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/

Atheist/Humanist

Council for Secular Humanism
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, icons, 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 Media Toolkit” and online newsletters.
www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/

Hindu America Seva 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 League
Fights for civil rights and opposes anti-Semitism 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 Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.”
www.cair.com/

Minaret 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 American

American Indian 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/

Pagan

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

Lady Liberty League
Supports religious freedom for Wiccans and Pagans through information and networking; sponsored by Circle 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/

Sikh

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 Sikhs
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/

Unitarian 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 Association (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 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