Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC)
NOC is a member-led, grassroots organizing nonprofit committed to building power for low- and moderate-income Minnesotans. Together, NOC members from across the Twin Cities fight for racial and economic justice. We're building powerful, active campaigns to improve public schools, stop the foreclosure crisis, increase civic engagement, and make corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. Twitter. Facebook.
NAVIGATE is a leadership development program for immigrant young adults in Minnesota facing financial, social and legal barriers to achieve their dreams through changing unjust systems. Through NAVIGATE, these young adults help their community and themselves by working to access college education, jobs and legal status. Twitter. Facebook.
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL)
CTUL is an organization where workers build power to lead the struggle for fair wages, better working conditions, basic respect, and a voice in our workplaces. We are an organization of workers and for workers, committed to winning this struggle and in doing so, create a better future for the next generation. Twitter. Facebook.
Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc)
MIRAc is the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee. It is an organization that organizes the immigrant community and their allies to try to win legalization for all and equality in all aspects of life. We struggle for legalization, for a moratorium on raids and deportations, and for drivers licenses for all regardless of immigration status. MIRAc was formed in Spring 2006 out of the huge immigrant rights marches. We’ve organized many protests, marches and other activities for immigrant rights in Minnesota since then. Twitter. Facebook.
Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network
MIFN was established in the wake of the national Immigrant Worker’s Freedom Ride of 2003 and the Minnesota Freedom Ride of 2004. Both events were held in the tradition and spirit of the civil rights Freedom Rides of the 60’s to call for humane and just changes to America’s immigration laws. To build on this momentum MIFN incorporated as an organization in June of 2005. Our strategies over the past six years have included youth leadership development, immigrant civic engagement, media justice & media participation, and using art as a tool for social change. Facebook.
15 Now Minnesota
15 Now Minnesota is a grassroots organization fighting together with low-wage workers, the labor movement, and supporters for a $15/hour minimum wage. We are the local chapter of 15 Now, an organization that launched in 2014 and led the victory for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle, the first major city to pass $15/hour. Twitter. Facebook.
Minnesotans for a Fair Economy
Stand with us to make sure nobody is left behind by Minnesota’s economy. For too long working families have struggled with unemployment, foreclosures, health care and stagnant incomes. We’re working to build a Minnesota where there is opportunity for everyone to work hard and get ahead. Twitter. Facebook.
Socialist Alternative is an organization of youth and workers fighting in our workplaces, campuses, and communities against the exploitation and injustices people face every day. We have played an active role in a number of movements in the Twin Cities, from the anti-war movement to the LGBTQ rights movement to the labor movement and beyond. We have helped organize student walkouts against military recruitment, rallies for marriage equality and in defense of education, and numerous other activities. Facebook.
Occupy Homes MN
Occupy Homes MN is a grassroots organization identifying foreclosure not as the result of irresponsible borrowing, but as a symptom of a corrupt system that allows predatory lending while denying reasonable loan modifications. We work with homeowners to help them stay in their homes by building public support around their cases and putting pressure on banks to negotiate in good faith. We facilitate neighborhood assemblies in order to build communities that can fight against foreclosure and economic injustice. We hope to organize homeowners to resist foreclosure en masse, with the objective of ending foreclosures in Minnesota and nationwide. Twitter. Facebook.
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Twin Cities (General Defense Committee)
The IWW is a rank-and-file-run, international union for all workers, dedicated to organizing both on and off the job, in our industries and our communities. We are not affiliated with any political party. We organize the worker, not job, meaning that unlike most unions, you carry your membership with you no matter what job you have, including if you are unemployed. We believe in the power of rank-and-file direct action, shop floor organization and class solidarity, both to win better economic conditions and to build a world without bosses.
The mission of the Minnesota AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation. Note: unions are a great way to get involved in social justice activism. Rather than list ALL of them here, we're linking to the IWW and AFL-CIO as an entry point-- you may have to do more research.
International Socialist Organization
The International Socialist Organization (ISO) is committed to building an organization that participates in the struggles for justice and liberation today--and, ultimately, for a future socialist society. The ISO has branches across the country whose members are involved in helping to build a number of struggles: the movement to stop war and occupation, fights against racism and anti-immigrant scapegoating, the struggle for women's rights like the right to choose abortion, opposing anti-gay bigotry, and standing up for workers' rights.
MORE INFORMATION AND MANY MORE ORGANIZATIONS COMING SOON.