Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health. Advocates focuses its work on young people ages 14-25 in the U.S. and around the globe.
March of Silence
The March of Silence was founded in 2017 by a small coalition of animal activists based in Los Angeles, California. Frustrated by the lack of forward action toward active, positive change we decided we would MARCH TOGETHER in SILENCE on September 12, 2018, in the streets of Los Angeles for one common cause: The Animals. Together, we realized we could create a world FREE from unnecessary suffering. Together, we can create a compassionate world for all living beings.
Youth Celebrate Diversity
YCD empowers youth to become leaders and speak out or take action in their local schools and communities and increase appreciation of human diversity.
PangeaSeed believes that art, design and new media can transcend cultural and linguistic boundaries inspiring positive global change. PangeaSeed collaborates with today’s most influential creative minds to help give the oceans the voice they so desperately need.
Women serving in our nation’s military continue to face obstacles to advancement that undermine their progress, including sexual harassment and assault. Military branches have made great strides to ensure fair and safe work opportunities for women, but more can be done to ensure full equality in the military.
1) Integrate women into all previously closed occupations, positions, units, and training and education programs in the military.
2) Combat sexual assault and sexual harassment and reform the military justice system
3) Based on the high incidence of other than honorable discharges for survivors of sexual assault, re-examine the records of these survivors to ensure that the discharge decision appropriately takes into consideration the extenuating role that sexual assault played in the conduct that led to the discharge.
4) Increase women’s representation in the service academies and in the Armed Forces to better reflect the percentage of women in the general population who meet military accession requirements.
We need to expand the pipeline so that more women can run for every level of office – encouraging our society to become more comfortable with women holding executive offices, not just legislative offices. Often, women who are qualified to run for office do not consider it as an attainable career path. Together, let’s change the conversation around women in leadership.
1) We need to encourage more girls to see themselves as leaders
2) De-stigmatize the narrative of “bossy”
3) Consider running for office yourself and encourage the women around you to consider as well
4) Invest in training for women to run for office
Small business ownership & entrepreneurship are a powerful tool to fight poverty and build wealth for women, immigrants, and people of color. Female-headed business owners face significant barriers to success, including lack of access to capital and equity. On average, women start their business with half as much capital as men ($75,000 vs. $135,000). While over three-quarters of venture capitalists report using patents to make funding determinations, women hold less than 20 percent of all patents in the United States, and make up only 7.7% of primary inventors on U.S. patents.
1) Ensure that small business owners, especially women and people of color, have access to capital.
2) Incentivize alternative sources of capital, while ensuring protections are in place to prevent predatory lending.
3) Build public-private partnerships to invest in innovative women and minority-owned businesses.
We need a modern Voting Rights Act that takes into consideration the positive solutions to expanding access and protects against the negative state actions that have occurred in the wake of Shelby County v. Holder.
1) Restore the Voting Rights Act.
2) Remove barriers to voting, including voter ID laws, which disproportionately impact people of color, the elderly, the young, low income individuals, transgender people, and women.
3) Support Same Day and Online voter registration, pre-registration of youth, registration of 18-year olds leaving foster care, and automatic voter registration, among others
4) Improve and expand voter contact strategies
5) Invest in public education programs that focus on civic engagement
6) Host national and regional convenings to address voting rights and voter representation issues including redistricting and political leadership among African American women
7) Expand candidate development programs
8) Engage faith communities and more organizers in civic engagement of voter participation campaigns.
9) Allow people with a felony conviction the right to vote.
Climate Change: Carbonfund.org
Carbonfund.org is leading the fight against global warming, making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce & offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a clean energy future.
Deforestation: Rainforest Alliance
The Rainforest Alliance is working with hundreds of thousands of farmers, giving them the skills and financial incentives they need to grow crops and protect land. By making conservation both feasible and beneficial, we can empower communities to serve as stewards of the planet's forests, animals and natural resources.
Loss of Biodiversity:
According to the World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet Index, biodiversity has declined 27% in the last 35 years. As consumers we can all help protect biodiversity by purchasing products that don’t harm the environment. Next time you are shopping for food, cleaning supplies or clothing check to see if the packaging contains an eco-label.
Reuse, Recycle, Renew.
Pollution: Clean Choice Energy
Clean Choice Energy is working toward a world free of catastrophic climate change with pure, clean air and abundant renewable energy with a mission to switch as many American homes and businesses to clean, renewable energy as possible—and by doing that, transform the entire electricity market.
Social Erosion & Degradation: Sustainable Table
GRACE’s Food Program, Sustainable Table, celebrates sustainable food, educates consumers about food-related issues and works to build community through food.
Greenpeace is a global, independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
California Coalition for Rural Housing
The California Coalition for Rural Housing (CCRH) is a statewide nonprofit organization that works to ensure affordable housing opportunities for low-income households in California. CCRH is one of the oldest state low-income housing coalitions in the country. Through, advocacy, community organizing, technical assistance, research, and education, with a goal to make the case for rural housing improvement & strengthen the capacity of the non-profit and public sectors to provide affordable housing and related facilities. CCRH provides technical assistance to help form tenants' associations and create new housing and community development leaders. The org. also assists with on-site technical assistance and group trainings, as well as webinars and online tutorials, targeted specifically to local government, tribal, and organizational housing staff, boards of directors, and local community and tenant activists.
Coalition for Economic Survival
A grassroots group organizing renters throughout the Los Angeles area to protect rent control, ensure tenants' rights, preserve affordable housing. Among an impressive list of victories achieved in it 35 year history includes leading the effort to win rent control in the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Current key issues: Protecting and strengthening rent control; combating tenant displacement and affordable housing loss due to condo conversions, housing demolition and gentrification; Protecting and educating tenants regarding slum housing health dangers, such as lead paint; preservation of government assisted and subsidized affordable housing; ensuring repairs are made to substandard housing, and providing general tenants' rights information and counseling.
Eviction Defense Network
Eviction Defense Network (EDN) is a network of trial lawyers, advocates and tenants dedicated to defending the right to affordable housing and ensuring access to justice in housing matters to tenants in Los Angeles County. EDN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal assistance and representation to tenants facing eviction.
Homeless Advocacy Project
Founded in 1988, the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) is the Justice & Diversity Center’s (JDC) largest individual project. Client with HAP Staff Attorney Erin Katayama.
HAP provides legal services and supporting social services to individuals and families in San Francisco who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, while prioritizing individuals who have mental health disabilities.
The Center for Social Advocacy
The Center for Social Advocacy (CSA) was incorporated in 1969 as a private non-profit organization by members of regions who were concerned about social injustices and inequities. Services include:
Includes the provision of information concerning housing laws at state & federal levels. Investigate and facilitate resolutions of disputes between tenants and landlords. Provide information on housing programs and make referrals to appropriate resources.
Investigation of claims regarding fair housing law violations. Conduct periodic tests of real estate and rental properties to evaluate compliance with fair housing laws. Promotion of equal housing opportunities through presentations of community seminars, workshops, lectures and public forums.
Mediation of issues between tenants and landlords related to fair housig, California Civil Codes and regional city codes. Recommend creative out of court solutions to resolve disputes.
Training through workshops and seminars for tenants, property owners and managers. Free seminars to advance the awareness of tenant/landlord responsibilities. Distribution of free informational materials to selected community locations served by CSA.
LA Tenants Union
LA Tenants fight for the human right to housing. Luchamos por el derecho humano a la vivienda.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
To engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.
For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Questioning Survivors of Rape & Sexual Abuse
RAIIN: National Sexual Assault
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.
The United States Department of Justice: Office on Violence Against Women
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
We answer the call to support and shift power back to people affected by relationship abuse
The Stalking Resource Center: Victim Connect Resource Center
To enhance the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking.
The rape kit backlog is a term used to refer to untested rape kits stored by law enforcement agencies and crime labs nationwide. Because most jurisdictions do not have systems for tracking or counting rape kits, we cannot be sure of the total number of untested kits sitting in police and crime lab storage facilities around the country. The backlog of untested rape kits represents a failure of the criminal justice system to take sexual assault seriously, prioritize the testing of rape kits, protect survivors, and hold offenders accountable.
Backlogged kit testing policies should include
1) Annual or periodic statewide audits
2) Mandatory testing of previously unsubmitted kits
3) Mandatory submission and testing of newly collected kits
4) A tracking system for rape kits
5) Victim Right to Notice of the crucial information surrounding the status of their kits
6) Funding to implement reforms.
Gender based violence from domestic violence, to sexual violence, to dating violence collectively is a national crisis impacting all communities. Marginalized communities face challenges such as higher rates of gender-based violence and barriers to accessing assistance. We must develop, promote, and implement effective public policy to end gender-based violence.
1) Support increased access to services for victims of stalking.
2) Ensure high-quality, holistic, accessible legal services are available to victims of gender-based violence, including women, people of color, and LGBT individuals.
3) Support programs that provide services to women who have experienced intimate partner violence
4) Prohibit employers from discriminating against victims/survivors of gender-based violence based on their victimization status.
5) In consultation with intimate partner violence and sexual assault experts, change the definition of rape to more accurately reflect the experience of women.
6) Improve hate crimes reporting.
Reform the military justice system to ensure that all service members receive the protections afforded civilian survivors of crimes and civilians accused of crimes.
1) Improve sexual harassment prevention efforts.
2) Give service members the same process for reporting and securing a response to complaints of sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination that is afforded to civilian employees of the Department of Defense.
3) Reexamine the records of survivors of sexual assault receiving other than honorable discharges, to ensure that the discharge decision appropriately took into consideration the extenuating role that sexual assault played in the conduct that led to the discharge.
4) Monitor progress in combatting the high incidence of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the Armed forces, including in the military service academies.
Sex and labor trafficking systems are a form of modern day slavery. We must recognize that trafficking victims are not responsible for the criminal activity in which they have been forced to engage and provide survivor-centered and trauma-informed services for victims.
1) Require local, state, and federal governments to regularly report data on human trafficking crimes.
2) Strengthen the child welfare system’s response to sex trafficking.
3) Require states to adopt “Safe Harbor” legislation prohibiting minors under the age of 18 from being prosecuted for prostitution
4) Support National Trafficking Hotline.
When campus environments are hostile because of sexual harassment, assault, or violence, students cannot learn and are denied educational opportunities. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Title IX Coordinators are fundamental to ensuring all students have equal educational opportunities regardless of gender.
1) We must continue to protect Title IX which plays a critical role in ending sexual violence on college campuses.
2) Ensure that students are free from sexual harassment and violence by requiring biennial climate surveys at all colleges and universities.
3) Make sure that all schools offer confidential resources to students, faculty, and staff.
3) We must include additional support for schools to educate students, faculty, and staff, particularly Title IX Coordinators.
Ensure that all LGBTQ survivors of domestic and sexual violence have access to resources, services, and support. No survivor should ever be denied services due to an essential element of their identity.
1) Support programs by and for LGBTQ communities that both respond to and prevent domestic and sexual violence within LGBTQ communities.
2) Support programs outside of the criminal justice system that work with perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence within LGBTQ communities and incorporate LGBTQ specific models to transforming abusive behavior.