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Giving Tuesday 2019

20 Years of Movement Building and Freedom Fighting

We envision a future where people of color are free – where they can thrive, be safe and exercise power. Driven by the genius of ordinary people and their movements, racism will no longer exist and justice will be radically transformed.

On #GivingTuesday, December 3rd this year, please make a gift to Advancement Project National Office.

For more than 20 years, the generosity of our supporters has empowered us to provide direct, hands-on support for organized communities in their struggles for racial and social justice, providing legal, communications and campaign organizing resources for on-the-ground efforts, while assisting in building their own capacity and power in their communities.


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Reasons to Give


Number of people that have been added to Arizona's prison population in 2019

Migrant detention centers are a major contributor to Arizona's prison population and the state has the fourth-highest imprisonment rate in the nation.

Our Immigrant Justice program sheds light on the state of mass incarceration in its latest report, The Carceral State of Arizona: The Human Cost of Being Confined. The report details the inhumane conditions migrants face in Arizona's Eloy Detention Center - a private prison facility. It's one of several efforts Advancement Project National Office is engaged in to #AbolishICE - the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency - and to ensure migrants are treated with dignity and respect.

During 2018's November Mid-term Election, Florida residents voted for the passage for Amendment 4 which overturned many of the state's felony disenfranchisement laws. It's one of the many victories our Power and Democracy program boasts in its fight to remove barriers to participating in our nation's democracy. They've also succeeded in recent fights in Missouri and Louisiana, and can continue the fight in Georgia with your support.

1.4 Million

Number of formerly incarcerated persons who had their voting rights restored in Florida


Number of certified mental health professionals to be placed in Miami-Dade County Public Schools

At the September 2019 public budget hearing for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, board members voted to add 25 certified mental health professionals in its district. It was a hard-earned victory for our Schoolhouse-to-Jailhouse program to support our partners, Power U Center for Social Change, in the national movement for #PoliceFreeSchools.

Also this year, we've published the website for our We Came To Learn report which lets users report school assaults by cops against students of color on the #AssaultAt map.

In June, a federal court issued an preliminary injunction which ruled the City of St. Louis' bail system unconstitutional. The city was holding presumably innocent people in a medium-security jail, known as "the Workhouse" for its inhumane conditions, at an average bail amount of $25,000. Within weeks, our Justice Project, alongside our St. Louis partners, significantly reduced cash bail to grant residents their freedom. The victory was part of our campaign to Close the Workhouse once and for all.


Number of St. Louis residents who were released from "the Workhouse" jail because of lowered cash bail

Who We Support

Supporting Advancement Project National Office helps us support grassroots partners on the ground. If you’d like to know more about their work and ways to support them, here are just few of the partners we’ve worked with on major campaigns and actions this year.


Map the Truth Coronavirus Social Justice Guide & Webinar

Advancement Project National Office along with our national allies Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Can’t Stop! Won’t Stop! Consulting, Demos, and The Opportunity Agenda have released Map the Truth, a COVID-19/Coronavirus Social Justice Guide. This guide is a reflection of the love, unity and uplifting positivity that we collectively aim to spread amongst all impacted communities. Now, with the continuing threat of this global pandemic, that truth has become more important than ever. Collectively, we proudly commit this social justice guide to be a beacon of truth that helps uplift and support directly impacted communities to…

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National Organizations Release COVID-19/Coronavirus Social Justice Guide

Advancement Project National Office, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Can’t Stop! Won’t Stop! Consulting, Demos & The Opportunity Agenda announce the release of Map The Truth, a COVID-19 Social Justice Guide.

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9 Greatest Cesar Chavez Quotes

If you ask anyone who’s ever been involved in the fight for racial justice who’s their favorite organizer in the movement, chances are you’ll meet a few who’ll tell you Cesar Chavez. Born near Yuma, Arizona, on March 31, 1927, Chavez grew up watching his family toil on farms for unjust wages. Witnessing injustice first hand would be just the spark he needed to become a fierce advocate for Chicano rights and organized labor unions. Chavez’s passion for the work was so unbridled that he would endure hunger strikes until the communities he served were treated with dignity and respect.

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Keeping the Conversation Going: Call for Papers for Movement Lawyering Publication

EXTENDED DEADLINE: NOW DUE FRIDAY, MAY 15 Advancement Project National Office and Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard University School of Law invite you to continue the conversation from Fall 2019’s Inaugural Movement Lawyering Conference. In response to the successful Movement Lawyering Conference put on by Advancement Project National Office, Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center and Law for Black Lives, we invite you to submit articles for publication in what will be a special issue in the Fifth Volume of the Howard Human & Civil Rights Law Review dedicated entirely to movement lawyering. Topics must be…

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9 Greatest Frederick Douglass Quotes

Frederick Douglass, one of our nation’s greatest abolitionists, was born in February 1818. The man who would grow to escape slavery in Maryland would later choose to celebrate his birthday on the 14th of the month. Douglass was prominently known for his anti-slavery writings and also advocated for several social justice causes, including womens’ suffrage. As an organization dedicated to racial justice, Advancement Project National Office carries Douglass’ spirit in the work that we do on the ground for grassroots movements. In fact, our office celebrates his birthday in place of Presidents Day! Hundreds of quotes exist out there which…

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What We Learned from Last Night’s #SOTU

You saw it. We saw it. But we are not subscribing to Trump’s revisionist history during this sacred month, Black History Month, or ever, for that matter. His State of the Union address last night included claims of pro-whiteness, pro-terrorism and pro-cages. Sure, what he said was expected, but still, it was angering. Contrary to Trump’s claim that “the best is yet to come,” Advancement Project National Office offered our #StateOfRace2020 Twitter chat and will continue the conversation to set the record straight. Trump talked a lot about “fairness” but he never defined it. Fairness to us is #PoliceFreeSchools. Fairness…

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Black History Month 2020: Advancement Project Honors Black Futures

Today marks the first day of Black History Month! Never has it been so important to recognize and honor the contributions made by people of color to America. We are in a particularly meaningful year—a year that will determine so much of our future as a nation and as a people. The future is determined by what we do each day. For this Black History Month, Advancement Project National Office is uplifting those who seize the moment to create a better future for us and our organizational partners, who work diligently every day to create a better future for all…

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Civil Rights Organizations to Hold Convening for Movement Lawyering Conference Oct. 16

Contact: Joshua Garner 240-326-3874 [email protected] WASHINGTON, DC—Advancement Project National Office is partnering with the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at the Howard University School of Law and Law for Black Lives to host a day-long Movement Lawyering Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Howard Law School. Social justice movement leaders from across the country will bring their expertise to a variety of topics relevant to today’s movement for social and racial justice during panel discussions and breakout sessions held throughout the day. Panel topics include educational justice, the right to vote, reparations, immigration, abolitionist campaigns, and more. This conference is…

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Ben & Jerry’s Takes on Racism and Criminal Justice Reform with New Flavor: “Justice Remix’d”

WASHINGTON – Ben & Jerry’s believes everyone deserves the sweet taste of justice, regardless of race or wealth. The iconic ice cream company has partnered with Advancement Project National Office to launch Justice ReMix’d, a flavor created to spotlight structural racism in a broken criminal legal system. Those are big issues for a business to take on, but Ben & Jerry’s has been an advocate for social justice and equity for much of its 40 years. “Our approach to creating social change is to raise up the work non-profits are…

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