American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Works in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed in the Constitution and laws of the United States. Chapters in every state and most cities. Opportunities for education and individual action here.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Committed to fighting discrimination in all its forms and expanding opportunity and fairness for all Americans. Its campaigns empower and mobilize advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States. Opportunities for education and individual action:http://www.civilrights.org/action_center/. Offers several organizing and advocacy tools:
- Grassroots Tool Kit (see below)
- Grassroots Organizing During a Congressional Recess:
- Planning a Community Forum
- Grassroots Action Steps
- Visiting Your Members of Congress at Their Local Offices
- Tips on Calling Your Member of Congress
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization in the USA. Advocates for a wide range of civil rights, campaigns for equal opportunity, and conducts voter mobilization. Opportunities for individual action and petitions.
TOOLS FOR TAKING ACTION
Grassroots Tool Kit
Source: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Provides the basic structure and strategies needed to plan and carry out an effective grassroots public education or advocacy campaign. It includes what you need to do to establish your goals, create a strategy, make a step-by-step plan, and mobilize the people, partners, and resources to make it all achievable.
Grade Level: high school – adult
Subject Area: Social studies, Civics