Vernal Education Project — Other Stuff
500 Leading U.S. Progressive Organizations
Here are descriptions of approximately 500 leading organizations in the United States working for progressive change on a national level, grouped into categories that roughly describe the main focus of their work, with links to their websites.
Activist Education Programs
A few great activist education programs:
- The START Study Course
- A 24-session study course that you conduct on your own with friends, exploring and discussing environmental, domestic, and world issues using the on-line readings, thinking about the world you want and how to get there, and then acting to bring it about.
- Antioch University New England: Environmental Advocacy and Organizing Program (EAOP)
- Offers activist training for people seeking to work as public interest advocates and grassroots organizers.
- Training for Change (TFC)
- Helps people working for social change to develop skills that they can use in their daily work using the direct education approach — an approach that draws on the expertise and wisdom of the participants.
- Ruckus Society
- Provides environmental, human rights, and social justice organizers with the tools, training, and support needed to achieve their goals.
- Highlander Research and Education Center
- Gathers workers, grassroots leaders, community organizers, educators, and researchers to inform each other and address the most pressing social, environmental, and economic problems facing the people of the South.
- Midwest Academy
- Advances movements for social change by teaching a strategic, rigorous, results-oriented approach to social action and organization building.
- Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)
- Builds organizations whose primary purpose is power — the ability to act — and whose chief product is social change to make life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness everyday realities for more and more Americans.
- Wellstone Action
- Continues Senator Paul Wellstone’s fight for progressive change and economic justice by training citizen activists and professionals in political organizing skills.
- Center For Progressive Leadership (CPL)
- In order to advance progressive political and policy change, connects young people of color, LGBT youth, and women to paid internships and entry-level positions with progressive organizations and provides skills training, mentorship, and networking opportunities.
- New Organizing Institute (NOI)
- Trains young, technology-enabled political organizers to work for progressive campaigns and organizations.
Creating Solar Jobs
Information about and access to the 1978 Mid-Peninsula Conversion Project (MPCP) report: