Advocacy

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.

http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/component/content/82?task=view


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. 

https://www.facebook.com/MarchofSilence/


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.

https://www.ycdiversity.org

Civic Engagement, Leadership & Community Organizing

Equal Opportunity for Military Women

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.

TAKE ACTION:
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.

Recruit More Women for Public Service

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.
Take Action:
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
http://www.ignitenational.org/take_actio

Women in Business & Entrepreneurship

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.
TAKE ACTION: 

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. 

4) Spearhead initiatives to develop startup incubators and accelerators to support women and minority-owned businesses.
https://www.nwbc.gov/
https://www.womenventure.org/volunteer.html

Voting Rights

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.
TAKE ACTION: 

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.
http://votolatino.org

Environmental Degradation

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.

https://carbonfund.org/


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.

https://cleanchoiceenergy.com/how-it-works/


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.  

https://cleanchoiceenergy.com


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.

http://www.sustainabletable.org/1453/take-action-food


Water Scarcity: 

https://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2009issue1/2009_issue1_water_pollution.php


International Organizations

Green Peace

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.

https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/


UN Environment

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.

https://www.unenvironment.org/get-involved?_ga=2.250576390.16507692.1528704996-936435945.1528704996

Housing Justice

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.

(916) 443-4448

https://www.linkedin.com/company/california-coalition-for-rural-housing/ 


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.

http://cesinaction.org.dnnmax.com/CESTenantsRightsClinic.aspx


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.

http://www.evictiondefensenetwork.org


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. 

http://www.sfbar.org/jdc/legal-services/hap/ 


LiBRE

LiBRE is a  grassroots community organizing group located in Long Beach advancing justice in disadvantaged  communities through creation and preservation of affordable housing,  renter protections, and community economic development. LiBRE improves lives through leadership development and resident led policy  work. They promote policy changes that are identified by impacted residents and that include resident led solutions.
https://www.wearelbre.org/


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:

COUNSELING
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. 

DISCRIMINATION MONITORING
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
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. 

EDUCATION/OUTREACH
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.

http://www.c4sa.org 


Gender Based Discrimination/Violence

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/responding/reporting/


LoveisRespect

To engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.

http://www.loveisrespect.org/


Pandora's Project

For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Questioning Survivors of Rape & Sexual Abuse

https://pandys.org/lgbtsurvivors.html


RAIIN: National Sexual Assault 

Online Hotline

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. 

https://www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-online-hotline


The United States Department of Justice: Office on Violence Against Women

https://www.justice.gov/ovw

https://www.justice.gov/ovw/protecting-students-sexual-assault


The National Domestic Violence Hotline

We answer the call to support and shift power back to people affected by relationship abuse

http://www.thehotline.org/


The Stalking Resource Center: Victim Connect Resource Center

To enhance the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking. 

http://victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center

Suvivors of Gender-Based Violence

Ending Rape Kit Baglog

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. 

ADVOCATE:

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.

http://www.endthebacklog.org/take-action/advocate

Intimate Partner Violence

 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.

TAKE ACTION:
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.

https://www.rainn.org/articles/volunteer-national-sexual-assault-hotline

Military Response to Sexual Violence

Reform the military justice system to ensure that all service  members receive the protections afforded civilian survivors of crimes  and civilians accused of crimes.

TAKE ACTION:
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.

https://www.stopmilitaryrape.org/

Sex & Labor Trafficking

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.

TAKE ACTION:
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.


Sexual Violence in Higher Education

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.

TAKE ACTION:

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.


Transgender Survivors

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.

TAKE ACTION:
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.


Art & Artivism

Greenly Art Space

Greenly is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Long Beach, Ca dedicated to enriching lives and cultivating community through art. 
We do this through creating contemplative art shows and offering a space for art-making, mentoring, and art therapy. They work in collaboration with other non-profits and artists from all walks of life to provide a space to inspire the arts embodying the notions of Community, Contemplation, and Creativity. 
https://www.greenlyartspace.org/