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Social Justice LibGuide

Local and State Organizations

One Hundred Black Men of New York

The mission of One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York (OHBM) is to play a proactive role in leveraging our collective talent, ability and energy toward achieving meaningful gains for the Black community. One Hundred Black Men initiatives focus on education through mentoring, wealth building strategies, fostering economic development and raising awareness of health issues affecting our communities.

New York Civil Rights Coalition

The New York Civil Rights Coalition (NYCRC) is an organization of people imbued with a 21st century orientation and who are concerned with kindling in Americans a spirit of unity and commitment in achieving a truly open and just society, where the individual enjoys the blessings of liberty free of racial prejudice, stigma, caste or discrimination. In this regard, NYCRC works purposefully to encourage people and institutions to take affirmative steps to achieve an integrated society—inclusive neighborhoods; strong, diverse, and interracial educational systems, both public and private; equal opportunity in employment and voting rights; and every citizen’s unfettered participation in the civic affairs of our democracy.

The Black Institute

The Black Institute shapes intellectual discourse and impacts public policy uniquely from a Black and people of color perspective in the United States and throughout the Diaspora. The Black Institute translates the “think” in think-tank into “action” through a rigorous three-level strategy comprising of academic and community research, inclusive and genuine civic development, and grassroots campaigns and political engagements. The Black Institute changes the discourse of public debate, trains and educate new leadership, develops initiatives to build wealth and power, and delivers justice to Black people and all people of color.

African American Planning Commission

The African American Planning Commission is committed to reducing homelessness and addressing the related issues of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, mental illness, substance abuse, shortage of affordable housing, and unemployment in the communities in which we live and serve.

Citizen Action of New York

Citizen Action of New York is a grassroots membership organization taking on big issues that are at the center of transforming society by Ensuring our children have a quality public education no matter their zip code; Ending our current system of mass incarceration and establishing a new system of justice; Ensuring quality affordable housing for all; Fighting for guaranteed quality, affordable health care; Taking big money out of politics by creating a fair elections system; Aiming to dismantle the historic racist system by promoting racial justice; Striving for a more progressive tax system to begin to end the runaway inequality in our state.

The Gathering of Justice

From its inception, The Gathering for Justice provided a safe environment for policy and model exchange, and dialogue between generations of activists, community members, formerly-incarcerated individuals, gang members and academics from all communities and cultures.

Showing Up for Racial Justice - New York City

Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.  We work to connect people in NYC on local racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ NYC provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change. We stand for the dignity of the people murdered by the NYPD including Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Eric Garner, Ramarley Graham, Akai Gurley, Kalief Browder and all who are unnamed in the media. We stand for accountability of our police, politicians, the corporate elite, and one another. We act collectively and publicly to break white silence. We learn from the long history of People of Color and white people who struggled for ending all systems of oppression. We play our role in building a powerful multiracial majority for justice and liberation. We show up.

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute is an arts, culture, education and media organization that advances cultural equity, racial and social justice for African descendant communities. We envision a global landscape where African descendants achieve cultural equity, racial and social justice.  

Brooklyn Movement Center

Brooklyn Movement Center (BMC) is a Black-led, membership-based organization of primarily low-to-moderate income Central Brooklyn residents. We build power and pursue self-determination in Bedford-Stuyvesant & Crown Heights by nurturing local leadership, waging campaigns and winning concrete improvements in people’s lives. Through our intersectional organizing, BMC centers a full range of issues and Black identity that define a whole community.

Asian American Federation

The Asian American Federation's mission is to raise the influence and well-being of the pan-Asian American community through research, policy advocacy, public awareness and organizational development.  Established in 1989, the Federation is a pan-Asian non-profit organization representing a network of community service agencies in the Northeast. These agencies work in the fields of health & human services, education, economic development, civic participation, and social justice.

Minkwon Center for Community Action

Since our founding, we have focused on Advocacy and Community Organizing, Civic Participation, Social Services, and the Youth Empowerment Program for low-income and marginalized Korean and Asian Americans to achieve economic and social justice for our immigrant communities.

Asian Americans for Equality

Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Asian Americans and all of those in need. Founded in 1974 to advocate for equal rights, AAFE has transformed in the past four decades to become one of New York’s preeminent housing, social service and community development organizations.

CAAV Organizing Asian American Communities

CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities works to build grassroots community power across diverse poor and working class Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City.  We were founded in 1986 by Asian working class women alarmed by the spike of hate violence on Asian communities and its root causes stemming from institutional racism in the United States.  Through our organizing model of base-building, leadership development, campaigns, alliances, and organizational development- we organize Asian communities to fight for institutional change and participates in a broader movement towards racial, gender, and economic justice.

CACF Coalition for Asian American Children + Families

CACF advocates for equity and opportunity for marginalized Asian Pacific American (APA) children and families.  CACF builds a community too powerful to ignore by: Using and sharing information that counters the model minority myth and sheds light on community needs,  Activating APA youth and community members as “social justice” leaders, and Mobilizing a coalition of partners to fight for systems and policy change.  Our vision is for all children and families, including Asian Pacific Americans, in New York City to be safe, healthy, and able to reach their full potential in life.

SAYA South Asian Youth Action

SAYA aims to foster a strong sense of belonging in youth and provide them with tools to thrive academically, professionally and personally.

 

Hispanic Federation

Hispanic Federation (HF) is the nation’s premier Latino nonprofit membership organization. Founded in 1990, HF seeks to empower and advance the Hispanic community, support Hispanic families, and strengthen Latino institutions through work in the areas of education, health, immigration, civic engagement, economic empowerment & the environment.

The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families

CHCF combines education, capacity-building and advocacy to strengthen the support system and continuum of learning for children and youth.

El Taller Latino Americano - The Latin American Workshop

El Taller Latino Americano (The Latin American Workshop) is a 501(c)(3) community-based non-profit arts and education institution founded in New York City in 1979 to bridge the gap between Latin Americans and North Americans through the language of art, dance and music. 

Hispanic Coalition New York

The Hispanic Coalition NY's mission is to empower through education and by serving as a forum for engaging the public in a cultural exchange of ideas and views on social, civic, educational, and economic issues affecting the Hispanic-Latino Community.

Mixteca Organization

Our mission is to empower the Mexican and Latin-American immigrants of the New York area by providing them access to services that enhance their quality of life and will allow them to reach sustainable social and economic development. We offer a variety of programs and services that respond to the specific needs of immigrant families and aim to build a supportive environment for the growing Mexican and Latin-American immigrant community. 

LatinoJustice PRLDEF

LatinoJustice works to create a more just society by using and challenging the rule of law to secure transformative, equitable and accessible justice, by empowering our community and by fostering leadership through advocacy and education.

ASPIRA of New York

Since 1961, ASPIRA of New York has been dedicated to serving New York City youth and their families, providing opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them, and serving as an effective advocate, fighting to improve education in the Puerto Rican and Latino communities.

 

 

American Indian Community House

The American Indian Community House (AICH) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving the needs of Native Americans residing in New York City.  AICH was founded in 1969, by Native American volunteers as a community-based organization, mandated to improve the status of Native Americans, and to foster inter-cultural understanding.

National Alliance of Native Americans Longhouse

The organization seeks to promote the interest and welfare of the American Indian; to educate and enlighten the American public as to Native American/ Taino culture and problems; to promote closer relationships between the American Indian and the general public; to aid the American Indian in rehabilitation of himself or herself either by direct assistance or through Native American organizations; to promote interest in and further the study of American Indian culture; to attract support directly or indirectly to foster the purposes intended. 

Redhawk Native American Arts Council

The Redhawk Native American Arts Council is a not for profit organization founded and maintained by Native American artists and educators residing in the New York City area. Since 1994, the Council is dedicated to educating the general public about Native American heritage through song, dance, theater, works of art and other cultural forms of expression. The council represents artists from North, South, Central American, Caribbean and Polynesian Indigenous cultures. Redhawk Council produces four of the largest Native American heritage celebrations in the Northeast. The arts council also hosts festivals, workshops, theater presentations and educational programs, addressing stereotypes and fostering an awareness of Native cultures from a historical standpoint, with a focus on contemporary cultural practices.

New York Indian Council

New York Indian Council is a Title V Indian Health Services contracted Urban Indian Health Program serving American Indian/Alaskan Native who are enrolled or descendants in the first or second degree of a federal or state recognized tribe. We welcome the native community throughout the New York City area. The mission of the New York Indian Council (NYIC) is to promote the well-being of AI/AN people by providing health services that are in tune with our history, traditions, and philosophies. We are natives serving natives.

Amerinda

American Indian Artists Inc. (AMERINDA), established in 1987, is a community-based multi-arts organization that works to empower Native Americans, break down barriers and foster intercultural understanding and appreciation for Native culture through its arts programs and services to individual artists. AMERINDA‘s mission is to promote the indigenous perspective in the arts to a broad audience through the creation of new work in contemporary art forms—visual, performing, literary and media.

Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services

The Jewish Board provides critical health and human services for all New Yorkers, regardless of religion, ethnicity, cultural background, gender identification, ability or age. We help adults and children living with mental illness, families and individuals who need supportive housing, adolescents who deserve a safe and protected environment within which to recover, people living with developmental disabilities, and New Yorkers who need counseling and mental health services to address specific issues.

Center for Jewish History

The Center for Jewish History in New York City illuminates history, culture, and heritage. The Center provides a collaborative home for five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

3GNY

We ensure that future generations will hear actual stories of our grandparents’ survival, that others can experience the human face of the Holocaust, as well as understand its details, its place in history.  We provide the legacy, testimony and context for how this event is viewed and discussed today.  To accomplish these goals, 3GNY creates forums where members meet, learn, connect and share ideas. Founded in 2005 with a group of six, 3GNY’s membership now exceeds 2,000. We have diverse programs, including museum tours, film screenings, theater engagements, discussion groups, book readings, visits and dialogue with survivors, Shabbat dinners, Jewish cultural events, intergenerational gatherings, genealogy workshops and field trips.

Met Council

Met Council is America’s largest Jewish charity dedicated to serving the needy. We fight poverty through comprehensive social services and by treating each client with compassion, integrity, and respect. Our ten different departments are staffed by experts who help over 225,000 clients each year and advocate on behalf of all needy New Yorkers. Our programs range from 100% affordable housing at 20 locations to our family violence program to Holocaust survivor assistance to senior programming to crisis intervention to the largest free kosher food distribution program in the world. Our network of 75 food pantries, affordable housing sites and JCCs provide services directly in neighborhoods across New York.

Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan 

Together with our community, the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan creates opportunities for people to connect, grow, and learn within an ever-changing Jewish landscape.  The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan imagines Jewish life that is diverse and engages meaningfully with its values, culture, and ideas in everyday lives.

Friedberg JCC

The Friedberg JCC is the very pulse of Long Island’s South Shore Jewish community. It is an all-encompassing facility, dedicated to providing and maintaining the spirit of Judaism and its values through the strengthening of Jewish family life and culture.  The Friedberg JCC has been serving Long Island’s south shore community for over 50 years and provides social and educational programs, plus vitally needed services for individuals of all ages. It is where friends, neighbors and family come together to discover their Jewish identity, be themselves and just have fun.

 

Arab American Association of New York

AAANY officially opened its doors as a not-for-profit organization in December 2001, and since then has provided invaluable social services to tens of thousands of families by working tirelessly to empower, defend, and advocate for New York’s Arab American community. For nearly 20 years AAANY has been a bridge between the Arab community and the rest of New York, fostering greater understanding of Arab culture and immigrant issues, serving as a liaison between schools, government, and other institutions and residents to address issues of discrimination, and providing a variety of culturally sensitive social services.

Brooklyn Arab American Friendship Center

Brooklyn Arab American Friendship Center offers newly immigrated Arab Americans English as a Second Language classes and cultural activities. The Brooklyn Arab American Friendship Center is a place where Arab American families can come to learn ESL, develop meaningful friendships, and bridge cross-cultural barriers. The mission began in September of 2004 to meet the felt needs of the Arab American immigrant community.

Arab American Family Support Center

Our mission is to empower immigrants and refugees with the tools they need to successfully acclimate to the world around them and become active participants in their communities.   AAFSC’s vision is more pressing today than ever: Striving for a socially just society where all immigrants including Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian populations can fully partake as Americans. We pursue our vision across all priority areas and we structure our activities around impact and outcomes.

Muslim Community Network

At MCN we are dedicated to using civic education and leadership development to shape the public narrative about what it means to Muslim in America.

The Lower Eastside Girls Club

The Lower Eastside Girls Club is training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial, and environmental leaders. Girls Club members overcome adversity, perceive opportunity, develop self-confidence, make ethical decisions and healthy life choices, thrive academically, embrace leadership, and have the ability to enter college or the workforce as fully prepared and connected adults.

New Women New Yorkers

New Women New Yorkers provides workforce development and other programs to empower immigrant women to obtain meaningful employment or pursue higher education in NYC, and offers a safe, inclusive space where immigrant women can build community and share their stories.

WomanKind

The agency has grown to become a leader in providing multilingual and culturally-responsive services to help survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual violence rise above trauma and build a path to healing. Our dedicated team of 70 staff and 150 volunteers collectively speaks 18+ Asian languages and dialects.

Sakhi for South Asian Women

Sakhi for South Asian Women exists to represent the South Asian diaspora in a survivor-led movement for gender-justice and to honor the collective and inherent power of all survivors of violence. Sakhi is committed to serving survivors through a combination of efforts including—but not limited to—direct services, advocacy and organizing, technical assistance, and community outreach. 

Hair on Purpose

Hair on Purpose uses hair, beauty and health education as an entry point to support teenage girls in social issues that impact them during their formative years.

The Center - The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center empowers people to lead healthy, successful lives. The Center celebrates our diversity and advocates for justice and opportunity.  We offer the LGBTQ communities of NYC advocacy, health and wellness programs; arts, entertainment and cultural events; recovery, parenthood and family support services.

ACT UP - Aids Coalition to Unleash Power

ACT UP — the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power — is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals, united in anger and committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis. We meet with government officials, we distribute the latest medical information, we protest and demonstrate. We are not silent.

The Audre Lorde Project

The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.

Identity House

Identity House is an all-volunteer community that provides counseling services to support and encourage LGBTQ+ adults who are working through issues around sexual orientation and gender identity & expression, including among other things alienation, relationships, and family.

NYC Anti-Violence Project

AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

PFLAG New York City

PFLAG NYC — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People — is the founding chapter of PFLAG the nation’s foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.  PFLAG NYC’s mission is to create a better future for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and adults through a partnership of parents, allies, and LGBT people.

Fierce

FIERCE is a membership-based organization building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color in New York City.  We develop politically conscious leaders who are invested in improving ourselves and our communities through youth-led campaigns, leadership development programs, and cultural expression through arts and media. FIERCE is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of social justice movement leaders who are dedicated to ending all forms of oppression.

LGBT Network

The LGBT Network is an association of non-profit organizations working to serve the LGBT community of Long Island and Queens throughout the lifespan: Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), The Long Island LGBT Community Center (The Center), Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders – Long Island (SAGE-LI), and the Queens LGBT Community Center (Q Center).  LIGALY is the original organization of The Network as it was founded in 1993 and is nationally known for its work with LGBT youth in the areas of education, advocacy, youth leadership and development and support. The Center and SAGE-LI along with the Network was founded in 2005 to unite these non-profits to help more LGBT people across the lifespan and create a cost efficient way of serving the Long Island LGBT Community.

Disability Rights New York

DRNY is the Protection & Advocacy System and Client Assistance Program (P&A/CAP) for persons with disabilities in New York State. As the P&A/CAP for New York, DRNY advocates for the civil and legal rights for New Yorkers with disabilities.  DRNY provides free legal and advocacy services to individuals with disabilities. Working tirelessly to protect and advance the rights of children and adults with disabilities, DRNY is committed to enabling those we serve to exercise their own life choices and fully participate in community life.

Disabilities Network of New York City

The Disabilities Network of New York City brings people, organizations, government and industry together to find soultions to the problems faced by New Yorkers with physical, visual and hearing disabilities. We work for full inclusion of people with disabilities into the vast civic, social and economic life of New York City.

Center for Independence of the Disabled, NY

CIDNY is a nonprofit organization founded in 1978. We are part of the Independent Living Centers movement: a national network of grassroots and community-based organizations that enhance opportunities for all people with disabilities to direct their own lives.  CIDNY speaks for everyone who lives with a disability, whether it came at birth, by injury, disease, or during the process of aging. Together, we educate the public. We advocate for our civil rights and a strong safety net of benefits and services. CIDNY makes sure that our voices are heard where and when issues affecting our lives are decided. 

Helping Hands for the Disabled

We realized disabled people needed help in their homes particularly the totally blind who require assistance with tasks such as reading mail, filling out paperwork, running errands and keeping medical appointments.
We have always worked with volunteers to provide these services. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and many of them are also disabled.

INCLUDEnyc

INCLUDEnyc is the leading provider of training and information for young people with any disability (age 0-26) in New York City, their families, and the professionals who support them. We create access to educational, employment, and independent living opportunities, and advocate with families for meaningful inclusion in the broader community.

Fountain House

Fountain House is dedicated to the recovery of men and women with mental illness by providing opportunities for our members to live, work, and learn, while contributing their talents through a community of mutual support.

Vibrant Emotional Health

For 50 years, Vibrant Emotional Health, formerly the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC), has been at the forefront of promoting emotional well-being for all people. As leaders, advocates, educators, and innovators in mental health, we have been raising awareness and offering support to everyone who is struggling.  We work every single day to help save lives and assist people to get care anytime, anywhere and in any way that works for them. We are unwavering in our belief that everyone can achieve emotional wellness with the right care and support.

The Bridge New York

The Bridge mission is to change lives, by offering help, hope and opportunity to the most vulnerable in our community. We offer a comprehensive range of evidence-based rehabilitative services, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, housing, vocational training and job placement, healthcare, education and creative arts therapies.

Institute for Community Living

ICL helps people living with mental illness, substance use and developmental disabilities live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Our services are built on four-pillars of care — person-centered, trauma-informed, recovery-oriented, and an integrated health model. We break through traditional silos of service and look at the whole person and their full range of health and behavioral health needs.

AHRC New York City

A family governed organization committed to finding ways for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to build full lives as defined by each person and supported by dedicated families, staff and community partners.

YAI

YAI has been dedicated to providing innovative services for the I/DD (intellectual and/or developmental disabilities) community. It provides a total life adjustment approach, emphasizing personal growth, social responsibility, employment goals, and the development of independence for the individual.