Ally Organizations

We understand our work as complementary to, not in competition with, the work of many organizations around the country and the world that are dedicated to the elimination of inequality and oppression. All of us are needed to build the movement for equality and justice. We hope this information helps you work with us to build relationships and movements that support a movement for systemic change.ANTIRACISM 

  • Catalyst Project – a center for political education and movement building based in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Challenging White Supremacy Workshop – Challenging White Supremacy (CWS) workshop organizers believe that the most effective way to create fundamental social change in the U.S. is by building mass-based, multi-racial grassroots movements led by radical activists of color.
  • Color of Change: Changing the Color of Democracy – Perhaps the most straightforward website of its kind, Color of Change looks to coordinate and amplify the voice of politically disregarded demographics through the Internet in their sponsorship of a range of issues of discrimination and inequity squared against individuals and societies of color.
  • Crossroads AntiRacism Organizing and Training – organizes to remove institutional and cultural barriers maintaining racial inequality, and replaces them with new institutional structures and culture that are liberating, life giving and just.
  • People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond – a national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation.
  • V.I.S.I.O.N.S. – provides training and consulting to organizations, communities and individuals seeking to achieve greater effectiveness in a multicultural setting.
  • Western States Center – at the forefront of building a progressive movement and just society since 1987, WSC’s vision is of a just and equitable society governed by a strong, grassroots democracy. Its mission is to build a progressive movement for social, economic, racial and environmental justice in the eight western states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

ARTS

  • ACT (Arts, Culture & Trade) Roxbury Consortium – ACT Roxbury is the cultural economic development program of Madison Park Development Corporation. Programs include cataloguing and publicizing Roxbury’s artistic and cultural resources and hosting special art exhibits and performances.
  • The Theater Offensive (TTO) – TTO seeks to create and present the diverse realities of queer lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation and political orthodoxy to help build an honest, progressive community.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

  • Boston Workers Alliance (BWA) – Boston Workers Alliance is a community organization led by unemployed and underemployed workers fighting for employment rights. BWA campaigns for CORI reform and economic and racial justice, demanding decent jobs for all people who want to work.
  • Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ) – CfJJ is the only independent, non-profit, statewide organization working exclusively to improve the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts.
  • Partakers – Partakers was formed to reduce correctional recidivism and promote smooth and beneficial resettlement of for individuals recently out of prison, recognizing and responding to both systemic inadequacies of rehabilitation policies and the institutionalized prejudice of jailing.
  • Critical Resistance – Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

  • Alternative for Community and Environment (ACE) – Pushing for environmental accountability, justice, and activism, ACE has been fundamental in restructuring public transportation policies, cleaning and regulating hazardous waste sites, and supporting environmentally conscious grassroots campaigns.
  • Green Justice Coalition – Green Justice Coalition builds a broad-based constituency in support of a sustainable, equitable and clean energy economy statewide and advocates for green jobs and programs for residents of lower income communities and communities of color.
  • Co-op Power Metro East – Co-op Power Metro East revitalizes local economies in Greater Boston with quality green jobs and brings people together for a sustainable and just energy future.

LESBIAN, GAY, BI-SEXUAL, TRANSGENDER JUSTICE

  • GLAAD – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • Boston Pride Committee – The Boston Pride Committee, serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied community, works to enhance the visibility of Boston’s LGBT community through a week of events each June, in conjunction with year-round activities, to promote LGBT awareness, dignity, and understanding.
  • Friends of LGBT Youth, Inc. – A non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating homophobia and transphobia to create larger, safer space for young LGBT people to reach their full potential.
  • Mass Equality – Mass Equality is a grassroots organization working to achieve full equality for the LGBT community.
  • Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) – ENDA is an act that would ensure workplace equality by protecting LGBT workers from employment discrimination. ENDA is pending federal legislation that would ban employment discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation. Take action on helping to move this legislation!

HOUSING

  • The Fair Housing Center for Greater Boston – The Fair Housing Center offers a comprehensive network for education on resisting and reversing the effects of discrimination in the housing market, providing training and case advocacy, and performing housing discrimination testing.
  • Boston Tenants Coalition (BTC) – BTC is a coalition of grassroots tenant neighborhood groups, community development corporations, and homeless and advocacy organizations that promotes affordable housing in Boston, organized to defend and expand the rights of tenants, and to push city, state and federal government, as well as private industry to address the needs of low-income tenants.
  • Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA) – MAHA is a statewide non-profit coalition that works to increase public and private sector investment in affordable housing. MAHA staffs the grassroots Homebuyers Union, a group of low to moderate income tenants and homeowners who organize to break down the barriers to affordable homeownership.
  • Mass Access: The Accessible Housing Registry – The Mass Accessible Housing Registry is a free program that helps people with disabilities find rental housing in Massachusetts, primarily accessible and barrier-free housing. The Mass Access database keeps track of accessible and affordable apartments throughout the state and maintains information about their availability.

MEDIA

  • The Boston Banner – The Banner is an African American owned and operated weekly newspaper that includes news, church guide, a community calendar, employment listings and other information for and about African American community in the Boston area.
  • Open Media Boston – Open Media Boston is an online metropolitan news publication dedicated to regularly publishing fair and accurate news, views, arts, entertainment and technology coverage for the Boston area.
  • Press Pass TV – Press Pass is an youth adult partnership organization whose mission is to produce socially responsible video journalism, which promotes a more diverse media, empowers communities and increases civic engagement.
  • Sampan – The only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England.
  • Frameworks Institute – advances the nonprofit sector’s communications capacity by identifying, translating and modeling relevant scholarly research for framing the public discourse about social problems. Beginning in 2003, the FrameWorks Institute has pursued an intensive research and applications project devoted to understanding how Americans think and talk about the issue of race.
  • FAIR –  a national media watch group, that has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. They work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints.

RACIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE

  • Union of Minority Neighborhoods (UMN), Boston – UMN is a broad-based web of resources and individuals committed to effectively and skillfully supporting and organizing grassroots movements sponsored by leaders of color.
  • Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice – The Charles Hamilton Institute singularly mobilizes the resources and acumen of Harvard Law School in their endeavor to sustain and advance lawyer Charles Hamilton Houston’s great dedication to the address and reversal of racial discrimination.
  • City Live Vida Urbana – a grassroots community organization in Boston committed to fighting for racial, social, and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power through direct action, coalition building, education and advocacy.
  • Chinese Progressive Association – a grassroots community organization which works for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in the Greater Boston area and beyond.
  • Centro Presente – a member-driven, state-wide Latin American immigrant organization dedicated to the self-determination and self-sufficiency of the Latin American immigrant community of Massachusetts.
  • United for a Fair Economy – raises awareness that concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen the racial divide, and tear communities apart.Supports and helps build social movements for greater equality

RIGHT WING/HATE GROUPS

  • Political Research Associates – a progressive think tank devoted to supporting movements that are building a more just and inclusive democratic society. We expose movements, institutions, and ideologies that undermine human rights.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center – a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.

YOUTH ORGANIZING/DEVELOPMENT

  • Hyde Square Task Force – develops the skills of youth and their families so that they are empowered to enhance their own lives and build a strong and vibrant urban community.
  • Boston Youth Organizing Project – an organization of youth, led by youth and supported by adults, who are united by a common purpose: to increase youth power and create positive social change.
  • Project Hip-Hop – a youth-led, adult supported organization that provides a space where predominantly young people of color from traditionally low-income communities in Boston can develop and exercise their individual and collective leadership.
  • Sub/Urban Justice – a group of individuals and organizations committed to transforming our suburban and urban communities by supporting youth to develop a social justice perspective, and empowering them with the leadership skills to make positive changes in their schools and communities.

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