Alliance for a Just Society
The Alliance for a Just Society, was founded in 1993 as the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations.
The Alliance for a Just Society’s mission is to execute local, state and national campaigns and build strong state affiliate organizations and partnerships that address economic, racial, and social inequities.
The Alliance is a national network of 15 racial, social and economic justice organizations nationwide (see map) including The Center for Community Growth, The Center for Intercultural Organizing, Connecticut Citizen Action Group, Idaho Community Action Network, Indian People’s Action (Montana), Maine People's Alliance, Montana Organizing Project, OneAmerica, Oregon Action, Race Forward, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) Virginia Organizing, Citizen Action of New York, Washington Community Action Network and Working Washington.
We are witnessing massive financial institution bailouts while our communities go without jobs or services, racist attacks on immigrants, unchecked corporate power, the threat of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. It is clear to us as organizers and activists that to address the magnitude of issues we face, we need a network — a network that is multifaceted, nimble, politically astute and, most importantly, unafraid.
While grassroots action remains the key strength of our movement, we provide advocacy research, sophisticated media framing, political education, online organizing, and beltway prodding. All of our organizations do many of these things, but because our main focus is on organizing, few have the resources to do all of them as well as we would like — it is critical that we all have the ability to move forward in a coordinated fashion. To be successful in this political environment, we must work together to build our strengths, and work in concert with organizations that have expertise in the areas we need to grow.
This is the core mission of the Alliance: to give grassroots organizations, research groups, media organizations and educators the strength to work together, building on our combined experience and expertise. Our vision for the Alliance is a multifaceted national organization that includes grassroots and progressive organizations with particular expertise working together to address economic, racial, and social inequality.
- Alliance for a Just Society staff, as of February 2016
- LeeAnn Hall, Executive Director
- Amanda Ballantyne, Main Street Alliance, Director
- Harsimran Bagri, Administrative Director
- Sam Blair, Director of Strategic Partnerships
- Julie Chinitz, Special Projects Director
- Bill Daley, Legislative Director
- Libero Della Piana, Senior Organizer and Digital Director
- Allyson Fredericksen, Policy Analyst
- Ben Henry, Senior Policy Associate
- Judith Le Blanc, Senior Organizer and National Coordinator, Native Organizers Alliance
- Kathy Mulady, Communications Director
- Jill Reese, Associate Director
- Alliance for a Just Society board, as of February 2016;
- Melanie Collins
- Kelly Conklin
- Tim Conmee
- Beverly DeLeonardis
- Gary Delgado
- Leonel Garcia
- Gail Gutsche
- Michaelynn Hawk
- Jesse Graham
- Daniel HoSang
- Kayse Jama
- Deana Knutsen
- Donna Polk-Primm
- Ramon Ramírez
- Rosemary Rivera
- Rinku Sen
- Joe Szakos
- Robinhawk Wilson