Selected Links: Advocacy

Bahai

The Baha’i
The international site of the Baha’i Faith, including a list of official Baha’i­ sites.
www.bahai.org/

AtheistMultivalent terms that often are used to describe people (or their worldview) who reject the practices, dogma, and creeds of established religious traditions. Some people, on the other hand, may identify as Humanist and also consider this either a belief .../Humanist

Council for Secular HumanismHumanism is a belief system that values reason, compassion, and hope. Emphasis is placed on human concerns and that which can contribute to human flourishing. Dogmas or creeds that in any way impede these foci are disregarded and humanity is thought to be...
Sponsors activities that “range from magazine publishing to campaigning on ethical issues, from conferences to support networks, from educational courses to conducting secular ceremonies, from local groups to international development” and publishes Free Inquiry magazine.
www.secularhumanism.org/

Secular Coalition for America
“Washington-based lobbying organization for atheists, humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheistic Americans.”
www.secular.org/

Buddhist

American Buddhist Congress
Brings together Buddhists across traditions, denominations and ethnic backgrounds.
www.urbandharma.org/ratana/ratana1/abc.html

Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Founded in 1978 to “bring a Buddhist perspective to the peace movement and to bring the peace movement to the Buddhist community.” They publish the quarterly journal Turning Wheel.
www.bpf.org/

Hindu

American Hindu Anti-Defamation Coalition
A coalition of Hindu organizations dedicated “to preserv[ing] the sanctity of Hindu symbols, iconsAn icon is a painted or mosaic image of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, the Trinity, or the saints which is used in the liturgy, prayer, and theology of the Eastern Orthodox churches. The icon is understood to be a window opening upon the divine reality., culture and customs.”
www.hindunet.org/anti_defamation/

American Hindu Association
“The primary mission of AHA is to teach the rich spiritual heritage of Hindu philosophy to devotees of all ages. This Association intends to provide the leadership and resources for the Hindu community, especially among the young generations.”
www.americanhindu.net/

Hindu American Foundation
An advocacy group which promotes “the Hindu and American ideals of understanding, tolerance and pluralism;” resources include a “Hinduism“Hindu” was originally a word given by the Greeks, then the Persians, to the land and peoples beyond the Indus or “Sindhu” River. The term “Hinduism” came into common use only in the 19th century to describe a complex and dynamic pattern of li... Media Toolkit” and online newsletters.
www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/

Hindu America SevaSeva means service, a religious obligation of both renunciants and laity in the religious traditions of India. Communities
“A progressive American organization advancing seva (community service), interfaith collaboration, pluralism, social justice and sustainable civic engagement to ignite grassroots social change and build healthy communities and coalitions while strengthening our places of worship.”
www.hinduamericanseva.org/

Interfaith

The Interfaith Alliance
A multireligious advocacy organization, “committed to promoting the positive and healing role of religion in public life by encouraging civic participation, facilitating community activism, and challenging religious political extremism.”
www.interfaithalliance.org/

Interfaith Peace Initiatives
A set of links to religious and inter-religious communities dedicated to peace activism.
www.pluralism.org/research/profiles/display.php?profile=74421

Jewish

The American Jewish Committee
Works for the security and continuity of the Jewish people and promotes the basic principles of religious pluralism as the best defense against bigotry.
www.ajc.org/

The American Jewish Congress
Public policy advocacy group defending against threats to Jewish interests at home and abroad.
www.ajcongress.org

Anti-Defamation LeagueThe Anti-Defamation League is a Jewish organization founded in 1913 to fight anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry. Its mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, to secure justice and fa...
Fights for civil rights and opposes anti-SemitismAnti-Semitism means literally “opposed to Semites” although it has always referred specifically to Jews. Modern anti-Semitism arose in Europe toward the end of the 19th century, coalescing social, racial, and religious theories that denigrated the Jew... and all forms of bigotry and discrimination.
www.adl.org/

B’nai B’rith International
“One of the world’s largest and oldest Jewish human rights, community action, and humanitarian organizations.”
www.bnaibrith.org

Engaging America (American Jewish Committee)
A virtual center with training, networking, and advocacy resources.
www.engagingamerica.org/ajc/Index.asp

National Council of Jewish Women
A volunteer organization with “a progressive stance on issues such as child welfare, women’s rights, and reproductive freedom.”
www.ncjw.org

Muslim

American Muslim Taskforce
An umbrella organization of Muslim advocacy groups working to define issues of common concern and develop strategies for effective political participation.
www.americanmuslimvoter.net/

Council on American Islamic Relations
With headquarters in Washington, D.C. and chapters across America, CAIR’s mission is to: “enhance understanding of IslamIslam in Arabic literally means “submitting” or “submission.” One who submits or surrenders his or her will to God is called a Muslim. While the whole of God’s creation is described as being inherently Muslim, human beings must choose whether to..., encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.”
www.cair.com/

MinaretThe minaret is a tower often built to adorn a mosque, from which the call to prayer may be sounded. of Freedom Institute
Researches policy issues, publishes and translates materials, and runs a scholars-exchange program.
www.minaret.org/

Muslim American Society
Founded in 1992, the main projects of the MAS include the Islamic American University, the American Muslim magazine, the Freedom Foundation, which focuses on Muslim civic participation, and the Council on Islamic Schools.
www.muslimamericansociety.org/main/

Muslim Public Affairs Council
With offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., MPAC defines its mission as “working for the civil rights of American Muslims, for the integration of Islam into American pluralism, and for a positive, constructive relationship between American Muslims and their representatives.”
www.mpac.org/

Native AmericanEach of the many Native American nations has its own distinctive life-ways, although there are some widely-shared characteristics. most Native life-ways are primarily transmitted through oral traditions; they are oriented toward living in relation to a sp...

American IndianEach of the many Native American nations has its own distinctive life-ways, although there are some widely-shared characteristics. most Native life-ways are primarily transmitted through oral traditions; they are oriented toward living in relation to a sp... Research and Policy Institute
www.airpi.org/

Indian Country Today
A leading American Indian news source.
http://www.indiancountry.com/?cat=front

Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
http://www.indianaffairs.state.mn.us/

Native American Rights Fund
Advocates for Native American religious freedom, treaty rights, and self-governance.
http://www.narf.org/

PaganThe term “pagan” (from the Latin paganus) originally meant “peasant” or “country dweller.” For many Pagans, the term suggests a life lived close to the land. Today, nature spirituality is an important thread in contemporary Paganism. Some Paga...

Alternative Religions Education Network
http://www.aren.org/

Lady Liberty League
Supports religious freedom for WiccansWicca is the name of one of the major streams of contemporary American Paganism. It is a form of religious witchcraft, sometimes simply called the Craft. Many Wiccans in America today call themselves “witches,” claiming the name under which women and ... and PagansThe term “pagan” (from the Latin paganus) originally meant “peasant” or “country dweller.” For many Pagans, the term suggests a life lived close to the land. Today, nature spirituality is an important thread in contemporary Paganism. Some Paga... through information and networking; sponsored by CircleIn some Pagan traditions, a “circle” refers to the people who gather for a ritual. When standing in a circle, all the participants are able to see each other, with no one member elevated over any other. This practice is often felt to encourage egalita... Sanctuary.
http://www.circlesanctuary.org/liberty/

OUR FREEDOM–A Pagan Civil Rights Coalition
http://www.ourfreedomcoalition.org/

Pagan Legal Rights
http://www.tylwythteg.com/legal.html

The Witches’ Voice
A news and education network with articles on current issues and events, files on the basics of witchcraft and on holidays, and many links to other Pagan sites.
http://www.witchvox.com/

SikhSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob...

Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)
SALDEF is a national Sikh organization focused on education and civil rights; it was originally founded as the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART) in 1996.
http://www.saldef.org/

Sikh Coalition
A community-based organization working to defend Sikh civil rights in the U.S.
www.sikhcoalition.org/

Sikh Women
http://www.sikhwomen.com/

United SikhsSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob...
An international grass-roots organization; projects in the U.S. include advocacy and interfaith outreach, summer camps for Sikh youth, and relief efforts.
www.unitedsikhs.org/

Unitariana belief in one God that rejects the three persons of the Trinity that has much in common with the belief in the early Christian church about the superiority of God over Jesus and the Anti-Trinitarian writing that emerged during the Protestant Reformation... Universalist

The Unitarian Universalist Association’s Washington Office for Advocacy
Seeks to “influence public policy decisions made by the U.S. Congress and Administration on issues of concern to the Unitarian Universalist AssociationThe Unitarian Universalist Association came into being in 1961 through the union of two communities of faith: the Unitarians who stressed the oneness of God and the Universalists who insisted on universal salvation. Both movements became popular in 18th- ... (UUA)” and also “provides support and resources to congregations and individuals seeking to create change in their communities and states.”
www.uua.org/justice/index.shtml

Other

ACLU’s Religious Liberty Page
http://www.aclu.org/ReligiousLiberty/ReligiousLibertyMain.cfm

Americans United for the Separation of ChurchThe term church has come to wide use to refer to the organized and gathered religious community. In the Christian tradition, church refers to the organic, interdependent “body” of Christ’s followers, the community of Christians. Secondarily, church ... and State
http://www.au.org

Civil Rights Religious Freedom
http://www.civilrights.org/religion/

Freedom Forum
http://www.freedomforum.org/

International Association for Religious Freedom
http://www.iarf.net/

Liberty Magazine
http://www.libertymagazine.org

The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ)
“Promotes understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education.”
http://www.nccj.org

Not in Our Town
http://www.pbs.org/niot

People for the American Way
http://www.pfaw.org/issues/about-us

Religious Tolerance
Offers introductory information and links for more than 60 religions, faith groups, and ethical systems; addresses religious freedom and tolerance.
http://www.religioustolerance.org/

South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow
http://www.saalt.org