4. Economic Justice Organizations



Also see 11.1. Progressive Labor Unions

4.1. Worker Justice and Democracy Groups

Jobs with Justice (JwJ)
Through coalitions of labor, community, religious, and constituency organizations, works to improve working people’s standard of living, fights for job security, and protects workers’ right to organize.
Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ)
A network of people of faith that calls upon religious values in order to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the United States on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and conditions for workers, and give voice to workers, especially low-wage workers.
Working America
A community affiliate of the AFL-CIO that fights in communities, states, and nationally for good jobs, affordable health care, world-class education, secure retirements, and real homeland security.
American Rights at Work
Strives to improve the climate in which workers can exercise their rights in the workplace.
National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
Strives to strengthen and expand the work of local day laborer organizing groups, in order to become more effective and strategic in building leadership, advancing low-wage worker and immigrant rights, and developing successful models for organizing immigrant contingent/temporary workers.

4.2. International Worker Justice and Democracy Groups

Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights
Investigates and exposes human and labor rights abuses committed by multinational companies producing goods in the developing world, and presses for international legal frameworks with effective enforcement mechanisms.
International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)
Works to achieve just and humane treatment for workers worldwide.
United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS)
An international student movement of campuses and individual students fighting for sweatshop free labor conditions and workers’ rights.
SweatFree Communities
A network of groups working on local campaigns to convince school districts, cities, states, and other institutional purchasers to adopt “sweatfree” purchasing policies and stop tax dollars from subsidizing sweatshops and abusive child labor.
STITCH: Women Organizing for Worker Justice
A network of women unionists, organizers, and activists that builds connections between Central American and U.S. women organizing for economic justice.
US Labor Education in the Americas Project (USLEAP)
Works to support the basic rights of workers in Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, and Mexico, especially those who are employed directly or indirectly by U.S. companies.
Grassroots Global Justice
An alliance of U.S.-based grassroots groups who are organizing to build an agenda for power for working and poor people.
Social Accountability International (SAI)
Promotes human rights for workers around the world as a standards organization, primarily through the voluntary SA8000 international ethical workplace management system which is based on International Labor Organization (ILO) standards and U.N. Human Rights Conventions.
Cultural Survival
Partners with Indigenous communities around the world to help them defend their lands, languages, and cultures.

4.3. Anti-Poverty and Low Income Housing Groups

Coalition on Human Needs (CHN)
An alliance of national civil rights, religious, labor, and professional organizations working together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations — children, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC)
Works to unite the poor across color lines as the leadership base for a broad movement to abolish poverty by advancing economic human rights as named in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights such as the rights to food, housing, health, education, communication, and a living wage job.
PolicyLink
A national research and action institute that works collaboratively to develop and implement local, state, and federal policies to achieve economic and social equity and ensure that everyone — including those from low-income communities of color — can contribute to and benefit from economic growth and prosperity.
National Housing Institute (NHI) and Shelterforce Magazine
An independent organization that examines issues related to the housing crisis, such as affordable housing, community development, poverty, and racism.
National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)
Works to end America’s affordable housing crisis.
National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH)
A national network of currently and formerly homeless persons, activists and advocates, community and faith based service providers, and others committed to a single goal: to end homelessness.
National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC)
Seeks to increase fair and equal access to credit and banking services for lower income and minority communities.
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
A public interest law and policy organization which promotes policies to improve the economic security of low-income families and to secure access to our civil justice system for all low-income persons.
National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ)
Engages in legal representation and policy advocacy around the U.S. to improve the administration of cash assistance, Medicaid, food stamps, and childcare.
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
Works to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness.

4.4. Anti-Poverty Policy Groups

Center for Impact Research (CIR)
Seeks to improve the social and economic conditions of the poor through grassroots research aimed at identifying innovative policy strategies that address the needs of low-income women, men, and children.
The Urban Institute
A nonpartisan economic and social policy research organization
National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)
A research and policy organization at Columbia University that identifies and promotes strategies that prevent child poverty in the United States and that improve the lives of low-income children and families.
MDRC
A social policy research organization dedicated to learning what works to improve the well-being of low-income people.
Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC)
Generates, gathers, and disseminates information regarding the relationship between race and poverty, and promotes the development and implementation of policies and practices that alleviate conditions caused by the interaction of race and poverty.

4.5. Employment Groups

National Jobs for All Coalition (NJFAC)
A coalition of many groups working for full employment at livable wages. Also works to demonstrate the linkages between unemployment and other problems facing the nation, such as women’s rights, the environment, and economic justice.
National Employment Law Project (NELP)
Advocates on behalf of low-wage workers, the poor, the unemployed, and other groups that face significant barriers to employment and government systems of support.
Good Jobs First
Provides timely, accurate information to the public, the media, public officials, and economic development professionals on best practices in state and local job subsidies.
National Skills Coalition
A broad‐based coalition of employers, unions, education and training providers, and public officials working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper.
Jobs for the Future (JFF)
Works to strengthen our society by creating educational and economic opportunity for those who need it most.
Green For All
Dedicated to building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty by advocating for job creation, job training, and entrepreneurial opportunities in the emerging green economy — especially for people from disadvantaged communities
Workforce Strategies Initiative (WSI) of the Aspen Institute
A program of the Aspen Institute that identifies and advances strategies that help low-income Americans gain ground in today’s labor market.

4.6. Economic Justice Groups

Campaign for America’s Future
Challenges the big money corporate agenda and advances a progressive economic agenda and a vision of the future that works for the many, not simply the few.
United for a Fair Economy (UFE)
Raises awareness that concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen the racial divide, and tear communities apart. Also brings people together to take action to close the economic divide.
Americans for Financial Reform (AFR)
A coalition of more than 250 national, state, and local consumer, labor, investor, civil rights, community, small business,  and  senior citizen organizations working for real reform of the banking and financial system.
Class Action
Raises consciousness about the issues of classism: class and money, and their powerful impact on our individual lives, our relationships, organizations, institutions, and culture.
Opportunity Agenda
A communications, research, and advocacy organization dedicated to building the national will to expand opportunity in America.

4.7. Anti-Corporate Domination Groups

CorpWatch
Works to expose corporate greed and counter corporate-led globalization by documenting the social, political, economic, and environmental impacts of transnational giants through education and activism. Also works to foster democratic control over corporations by building a grassroots globalization movement — a diverse movement for human rights, labor rights, and environmental justice.
Alliance for Democracy (AfD)
Progressive populists working to free all people from corporate domination, to establish true democracy, and to create a just society with a sustainable, equitable economy.
Center for Corporate Policy
Works to curb corporate abuses and make corporations publicly accountable.
Corporate Accountability International (CAI)
Wages campaigns that challenge irresponsible and dangerous corporate actions around the world. Formerly INFACT.
Program on Corporations, Law, and Democracy (POCLAD)
Thirteen activists working with existing groups to launch democratic insurgencies that put corporations once again subordinate to “We the People.”
Reclaim Democracy!
Works to restore democratic authority over corporations, revive grassroots democracy, and revoke the power of money and corporations to control government and civic society.
DataCenter
Strives to deliver the power of information and knowledge into the hands of people working to make a more equitable and sustainable world.
Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Provides free and affordable legal services to grassroots, community-based environmental groups and rural municipal governments. And, particularly now, works to eliminate undue rights of corporations.

4.8. Progressive Economic Research Groups

Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
Conducts research and promotes dialogue on economic policy issues, particularly the economics of poverty, unemployment, inflation, American industry, international competitiveness, and problems of economic adjustment as they affect people.
Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN)
A collaboration of national, state, and regional groups that conduct economic research, develop and advocate for policy, mobilize public opinion, and win state policy victories.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
Conducts research and analysis on proposed budget and tax policies, with an emphasis on those affecting low- and moderate-income people.
National Priorities Project (NPP)
Offers citizen and community groups tools and resources to shape federal budget and policy priorities which promote social and economic justice, particularly educating the public on the impacts of federal tax and spending policies at the community level.
Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Conducts professional research and public education to promote democratic debate on important economic and social issues that affect people’s lives, so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options. 
Institute for Economic Analysis (IEA)
Strives to develop tools for macroeconomic analysis and policies that will maintain stable full-employment growth, low inflation, low interest rates, and equitable distribution of income and wealth.
Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS)
A national policy center and field laboratory for high-road capitalism — a competitive market economy of shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and capable democratic government.
Financial Markets Center (FMC)
Provides information and analysis about the Federal Reserve System and financial markets to the public and to policy makers.
Financial Policy Forum / Derivatives Study Center
Conducts economic policy research into financial markets, how they impact the overall economy, and what should be the most appropriate level of regulation and taxation of those markets.
Community-Wealth.org
A project of The Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland that provides a clearinghouse of information about community-based wealth-building strategies, policies, models, and innovations and also aims to connect employee-owned enterprises, community corporations, co-ops, non-profits, and others to build a network of mutual support and participation.
Center for Full Employment and Price Stability (CFEPS)
A non-partisan, non-profit policy institute at the University of Missouri-Kansas City dedicated to promoting research and public discussion of issues related to macroeconomic and monetary policy, especially employment and budgetary policy.
Institute on Assets and Social Policy
A part of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University that supports policies that broaden wealth, reduce inequality, and improve the social and economic well-being of American households.
The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College
A research organization devoted to developing viable, effective public policy responses to important economic problems both within the United States and abroad.
The Other Economic Summit (TOES)
Promotes economics which incorporate the sustainable use of natural resources and the productive engagement of all people in the development of their communities and societies.

4.9. Progressive Tax Groups

Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ)
Works to give ordinary people a greater voice in the development of tax laws and to stand against the armies of special interest lobbyists working for corporations and the wealthy.
Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS)
A budget watchdog fighting the politicians from both parties who continue to fund pork-barrel projects, hand out unfair subsidies and tax breaks, and make back room deals with lobbyists.

4.10. Consumer Protection Groups

Consumers Union (CU)
An independent testing and information organization providing consumers with unbiased advice about products and services, personal finance, health and nutrition, and other consumer concerns.
Consumer Federation of America (CFA)
A coalition of 300 nonprofit organizations from throughout the nation that provides consumers a well-reasoned and articulate voice in decisions that affect their lives by gathering facts, analyzing issues, and disseminating information to the public, policymakers, and rest of the consumer movement.
Public Citizen
A consumer advocacy organization founded by Ralph Nader that works for consumer rights in the marketplace, safe and affordable health care, transportation safety, clean and safe energy sources, environmental protection, fair trade, campaign finance reform, and corporate and government accountability through advocacy, litigation, research, and public education.
U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG)
A network of independent, state-based, citizen-funded organizations that advocate for the public interest to protect health and safety, encourage a sustainable economy, and foster a responsive democratic government using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposes, grassroots organizing, door-to-door canvassing, advocacy, and litigation.
Food & Water Watch
Works to ensure clean water and safe food sustainably produced by empowering people to take action to challenge the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources.
Center for Auto Safety (CAS)
An organization founded by Consumers Union and Ralph Nader in 1970 that provides consumers with a voice for auto safety and quality in Washington and helps lemon owners fight back across the country.
Center for Responsible Lending
Dedicated to protecting homeownership and family wealth by working to eliminate predatory lending and other abusive financial practices.
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
Searches for better outcomes, including new solutions, to the management of knowledge resources.

4.11. Socially Responsible Business Groups

Green America
Helps harness economic power — the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace — to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. Formerly, Co-op America.
Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment
Promotes the concept, practice, and growth of socially responsible investing. 
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR)
An association of 275 faith-based institutional investors that press companies to be socially and environmentally responsible.
As You Sow
Uses capital markets, shareholder leverage, innovative legal strategies, and grantmaking to transform corporate behavior and create a more socially and environmentally just society.
Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
Helps companies of all sizes and sectors achieve success in ways that demonstrate respect for ethical values, people, communities, and the environment by implementing socially responsible business policies, practices, and processes.
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
An international alliance of more than 50 independently operated local business networks with more than 15,000 members dedicated to building Local Living Economies that build long-term economic empowerment and prosperity through local business ownership, economic justice, cultural diversity, and environmental stewardship.

4.12. Worker Ownership Groups

US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC)
A national grassroots membership organization of and for worker cooperatives, other democratic workplaces, and the organizations which support the growth and continued development of worker cooperatives.
National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO)
Serves as the leading source of accurate, unbiased information on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), equity compensation plans such as stock options, and ownership culture.