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Social Justice Resources

Guide to social justice resources for faculty, staff, students, and the public.

Act Locally

Puget Sound Area Organizations

This guide provides links to the websites of selected social justice organizations working in the greater Seattle area. Organizations are listed in alphabetical order. National movements and organizations (which may have local groups or affiliates) are listed in the next section of this page.

                350 Seattle logo            "350 Seattle is building a passionate grassroots movement for climate justice. We believe that climate change is a problem so overwhelming that only people power can begin to solve it. Using tools ranging from policy and advocacy to direct action, we inspire people to fight for the deep and lasting changes necessary to ensure a thriving planet."
                asian counseling referral service logo            "ACRS promotes social justice and the well-being and empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities – including immigrants, refugees, and American-born – by developing, providing and advocating for innovative, effective and efficient community-based multilingual and multicultural services."
                All Home logo            "All Home (formerly the Committee to End Homelessness) is a community-wide partnership to align public and private efforts to make homelessness in King County rare, brief and one-time. We develop and implement data-driven strategies to respond to the crisis of homelessness and to address its root causes. Homelessness is solvable, and by acting together as a community, all people can have a home.
                El Centro de la Raza logo            "As an organization grounded in the Latino community, our [El Centro de la Raza] mission is to build unity across all racial and economic sectors, to organize, empower, and defend our most vulnerable and marginalized populations and to bring justice, dignity, equality, and freedom to all the peoples of the world." 
                Colectiva Legal logo            "Colectiva Legal del Pueblo is a non-hierarchal collective organization founded for and by undocumented and migrant communities working to provide legal support while building community power for migrant justice.
                El Comite logo            "El Comité Pro-Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social is a social justice organization based in Seattle, Washington which focuses on civil, labor and human rights."
                Disability Rights Washington logo            "Disability Rights Washington is a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights."
                Food is Free Tacoma logo            "Food is Free 253 builds front yard and parkway vegetable gardens for all the neighborhood to see. Gardens for the People make a statement that you are taking your food security into your own hands. Gardens and sharing tables give neighbors a reason to congregate and communicate with each other, building strong community and safer neighborhoods." Food is Free Tacoma
                End the Prison Industrial Complex logo            "End the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) is a community group working to stop the construction of the proposed new youth jail in King County, Washington. EPIC operates with staff support from American Friends Service Committee and includes members of Youth Undoing Institutional Racism, the People’s Institute Northwest and the community at-large."
                Equal Rights Washington logo            "Our [Equal Rights Washington] mission is to ensure and promote dignity, safety, and equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Washingtonians." 
                Ingersoll Gender Center logo            "Ingersoll Gender Center is a mutual support and education organization for transgender, trans*, gender variant and genderqueer people, and the people who support them. Ingersoll is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization headquartered in Seattle and serving the Greater Seattle and Puget Sound region and beyond. Ingersoll is an all-volunteer organization that focuses on direct peer support, community building, education and advocacy."
                got green logo            "Got Green organizes for environmental, racial, and economic justice as a South Seattle-based grassroots organization led by people of color and low income people. We cultivate multi-generational community leaders to be central voices in the Green Movement in order to ensure that the benefits of the green movement and green economy (green jobs, healthy food, energy efficient & healthy homes, public transit) reach low income communities and communities of color."
                Lambert House logo            "Lambert House empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth through the development of leadership, social, and life skills."
                Legal Voice logo            "Legal Voice pursues justice for all women and girls in the Northwest, through ground-breaking litigation, legislative advocacy, and legal rights education."
                northwest health law advocates            "Northwest Health Law Advocates is the consumer voice in the health care debate. We aim to improve access to health care for all Washington residents in furtherance of health as a human right."
                Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment            "PAVE provides support, training, information and resources to empower and give voice to individuals, youth and families impacted by disabilities."
                People's Institute for Survival and Beyond logo            "The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond is a collective of anti-racist community organizers and educators committed to building an anti-racist movement."
                People of Color Against Aids Network logo            "POCAAN is committed to providing comprehensive, multicultural awareness and prevention messages aimed at addressing health disparities experienced in marginalized communities."
                Radical Women logo            "Radical Women (RW) is a socialist feminist, grassroots activist organization that provides a radical voice within the feminist movement, a feminist voice within the Left, and trains women to be leaders in the movements for social and economic justice."
                Refugee Women's Alliance            "Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA) is an award-winning, nationally recognized nonprofit that provides holistic services to help refugee and immigrant women and families thrive."
                Sea Mar Community Health Centers logo            "Sea Mar Community Health Centers is a community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human, housing, educational and cultural services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos." "The Coalition on Homelessness is a coordinating force on budget and policy decisions which directly affect the lives and futures of people who are homeless and the kind of community we all live in."
                Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness logo            "The Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness is a coordinating force on budget and policy decisions which directly affect the lives and futures of people who are homeless and the kind of community we all live in."
                Washington Can! logo            "With over 40,000 members, Washington CAN! is the state’s largest grassroots community organization. Together we work to achieve racial, social, gender and economic justice in Washington state and our nation. We believe that we can only achieve our goals when people become involved and take action for justice."

 

Act Nationally and Globally

Select National and Global Organizations

Many of the below organizations also have local chapters. Please check with local groups or affiliates for opportunities for community-based involvement.

academics for black survival and wellness logo "Academics for Black Survival and Wellness was organized by a group of Black counseling psychologists and their colleagues who practice Black allyship. Guided by a Black feminist frame, we hope to foster accountability and growth for non-Black people and enhance healing and wellness for Black people."
ACLU logo "With more than 1.7 million members, 500 staff attorneys, thousands of volunteer attorneys, and offices throughout the nation, the ACLU of today continues to fight government abuse and to vigorously defend individual freedoms including speech and religion, a woman’s right to choose, the right to due process, citizens’ rights to privacy and much more."
logo for the anti-defamation league with the tagline "fighting hate for good" "ADL is a leading anti-hate organization that was founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry. Today, ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur and continues to fight all forms of hate. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education and fighting hate online, ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate."
The Arc logo "The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes."
logo for black lives matter "#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc. is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives."
climate justice alliance logo with the tagline "communities united for a just transition" "Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) formed in 2013 to create a new center of gravity in the climate movement by uniting frontline communities and organizations into a formidable force. Our translocal organizing strategy and mobilizing capacity is building a Just Transition away from extractive systems of production, consumption and political oppression, and towards resilient, regenerative and equitable economies. We believe that the process of transition must place race, gender and class at the center of the solutions equation in order to make it a truly Just Transition."
extinction rebellion logo "Extinction Rebellion is a decentralised, international and politically non-partisan movement using non-violent direct action and civil disobedience to persuade governments to act justly on the Climate and Ecological Emergency."
Fair Fight Action Logo "We promote fair elections around the country, encourage voter participation in elections, and educate voters about elections and their voting rights. Fair Fight Action brings awareness to the public on election reform, advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in other voter education programs and communications."
the innocence project logo "The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice."
international rescue committee logo "The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America."
industrial works of the world logo "The IWW is a member-run union for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our industries and in our communities. IWW members are organizing to win better conditions today and build a world with economic democracy tomorrow. We want our workplaces run for the benefit of workers and communities rather than for a handful of bosses and executives."
logo for the movement for black lives stylized as M4BL "The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) formed in December of 2014, was created as a space for Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions, develop shared assessments of what political interventions were necessary in order to achieve key policy, cultural and political wins, convene organizational leadership in order to debate and co-create a shared movement wide strategy. Under the fundamental idea that we can achieve more together than we can separately."
logo for mutual aid disaster relief "Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is a grassroots disaster relief network based on the principles of solidarity, mutual aid, and autonomous direct action."
national organization for women logo "As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States."
national urban league "The National Urban League is a historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization with 90 affiliates serving 300 communities, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than two million people nationwide."
planned parenthood logo "Founded in 1916, Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, educator, and passionate advocate here in the U.S. as well as a strong partner to health and rights organizations around the world. Each year, Planned Parenthood delivers vital sexual and reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of people."
raise the minimum wage logo "RAISETHEMINIMUMWAGE.ORG is a project of the National Employment Law Project.NELP is fighting for wages that families can live on, and an economy that works for all of us. We partner with grassroots and national groups to raise worker pay around the nation. We support wage campaigns by providing policy and legal expertise, strategic communications support, research and analysis, and campaign coordination."
logo for the southern poverty law center "The SPLC is a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements, and advance the human rights of all people."
the trevor project logo "Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25."
united way logo "United Way is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide.  We are focused on creating community-based and community-led solutions that strengthen the cornerstones for a good quality of life: education, financial stability and health."