List of Associations

9 to 5: National Association of Working Women
9 to 5's mission is to win family-friendly policies that help working families balance responsibilities and to end workplace discrimination.
Founded: 1973
National Executive Director: Linda Meric
Current Campaigns:
  • Fair Minimum Wage Act
  • Healthy Families Act
  • Paycheck Fairness Act
Accomplishments:
  • Helped to pass the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  • Civil Rights Act of 1991
  • The Family Medical Leave Act
  • The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Alan Grayson
Alan Grayson is one of the most progressive voices we have in the country right now. He is currently a U.S. Representative from Florida's 9th Congressional District.
District: The 9th district is located in east central Florida, portions of Orange and Polk counties, and all of Osceola County.
In Alan Grayson's Words: "The greatest good for the greatest number."
Legislation Sponsored:
  • Pay for Performance Act
  • Public Option Act
  • War is Making You Poor Act
  • Shareholder Protection Act
  • Paid Vacation Act of 2009
In the News: Grayson's victory over Todd Long in 2012, after his loss to Dan Webster the previous election cycle, is referred to as the greatest comeback in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Blue America PAC
Blue America PAC works to support and elect the most progressively-minded Democrats in the country.
Founded: 2005
Executive Director: Howie Klein
Current Endorsements:
  • Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts)
  • Carl Sciortino (D-Massachusetts)
Ideology: The Blue America PAC only supports true progressive candidates and realizes that there are many so-called Democrats in office who do nothing to further progressive causes. In previous campaigns Blue America has helped to elect political heroes like Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congressman Alan Grayson, and Congresswoman Donna Edwards.
The Blue Bench
The Blue Bench serves as Metro-Denver's only full-service rape crisis center, working to help the victims of sexual assault and to end the cycle of violence.
Founded:1983
Executive Director: Karmen Karter
Mission: TBB's mission is to work toward the elimination of sexual violence, and its primary goals are to assist victims and educate the public about sexual violence and its prevention.
Services:
  • 24-hour English-speaking hotline
  • Spanish-speaking hotline
  • Individual counseling
  • Survivor Groups for women and men
  • Someone I Love Workshop
  • Abuse Prevention Training Program
  • Self-Protection and Empowerment Training
  • Case Management
Citizen Action Illinois
Citizen Action Illinois is the state's largest public interest organization—fighting for social and economic justice by initiating campaigns for lower utility rates, affordable health care, fair taxes, and environmental and food safety protections.
Founded: 1997
Membership: 200,000
Co-directors: William McNary and Lynda Delaforgue
Current Campaigns:
  • Illinois Campaign to Clean Up Diesel Pollution
  • Campaign Finance Reform
  • Affordable utility rates
  • Affordable prescription drugs for senior citizens
  • World-class public transit system in Illinois
  • Payday Loan Reform
  • Quality Nursing Home Care
Accomplishments:
  • 1997: Electric Utility Rate Cut—won a 20% decrease for residential customers; Strengthened Clean Air Standards—won new smog and soot standards
  • 1998: Won a law to ban most gifts to state legislators from special interest lobbyists
  • 1999: Passed comprehensive protections for consumers in state-regulated HMOs
  • 2000: Expanded pharmaceutical assistance for low-income seniors to include cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
  • 2001: Re-write of Illinois Telecommunications Act—credits customers who suffer outages, installation delays or missed appointments and gives increased authority to Illinois Commerce Commission
  • 2003: Won major prescription drug price relief for seniors in Illinois; Passed a bill that will help make Illinois nursing homes a better place to live; Stopped two major utility companies in Illinois from raising electric and phone rates
  • 2008: Aided in the passage of the Homeowner's Protection Act to help homeowners avoid foreclosure
  • 2010: Achieved a mandate for the use of pollution controls by the Illinois Department of Transportation
Envision Michigan PAC
Michigan State Senator Rebekah Warren founded this PAC with the goal of electing Democrats who share the values of reproductive freedom, environmental responsibility, civil rights and equality, strengthening public education, and sensible gun control.
Founded: 2007
Ideology: Candidates who receive endorsement and support from Envision Michigan PAC must favor the following issues, which Senator Warren has defined as priorities.
  1. Supporting a woman's right to choose
  2. Protecting our natural resources and the environment
  3. Promoting civil rights and liberties, equality/equal protection under the law for all regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or ex-offender status
  4. Endorsing public education as an equalizer in our nation, supporting policies that lead to strong, well-funded public schools—from early childhood education through our public colleges and universities
  5. Maintaining sensible gun control policy
Equality Florida Institute
This arm of Equality Florida works through public education and grassroots organizing to bring equal rights and fair treatment to Florida's LGBT community.
Founded: 1997
Membership: 135,000
Executive Director: Nadine Smith
Current Campaigns:
  • Public education on the importance of fair adoption policies
  • Ending workplace discrimination
  • Public education on the need for legal protections, such as health care, child care, and end-of-life decisions for all families
  • Raising awareness about the existence and impact of hate crimes and the disproportionate way the LGBT community is targeted
  • Anti-bullying policies
Accomplishments:
  • 2010: Played a critical role in bringing an end to Florida's 33-year old ban on gay adoption (the ban was ruled unconstitutional on September 22, 2010.); Won domestic partnership benefits for the city of Kissimmee; Continued the 13-year streak of defeating every single piece of anti-gay legislation that has been introduced since EQFL's founding; Launched Equality Means Business, a project aimed at spotlighting and increasing the number of Florida employers with LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination policies
  • 2011: Working with members of the Orlando Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Committee, won domestic partner benefits for Orange County employees; Led a coalition to add gender identity and expression to the Broward County School's non-discrimination policy; Continued streak of defeating all anti-gay legislation for another year; Led the effort to create an LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying policy in Volusia County Schools
  • 2012: Increased by 50% the number of Floridians with access to domestic partnership protections through registries; Increased the number of schools with anti-bullying protections that specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity
Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch advocates for common sense policies that will result in healthy, safe food and access to safe and affordable drinking water. It works to ensure the food, water, and fish we consume are safe, accessible, and sustainably produced.
Founded: 2005
Executive Director: Wenonah Hauter
Current Campaigns:
  • Take Back the Tap anti-bottled water campaign
  • Bans on hydraulic fracturing
  • Labeling for genetically-engineered foods
  • Helping communities fight back against water privatization
Accomplishments:
  • Ensured that small family farms and local food processing projects are exempted from food safety regulations designed for large corporations
  • Organized a two-year, multifaceted campaign that resulted in Starbucks discontinuing the use of milk produced with artificial growth hormones in all of its stores
  • Defended consumers' rights to know through the adoption of mandatory country-of-origin labeling and ensured that products made using technologies like food irradiation continue to be labeled
  • Played an important part in the organizing effort to help the New Jersey state legislature pass a ban on hydraulic fracturing
  • Helped stop privatization of local water systems in dozens of communities across the United States, including Chicago, IL; Stockton, CA; Grand Rapids, MI; and Trenton, NJ
  • Raised awareness nationwide about the environmental, health, and equity problems with the bottled water industry
Government Accountability Project
GAP works not only to aide government and corporate whistleblowers with the exposure of wrongdoing, but also to create an environment in our country where people can speak out about injustice or illegal activity in the workplace without fear of retaliation from their employer or their government.
Founded: 1977
President: Louis Clark
Executive Director: Bea Edwards
Current Campaigns:
  • Food Integrity Campaign
  • Whistleblower representation
  • Legislation: GAP is working on a number of bills, along with members of Congress, to strengthen whistleblower protections
Accomplishments:
  • 2011: The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act provides the most comprehensive whistleblower protections for food industry workers in history
  • 2012: After campaigning for its passage for years, the Whistleblower Protection and Enhancement Act was signed into law; Whistleblower protections were included for federal government contractors in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013
Grassroots Democrats
Grassroots Democrats gives state and local Democratic Parties the resources and strategic advice necessary for them to be as successful as possible.
Founded: 2003
Executive Director: Amy Chapman
CFO: Dana Howitt
What Grassroots Democrats offers state parties:
  • Expertise: Grassroots Democrats provides strategic advice regarding compliance, fundraising, political operations, and online communications
  • Workshops on internet strategy and fundraising
  • Assessment of campaign plans and activities
  • Finances
Their Pledge:
  • To nurture Democratic grassroots support by building up existing state, local, and county Democratic parties
  • To strengthen party organizations by empowering them to create new Democratic outreach programs
  • To build infrastructure that guarantees that Democrats at every level of government, in every state, have the support they need to win
Keith Ellison
Keith Ellison is one of Congress' foremost progressive leaders. He currently serves as a U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 5th Congressional District.
District: The 5th district is home to over 600,000 Minnesotans; it includes the city of Minneapolis and its surrounding suburbs.
In Keith Ellison's Words: "We need to rebuild this country by cutting tax loopholes we don't need and investing in the things we do: roads, bridges, schools, health care, infrastructure, and other basics of a prosperous nation."
Legislation Sponsored:
  • Put America to Work Act of 2011
  • Same Day Voter Registration Act of 2011
  • End Polluter Welfare Act of 2012
Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs
Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs is a bipartisan coalition formed to support the proposal to increase Michigan's renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2025.
Current Campaigns:
  • Pass the proposed initiative to increase Michigan's renewable energy standard to 25% by 2025
  • Help expand Michigan's clean energy production without significantly increasing energy prices
  • Make sure that Michigan is a leader in new energy technologies
  • Create good jobs, start new businesses, and stimulate economic development
Minnesota DFL House Caucus
The Minnesota DFL supports and works to enact the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party. The House Caucus focuses specifically on Minnesota's House of Representatives with the agendas of job creation, quality education, access to affordable health care, and fair taxes.
Staff: Representative Paul Thissen, Speaker of the House and Caucus Campaign Chair; Representative Debra Hilstrom
Recent Victories: Won back a democratic majority in the Minnesota house during the last election cycle
Nebraskans for an Alternative to the Death Penalty
NADP fights for the abolishment of the death penalty in Nebraska.
Founded:1981
Membership: NADP currently has over 1,800 contributing members and a mailing list of over 12,300 individuals
Executive Director: Stacy Anderson
What NADP does:
  • Provides speakers for educational talks and events
  • Organizes testimony for legislative committee hearings
  • Coordinates member education and involvement
  • Lobbies the Nebraska Legislature
New Jersey Citizen Action
As the state's largest citizen watchdog coalition, New Jersey Citizen Action works to protect and expand the rights of individuals and families by organizing campaigns that promote economic, social, racial, and political justice.
Executive Director: Phyllis Salowe-Kaye
Current Campaigns:
  • Paid Sick Days and Family Leave
  • Free Tax Preparation
  • Consumers' Rights
  • Foreclosure Prevention
  • Fair Utility Rates
Accomplishments:
  • 2008–2009: Family Leave Insurance; Foreclosure Prevention
  • 2009–2010: Financial Re-regulation; Organized the New Jersey Main Street Alliance, a coalition of NJ Small Business Owners fighting for Health Care and Financial Reform
  • 2010–2011: Successfully blocked NJ's telecommunications and cable industries' radical deregulation scheme; Led NJ for HealthCare's efforts to defend and implement national health reform, including the establishment of a pro-consumer, state-based Insurance Exchange and Payment and Delivery Reform initiative
Organic Consumers Association
OCA works through public education and grassroots organizing to advocate for sustainable and organic agriculture in the U.S.
Founded: 1998
Membership: 850,000
Executive Director: Ronnie Cummins
Current Campaigns:
  • Reforms in agricultural subsidies and appropriations to benefit organic, sustainable agriculture, fair trade, and economic justice
  • Labeling of genetically-engineered foods and products that contain genetically-engineered ingredients
  • Consumer education, as well as labeling of meat and dairy products from factory farms
  • Energy independence and a transition to renewable energy
Accomplishments:
  • Since its founding, the Organic Consumers Association has managed to significantly raise awareness about the importance of organic farming and the negative impacts of genetically-modified crops and corporate agriculture.
  • For many years, OCA has published its online newsletter, Organic Bytes, which offers useful news, tips, and information for the green-minded consumer. Organic Bytes now has a readership of over 400,000 people.
Organic Consumers Fund
OCF works through grassroots and legislative action to further policies that support organic agriculture, health, and sustainability. OCF is the political-action arm of the Organic Consumers Association.
Political Director: Alexis Baden-Mayer
Current Campaigns:
  • Reforms in agricultural subsidies and appropriations to benefit organic, sustainable agriculture
  • Fair Trade and economic justice
  • Labeling of genetically-engineered foods and products that contain genetically-engineered ingredients
  • Energy independence and a transition to renewable energy
Rebekah Warren
Rebekah Warren currently serves as one of two Democratic women in Michigan's State Senate. She continues to fight tirelessly for women's rights, the environment, and public education.
Who is Rebekah Warren: State Senator from Michigan's 18th District
District: The 18th District is made up of the majority of Washtenaw County and includes the city of Ann Arbor.
More About Rebekah:
  • Serves on the committees for Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes (Vice-Chair,) Health Policy (Vice-Chair,) Finance, Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing, and Regulatory Reform
  • Supports the passage of a statewide anti-discrimination bill that would protect people based on race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression
  • Supports increasing the Small Business Growth Fund to give our small and medium-sized firms access to the capital they need to create new business and employment opportunities
  • Advocates for programs and policies that not only protect our environment but also work to make Michigan a leader in the new "green" economy
Texas Campaign for the Environment
TCE works through direct action and public education to advocate for environmentally-friendly policies. Much of their effort is currently focused on responsible electronic waste recycling.
Founded: 1991
Executive Director: Robin Schneider
Current Campaigns:
  • Responsible electronic waste recycling
  • Reduction of waste by dramatically increasing recycling and making products more recyclable by forcing producers to be responsible for the end of life of their products
  • Public pressure campaign to force Wal-Mart to offer free electronic waste recycling
Accomplishments:
  • Passage of the TV Recycling bill in 2011, which requires TV manufacturers to offer free disposal of their products
  • Successfully pressured Dell and HP to strengthen their recycling policies
  • City of Austin ban on single-use retail bags
Texas Moratorium Network
Texas Moratorium Network works to achieve their goal of enacting a moratorium on executions in Texas through various educational and outreach projects and by working closely with other non-profits, churches, civic organizations, and student groups.
Founded:2000
Executive Director: Scott Cobb
Mission: The primary goal of TMN is to mobilize statewide support for a moratorium on executions in Texas in order to begin the process for the repeal of the death penalty.