Civil & human rights

 

American Civil Liberties Union -- Non-profit organization advocating individual rights, by litigating, legislating, and educating the public on a broad array of issues. www.aclu.org

Amnesty International -- www.amnestyusa.org

Center for Constitutional Rights -- Non-profit legal and educational organization defending the Constitution and international human rights. www.ccr-ny.org

Crabgrass -- A small NGO based in San Francisco working globally and locally, on environmental, social justice and human rights issues. www.crabgrass.org

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights -- Organization that challenges human rights abuses in the U.S. Criminal Justice System. www.ellabakercenter.org

Global Exchange -- Human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around the world. News, information and analysis from a non-profit research, education, and action center. www.globalexchange.org

Human rights watch -- Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. www.hrw.org

Justice Project -- A nonpartisan organization dedicated to fighting injustice and to creating a more humane and just world. Founders of The Justice Project are men and women who as veterans have been willing to risk our lives fighting injustice. Our military experiences have left us with an understanding of human suffering and a desire to leave a legacy of fairness for future generations. http://www.thejusticeproject.org

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children -- Advocates for the civil rights and empowerment of incarcerated parents, children, family members and people at risk for incarceration through responding to requests for information, trainings, technical assistance, litigation, community activism and the development of more advocates. Our focus is on women prisoners and their families, and we emphasize that issues of race are central to any discussion of incarceration. www.prisonerswithchildren.org

Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute -- Advocates for human rights and peace law by using existing laws of the United States and the United Nations and by reporting on violations. www.mcli.org

Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal -- Mumia Abu-Jamal is an award-winning Pennsylvania journalist who exposed police violence against minority communities. On death row since 1982, he was wrongfully sentenced for the shooting of a police officer. New evidence, including the recantation of a key eyewitness, new ballistic and forensic evidence and a confession from Arnold Beverly (one of the two killers of Officer Faulkner) points to his innocence! Mumia had no criminal record. www.freemumia.org

NAACP -- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People -- The primary focus of the NAACP continues to be the protection and enhancement of the civil rights of African Americans and other minorities. www.naacp.org

Native American Rights Fund (NARF) -- Non-profit organization that provides legal representation and technical assistance to Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide. www.narf.org

National Lawyers Guild -- Association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. Seeks to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization that shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be more sacred than property interests. www.nlg.org

Southern Poverty Law Center -- Combating hate through education and litigation. Also home to Klanwatch and The Militia Task Force. http://www.splcenter.org/index.jsp