9. Other Progressive Issue Organizations



9.1. Progressive Media Reform Groups

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)
A national media watch group that offers well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship, advocates for greater diversity in the press, and scrutinizes media practices that marginalize public interest, minority, and dissenting viewpoints.
Free Press
Works to increase informed public participation in crucial media policy debates, and to generate policies that will produce a more competitive and public interest-oriented media system with a strong nonprofit and noncommercial sector.
Media Matters for America
A Web-based, not-for-profit progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.
Commercial Alert
A non-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities from commercialism: preventing commercial culture from exploiting children and subverting the higher values of family, community, environmental integrity, and democracy.
Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)
Seeks to broaden public discourse by providing news releases that offer well-documented analysis of current events and underlying issues to working journalists and other media professionals.
Media Access Project (MAP)
A non-profit public interest telecommunications law firm which promotes the public’s First Amendment right to hear and be heard on the electronic media of today and tomorrow.
Center for Media and Democracy — PR Watch
Works to strengthen democracy by promoting media that are genuinely informative and broadly participatory and by removing the barriers and distortions of the modern information environment that stem from government- or corporate-dominated, hierarchical media.
Center for Digital Democracy (CDD)
Seeks to preserve the openness and diversity of the Internet in the broadband era, and to realize the full potential of digital communications through the development and encouragement of noncommercial, public interest programming.

9.2. Civic and Neighborhood Groups

Local Government Commission (LGC)
Provides inspiration, technical assistance, and networking to local elected officials and other dedicated community leaders who are working to create healthy, walkable, and resource-efficient communities.
National Civic League (NCL)
Dedicated to strengthening citizen democracy by fostering innovative community building and political reform, assisting local governments, and recognizing collaborative community achievement.

9.3. Progressive Rural Groups

Center for Rural Affairs
Works to establish strong rural communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities.
League of Rural Voters
Uses grassroots organizing and communications tools to connect with rural voters in pivotal Midwestern states, focusing on progressive issues like economic development, immigration, trade and farm policy, health care and education.
RuralVotes
Promotes initiatives and ideas supporting the revitalization of rural America and is dedicated to building a solid, informed and participatory base of rural citizens, actively engaged in community, civic and electoral processes at the federal, state and local levels.

9.4. Progressive Education Reform Groups

US Student Association (USSA)
Works to build grassroots power among students to win concrete victories that expand access to education at the federal, state, and campus level.
Parents For Public Schools (PPS)
A national organization of community-based chapters working to strengthen public schools through broad-based enrollment, that is, ensuring public schools attract ALL families in a community by making sure ALL schools effectively serve ALL children.
Annenberg Institute for School Reform
A national policy-research and reform-support organization focused on improving conditions and outcomes in urban schools, especially those serving disadvantaged children.
Alliance for Excellent Education
A policy, advocacy, and research organization created to help middle and high school students receive an excellent education, especially the 6 million most at-risk students — those most likely to leave school without a diploma or to graduate unprepared for a productive future.
Institute on Education and the Economy (IEE)
An interdisciplinary policy research center based at Teachers College, Columbia University, which examines the interaction between educational reform and economic change.
Public Education Network (PEN)
A national association of local education funds (LEFs) and individuals working to advance public school reform in low-income communities across our country.
National Center for Fair & Open Testing
Works to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, teachers, and schools is fair, open, valid, and educationally beneficial.

9.5. Gun Control Groups

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV)
A coalition of 47 national organizations that seek to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Fights to prevent gun violence by educating the public and working to enact and enforce sensible regulations including regulations governing the gun industry. Formerly Hangun Control, Inc. and the Million Mom March.
Violence Policy Center (VPC)
Works to reduce gun death and injury in America by approaching firearms violence as a public health issue and illustrating the need to hold firearms to the same health and safety standards we hold all other consumer products.

9.6. Ending Hunger Groups

Food First (Institute for Food and Development Policy)
Analyzes the root causes of global hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation and develops solutions in partnership with movements working for social change.
Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
A research and public policy center working to improve public policies to eradicate hunger by enhancing public awareness of the problems of hunger and poverty and providing assistance to groups working on these issues.
Bread for the World
A Christian movement seeking justice for the world’s hungry people by lobbying decision makers in the United States.
World Hunger Year (WHY)
Advances long-term solutions to hunger and poverty by supporting community-based organizations that empower individuals and build self-reliance such as offering job training, education and after school programs; increasing access to housing and healthcare; providing microcredit and entrepreneurial opportunities; teaching people to grow their own food; and assisting small farmers.
The Hunger Project (THP)
Committed to the sustainable end of world hunger by empowering local people to create lasting society-wide progress in health, education, nutrition, and family incomes by mobilizing grassroots self-reliant action with the highest priority being the empowerment of women.

9.7. Food Safety and Responsible Biotechnology Groups

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
Works to improve the safety and nutritional quality of the food supply.
Center for Food Safety (CFS)
Challenges harmful food production technologies and promotes sustainable alternatives using litigation and legal petitions for rulemaking, legal support for various sustainable agriculture and food safety constituencies, as well as public education, grassroots organizing, and media outreach.
Stop Foodborne Illness
Works to prevent unnecessary illness and loss of life from pathogenic foodborne illness by assisting victims, educating the public, and advocating for safe food and public health policies.
Council for Responsible Genetics (CRG)
Fosters public debate about the social, ethical, and environmental implications of genetic technologies and biotechnology.
Organic Consumers Association (OCA)
Campaigns for health, justice, and sustainability by addressing crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, corporate accountability, and environmental sustainability.
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)
Sponsors research related to organic farming practices, disseminates research results to organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting organic production systems, and educates the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues.

9.8. Humane Treatment of Animals Groups

Humane Society of the United States
Promotes the protection of all animals and works to create a world where humans relate to animals with compassion.
Animal Welfare Institute (AWI)
Seeks to reduce the sum total of pain and fear inflicted on animals by people.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals.