Racial Justice Organizations and Resources

The Advancement Project is a democracy and justice action group that works in partnership with local communities, using law, public policy and strategic communications to advance universal opportunity, equity and access for those left behind in America.

The African American Policy Forum was founded in 1996 as a media-monitoring think tank and information clearinghouse, and works to bridge the gap between scholarly research and public discourse related to inequality, discrimination and injustice. The AAPF seeks to build bridges between academic, activist and policy-making sectors in order to advance a more inclusive and robust public discourse on the challenge of achieving equity within and across diverse communities.

The Applied Research Center is a public policy, educational and research institute whose work emphasizes issues of race and social change. Its website is an invaluable resource of reports and tools, including its Racial Justice Leadership Training Institute, which strengthens the capacity of community-based organizations, training intermediaries, and individual activists to engage in education and action to advance racial equity. ARC also publishes ColorLines, a monthly magazine on race, class, culture and power.

The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change is a forum in which people engaged in the field of comprehensive community initiatives can meet to discuss lessons that are being learned across the country. Their recent report, Structural Racism and Community Building, provides a clear and useful explanation of structural racism and its impact on communities. An earlier report, Training Racial Equity and Inclusion , examines the strengths and weaknesses of ten specific anti-racist and race relations programs.

The Center for Social Inclusion is a national policy advocacy organization working to build a fair and just society by dismantling structural racism. The Center partners with communities of color and local and national groups to identify the most strategic opportunities for cracking the foundation of structural racism using applied research to develop local policy education and policy reform models.

The The Civil Rights Project / Proyecto Derechos Civiles is a multidisciplinary research-and-policy think tank based at UCLA whose mission is to help renew the civil rights movement by bridging the worlds of ideas and action, to be a preeminent source of intellectual capital within that movement, and to deepen the understanding of the issues that must be resolved to achieve racial and ethnic equity as society moves through the great transformation of the 21st century.

Institute on Race & Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School aims to share the latest and most relevant information on issues confronting communities facing the combined challenges of race and poverty. The institutes’ goals are to create scholarship, commentary and dialogue to increase the understanding and support of those unfairly constrained by race and poverty.

Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity is a university-wide interdisciplinary research institute, directed by john a. powell. Its goal is to deepen the understanding of the causes of and solutions to racial and ethnic disparities and hierarchies.

People’s Institute Institute for Survival and Beyond was created to develop more analytical, culturally-rooted and effective community organizers. The Undoing Racism Community Trainings has built a national collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers who do their work with an understanding of history, culture, and the impact of racism on communities.

Poverty and Race Research Action Council is a civil rights policy policy organization convened by major civil rights and anti-poverty groups in 1989. PRRAC’s primary mission is to help connect social scientists with advocates working on race and poverty issues, and to promote a research-based advocacy strategy on issues of structural racial inequality. PRRAC publishes Poverty & Race, a bi-monthly newsletter journal.

The Praxis Project’s mission is to support and partner with communities to achieve health justice by providing resources and capacity for policy development, advocacy and leadership. Praxis uses innovative participatory approaches that bridge theory, research and action, and includes several tools that have explicit racial equity perspectives that can be transferable beyond those working on public health.

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

Racetalks: Multiracial Learning Communities, a website produced by Lani Guinier and Susan Sturm that includes their lessons from experiments with learning and transformation in multiracial workplace, classroom and community settings.

The Western States Center’s mission is to build a progressive movement for social, economic, racial and environmental justice in the west. Its Research and Action for Change and Equity (RACE) program supports research, education and action on race-related issues at the community level, and includes a dismantling racism training program; issue education and strategic convening of allied organizations working towards racial justice; and focused organizational development within communities of color.

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