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ACLU Tennessee(615) 320-7142
The goal of the ACLU-TN legal program is to protect and advance civil rights and civil liberties throughout the state. We meet this goal by providing guidance, engaging in advocacy, and (as a last resort) litigation. We provide legal representation, free of charge, for individuals and groups whose civil liberties have been threatened or denied.
ADAPT of Tennessee (901) 726-6404
Organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State (615) 646-9946
The Nashville Chapter of Americans United acts as a watchdog for violations of separation of church and state to ensure the religious liberty of all. Formed in 2001, the chapter is part of the national organization in existence since 1947. It is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization involved with advocacy, education, litigation, and communication.
Amnesty International (615) 787-7149
Amnesty International is a worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote internationally recognized human rights. It is dedicated to freeing prisoners of conscience, gaining fair trials for political prisoners, ending torture, political killings and “disappearances,” and abolishing the death penalty around the world. Bring Urban Recycling to Nashville Today
Catholic Charities of Tennessee (615) 352-3087
Following the example of Christ, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Nashville develops and provides human services which enhance and enrich the quality of life for people in need.
Church of Scientology (615) 687-4600
Works to educate people in basic human rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through public awareness events and distribution of secular literature and audio-visual presentations.
Coalition for Education on Immigration (615) 414-2396
The Coalition for Education about Immigration (CEI) is a grassroots organization devoted to facilitating educated, rational and informed conversation on immigration and related issues.
Common Cause (615) 321-9072
Common Cause is a nonpartisan, non-profit citizen’s lobby founded in 1970 by John Gardner. Members come from every state in the union and all walks of life, united in becoming actively involved in making the public’s voice heard by the United States government. We believe that every American can make a difference; that every American should have open and equal access to government; that when people become involved, change occurs; and that democracy should work equally for everyone.
Community Nashville (615) 327-1755
Community Nashville promotes understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy and education.
Conexion Americas (615) 320-5152
The mission of Conexion Americas is to help Latino families realize their aspirations for social and economic advancement by promoting their integration into the Middle Tennessee community.
Earth Matters (615) 252-6953
Provides hands-on environmental education through practical, neighborhood based, eco-involvement and activities. It is a dynamic group of environmental educators dedicated to growing healthy communities thru GRACE: Gardening, Recycling, Activism, Composting, and Education.
Emma Center (615) 262-3366
An Integrative center for creativity, learning, and community in urban Nashville. The center is dedicated to the memory of Emma Goldman, 20th century feminist and anarchist, and operates as a collective space in which anyone can teach and anyone can learn. It is structured to carry on the tradition of community action, collectivism, and education.
First Unitarian Universalist Church: Social Concerns & Action Committee (615) 383-5760
The Social Concerns & Action Committee works on behalf of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville to “…help build a world where each person’s inherent worth and dignity is affirmed. Where justice, equity and compassion are the guideposts for human relations. Where those who are poor, those who are sick, those who are different have what they need to live a meaningful life. Where human beings do not despise one another because of creed or race. Where we sustain the earth, as it sustains us. Where we and all people live in peace.”
Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Congregation (615) 673-7699
GNUUC’s mission is to be a visible center for worship and religious education; a force for social justice and a diverse and welcoming community distinguished by an emphasis on lifelong learning and works of imagination – especially music, poetry, and the visual arts – as sources of spiritual vitality. Located in Bellevue, the GNUUC invites the broader community to its weekly Wednesday evening programs at 7:30pm.
Homeless Power Project (615) 414-3788
The Homeless Power Project is a group of Nashville homeless and formerly homeless working to confront the root causes of homelessness and develop concrete solutions within the Nashville community.
Interdenominational Ministers’ Fellowship (615) 329-2990
Provides a forum for the area’s clergy to come together and discuss issues pertinent to all.
Interfaith Alliance of Middle Tennessee (615) 333-0462
Part of the national Interfaith Alliance, the Interfaith Alliance of Middle Tennessee works to promote interfaith cooperation around shared religious values to strengthen the public’s commitment to the American values of civic participation, freedom of religion, diversity, and civility in public discourse and to encourage the active involvement of people of faith in the nation’s political life. We are local religious leaders and activists, some with years of political experience, some just starting out.
Justice for Our Neighbors (615) 823-1945
The mission of JFON is four-fold: to provide high quality immigration legal services, to create an atmosphere of welcome for immigrants, to educate others around the issue of immigration, and to advocate for lasting policy change on both a local and federal level.
Manna, Inc. (615) 385-2286
Fights hunger in Tennessee. Sponsors 1,000,000 meals for children each year, connects people to food assistance, works with participants in benefit programs to promote changes.
MediationWorks! (615) 256-2206
Educates in the skills of conflict resolution, anger management, anti-bullying and anti-gang strategies.
Middle Tennessee Jobs with Justice (615) 545 5056
Fights for justice in the workforce by building the movement for workers’ rights and economic justice.
Mideast Peace Coalition (615) 650-8868
Initially formed around the first Gulf War, the Mideast Peace Coalition has transformed itself into a very interesting reading group.
NAACP of Tennessee (731) 660-5580
Formed in 1909, by a multiracial group of progressive thinkers, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a non-profit organization established with the objective of insuring the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority groups.
Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (615) 216-5737
The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the principal advocate for businesses in Nashville and Davidson County. Consisting of over 250 members the chamber reflects the makeup of the local business community it represents. Membership and involvement demonstrates who is making an investment in strengthening Nashville’s business environment and is an important factor to consider when thinking of becoming a Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce member or in selecting companies to do business with.
Nashville Conflict Resolution Center (615) 242-9272
Seeks to improve the lives of Nashville-area residents, by providing a board range of mediation services and teaching effective non-violent conflict resolution skills.
Nashville Peace and Justice Center (615) 333-5700
A community-based, multi-issue center for Middle Tennessee promoting peacemaking, human rights, and social and environmental justice in our society and world.
National Organization of Women (615) 269-7141
The Nashville chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is dedicated to making legal, political, social and economic change in our society in order to achieve our goal, which is to eliminate sexism and end all oppression.
Organized Neighbors of Edgehill (615) 256-4617
Organizes people based on issues of interest to the community such as crime, education, housing, welfare reform, and zoning.
Peace Roots Alliance (931) 964-2119
The activist branch of The Farm, an intentional community, the Peace Roots Alliance seeks to create a just and sustainable world for future generations by emphasizing our common humanity, promoting nonviolence, and working to remove the root causes of war. They sponsor More Than Warmth, a project bringing quilts to children in war-torn countries and a project for Conscientious Objectors run by veterans.
Radio Free Nashville (615) 662-8558
A low-power community radio broadcast for diverse and alternative music, voices, and viewpoints generally ignored or misrepresented by the corporate media.
Sudanese Community & Women’s Service Center (615) 315-9681
The Sudanese Community and Women’s Services Center is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to empowering refugees and immigrants who have resettled in Middle Tennessee through direct social services and educational programs.
Tennesseans for Fair Taxation (615) 227-7584
A statewide coalition working to create a fairer and more modern tax system that invests in Tennessee and its communities for the benefit of all.
Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council (615) 269-7111
The Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council is the state’s umbrella labor organization for over 36 affiliated Unions, representing 273 Local Unions and over 80,000 workers across the state.
Tennessee Alliance for Progress (615) 226-8070
TAP is engaged in a variety of projects to build a statewide network of progressive organizations and creating a new paradigm for our society based on democratic values and the idea that we’re all in this together.
Tennessee Citizen Action (615) 736-6040
Public interest and consumer rights organization. TNCA works to engage in activities that promote democracy and social well-being and believes in the power of citizens acting from the grassroots level. Dedicate to secure and fair elections and unencumbered access to the ballot box for all.
Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence (615) 386-9406
A non-profit organization composed of diverse community leaders and program members who share a common vision of ending violence in the lives of Tennesseans.
Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing (615) 256-3906
Promotes alternatives to capital punishment in Tennessee, respecting the community’s legitimate concerns for public safety and supporting public policy that enables the healing of victims.
Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare (615) 313-9980
Promotes social and economic well-being of Tennesseans through advocacy and service; encourages statewide program development; and fosters cooperative efforts between public and private sectors.
Tennessee Disability Coalition (615) 383-9442
A statewide alliance of disability organizations and individuals whose purpose is to assure that individuals with disabilities have access to services promoting inclusion, independence and productivity.
Tennessee Environmental Council (615) 248-6500
Working across Tennessee for more than 30 years to protect the environment and public health. From your community to the State capitol, TEC advocates for everyone.
Tennessee Health Care Campaign (615) 227-7500
Working for affordable and quality health insurance for all Tennesseans, especially children. Support our work and/or call and volunteer.
Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (615) 578-2477
The Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce provides its members with leadership and support to Hispanics and businesses while opening up new marketing opportunities for non-Hispanic businesses. The chamber strives to strengthen cultural understanding and mutual appreciation with non-Hispanic communities.
Tennessee Human Rights Commission (615) 741-5825
The Tennessee Human Rights Commission is an independent state agency responsible for enforcing the Tennessee Human Rights Acts which works to identify, prevent and eliminate discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations through the receipt, investigation, and litigation of allegations of discrimination throughout the state of Tennessee. We seek to safeguard citizens from discrimination by providing leadership and outreach to promote an understanding of our work. Any one who believes they have been discriminated against based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, or familial status in housing only may file complaints with the agency by calling 1(800) 251-3589. More info available atwww.tn.gov/humanrights.
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (615) 833-0384
A statewide coalition empowering immigrants and refugees to defend their rights and create an atmosphere in which they are viewed as positive contributors to Tennessee.
Tennessee Justice Center (615) 255-0331
The Tennessee Justice Center is a non-profit, public interest law and advocacy firm serving the poor.
Tennessee Literacy Coalition (615) 259-3700
Providing support, information and services to adult education providers, learners, volunteers and the public since 1983, with the goal of achieving a fully literate Tennessee.
The Metropolitan Human Relations Commission (615) 880-3370
The Metropolitan Human Relations Commission was created by ordinance in 1965. We are the local compliance enforcement agency to receive and resolve complaints of discrimination and perceived discrimination. We endeavor to fulfill our charge and authority as granted in Metro Codes 2.132.010 and 11.20.010. Our responsibility to resolve complaints and carry out educational programs extends through areas of employment, housing, financial services and commercial transactions, public accommodations, and the provision of city activities and services.
The Urban Epicenter moc.liamgnull@retnecipenabru
Organizes and directs action for racial and economic justice in social and political activies in Nashville.
United Nations Association (615) 269-3949
The United Nations Association of the United States of America is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to building understanding of and support for the ideals and vital work of the United Nations among American people.
Veterans for Peace (615) 485-1616
Middle Tennessee Veterans for Peace, chapter 89 of the international Veterans for Peace Movement, is active all throughout Middle-Tennessee. Whether speaking in high schools doing counter-recruitment, making sure that there is a conscientious vet’s voice to contrast the hype about war on the evening news, or making sure that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation cease its activities monitoring peaceful protest activity, the members of chapter 89 have been an invaluable part of the Middle Tennessee peace community.
War Resisters League (615) 322-9523
The War Resisters League is an organization of pacifists who refuse participation in wars; support those who refuse military drafts and other conscientious objectors to war; as well as organize, educate, and direct nonviolent action to oppose war and the economic and social causes of war.
Youth Speaks Nashville gro.ellivhsanskaepshtuoynull@ofni
Through words, all youth claim the power and hope to determine their future. Through the literary and performing arts, Youth Speaks Nashville offers creative solutions for youth to build literacy and presentation skills, reconnect to their education and to their lives, and act as leaders in the improvement of their communities.