Profiles of organizations, working to counter Administration policies, where you can get engaged.
America’s Voice has been buttressing pro-immigration reform since its inception in 2008. From a finger-on-the-pulse approach to immigration stories around the country to workers’ rights advocacy and the promotion of undocumented immigrants’ rights, America’s Voice has a multi-faceted approach to bettering the opportunities and resources for immigrants in America. With a further focus on guaranteed and fully enforced rights for immigrants, the core values of America’s Voice speak to the plight of the 11 million Americans-in-waiting that are seeking documentation.
America’s Voice has been a vocal proponent of the DREAM Act, proposed multi-phase legislation that would first grant conditional residency and then permanent residency for those illegally brought into the US as minors. During the Trump administration, America’s Voice has provided forceful opposition to the government’s policies on refugees, the border wall with Mexico and the treatment of undocumented immigrant families.
America’s Voice has also taken keen interest in raising awareness and support for individually cases, with petitions and public advocacy for asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants in California, Arizona, Georgia and several other states.
Founded by Frank Sharry, the former executive director of the National Immigration Forum Centro Presente for Central American refugees in Boston, America’s Voice has offered a national platform for immigration issues, highlighting the personal stories and the broad legislative activity. With Trump’s contentious policies of travel bans and the border wall, America’s Voice continues to find itself at the focal point of a divisive political topic.
Brennan Center for Justice
A non-partisan law and policy institute based out of NYU, the Brennan Center for Justice works to reform, revitalize and defend the US system of democracy and justice. With a specific focus on voting rights, campaign finance reform and ending mass incarceration, the Center has a multi-pronged approach to fostering democratic participation.
Part think tank and part advocacy group, the Brennan Center offers rigorous research in order to hold institutions accountable and provides innovative policy solutions in order to promote their objectives. These include their signature policy initiative, automatic voter registration, which is in place in Washington DC and 10 states, as well as the Reverse Mass Incarceration Act which seeks to reward states that reduce prison populations without an increase in crime. In addition, the Brennan Center has proposed a small donor public finance system to elevate the importance of the regular citizen in contributing to political campaigns.
These approaches have been met with varying levels of opposition, but the Brennan Center for Justice has certainly been successful in holding institutions and local government accountable in attempt to influence and distort the rule of law as it relates to democracy and justice. In the context of the Trump administration, their work on liberty and national security and voting rights has particularly come under scrutiny.
The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS)
A long-standing stalwart in the immigration policy community, The Centre for Migration Studies (CMS) offers extensive analysis on immigration issues. With a five-fold mission that involves research, sponsorship, journal publication, faith-based institutional support and historical record, CMS offers a broad, non-governmental resource to scrutinize immigration policy.
CMS has long styled itself as a non-partisan think tank, with consultative status at the UN and with policy makers on regional, national and local levels. Nevertheless, with the strict anti-immigration policies of the Trump administration, CMS has invariably found themselves on the opposing aisle. While their publications and sponsorships are grounded in facilitating an even-handed discussion about pressing immigration issues, CMS have voiced a visceral distaste for Trump’s policy on DACA and the approach to undocumented families.
CMS continues to provide extensive informational materials, from the International Migration Review to the Journal on Migration and Human Security as well as a collection of essays, lectures and books that continue to outline policy. In addition, events range from addressing the global impact of the refugee crisis to symposiums on localized and state issues. You can find more information about their events here.
With a board of trustees including Bishop of Brooklyn Nicholas DiMarzio and Reverend Moacir Balen, the faith-based roots of CMS certainly inform and shape the perspective and manner in which CMS approach their work.
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Democracy for America
Democracy for America is a progressive Political Action Committee. As a members-based organization boasting over a million subscribers, Democracy for America has raised over $45 million dollars in support of progressive candidates. It has played an integral role in supporting nearly 1,000 progressive candidates to election victories across all 50 states.
Democracy for America works to empower members taking meaningful, progressive political action on the local and national level. With a particular focus on issues of income inequality, corporate power, Wall Street accountability, justice, money in politics and war, the PAC has been a consistent voice against the policy agenda of the Trump administration. Through their message, not only do they cultivate individuals to run in elections but maintain a message to robustly respond to perceived injustice.
Recently, Democracy for America has taken a firm stance in order to achieve lower drug prices, a $15 living wage, pass a 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act and require congressional approval before any nuclear attack. Ranging across a wide spectrum of issues, the policies proposed by Democracy for America offer a platform for the progressive movement to rally in a unified manner in response to Republican opposition.
Founded in 2004 by Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont, Democracy For America have played a key role in offering a progressive voice in the Democrat party, from championing the Affordable Care Act to endorsing Bernie Sanders in 2016 and supporting the BlackLivesMatter movement.
A public policy organization bent on striving for equal say and equal chance for all, Demos seeks to foster a diverse array of voices in the in the US political climate and promote equitable policy that provides for a common future.
With an overarching mission statement to reduce the role of money in politics, guarantee the freedom to vote, ensure a diverse, expanded middle class and elevate the values of community and racial equity, Demos specifically focuses on economic, racial and democratic issues.
Demos has taken on regular collaborations with local and regional-based organizations to bring policy closer to people and to generate ideas that can have last impact in accordance with their goals. With a liberal-leaning mentality, Demos have often find themselves at odds with Republican legislatives. Their frequent collaborations have tended to be with Democrat politicians and like-minded organizations.
Demos have had particular success in their Democracy Program, championing the 1995 National Rights Voting Act (NRVA), which focuses on expanding voter registration opportunities for low-income voters. In regard to economic accountability, Demos regularly submits reports on household debt and credit checks, which have resulted in landmark reforms.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the pre-eminent non-profit organization specifically focusing on the protection of rights and civil liberties in the digital world. From digital privacy to freedom of expression and net neutrality, EFF works to protect technological development and the plurality of the Internet.
The EFF have offered a powerful voice across the digital platform, paving the way for open source software, encryption, security research, file sharing tools and growing technologies. Recently, the EFF have focused their attention on e-mail security, censorship, Internet patents and digital copyright.
Founded in 1990, EFF has expressed their message through litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism and technological development. Orchestrating a vast network of talent and concerned voices, EFF brings together experts and partner organizations from around the globe to address widespread digital concerns.
Everytown for Gun Safety
Formed in 2014 as a merge between Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety has become a focal point for gun control advocacy. Combining the political strength of the 855 mayors signed up to the former organization and the grass root network of the latter, Everytown for Gun Safety has achieved a cross-sectional movement that has lobbied different levels of government for stricter gun laws since its conception.
With a multi-faceted approach to gun violence through background checks, domestic violence, preventable death and gun trafficking, Everytown for Gun Safety has sought to tackle gun violence from various angles. In 2017 alone, Everytown for Gun Safety successfully supported legislation upholding Florida’s open-carry ban, lobbied the Rhode Island governor to sign a bill keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and pressured Facebook into tightening its rules on unlicensed gun sales on its platforms.
Everytown for Gun Safety has engaged in a longstanding opposition with the National Rifle Association (NRA). Its advocacy for gun control has often been stylized as “anti-gun” by the NRA and has led a significant number of mayors to disassociate themselves with the organization. Moreover, Everytown for Gun Safety has caused also cause controversy in the past, with accusations of inflating the number of shootings per diem in the US.
Nevertheless, with an advisory board including former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and philanthropist Warren Buffett, Everytown for Gun Safety has maintained an established network of support and continues to act as a leading voice in the struggle for gun reform and the reduction of gun violence.
Families USA describes its vision as providing “the best health and health care equally accessible to all.” Combining policy expertise with local, regional and national partnerships in the social and political sphere, Families USA strives for solutions that continue to expand healthcare quality and availability.
With a specific focus on coverage, health equity, healthcare value and consumer engagement, Families USA takes an across-the-board approach to elevating the status of healthcare in the USA.
Families USA have taken on particular initiatives, including a drive to lower the cost of prescription drugs, enhance the benefits of child health insurance and expand the availability of oral health. In reporting government policy on such issues advocating policy that works to further combat these issues, Families USA proactively tackles health-related issues through the guidance of industry experts.
While in many ways Families USA attempts to stay non-partisan, the organization has made its message clear as an avid defender of the Affordable Care Act. Through social media, grass-roots encouragement and protests, Families USA has lobbied hard for Congress to maintain the Obama administration policy.
With several surveys suggesting that the number of uninsured in the USA has grown in the last year, Families USA have blamed the uncertainty and poor policy of the Trump administration as the reason for regressing recent success. With the Trump administration looking to continually erode the Affordable Care Act, Families USA have seen their work go into overdrive since 2017.
March for Our Lives
March For Our Lives launched into the spotlight in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting in February 2018. Giving voice to young people tackling issues of gun violence, March For Our Lives has offered an inclusive interest group to push for a change in legislation and approach. Through legislative pressure, grassroots activism and protest March For Our Lives has used its early existence in the spotlight to press for a change in epidemic gun violence.
March For Our Lives has outlined a five-pronged mission in order to make tangible changes to the status quo. By establishing comprehensive background checks, digitizing the ATF (Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), funding the CDC (Center for Disease Control) to research gun violence and pressuring for bans on high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic weapons, March For Our Lives have sought to put policy into action.
March For Our Lives has proposed other changes, including disarming domestic abusers, mandatory safe storage and extreme risk protection orders. Through young, powerful voices that have been directly affected by gun tragedy, March For Our Lives looks to provide a refreshing voice that can recalibrate the model for approach and ultimately lowering the widespread and violent misuse of guns.
One of the most established and seasoned environmental non-profits in the United States, Sierra Club has focused its primary efforts on promoting sustainable energy, mitigating global warming and opposing coal. As well as developing its own outreach and influence as an organization, Sierra Club has a two-fold mission statement: to achieve ambitious and just climate solutions, and to explore, enjoy and protect America’s natural environments.
The Sierra Club has played a vital role in championing landmark legislation, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. With local chapters and regional lobbying power, Sierra Club has exerted its message on the micro and macro level, not only in protecting natural environs, but also in encouraging outdoor activities.
In regard to policy, Sierra Club has demonstrated a long-standing accordance with environmental progressive values. In addition to its primary efforts, Sierra Club has also repeatedly opposed the construction of dams because of environmental fallout and has demonstrated against the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipeline. While its message has been less defined on issues such as immigration and housing, it remains one of the pre-eminent progressive non-profits in the environmental field.
The Global Policy Journal
Supported by the Durham University School of Government and International Affairs, The Global Policy Journal is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed quarterly that brings voices together to analyse both public and private solutions to global issues. From international policy coordination to globally relevant topics and collective action problems, The Global Policy Journal takes the big problems and cuts them down to size, tackling issues through innovative ideas.
Through rigorous analysis, credible research and policy innovation, Global Policy Journal is a landing ground for experts in political and policy fields to present new ideas and topics in a highly regarded forum. From Brexit to Trade Wars to international summits, The Global Policy Journal offers a non-partisan resource for those looking to carve through the mainstream arena of politically driven outlets.
US-China Business Council
The pre-eminent advocate for constructive and results-oriented engagement between the US and China, the US-China Business Council (USCBC) was founded in 1973 on the back of Richard Nixon’s presidential visit to China. In the last 45 years, the USCBC has sought to eliminate trade and investment barriers between China and the US and cultivate a mutually beneficial partnership for US and Chinese business.
USCBC have summarised their top priorities as continuing to solidify the foundation for mutually beneficial commerce, reducing trade barriers and protectionism, ensuring competitive neutrality and strengthening the adherence to mutually beneficial innovation.
USCBC put out frequent briefs scrutinizing the mutual investments between China and the US and establish entrepreneurial and governmental events to foster engagement between players in both countries.
The growing tension and focus on trade barriers and tariffs between the two countries has seen USCBC take on a notably more substantial role. With key Trump administration policies running the risk of escalating a trade war, USCBC has found itself playing arbiter in attempting to placate the two countries. With other major policy areas such as North Korea and Russia having implications on the current trade relations between the US and China, USCBC find itself as one of the foremost voices in a particularly contentious area of trade policy.
Women Cross DMZ
Women Cross DMZ is a diverse and driven collection of female peacemakers striving for resolve on the Korean peninsula. It is the foremost cross-field, cross-national organization, intent on bring an end to the conflict that has marred North and South Korea for the better part of the last century.
Founded by the indomitable Christine Ahn, the co-founder of the Korea Policy Institute and the Korea Peace network, Women Cross DMZ has demonstrated a tireless resolve to end a conflict that has shaped one of the most notorious civil standoffs in modern history. From detailed coverage of diplomatic and political activity to marches and policy advocacy, Women Cross DMZ has centered its message on expanding and deepening the involvement of women in the pursuit of peace and to reunite families long separated by Korea’s division.
Perhaps no event encapsulates the solidarity of its mission more than the march in 2015 that conceived the organization’s place as a broker in the struggle for peace. On May 24th, International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, a collection of thirty international women peacemakers successfully crossed the 2-mile stretch of the DMZ separating the two countries. Ever since, their historic walk has served as a marker for fostering further links between the two countries.
There has been some criticism at their perceived willingness to overlook some of the egregious flaws and human rights abuses carried out by the North, but with a steadfast organization of female activists from a wide range of backgrounds and political struggles, the movement has largely been praised for helping to navigate a path towards peace.
With delegates including Gloria Steinem, 2011 Liberian Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee and Mexican-American human rights Lawyer Erika Guevara Rosas, the diversity of Women Cross DMZ’s representation is vast and all-encompassing. This is not a niche representation of a localized issue, but rather a dynamic and influential contingent of women in pursuit a greater cause on the Korean Peninsula.
Established in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, Indivisible is an organization specifically set up to resist the policies and agenda of the Trump administration. Former congressional staffers kick started the movement by penning an online handbook with suggestions for effectively resisting the trump Administration. This handbook became a catalyst for a movement that has gone on to resist Trump in a multitude of different manners.
The handbook outlines a four-point strategy. Namely, to establish a grassroots strategy in order to target members of Congress, to exert pressure on local members of Congress, to organize local groups and mobilize constituents, and to adhere to advocacy tactics which optimize pressure on the government and Congress.
By employing many of the same tactics as the Tea Party, Indivisible have matched techniques used on the other side of the political aisle to push back against a strong conservative agenda.
In addition to a keen focus on targeted electoral victories, Indivisible have also mounted campaigns to expand health care, protect net neutrality and curb Trump’s Supreme Court picks.
Indivisible are heavily represented in protest throughout the country, from the Women’s March to localized state corruption protests. They also provide accessible information about the Trump administration and upcoming events where individuals can demonstrate their opposition to Trump’s agenda.