While many groups in this listing are included in the Resource section, we wanted to create an area specific to Georgia and the South, our home and bioregion. Below are groups working on a range of political, environmental and gender equity issues and fundamental social change. We have also included groups that are addressing the ongoing impacts of Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Deep Water Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Please learn more about their important efforts for justice.
A growing non-partisan organization, Better Georgia works with partners around the state to hold government accountable to real people. Better Georgia works to make sure elected officials listen to Georgia families, small business owners and real people so that elected officials pass sensible laws and policies that make Georgia a better state.
As Atlanta’s leading non-profit women’s health resource, the Feminist Women’s Health Center provides quality care and community education, while working to improve women’s health. The center believes that education and knowledge are vital components in a woman’s ability to make positive health care decisions, and therefore provides community educational initiatives along with advocating for reproductive justice and reproductive rights.
GFADP is working to end capital punishment in Georgia and around the world. They are a strong, diverse, statewide, grassroots movement which: opposes individual executions; supports legislative initiatives aimed at reducing the application of the death penalty until it is ultimately abolished; protects the humanity of individuals on death row; educates our fellow Georgians about the death penalty; and provides concrete action steps for individuals and groups.
GLAHR is a grassroots organization created to educate and organize Latinos in their own communities with the purpose of increasing community participation in the struggle for human and civil rights. GLAHR also seeks to educate the general public about the diverse benefits that the immigrant community brings to this country and in that manner, counteract misinformation.
SONG is creating a multi-issue southern justice movement across class, age, race, ability, gender, immigration status, and sexuality; a movement in which LGBTQ people – poor and working class, immigrant, people of color, rural – take a rightful place as leaders in shaping the region’s legacy and future.
Project South is a membership-based social justice organization rooted in the US South that works at the local, regional, and national levels to dismantle systems of poverty, racism, and violence while also building community power.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate, bigotry and extremism. The organization tracks the activities of hate groups across America, uses the courts and other forms of advocacy to win systemic reforms on behalf of victims of bigotry and discrimination and provides educators with free resources that teach school children to reject hate, embrace diversity and respect differences.
Since its founding in 1970 by veterans of the civil rights movement, the Institute for Southern Studies has established a national reputation as an essential resource for grassroots activists, community leaders, scholars, policy makers and others working to bring lasting social and economic change to the region. The Institute issued a report in 2012 on the impacts of the BP oil disaster called “Troubled Waters.”/p>
Highlander serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South. Through popular education, participatory research, and cultural work, Highlander creates spaces for people to gain knowledge, hope and courage, expanding their ideas of what is possible. The Center supports strong, democratic organizations that work for justice, equality and sustainability in their own communities and that join with others to build broad movements for social, economic and restorative environmental change
Appalshop is a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts and education center in the heart of Appalachia producing original films, video, theater, music and spoken-word recordings, radio, photography, multimedia, and books. Their education and training programs support communities’ efforts to solve their own problems in a just and equitable way. Each year, Appalshop productions and services reach several million people nationally and internationally.
The Loretto Community in Kentucky has taken a stance against a hydraulic fracking pipeline traversing their lands.
Gulf Future is a coalition of dozens of groups working to hold BP accountable for the ongoing ecological devastation of the region by the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil catastrophe.
Bridge the Gulf is a storytelling initiative promoting cultural survival, environmental justice, and sustainable development in Gulf Coast communities following Hurricane Katrina. This citizen journalism and new-media initiative is designed to help Gulf Coast communities convey their stories and their vision for a just, healthy and sustainable future.
This group advocates for Vietnamese communities whose economic and cultural life ways are tied to fishing. Hurricane Katrina and the BP Horizon oil spill has severely impacted these communities. The Coalition serves as a voice for Vietnamese fisher families and for justice.
Real Coast Warriors is dedicated to the complete recovery of the Gulf of Mexico from the BP Oil Disaster. Their mission is to continue to spotlight the devastation in and around the Gulf of Mexico and counter the media blackout of ongoing impacts.
This film explores the distinct impacts of the oil industry on the Houma Indian community of the Mississippi Delta. It follows a young Native woman, Monique Verdin, as she returns to Southeast Louisiana and sees her people’s traditional way of life- fishing, trapping, and hunting these fragile wetlands– threatened by a cycle of man-made environmental crises. As Louisiana is devastated by Hurricane Katrina, Rita and then the BP oil leak, Monique turns to environmental activism.
The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is an environmental health and justice organization working with communities that neighbor the state’s oil refineries and chemical plants. The EPA-approved “bucket” is an easy-to-use air sampling device that people who live next to industry – fenceline neighbors – use to document pollution in their neighborhoods. The Louisiana Bucket Brigade assists fenceline neighbors in their campaigns to make industry accountable for its pollution.