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Accelerating the fight for racial justice

We envision a future where people of color are free – where they can thrive, be safe and exercise power.

About Us

What Advancement Project does

See Our Approach

We believe in the genius of ordinary people to achieve lasting and permanent change.


Our theory of change for racial justice:

  • Movement lawyering

  • Narrative strategy

  • Campaign strategy

  • Movement weaving

Why It Matters

4.6 million

citizens across the nation – people that have had felony convictions – are being blocked from voting.

It's time to restore wholeness to people who have been impacted by the criminal legal system.

Voting Rights

of victims in school police assaults since 2011 were Black students.

The 3rd most frequent assault type—in over
13% of cases—from 2011 to 2023 was sexual assault.

Education Justice

unarmed people have been killed by police in traffic stops over the past five years and that number likely only continues to climb.

Many of the drivers and passengers struck down and killed by police were Black. 

Policing + Decriminalization

Chicago Board of Education votes to remove police from schools

The Chicago Board of Education voted to remove police officers from school. This monumental change would not have been possible without the leadership of young people and organizations like Brighton Park Neighborhood Council.

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Judith Browne Dianis

Executive Director

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson

Board Chair | Co-Executive Director, The Highlander Research & Education Center

Jesse Williams

Board Vice-Chair | Actor and Activist

75+ partners in 18 states 100+ campaigns across the country Countless convenings 25 years of making a difference

25th anniversary

This year, Advancement Project celebrates its 25th anniversary. Together, another world is possible. Join us!

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