raised close to $400,000 to support vetted candidates running in 7 Senate and 4 House Districts.  Their Facebook page is private but please email Carol Monaco Dawley (carolmdawley@gmail.com) to receive more information about the group.  ITE-IL holds fundraising events for vetted candidates as well as gubernatorial debate forums.

Invest to Elect is a Chicago-based women’s political investment group that makes strategic impact investments in the early stage election and re-election campaigns of highly effective progressive U.S. Senate candidates, and where appropriate, invests in other key races throughout the country. Candidates we support are pro-choice and will share our values of social justice, equality, opportunity and inclusion.’

Invest to Elect is part of the Electing Women Alliance (“EWA”), a national network of local investment groups that engages women in politics in support of candidates for Senate, Governor or Congress. EWA facilitates the sharing of resources, information, best practices, and amplifies the collective power of women. EWA is comprised of groups in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Vail and Washington DC, with additional groups getting started in Las Vegas and other cities. EWA was formed at the beginning of the 2015-16 cycle, and collectively, in a short period of time, the groups raised over $1.5 million at 50 candidate events for 11 candidates, including the 4 women newly elected to the U.S. Senate.

Human Rights Watch

https://www.hrw.org

HRW has launched a platform for reporting hate crimes which sadly are increasing across the country thanks to Trump’s divisive and racist rants.  

League of Women Voters

https://www.lwv.org

The League of Women Voters works to encourage informed and active participation in government, to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influence public policy through education and advocacy.

Additionally, LWV has developed Vote411.org, a ‘one-stop shop’ to help voters be informed about upcoming elections.

Moms Rising

https://www.momsrising.org

MomsRising has been active mobilizing resistance to Trump.  Their focus is to increase family economic security, to end discrimination against women and to build a nation where both businesses and families can thrive. MomsRising is also a new media outlet with over 1,000 bloggers and a combined estimated blogging and social media readership reach to over 3 million people.

Need to Impeach

https://www.needtoimpeach.com

Venture Capitalist Tom Steyer has launched a movement to advocate for the impeachment of President Trump.  By August 2018, the group has over 5 million members.  The website details the case for impeachment.

Netroots Nation

https://www.netrootsfoundation.org/

Netroots’ mission is to bring together online citizens across America, inject progressive voices into the national conversation, and advance the values of justice, equality and community in our nation’s politics.

‘Netroots Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization focused on advancing the values of justice, equality and community in our nation’s politics. Netroots  focuses on three primary programs:

New Media Mentors: A hands-on learning program that helps nonprofits build their power and win campaigns.

Netroots Nation: An annual conference for progressive organizers with a heavy focus on trainings and networking. Register here for the 2019 Netroots Nation Conference July 11-13th in Philadelphia)

Fiscal Sponsorships: Netroots provides fiscal sponsorship services to organizations that align with our mission and goals.

New Founders

http://www.newfounders.us

Founded by a group of tech entrepreneurs in Chicago, NewFounders  is a hub for new leaders, dedicated to both showcasing the rising next generation of politicians and also injecting the best of tech, design, and usability into our political systems to make America 2.0.  The group has developed tools to make it easier for folks to interact with the political system and to have their voices heard.  EveryElection is their new app that gives users more information on the candidates and their positions plus information about their polling place, etc for over 300,000 elections.  

Developed by NewFounders, Changemaker is a website that connects donors with volunteers working on a variety of projects. ChangeMaker can help activists beyond “resisting” and into building change by using a Kickstarter-like format. The tool allows organizations to add a project to the website where it can be discussed in terms of problem, solution and timeline. Activists can then either donate to the project or join the team. If choosing to join the team, activists can specify their skill set such as marketing, data, design, legal, etc. Organizations can activate teams as needed to complete each project, while using the funding coming in to support their work.

NewFounders has assembled an impressive roster of activist partners which can be found here.

Organizing for Action (OFA)

https://www.ofa.us

OFA Is an activist group with 5 million members and active chapters around the country.

OFA, which grew out of the Obama campaign, has a comprehensive section on Toolkits and Resources on its site to help community organizers be most effective.

People’s Action

https://peoplesaction.org

An activist organization whose focus is on preserving our democracy and promoting economic fairness.  Their activist campaigns include healthcare for all, promoting a caring economy, decriminalization, climate justice, debt and Wall Street, and family economic security.  Here’s the link to see more detail on their campaigns.

United to Protect Democracy

https://unitedtoprotectdemocracy.org

A group of attorneys from the Obama administration have banded together to fight back against the Trump Administration using every tool possible: investigating, organizing, monitoring, and litigating against actions by the Trump administration that threaten our democracy.

VoteVets Organization

Organized in 2006, VoteVets.org is backed by more than 500,000 veterans, military family members and their supporters. The organization’s mission, is to launch 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.  Through their VoteVets PAC, the organization seeks to elect veterans to public office; hold public officials accountable for their words and actions that impact America’s 21st century service members, veterans, and their families; and fully support the men and women in uniform.  Though the PAC is progressive, VoteVets PAC has endorsed both Democrats and Republicans.

Sum of Us

https://www.sumofus.org

SumOfUs is a community of close to 15 million people from around the world committed to curbing the growing power of corporations. SumOfUs is promoting  buying from, working for and investing  in companies that respect the environment, treat their workers well and respect democracy.

Wall of Us

https://www.wall-of-us.org

Wall of Us is another activist group that provides actionable Resistance steps each week. The organization’s mantra is: ‘He promised a wall; he will be met by a wall of us’.  Here’s the link to their page highlighting 4 Actions we can take each week to help the Resistance.

Win Without War

http://winwithoutwar.org

With Trump and the GOP increasingly focused on anti-immigrant and violence-first foreign policies, Win Without War is working to hold those companies and agencies who are aiding and abetting these belligerent policies accountable:

‘Win Without War is committed to helping build a better, more just and more peaceful world by advancing progressive alternatives to America’s over-militarized foreign policy.

For the past 15 years, Win Without War has supported the foreign policy and anti-militarism work of the diverse array of progressive organizations that make up the coalition, including groups such as the NAACP, National Council of Churches, MoveOn.org, and CREDO Action. The Win Without War coalition is composed of organizations representing a diverse and inclusive movement to significantly shift American foreign policy away from militarism and towards peace.’

Working Families Party

http://workingfamilies.org

This group is fighting against the growing income inequality in our country:

‘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. Read More…

”Article
Working Families is building progressive power to renew the American Dream. Here’s what we do:

  • We run aggressive campaigns to raise standards for working families. Since our founding, we’ve won minimum wage increases and passed paid sick days laws in states and cities; fought off school privatization schemes; raised taxes on the rich to fund hospitals and schools; created tens of thousands of green jobs and passed the nation’s most innovative plans to tackle student debt.
  • We are electing the next generation of progressive leaders. Working Families recruits, trains and elects leaders who share our mission to local and state office in a growing number of cities and states. From small-town school boards to big city mayors, from county legislators to members of Congress, we’re sending Working Families Democrats to office to help build an economy that works for all of us.
  • We organize. We reach hundreds of thousands of people every month, knocking on their door, calling on the phone, or in your inbox, to give people the opportunity to take action. Our work doesn’t end on Election Day. After elections are over, we need to work just as hard to hold all our elected officials accountable to the needs of hard working families.’

Resistance School

https://www.resistanceschool.com

Resistance School is a good resource for learning practical skills to reclaim, rebuild and reimagine America.  Resistance School describes itself as the first free digital training platform for civic engagement and community organizing.

Electing Women Alliance

http://electingwomenalliance.org

In California

Courage Campaign

https://couragecampaign.org

An online community of over 1.3 million members fighting for economic justice, human rights and corporate and political responsibility. Their strategy combines digital tools with grassroots community organizing using email, social media, petitions, offline events and data-driven outreach to educate public opinion, mobilize action, and hold CA leaders accountable. They are focusing now on unseating Devin Nunes.

In Illinois

Chicago Women Take Action

http://chicagowomentakeaction.com

Chicago Women Take Action is a local activist group whose mission is to promote women’s leadership and improve economic and social equality by working on the local, national and international level to promote women leaders and secure the health and well-being of women, their families and their communities.

In Illinois

Just Cause Consulting

Nancy Kohn

http://justcauseconsulting.com

Just Cause Consulting is a Chicago-based, full service political fundraising and strategy firm. Founded by Nancy Kohn, who has served as Finance Director for Senator Dick Durbin and provided fundraising services to political candidates at the federal, state and local levels. In addition, the firm provides political engagement consulting services to not-for-profits, individuals and corporations.

Contact nkohn@kohnconsulting.com to receive newsletters.

In Illinois

Don Rose

Don Rose has been a powerhouse in progressive Democratic politics in Chicago and Illinois  for over 50 years.  In addition to his political consultancy work, Don publishes a newsletter about political issues.  Email him at Donrose65@aol.com to receive his newsletters.

An independent political consultant, Don heads up Don Rose Communications and The Urban Political Group. The firms offer campaign consulting and management services including strategic message development and media production to candidates of both parties as well as independents. Based in Chicago the firms have operated in 13 states. Clientele have included Chicago Mayors Harold Washington and Jane Byrne, Illinois Senator Paul Simon, Supreme Court Justice Seymour Simon, Governor Jim Edgar, former State’s Attorney Bernard Carey and numerous congressmen, state and municipal legislators, including Senator Carol Moseley Braun in her early career as a state representative. The firm has also consulted for governmental agencies such as the Illinois Housing Development Authority and the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission.

Groups Protecting the Social Safety Net and Helping Immigrants

Community Health (in Chicago)

http://www.communityhealth.org

Community Health is committed to providing excellent medical care free of charge to the uninsured working poor. They are the largest and best free medical care clinic in Illinois.

Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)

https://www.sams-usa.net

SAMS is working tirelessly to help with the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the region:  

‘The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is a non-profit, non-political, professional and medical relief organization that represents Syrian American medical professionals in the United States. SAMS is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria and neighboring countries to alleviate suffering and save lives. Through its rich network within the United States and in Syria, SAMS organizes medical missions to the region and beyond, provides professional and educational trainings to Syrian physicians, and delivers medicine and medical supplies to local hospitals and vulnerable families in Syria.’

Refugee One

http://www.refugeeone.org

Every year, RefugeeOne resettles hundreds of refugees fleeing war, persecution, violence, and genocide from around the world. Resettlement is often a difficult and stressful process. They provide a  full range of coordinated services equip refugees with the support and skills necessary to rebuild their lives.

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

https://www.rescue.org

The IRC works to help refugees whose lives have been shattered to have a chance to rebuild their lives.

‘The IRC puts in place high-impact, cost-effective solutions that help people affected by crisis. We’ll also use our learning and experience to shape humanitarian policy and practice in ways that improve the lives of more people worldwide. And in all of our work we will focus on breaking down each of the barriers faced by women and girls.’

Democratic Party Organizations

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)

https://dccc.org

The DCCC, the official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, is the only political committee in the country whose principal mission is to support Democratic House candidates throughout their campaigns.

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

http://www.dlcc.org

The DLCC works in states to further its mission of winning state legislative seats and chambers for Democrats by building and maintaining state-of-the-art campaign services providing field support and the data they need to win races.  They have been very effective at flipping a number of state seats from Red to Blue. Since Trump’s inauguration, DLCC has been instrumental in flipping 44 Red state legislative seats from Red to Blue.  Here’s a link detailing these victories.

The DLCC is focused too on redressing the injustice of GOP redistricting.  In all, state legislatures draw more than three-quarters of America’s congressional districts. Winning Democratic majorities in these states is the only sure way to prevent GOP gerrymandering from continuing to unfairly determine the outcome of national elections.

In 2012, Democratic congressional candidates won nearly a million and a half more votes than Republicans, yet Republicans won more seats in the U.S. House.  This happened because Republican-majority legislatures drew hundreds of our nation’s congressional districts in 2011, and they used that power to tilt the playing field in favor of GOP candidates in grotesquely-gerrymandered districts like Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional seat.  The impact was even worse at the state level, where Republican legislators drew their own districts to minimize minority voters’ influence and shield themselves from accountability.

As the next round of redistricting approaches, the DLCC is taking a multi-cycle strategic approach in a number of states like Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin, where increasing Democratic representation ahead of post-2020 redistricting is crucial.

Democratic National Committee (DNC)

https://www.democrats.org

This is the official site of the Democratic Party.  Headed by Tom Perez since 2017, the DNC has regrouped and importantly upgraded its technology team to include Raffi Krikorian (a seasoned digital strategy veteran from Uber and Twitter).  Krikorian was brought on as Chief Technology Officer to beef up the DNC’s digital skills and security plus develop digital toolkits for Democratic candidates.

Share This