Local Social Justice Organizations and Resources

Below is a list of local social justice resources and organizations for the Greater DC area.  This list is an on-going process and if we’re missing any organization, resource, area of advocacy,  or any feedback in general please email peoplesschooldc@gmail.com

Table of Contents

Local Advocacy
Local Crisis/Mediation Hotlines and Alternatives to Calling the Cop Plans
Make a Difference Now!
Organizations that Advocate and Campaign in DC
DC Advocate Resources
Local Responsible Consumerism
Social Media Sites to Follow to Stay Locally Informed


Local Crisis/Mediation Hotlines and Alternatives to Calling the Cop Plans

DC Resource Numbers

***Always consider calling a hot line before the police.  Click to learn why***

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List is primarily from the Petworth Immigrants Rights & Police Accountability resource list called, “Alternatives to Calling the Police: Washington DC

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Additional Resource Numbers for DC

  • Mediation
    • Community Mediation DC
      • (240) 766-5311 M-F 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
      • Mediation offers a chance to listen and to be heard, to build relationships, and to develop your own solutions to your own conflict. Mediation works because when people develop their own solutions, these solutions last longer.  Mediators are professionally trained volunteers who reflect the diversity of your community.
      • Call or email communitymediationdc@gmail.com for more information.
  • Mental Health
    • Mobile Crisis Services
      • (202) 673-9300 every day 9:00 AM – 1:00 AM
      • Teams respond to adults throughout the District experiencing a psychiatric crisis. They provide crisis stabilization including dispensing medication, assessing for voluntary and involuntary hospitalizations, and link to other services such as crisis beds and substance abuse detoxification. The teams work with family members  to help with follow up.
    • Department of Behavioral Health Access HelpLine*
      • This 24-hour, seven-day-a-week telephone line is staffed by behavioral health professionals who can refer a caller to immediate help or ongoing care. The Access Helpline can activate mobile crisis teams to respond to adults and children who are experiencing a psychiatric or emotional crisis and are unable or unwilling to travel to receive behavioral health services.
      • (202) 673-9124 (General)
      • (888) 793-4357 (24-Hour Helpline)
      • *Please note this is a government service; they do not specify whether law enforcement may be involved.
    • PRS CrisisLink
      • 24/7 Crisis & Suicide Prevention Hotline and Textline—offers crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and support to individuals in order to foster self-sufficiency by providing problem-solving skills and information on community resources so callers can better cope with emotional trauma, personal and family crises. Serving D.C. and Northern Virginia.
      • (800) 273-TALK (8255) (24/7)
      • Text: “CONNECT” to 855-11
  • Human Trafficking
    • National Human Trafficking Hotline
      • (888) 373-7888 24/7 200+ languages.
      • A trained and experienced Anti-Trafficking Advocate will speak with you about your needs, your options, and the resources. Anonymously report tips, seek services, and ask for help.
  • Crime and Victim Support
    • DC Victim Hotline
      • (844) 443-5732 24/7 by telephone, text, or online chat. The hotline provides comprehensive information, resources and referrals in D.C. to connect victims of crime to free resources and  help them navigate the physical, financial, legal, and emotional repercussions of crime.
    • Network for Victim Recovery DC (NVRDC)
      • Provides free, holistic, and comprehensive advocacy, case management and legal services to victims of all types of crime regardless of income. Welcomes all sexual orientations, genders, gender identities or expressions, income statuses, races and ethnicities, religions, immigrant statuses, countries of origin, and abilities.
      • (202) 742-1727
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault:
    • DC Rape Crisis Center Hotline
      • (800) 656-4673 24/7
      • The Center, committed to the belief that all forms of oppression are linked,  helps survivors and their families heal from the aftermath of sexual violence through crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, community outreach, education, and legal and public policy initiatives. They will connect you to an advocate and other survivor resources.
    • ASHA For Women
      • Empowers South Asian women to become self-reliant and live in an abuse free future. Free and confidential Helpline receives calls from abused women and from their friends, relatives, colleagues, seeking advice and assistance. The Client Services Coordinator studies the case and pairs the client with a volunteer advocate who is most suitable culturally and in experience. Advocates help the client negotiate public healthcare and legal services,and guides to resources available for shelter, education, life skills training, basic needs.
      • 1 (888) 417-2742 (24/7 DV Helpline)
    • C. Rape Crisis Center
      • DCRCC is the designated State Sexual Assault Coalition for the District of Columbia providing survivor-centered advocacy through therapeutic services, training and technical assistance, community education, public policy initiatives as well as a crisis hotline.
      • (202) 333-7273 (24/7 Crisis Hotline)
      • (202) 232-0789 (General)
    • C. Safe
      • Per their website, DC SAFE is the only 24/7 crisis intervention agency for domestic violence in Washington, DC. Will provide free uber to get a forensic exam.
      • 1 (844) 443-5732
    • Deaf DAWN
      • A Trauma-informed, culturally responsive and transformative justice-based agency to provide multi-faced services to survivors and the deaf community; to understand and address power-based violence by providing direct services and education.
      • For emergency hotline: hotline@deafdawn.org, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      • Outside business hours call national deaf hotline: (855) 813-1001 or nationaldeafhotline@adwas.org
    • Domestic Violence Resource Project
      • Free and confidential services, directed towards serving D.C.’s Asian/Pacific Islander populations. Domestic violence assistance in over 20 Asian/Pacific Islander languages. Information and referrals to local resources.
      • (202) 833-2233 (Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
    • FAIR Girls
      • 24/7 Hotline for victims of human trafficking, or those concerned, in the D.C., Virginia, and Maryland area
      • 1 (855) 900-3247
    • Network for Victim Recovery of D.C. (NVRDC)
      • Provides access, including free transportation, to forensic examinations following a sexual assault
      • 1 (800) 641-4028 (For a forensic exam)
  • Severe Heat or Cold:
    • Hypothermia Shelter Hotline
      • (800) 535-7252 24/7
      • They will dispatch a van equipped with water, blankets, gloves and jackets. When it is 32 degrees or below the van can take the person from the street to an emergency shelter or to a hospital if needed. When it is 95 degrees or above the van can transport the person to cooling centers. Transportation is always voluntary.
  • Runaway Support:
    • National Run Away Safe Line
      • 1-800-RUNAWAY 24/7
      • NRS provides education and solution-focused interventions, offers non-sectarian, non-judgmental support, respects confidentiality, collaborates with volunteers, and responds to at-risk youth and their families.
  • Youth
    • Please note, people answering these calls may be mandatory reporters, and required to make a report to CPS or law enforcement in certain situations. Learn about local mandatory reporter laws here.
    • Break the Cycle
      • Inspires and supports young people 12 – 24 to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse.
      • Text “loveis” to 22522 to chat with a peer advocate 24/7
      • (202) 849-6289 (D.C. Office)
    • Children and Adolescent Mobile Psychiatric Services (ChAMPS)*
      • 24-Hour, no cost services to District residents and DC foster children in foster placement in Maryland. Available for children and youth ages 6 to 17. Also serve children ages 18 to 21 if they are in the care and custody of DC Child and Family Services Agency.
      • (202) 481-1440 – Number available to children or to parents/those concerned
      • *Please note this resource is Christian-affiliated
    • SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders)
      • Supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. After school programming, social and advocacy events. Youth Housing Program Provides safe and stable shelter, food, case management services, crisis intervention, and community support for its residents.
      • (202) 567-3166
  • Housing
    • Community of Hope
      • Provides short-term emergency shelter for families with 24-hour support. Works to stabilize families at risk of becoming homeless through specialized services and connection to other community resources. Helps families experiencing homelessness exit shelter quickly and move into their own homes with short- to medium-term rental and utility assistance and supportive services.
      • Clients must be referred through the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center – (202) 546-0017 or (202) 724-4208
      • (202) 407-7747 (General)
      • (202) 540-9857 (24-Hour Nurse Helpline)
    • DC Coalition for the Homeless
      • 24/7 Shelter Hotline – when the temperature or Wind Chill is 32 or below, the District of Columbia issues a Hypothermia Alert. On Hypothermia Alert Day, the District is obligated by law to make shelter available. On those days, your call to the Shelter Hotline should result in the dispatch of a van to take the person from the street to an emergency shelter (or to a hospital if needed). The van is equipped with items such as water, blankets, gloves and jackets.
      • (202) 399-7093
    • Department of Behavioral Health*
      • Provides services to homeless individuals 18 and older with behavioral health disorders. Homeless Outreach Teams provide crisis assessment and interventions to homeless persons who may be experiencing a mental health crisis whether on the streets or in homeless shelters.
      • (202) 673-9124 (General)
      • (888) 793-4357 (24-Hour Helpline)
      • *Please note this is a government service; they do not specify whether law enforcement may be involved.
    • The D.C. Center for the LGBT Community
      • Offers individual and group mental health support services for LGBTQ survivors of violence and crime in the District of Columbia. This includes any individual or couple that has experienced any of the following types of victimization: intimate partner violence/domestic violence, sexual and/or physical assault, hate crime (racial, religious, gender, sexual orientation, and/or other type of hate crime), bullying, physical abuse/neglect, teen dating victimization, and family violence.
      • Email Christina Cappelletti at christinac@thedccenter.org 
  • LGBTQ+ Assistance
    • Casa Ruby
      • Provides queer youth housing security and/or immigration support. LGBTQ bilingual and multicultural organization in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that provides social services and programs including emergency and long-term shelter, case management, a 24/7 respite and drop-in center, and therapeutic and mental health support for survivors of violence. HIV and STD testing available. Masks and food available for handout. In-building services suspended due to COVID, call hotline for services, case managers available from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      • 7530 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20012 (until Thursday 12/3)
      • 1635 Connecticut Ave., Washington, DC 20012 (Starting Friday 12/4)
      • (202) 355-5155 (24/7)
    • D.C. Anti-Violence Project
      • FREE individual, couples, and group therapy to LGBTQ survivors of crime, violence (including partner abuse) and trauma
      • (202) 682-2245
  • Elders
    • ASHA For Women
      • Free and confidential helpline provides guidance to all South Asian seniors and caregivers in the DC Metro area.
      • 1 (833) 999-9080
      • https://ashaforwomen.org/

Greater DC Area Resource Numbers

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Help Make a Difference Now

Below are a list of organizations and initiatives that need help now

Local Actions

Follow these accounts and newsletters for lists of daily actions, frequent updates, and urgent protests needs in Greater DC Area

Mutual Aid

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By Neighborhoods

By Types of Groups of People

Immigrant Assistance

  • Sanctuary DMV accompaniment project
    Volunteering to accompany migrants to ICE check-ins, immigration, and other court hearings to prevent deportation
  • Donate your stimulus check to immigrant families!
    As part of the $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package, many families will receive checks from the U.S. government. Cruelly, many of our neighbors will be left out of this critically important relief simply because of their immigration status. Even documented immigrants are excluded from receiving relief, if they lack a Social Security number. With your help, we will begin to reverse this discriminatory and xenophobic choice and get much-needed money into the hands of immigrant communities – who are already among the hardest hit by the economic impacts of social distancing and other prudent practices.

Gentrification, Displacement, and Affordable housing

  • This Database Allows DC Renters To Look Up Whether Their Landlord’s Mortgage is Deferred
    The emergency COVID legislation that the DC Council passed in April required mortgage lenders to offer deferrals to property owners, and for those property owners to be transparent and pass that same relief on to their renters. Now, new databases are available to help renters find out whether their landlord is getting a deferral.
  • Tell DC Council: Fund Repairs for Public Housing!
    Let the Council know that they need to fund public housing repairs in the 2021 budget! Submit your testimony! DC’s public housing has been having a health crisis for years – with mold, lead, and deteriorating conditions. The COVID-19 pandemic only highlights the need to ensure that public housing is renovated to protect residents’ health and safety and is fully preserved so that DC residents with low-incomes have safe homes. The DC Council is currently working on the 2021 budget. Tell the Housing Committee of the DC Council NOT TO WASH THEIR HANDS of PUBLIC HOUSING. All DC residents deserve a safe and healthy place when they stay home. Your email will be submitted as public testimony related to the DC’s 2021 budget.
  • Petition: Cancel Rent & Mortgage Payments Now!
  • DC Tenants Union’s Demand for an immediate rent freeze
  • Say NO to Displacement! Brookland Manor Rally & Zoning Hearing
  • DC Grassroots Planning Coalition
    Gathers every second Saturday of the month
    A network of DC residents & organizations from all 8 Wards committed to pursuing racial, economic, and environmental justice through equitable development. 
  • ONE DC Right to Housing Committee Meeting
    Every Thursday – 6 PM to 8 PM
    Join the Right to Housing Committee every Thursday at our Shaw Office! Come together with other ONE DC members to discuss our tenant rights, and build power to fight displacement and gain community control of land and housing for low-wage, long-standing Washingtonians.

Workers Rights

  • ROC-DC Member Orientation / Orientación para Miembros
    Monthly orientation every last Monday of each month from 1pm-2:30pm
    Are you a restaurant worker who has been affected by COVID-19? Do you want to make changes in the restaurant industry for the better? Do you believe in justice and equity for all workers? The Restaurant Opportunities Center of DC (ROC-DC) is a worker-led organization that is fighting for better wages and working conditions for restaurant and food service workers across the DMV.

Police Brutality

Stop Food Waste

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Organizations that Advocate and Campaign in DC

*Many of these organizations work in multiple categories

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Advocacy Consulting and Assistance
Advocacy Legal Help
Affordable Housing and Gentrification Advocacy
Animal Welfare Advocacy
Anti-Harassment and Anti-Violence Advocacy
Anti-Police Brutality
Anti-Racism/Racial Justice
Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Justice
Community Meditation
Cooperative Advocacy
DC Vote and Autonomy Advocacy
Environmental Justice
Fair Budget Advocacy
Fighting Islamophobia
Food Justice
General Social Justice Advocacy
Education and Historical Justice
Homelessness Advocacy
Immigration Rights
Labor Advocacy
LGBTQT Advocacy
Local Palestinian Advocacy
Restorative Justice
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Activate Labs
We are strategists, storytellers, and mobilizers. We imagine, incubate, launch and support movements, campaigns, and organizations to create change.

DC Action Lab
Worker-owned collective of experienced organizers for equity, justice, and sustainability to help with mass mobilizations and direct actions to long-term strategy and coalition building

D.C. Local Ambassadors
Volunteers who aid in logistics, organizing, and providing a warm welcome out of state protests

DC Child Care Collective
Provides childcare to parents involved in social justice activism in DC

DC Peace House
Along with hosting many social justice events, initiatives and resources, DC Peace House also rents out equipment for rallies (sound equipment, microphones/bullhorns, conference room)

DC Street Medic Collective
Health care support for resistance in the DMV

The Emergence Community Arts Collective (ECAC)
Community first community center designed to rebuild social networks, empower people and organize around a common vision.

Movement Matters
Movement Matters (MM) ensures the development of greater infrastructure and capacity for movement-based community organizing. We work directly in partnership with organizations and individuals to provide training, technical assistance, accompaniment, and mentorship that strengthens their approach to creating change.

Political Healers
Political Healers use ritual to change the conversation and reach people in a new way — beyond politics and tactics. We are deeply grounded in the experience and leadership of womxn of color.

Radical Solutions LLC
Training, coaching & consulting for progressive organizing leaders who are working on multiracial, cross-class, movement-building electoral and issue campaigns. Focus on supporting and centering the leadership of women and femmes of color.

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Advocacy Legal Help

Black Lives Matter DC Legal Support Fund
Support local protestors as they protest police brutality and advocate to defund police

Legal Aid DC
Provides direct representation to clients in four substantive practice areas: Housing Law, Domestic Violence/Family Law, Public Benefits Law, consumer law, along

National Lawyers Guild DC
D.C. chapter of the NLG for defending protesters, political dissidents, immigrants, and the unrepresented.

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Affordable Housing and Gentrification Advocacy

Brookland Manor Coalition
Coalition of organizers & volunteers working alongside the Brookland Manor Tenants Association in their fight against displacement

Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development (CNHED)
Fosters just and equitable community development solutions that address the needs and aspirations of low- and moderate-income District residents by convening, advocating, and educating diverse stakeholders

  • Housing For All Campaign
    CNHED led campaign of nonprofit community development organizations in ensuring that residents with low and moderate incomes have housing and economic opportunities

DC Fiscal Policy Institute
The DC Fiscal Policy Institute promotes opportunity and widespread prosperity for all residents of the District of Columbia through thoughtful policy solutions.

DC Grassroots Planning Coalition
A network of DC residents & organizations from all 8 Wards committed to pursuing racial, economic, and environmental justice through equitable development.
Gathers every second Saturday

DC Tenant Union
The DC Tenants Union was founded in 2019 to give tenants a voice in our developer-centric city and organize against landlord harassment, gradual and mass evictions, and displacement.  We are a diverse, member-driven organization with the purpose of combining direct action with political action to forge better living conditions in the DC area through multiple campaigns such as Reclaim Rent Control, Cancel Rent, etc.

Empower DC
Working to enhance, improve and promote the self-advocacy of low and moderate income DC residents, in order to bring about sustained improvements in their quality of life through organizing around Affordable Housing, Public Education, and community empowerment.

GW Urban Studies Initiative
GW’s home for people who like cities and hate displacement

Latino Economic Development Center
Provides services in three fields—small business development, homeownership counseling, and affordable housing preservation.  Also trains and organizes communities around organizing tenant associations, rent controls, tenant rights, TOPA, etc. 

ONE DC
Community Justice organization around 3 areas: One Right to Housing, One Right to Income, and One Right to Wellness

SW DC Action
SW residents who organize and advocate for a more equitable, anti-racist, and environmentally sustainable neighborhood

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Animal Welfare Advocacy

Collectively Free DC
Activist community for total animal liberation through anti-speciesist messaging, creative actions, pro-intersectionality & community building.

Compassion Over Killing
National organization with a locally active DC office working on exposing the routine abuses forced upon animals raised for food and promotes vegetarian eating as a way to build a kinder world.

DC Voters for Animals
A political organization that organzises to pass local laws for animals, whether wildlife, farm animals, or companion animals

Encompass
Working to make the farmed animal protection movement more effective by fostering racial diversity and inclusivity

Humane DC
A local resource for improved animal welfare options for the greater Washington, DC area

Humane League DC
Primarily advocates for farm animals through education, campaigns and rescue.

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Anti-Harassment and Anti-Violence Advocacy

Bartenders Against Racism (B.A.R.)
Combats racism, including discrimination based on immigration status, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia in the hospitality industry through solutions-oriented awareness and other educational and leadership development initiatives.

Collective Action for Safe Spaces
Working to empower people in the DC metropolitan area to build a community free from public sexual harassment and assault.

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DC Anti-Violence Project
Works to reduce violence against LGBTQ individuals (and those perceived as LGBTQ) through community outreach, education, and monitoring cases to ensure that the rights and dignity of LGBTQ victims are respected and protected. DCAVP also seeks to assist victims of anti-LGBT violence by advocating on their behalf, encouraging reporting, and providing a community of support.

DC Coalition against Domestic Violence
Coalition of domestic violence programs, organizations, and individual organized to ensure the elimination of domestic violence in DC

DC Trans Coalition
Volunteer, grassroots, community-based organization dedicated to fighting for human rights, dignity, and liberation for transgender, transsexual, and gender-diverse (hereafter: trans) people in the District of Columbia

DECRIMNOW
A collective of sex workers, organizers, and allies in the DC metro area who believe that sex work is work and are fighting for the agency and freedom of sex workers. 

Defend Yourself
Works to empower people — especially women and others targeted for abuse and assault — to end violence and create a world where they can be fully themselves. Our students learn skills to help them prevent, heal from, and end violence and abuse.

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Anti-Police Brutality

Community Oversight of Police Surveillance DC
COS-DC is a broad coalition of local groups and activists to end the unchecked surveillance of D.C. communities by local agencies, including law enforcement, and to ensure that D.C. residents have a say in whether, what, and how surveillance technology is acquired and used in the District.

Cop Watch DC
Cop Watch DC is an autonomous group that does trainings on how to cop watch, conducts and compiles research on policing, goes on scheduled watches, provides court support, and mobilizes when rapid response and direct action is necessary.

DC Teens Action
Unifying students from all over the DC area for social action and civic engagement projects across a broad range of causes and experiences. Follow their Instagram for a daily schedule of current anti-police brutality protests.

Defund MPD
Part of a growing nationwide police abolition movement fighting to defund MPD, decriminalize sex work in DC, reverse plans to build a new city jail, and reallocate funding reserved for policing to housing and healthcare.

DMV De-escalation Collective
We are a DMV-centered collective committed to building resources for community-based de-escalation without police. We provide regular trainings and skill-shares.

Freedom Fighters DC
A predominantly Black-led group of activists focused on change through organized actions while simultaneously advocating to #DefundThePolice

Occupation Free DC
Group envisioning an end to militarism, policing and colonialism from DC to Palestine

Stop Police Terror Project DC
Working to change DC’s system of racist, militarized policing

The Washington Revolutionary
A biweekly publication reflecting on abolition from the perspective of DMV abolitionists and advocates for human rights and social justice

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Anti-Racism/Racial Justice

Bartenders Against Racism (B.A.R.)
Combats racism, including discrimination based on immigration status, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia in the hospitality industry through solutions-oriented awareness and other educational and leadership development initiatives.

Black Lives Matter DMV
Black Lives Matter DC is a collective of organizers, activists, and artists in DC who work to combat anti-blackness and racialized oppression in all of its manifestations as experienced by Black and African diasporic people

Black Swan Academy
Empowers black youth in under-served communities through civic leadership and engagement, giving them a comprehensive set of tools needed to succeed in life and become active social catalyst in their communities. We are committed to creating a pipeline of Black youth leaders that are committed to improving self, as well as their communities.

Black Youth Project 100 DC Chapter
Black Youth Project 100 is a member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, non-violent direct action organizing, advocacy, and education.

Challenging Racism
A Arlington nonprofit dedicated to empowering people to disrupt racism wherever they find it.

Constituent Leadership Program
A 10-month program created, by DC Fair Budget Coalition, to center the voices of DC residents who are impacted by racial inequity, poverty, and systemic racism. 

DC metro area Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
DC regional chapter of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, founded in 1973 in Chicago, Illinois, to mount organized action against unjust treatment of individuals because of race or political beliefs.

Good Trouble Cooperative
Black liberation | community justice | mutual aid

Harriet’s Wildest Dreams
Black-led abolitionist community defense hub centering all Black lives at risk for state-sanctioned violence in the Greater Washington area working on legal empowerment, political and civic education, mass protest, organizing campaigns, and community care that builds alternatives to oppressive systems.

Healers for Liberation Network
Local organizers began to receive an abundance of calls and requests for resources in healing, therapy and counseling, specifically for those who were experiencing trauma in relation to police brutality (experiencing/witnessing) and grief/loss in the black dc community.  In response to these requests, Black Lives Matter DC Healing House collaborated with local therapists to develop a healing network that can provide better access and choices of health and wellness in the Washington D.C. community.

Law for Black Lives DC
Law4BlackLives DC seeks to eradicate white supremacy and anti-Blackness by leveraging our collective skills and experiences as lawyers, legal professionals, and Black people to support Black-led community efforts in the struggle for liberation and justice in metropolitan Washington, DC.

Pan African Community Action (PACA)
Grassroots group of African/Black people organizing for community based power in the DC, Maryland and Virginia metropolitan area.

Poverty & Race Research Action Council – PRRAC
PRRAC’s primary mission is to help connect advocates with social scientists working on race and poverty issues, and to promote a research-based advocacy strategy on structural inequality issues.

Showing Up for Racial Justice DC (SURJ – DC)
SURJ-DC is the DC chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice

Smash Racism DC
Advocating against Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, the Aryan Nations and any other white nationalist group.

The Palm Collective (TPC)
Black-led organization connecting individuals, networks, and grassroots organizations to end systemic racism in DC and beyond while creating powerful communities through Collective Action.

The Wells Collective
Works with schools and organizations to help them understand their power and position in society in order to manifest the necessary tools to serve as architects for liberation.

Anti-racism Consultants

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Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Justice

Anakbayan Washington
Progressive youth organization working to serve the Filipino people as well as educating, organizing, and mobilizing our communities in the DMV.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all.

Asian American Pacific Islander Civic Engagement (ACE) Collaborative
ACE work to build community with Asian/American working-class communities in Virginia. Our members come from many countries, including, but not only, people with roots in Bangladesh, China, India, Mongolia, Nepal, Korea, Pakistan, and Vietnam.

DC AAPI Coalition
A Coalition of Asian American Pacific Islander Organizations in the District of Columbia area

Solidarity Against AAPI Hate (SAAH)
National organization that works a lot in DC to change the perception of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and shift the conversation from toxic stereotypes towards respect and understanding for our diverse community.

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Community Meditation

Community Mediation DC
Provides mediation services at no cost and works to ensure every DC resident has access to high-quality, collaborative conflict resolution services.

DC Peace Team
Working towards cultivating & sustaining a culture of nonviolent peacemaking and resistance.

DMV De-escalation Collective
We are a DMV-centered collective committed to building resources for community-based de-escalation without police. We provide regular trainings and skill-shares.

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Cooperative Advocacy

Black Workers & Wellness Center
The ONE DC Black Workers & Wellness Center is a member-led community & wellness space in Anacostia that builds racial & economic justice through popular education, promotion of sustainable employment, & the incubation of economic alternatives.

Community Grocery Cooperative
Advocating for consumer-owned grocery stores for DC’s Wards 7 & 8.

Coop DC
Building a cooperative network in DC

Silver Spring Time Bank
Timebanking is a way of giving and receiving to build strong support networks. Services are exchanged using time instead of money.

Washington Area Community Investment Fund
Funds and programs to support building worker own cooperative businesses through programs like the D.C. Employee Ownership Initiativewhich provides retiring small business owners with succession planning support and technical assistance to transfer the ownership of their businesses to employees

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DC Vote and Autonomy Advocacy

DC Fair Elections Coalition
Working towards passing meaningful campaign finance reform in D.C.

DC Vote
Fights for DC equal representation and statehood

Democracy for DC
Working towards progressive local gov changes and DC statehood

Hands Off DC
DC group organizing to resist GOP attacks on DC Autonomy

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Environmental Justice

Sierra Club DC Chapter Environmental Justice Committee (EJC)
Supports and leads community campaigns that address environmental inequality, championing local community leadership by urging diverse participation and strengthening environmental stewardship. 

Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN)
Dedicated to educate and mobilize citizens of this region in a way that fosters a rapid societal switch to clean energy and energy-efficient products, thus joining similar efforts worldwide to slow and perhaps halt the dangerous trend of global warming

Rising Hearts
DC based women led/indigenous group, organizing & mobilizing on a variety of issues! We are devoted to empowering the people, defending our human rights, organizing and partnering with groups to elevate the voices and issues that the people are facing.

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Fair Budget Advocacy

DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI)
DCFPI conducts research and public education on budget and tax issues in the District of Columbia, with a particular emphasis on issues that affect low- and moderate-income residents

Fair Budget Coalition
Advocates for a more socially just budget and public policy initiatives.  They also host the Constituent Leadership Program, a 10-month program created to center the voices of DC residents who are impacted by racial inequity, poverty, and systemic racism. 

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Fighting Islamophobia

Justice for Muslims Collective
Justice for Muslims Collective is building a world where radical inclusion leads to collective liberation for Muslim communities and beyond.

Network Against Islamophobia (national campaign with relevant content for local advovacy)
Network Against Islamophobia (NAI), a project of Jewish Voice for Peace, was created to serve as a resource to, and work with, JVP chapters and other groups interested in organizing against Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism and to be a partner to the broader, Muslim-led movement against Islamophobia. NAI facilitates online resource-sharing of FAQs, public letters, press statements, articles, and other materials.

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Food Justice

CATA – The Farmworkers Support Committee
CATA is a non-profit, migrant farmworker organization that is governed by and comprised of farmworkers who are actively engaged in the struggle for better working and living conditions

Chesapeake Foodshed Network (CFN) Community Ownership, Empowerment, and Prosperity Action Team
The goal of this initiative is to grow economic opportunities for marginalized communities and build community ownership and resilience (as it relates to our regional food system) through the development of people-led, community-based solutions

DC Fair Food
DC’s local Student/Farmworker Alliance Fair Food Group – students, youth, people of faith and community members organizing in solidarity with the The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW).

DC Food Policy Council
The DC Food Policy Council is a coalition of stakeholders and government representatives who have come together to identify regulatory burdens on the local food economy, collect and analyze data on the food economy and food equity, promote positive food policies, and guide organizations and individuals involved in the food economy.

DC Food Talks: Edible Activist Podcast
Edible Activist is a podcast where dynamic people of color in the food and agriculture space share personal food journeys, stories and perspectives that stem from the land. Hosted by Melissa L. Jones, she interviews a diverse group of everyday growers, farmers, artists, healers, and other extraordinary individuals, who exemplify activism in their own edible way

DC Hunger Solutions
Working to create a hunger-free community and improve the nutrition, health, economic security, and well-being of low-income District residents through policy, education and maximizing participation in all federal nutrition programs.

DC Greens
Working through education, access, and policy to increase DC’s equitable access to healthy food.

Fair Farms Maryland
Fair Farms is a movement of Marylanders working together for a new food system that is fair to farmers, invests in healthy food, & restores our waterways.

The Montgomery County Food Council
The Montgomery County Food Council is an independent council to improve the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health of Montgomery County, Maryland through the creation of a robust, local, sustainable food system.

Prince George’s County Food Equity Council
The mission of the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council is to significantly improve public health and community well-being of all who live, work, study, worship and play in the County. 

Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) – DC
Organizes to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce

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General Social Justice Advocacy

Current Movements
Current Movements is a DC-based organization connecting grassroots activists, movements, and organizations through art, film, and technology. We produce documentary films, film screenings, panel discussions, and art events highlighting the work of grassroots movements.

DC Fiscal Policy Institute
The DC Fiscal Policy Institute promotes opportunity and widespread prosperity for all residents of the District of Columbia through thoughtful policy solutions.

DC for Democracy
DC for Democracy is a progressive, all-volunteer grassroots organization that promotes the political empowerment of ordinary citizens

DC Street Medic Collective
Health care support for resistance in the DMV

DC Teens Action
Unifying students from all over the DC area for social action and civic engagement projects across a broad range of causes and experiences. Follow their Instagram for a daily schedule of current anti-police brutality protests.

Good Trouble Cooperative
Black liberation | community justice | mutual aid

Jews United for Justice
Community Justice organizations mixed with Jewish values working in DC, Montgomery County, Baltimore, and beyond

Movement DC
The Movement is a grassroots activist group fighting for justice and democracy in the DC-area.

Serve Your City
Provides life-changing experiences and opportunities for at-risk DC students and is the lead partner in Ward 6 Mutual Aid

Spaces in Actions
SPACEs In Action (SIA) is a grassroots membership organization working in DC with families who are determined to impact systems change.

Takoma Park Mobilization
A coalition of working groups in the Takoma Park area working on a variety of social justice issues. 

Washington Peace Center
An anti-racist, grassroots, multi-issue organization working for peace, justice, and non-violent social change in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area since 1963.

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Education and Historical Justice

Anacostia Community Museum
As our neighborhoods undergo social, economic, and environmental changes that individuals alone cannot address, there is a need for communities to bring together their combined knowledge and strengths. As a museum that convenes people and ideas, ACM documents and preserves communities’ memories, struggles, and successes, and offers a platform where diverse voices and cultures can be heard. We believe that bridging disparate parts of our communities can bring collective action to bear on forging a better future together.

  • A Right to the City
    Right to the City explores more than five decades of neighborhood change in the nation’s capital as well as the rich history of organizing and civic engagement that accompanied it. Highlighting six neighborhoods across the city—Adams Morgan, Anacostia, Brookland, Chinatown, Shaw, and Southwest—the exhibition tells the story of how ordinary Washingtonians have helped shape and reshape their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways: through the fight for quality public education, for healthy and green communities, for equitable development and transit, and for a genuinely democratic approach to city planning.

Baltimore Racial Justice Action
Baltimore Racial Justice Action (BRJA) is a network of Maryland individuals committed to racial equity. BRJA is an action-based is an action-based organization grounded in collective analysis of institutional racism and white privilege.

Current Movements
Current Movements is a DC-based organization connecting grassroots activists, movements, and organizations through art, film, and technology. We produce documentary films, film screenings, panel discussions, and art events highlighting the work of grassroots movements.

D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice
Network of educators who seek to strengthen and deepen social justice teaching

Mapping Segregation DC
a resource for historians, activists, educators, students, and journalists, and provides essential context for conversations around race and gentrification in DC. 

Museum of the Palestinian People
The Museum of the Palestinian People presents Palestinian history, culture, and stories to a national and international audience through art, multimedia, personal narratives, and interpretive forms of storytelling.

National Museum of African American History and Culture
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members.

National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
NMAI has been steadfastly committed to bringing Native voices to what the museum writes and presents, whether on-site at one of the three NMAI venues, through the museum’s publications, or via the Internet.

Prologue DC
Washington based historians working on historical DC projects such as Mapping Segregation

Radical Solutions LLC
Training, coaching & consulting for progressive organizing leaders who are working on multiracial, cross-class, movement-building electoral and issue campaigns. Focus on supporting and centering the leadership of women and femmes of color.

Socialist Night School
Learn and discuss the nature and tenets of socialist ideology, organizing, and action. These group discussions allow us to learn, coordinate, build on and discuss organizing a better future for all of us. Organized by Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America

The Wells Collective
Works with schools and organizations to help them understand their power and position in society in order to manifest the necessary tools to serve as architects for liberation.

Visionary Organizing Lab
Visionary Organizing Lab envisions people responding to the crises around us by fulfilling our desires to become more fully human through collectively creating sustainable and dignity-affirming economies, institutions, and cultural practices. We accomplish this work through direct popular education, documentary storytelling, and research and analysis.

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Homelessness Advocacy

Bread for the City
Providing food, clothing, medical care, legal counsel, advocacy, and comprehensive social services to DC residents living with low income.

Friendship Place
Provides advocacy and housing services for people experiencing homelessness

People for Fairness Coalition
Works on ending housing instability in DC through advocacy, outreach, and peer mentoring.

Roots to Roofs
Resource website for housing programs and assistance in DC

The Way Home
Campaign to end chronic homelessness in D.C

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Immigration Rights

Auyda
Legal and social services help for immigrant

Capital Area Immigration Rights Coalition (CAIR)
Services include legal representation, educational outreach, impact and advocacy work, and the training of attorneys who defend immigrants in immigration and criminal justice

CASA
Advocacy for equal treatment and full access to resources and opportunities for low-income Latinos and other low-income immigrant communities.

CATA – The Farmworkers Support Committee
CATA is a non-profit, migrant farmworker organization that is governed by and comprised of farmworkers who are actively engaged in the struggle for better working and living conditions

ICE Out of DC Coalition
An intersectional, immigrant-led, pro-Black, pro-Queer, abolitionist coalition looking to ensure that DC lives out its full Sanctuary City values.

Many Languages One Voice
Many Languages One Voice (MLOV) is an immigrant-led and immigrant-based movement organization, building power within the District of Columbia.

Sanctuary DMV
Sanctuary DMV is a feminist anti imperialist group of concerned DMV community members dedicated to protecting immigrants and targeted communities

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Labor Advocacy

DC Jobs with Justice
DC Jobs with Justice is a dynamic coalition of labor organizations, community groups, faith-based organizations, and student groups dedicated to protecting the rights of working people and supporting community struggles to build a more just society

Employment Justice Center
Nonprofit focused on securing, protecting and promoting workplace justice in the D.C.

Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) – DC
Organizes to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce

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LGBTQ Advocacy

The Capital Pride Alliance
The Capital Pride Alliance, through its stewardship of diverse programming and events, specifically year-round LGBTQ+ Pride festivities centered in Washington, DC and the National Capital Region, serves to celebrate, educate, support, and inspire our multi-faceted communities in order to grow and preserve our history and protect our rights for current and future generations

DC Trans Coalition
Volunteer, grassroots, community-based organization dedicated to fighting for human rights, dignity, and liberation for transgender, transsexual, and gender-diverse (hereafter: trans) people in the District of Columbia

The DC Center for LBGT Community
The DC Center for the LGBT Community educates, empowers, celebrates, and connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

  • DC Anti-Violence Project
    Works to reduce violence against LGBTQ individuals (and those perceived as LGBTQ) through community outreach, education, and monitoring cases to ensure that the rights and dignity of LGBTQ victims are respected and protected. DCAVP also seeks to assist victims of anti-LGBT violence by advocating on their behalf, encouraging reporting, and providing a community of support.

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Local Palestinian Advocacy

Georgetown Students for Justice in Palestine
Hoyas committed to justice in Palestine

Jewish Voice for Peace
Largest Jewish U.S.-based grassroots organization dedicated to promoting full equality, democracy, and self-determination for both Israelis and Palestinians

Museum of the Palestinian People
The Museum of the Palestinian People presents Palestinian history, culture, and stories to a national and international audience through art, multimedia, personal narratives, and interpretive forms of storytelling.

Occupation Free DC
Group envisioning an end to militarism, policing and colonialism from DC to Palestine

US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
National coalition of hundreds of groups working together for freedom, justice, and equality.

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Restorative Justice

DC Alliance for Restorative Practices
Focuses on raising awareness around, advocating for, and supporting the integration of evidence-based restorative practices in DC’s justice and dependency systems, schools, and community based youth-serving organizations to foster community and more effectively address the impacts of harm.

OAG’s Restorative Justice Program
In 2016, Attorney General Racine launched OAG’s Restorative Justice Program to address the root problems of crime and conflict, and offer juvenile prosecutors an alternative to traditional prosecution.

One Common Unity
One Common Unity breaks cycles of violence and builds compassionate, healthy communities through the transformative power of music, arts, and peace education.

Restorative DC
Raising awareness and deepening implementation of Restorative Justice in schools, families, organizations, and communities in the District.

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Socialists Advocacy

CrimethInc
A decentralized network pledged to anonymous collective action—a breakout from the prisons of our age.

Socialist Alternative DC
Socialist Alternative is fighting in our workplaces, communities, and campuses against the exploitation and injustices people face every day

Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America
Organize to build workplace democracy, demand a right to housing, confront immigration detention profiteers, stand up to Amazon, ensure a just transition, and fight fascism. They also host social justice educational workshops called the  Socialist Night School

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DC Advocacy Resources

General

ANC Finder
Washington DC is divided into 40 districts called Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, or ANCs. Find the ANC for any area on this site

DCFPI: A Resident’s Guide to the DC Budget
A guide to advocating for funding in the DC budget.

Reports on topics effecting poor people in DC from housing, to education to budget etc.

Activism

Washington Peace Center DC List of Resource Guide
List of amazing resource guides from Disability Rights to activism

Anti-racism

Abolition Resources

Constituent Leadership Program
A 10-month program created, by DC Fair Budget Coalition, to center the voices of DC residents who are impacted by racial inequity, poverty, and systemic racism. 

Healing Justice: Building Power, Transforming Movements
Report from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice about their healing justice work

Richael Faithful Webinar: Compassionate Interventions to White Supremacy
A webinar recording of a virtual event held in February 2019 for white-identified or white-passing people to practice ways to interrupt behaviors, decisions and other actions that reinforce the daily mechanics of white supremacy. Based on a theory of change that centers on transforming whiteness for everyone’s well-being, the event explored compassionate interventions that are generative to new ways of existing for everyone.

Little Lights: Race Literacy 101
A 11-week study and discussion group that meets together weekly to learn and discuss authentically and thoughtfully on the issue of race and racism in an honest yet grace-filled environment.

Smithsonian: Talking About Race
Comprehensive resource guide about talking about race

Urban Institute: Trauma-Informed Community Building and Engagement

Housing

Database Allows DC Renters To Look Up Whether Their Landlord’s Mortgage is Deferred
The emergency COVID legislation that the DC Council passed in April required mortgage lenders to offer deferrals to property owners, and for those property owners to be transparent and pass that same relief on to their renters. Now, new databases are available to help renters find out whether their landlord is getting a deferral.

DC Comprehensive Plan
DC Comp plan is a 20-year framework that guides future growth and development.

DC Tenant Bill of Rights
Rights for tenants in DC

Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA)
District law states that tenants in buildings up for sale must be offered the first opportunity to buy the building

Understanding the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act

DC’s five year plan to build equitable neighborhoods

DC for Reasonable Development: Fair Development Resources
Resources to understand and advocate for more fair development

CNHED’s summary of the failed 1978 DC council temporary anti-speculation tax

Food

CAFB The Food Bank Network
A comprehensive database search engine, created and maintained by the Capital Area Food Bank, to find a list of services nearest to you from food assistance, healthcare, job training, transit, etc.

DC Greens Food Policies
List of important food polices and legislation for DC

DC Hunger Solutions: D.C.’s Grocery Store Gap
Summary of the disparity of access for grocery stores in DC

DC Food Recovery Working Group Food Donation Map
Map of the nearest food pantries to donate to.

DUG Network
Database and newsletter for over 500 local organizations working in urban Ag, food security, food justice and environmental issues.

DUG Network List of DC Food Justice Orgs
List of local organizations advocating food justice in DC

DC Food Justice Youth Summit
DC Youth Summit to build awareness about food justice issues, both nationally and locally, and how to advocate on these issues.

Transgender Rights

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF): Know Your Rights during COVID-19
TLDEF has prepared Know Your Rights guide for transgender and non-binary people who are grappling with questions related to employment, housing, health care, identification, and accessing assistance from government agencies among other issues. The guide is available in both English and Español.

Worker Rights

Becoming Employee Owned
A Toolkit for Small Businesses

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Local Responsible Consumerism

DC Food Recovery Working Group “Featured Businesses”
List of food businesses that support food recovery in DC

Humane DC
List of humane animal welfare options and resources in food, clothes, products and pets in greater DC

The Responsible Consumer
List of local and national products and places to promote and boycott


Social Media Sites to Follow to Stay Locally Informed

DC Organizations to follow on Facebook to Stay Informed

ACS Washington, D.C. Lawyer Chapter

Amnesty International DC Capitol Hill Group

Bethesda Green

Broccoli City

Collectively Free DC

DC Environmental Justice

DC Fair Elections

DC Fair Food

DC for Palestine

DC for Reasonable Development

DC Food Policy Council

DC Food Recovery Working Group

DC Grassroots Planning Coalition

DC Greens

DC Hunger Solutions

DC Justice for Muslims Coalition

DC Local Ambassadors

DC Immigrant Organizing Center

DC Indivisible

DC Movement For Black Lives Steering Committee

DC Protests Against Trump: Listings

D.C. ReInvest Coalition

DC Resistance Coalition

D.C. Socialists – ISO

DC Statehood Green Party

DC stands with Standing Rock

D.C. System Change Not Climate Change

DC TimeBank

DC Trans Coalition

DC Unite Against Hate

DC Vegan

DC Vegans

DC Vegan Drinks

DC VegFest

DC Young Democrats

DCist

Defending Rights & Dissent

District of Love March

Diverse City Fund

DPR Urban Garden Division

DUG Network

Emergence Community Arts Collective

Empower DC

Fair Budget Coalition

Fair Farms

Green Living DC

Hands Off DC

Jews United for Justice

Keep DC 4 Me

Indivisible Bethesda-Chevy Chase DC and MD

Indivisible Montgomery

Momma’s Law: Improving DC Animal Welfare

Neighbors United for DC Statehood

No Justice No Pride – Resources

NW D.C. Indivisible

Occupy Our Homes DC

One Common Unity

Organizing for Justice

Peta DC

Positive Force DC

Prologue DC, LLC

Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington DC (ROC-DC)

Rising Hearts

Resist DC

Rooting DC

Sanctuary DMV

Service 2 Justice

Sierra Club Maryland Chapter

Sierra Club, Washington DC Chapter

Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ – DC

Slow Food DC

Smash Racism DC

Socialist Alternative DMV

Solidarity Economy DC

Stand Up Free DC

Stay Woke D.C.

Stop Police Terror Project DC

SURJ Northern Virginia

SURJ-DC: Closed Group

Sustainable DC

Swing Left DC

Takoma Park Mobilization

The DC Center

The Sanctuaries – Washington, DC

The Way Home: Ending Chronic Homelessness in DC

Vegetarian Society of DC

Ward 8 Democrats

Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center

Washington DC National Animal Rights Day – NARD

Washington Peace Center

The Women’s March on Washington – District of Columbia

Woman’s National Democratic Club

350 DC

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