Mission: To fulfill America's promise of a caring, inclusive, and just democracy by strengthening social movements and achieving high-impact policy change.
About the Organization: A multi-racial civil rights organization founded by a team of veteran civil rights lawyers in 1999, the Advancement Project works to develop and inspire community-based social justice solutions built on a platform of high-quality legal analysis and public awareness. To that end, the organization partners with communities of color to dismantle structural racism and reform the unjust and inequitable policies that undermine the promise of democracy, expand the practice of community-centered racial justice lawyering, and provide hands-on support to grassroots organizations, including legal resources and assistance with medial outreach and public education campaigns.
Current Programs: The Advancement Project focuses its efforts in a number of areas, including redistricting, voter protection, voting rights restoration, and immigrant justice. Its campaigns include Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track, which is aimed at reforming school discipline policies and practices and ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn; I Dream A+ School, a platform designed to amplify the voices of students and parents in the debate over public education reform; and Right to Vote, which seeks to build a broad national movement that leads to changes in local, state, and federal voting rights laws and, ultimately, a constitutional amendment that enshrines the right to vote for all Americans.
Website: Visitors to the Advancement Project website can learn more about its issues; submit their own stories and videos to the I Dream A+ School campaign, or download court cases, reports, videos, and other tools and resources. Users also can follow a newsfeed or the organization's blog for the latest developments, sign up for email updates, and/or make a donation.
Funding: The Advancement Project is funded by foundations, corporations, and individuals.