Groups We Support
SURJ encourages those with the ability to donate and participate in direct action to amplify the ongoing work led by people of color. Here are a few to which we direct supporters. This list is meant as a starting place, not an exclusive set of recommendations.
Atlanta Jobs with Justice (Atlanta JwJ) is a coalition of labor unions, community groups, faith based organizations, student organizations, and individuals that leads and supports campaigns for economic and social justice in our workplaces and in our communities.
Atlanta Jobs with Justice is dedicated to fighting for the right to organize, defending public services, protecting workers’ rights, enacting progressive legislation, struggling for dignity and respect inside and outside the workplace, acting in solidarity across struggles, and developing transformative approaches to organizing.
AiR is a cooperatively owned social enterprise of grassroots organizations, student activists, community organizers, millennial leaders and good ol' folk. Together we work in principle to strengthen and amplify indigenous Black and marginalized voices in Atlan'a. We are a symbol of the global resistance to white supremacist capitalism through equitable policy development, community empowerment and growing our fam'. We are committed to using our vast platform to elevate local organizing efforts advancing racial and economic justice initiatives in our city, by any means necessary.
Fast Food workers in Atlanta are joining workers across America to fight for $15/hour, a union, and respect on the job. We believe that all workers deserve a living wage and the right to form a union without retaliation.
In 2015, longtime community organizer Dre Propst approached Mary Hooks, Co-Director of Southerners On New Ground (Song), about forming an Atlanta chapter of #BlackLivesMatter (BLM). Working with BLM national, the two organized the inaugural meeting of the Atlanta chapter on December 17 at the historic Big Bethel A.M.E. church on Auburn Avenue.
Since forming we have fought for justice for the families of Atlantans murdered by police, including #AlexiaChristian, #AnthonyHill & #NicholasThomas. We started a #BlackDollarsMatter initiative & Friday Flash Mobs to support Black-owned businesses; and lead a boycott of Stone Mountain State Park, which still grants permits for rallies to white supremacist groups.
We are unapologetically Black in our positioning, and committed to collectively, lovingly and courageously working for freedom and justice for all Black people (and by extension all people) regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender expression, economic or educational status, ability or disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration or incarceration status or location.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America's largest Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. The demand for our services has grown tremendously. From restrictions placed on Muslims to practice their religion, to profiling and discrimination stemming from a lack of understanding of Islam, the need for CAIR in Georgia is great. The proof is reflected in the dramatic increase in civil rights cases by 250% from 2007 to 2013. CAIR-Georgia strives to ensure that Muslims in Georgia enjoy the same protections that all Americans have.
Freedom U provides free college-level classes, scholarship assistance, and movement leadership skills to undocumented youth banned from higher education in Georgia
The Georgia J20 Coalition is a solidarity-building partnership of local community grassroots organizations and networks, faith-based organizations, and labor unions. The Georgia J20 is led by impacted communities, who know that the growing climate of hatred, bigotry, anti-black racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia has poisoned our political process and damaged our society’s moral compass. As our nation continues to move toward a more right-wing, corporatist, and exclusive form of leadership, we seek to lift up the concerns of our communities and our neighbors. We affirm the resilience and self-determination of our people who are the most directly impacted by forces of oppression. We will continue to center our voices and amplify our initiatives. We will organize, strategize, and build unity in our defense and will continue to follow the guidance and leadership of our communities. We seek to create a sanctuary space to support and defend our communities’ human rights from a system rooted in income inequality, white supremacy, racism, and misogyny. We realize that in unity and solidarity there is strength.
La coalición de Georgia J20 es una asociación solidaria de organizaciones comunitarias de base locales y redes, organizaciones de fe, y sindicatos. La Georgia J20 es llevado por comunidades impactadas, que saben que el creciente clima de odio, fanatismo, racismo anti-negro, islamofobia y xenofobia ha envenenado nuestro proceso político y daña la brújula moral de nuestra sociedad. Mientras nuestra nación sigue avanzando hacia un gobierno derechista, corporativo que excluye el liderazgo, estamos buscando resaltar las preocupaciones de nuestras comunidades y de nuestros vecinos. Afirmamos la resiliencia y la autodeterminación de nuestra gente que son las más directamente afectadas por las fuerzas de la opresión. Seguiremos centrando y amplificando nuestras voces e iniciativas. Organizaremos, elaboraremos estrategias y construiremos unidad en nuestra defensa y seguiremos siguiendo la guía y el liderazgo de nuestras comunidades. Buscamos crear un espacio santuario para apoyar y defender los derechos humanos de nuestras comunidades de un sistema que está enraizada en la desigualdad de ingresos, la supremacía blanca, el racismo y la misoginia. Sabemos que en unidad y solidaridad está la fuerza.
We are a group of American Muslims striving to rally the American Muslim community to show up big time in the upcoming election. We believe in the value and power of America’s communities finding and using their voices. Our focus is to empower American Muslims to amplify their voices through their votes. We envision an active, engaged American Muslim voting bloc, capable of upholding the equitable rights of American Muslims.
Georgia #Not1More coalition is a coalition made up of: Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), Southerners On New Ground (SONG), Project South, Atlanta Jobs with Justice, US Human Rights Network, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Georgia WAND, Racial Action Justice Center, coalicion de lideres latinos-CLILA, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Southeastern Immigrant Rights Network (SEIRN), Women Watch Afrika, Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America, Georgia Detention Watch, GA Moral Mondays, and American Friends Service Committee – Atlanta.
The TransLatin@ Coalition is an organization form by Trans Latin@ leaders who have come together in 2009 to organize and advocate for the needs of Trans Latin@s who are immigrants and reside in the US. Since its inception The TransLatin@ Coalition has done advocacy work across the US to ensure the voices of Trans Latin@s are heard. The TransLatin@ Coalition’s sole purpose is to address the unique and specific challenges and needs of Trans Latin@s who live in the United States. Working with policy makers and supporting organizations we find solutions to our unique needs and create structural changes to better our quality of life.
Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance (GUYA) is an Undocumented Youth-led organization that seeks dignity and justice for the Immigrant Community in the state of GA. We at GUYA believe no human being is illegal. We are certain every human being has the right to education and the pursuit to lead a better life, without being targeted due to sexual orientation, religion, skin color, nationality, race or immigration status. These are matters of unalienable, universal human rights and NOT of privilege. GUYA’s mission is to fight to make this a reality by organizing the community; unifying youth and their families, the students and the heads-of-households, the undocumented, the allies, anyone and everyone who wants to join the movement, to come together and fight back. We commit ourselves to fight back against the hateful, racist, misguided legislation and rhetoric being crafted in state legislatures, especially in Georgia. So ask yourself, when ignorance turns into law, which side will you fall on?
GLAHR, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is a non-profit grassroots organization created to help educate and organize Latinos in their own communities with the purpose of increasing community participation in the struggle for human and civil rights focusing on low income communities without regard to their immigrant status. GLAHR persists on building and fostering collaboration between the leaders and community organizations to advance social justice and the well-being of the Latino community. At the same time, promoting a healthy integration into their new communities. GLAHR seeks to disseminate information and educate the general public about the diverse benefits that the immigrant community brings to this country and in that manner counteract misinformation.
Somos la organización que trabaja contigo en las acciones a favor de la comunidad. Nos ves encabezando marchas. Nos oyes en la radio. Nos ves orientando a nuestra gente, defendiendo sus derechos. GLAHR visita a las comunidades de inmigrantes alrededor del estado de Georgia en pro de la defensa de los derechos humanos y trabaja en alianzas políticas a nivel nacional. GLAHR ofrece orientación sobre políticas de inmigración y documenta los casos de detención en Georgia. Para llevar a cabo nuestra labor, necesitamos de tu participación, INECESITAMOS DE TU AYUDA! Comunícate con nosotros para documentar los casos de detención que están sucediendo en nuestra comunidad a causa del acuerdo 287g y Programa de Comunidades Seguras así poder orientarte sobre cuál es el proceso a seguir y proporcionarte toda la información que puedas necesitar.
We are a grassroots, member-led organization that seeks to build power in Metro Atlanta neighborhoods highly impacted by the housing crisis. By mobilizing communities around foreclosure, eviction, tenant rights, and public land rights — with an emphasis on leadership development and fostering a culture of resistance through non-violent direct action — we strive to transform our city’s approach to housing. We believe that housing is a human right regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, economic background, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, or immigration status.
Jewish Voice for Peace works to achieve a lasting peace that recognizes the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians for security and self-determination. Join us to promote a U.S. foreign policy based on peace, democracy, and human rights! Through grassroots organizing, education, advocacy, and media, Jewish Voice for Peace works to achieve a lasting peace that recognizes the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians for security and self-determination. Join us in our efforts to promote a U.S. foreign policy based on peace, democracy, human rights, and respect for international law.
LaGender works to serve the unique needs of the Transgender community in Metro Atlanta for HIV prevention, intervention, education, and other related needs. We envision a sisterhood and a world free from HIV/AIDS, homelessness, mass incarceration, police profiling, mental health duress, and racial and gender discrimination. Through a holistic loving approach, we transform the lives of Trans women of color in a dynamic family setting.
Project South is a Southern-based leadership development organization that creates spaces for movement building. We work with communities pushed forward by the struggle– to strengthen leadership and to provide popular political and economic education for personal and social transformation. We build relationships with organizations and networks across the US and global South to inform our local work and to engage in bottom-up movement building for social and economic justice.
Southern Fried Queer Pride (SFQP) is an Atlanta-based queer and trans, arts and advocacy organization and festival celebrating the vibrant communities of the Southern United States. Cooked in the oils of our forequeers of the Compton Cafeteria Riots, the Stonewall Riots, ACT UP, and the many radical uprisings of years past, SFQP holds close to the political identity of being queer. SFQP is arts and politically based and serves to provide an annual intersectional and radically inclusive festival, along with monthly programming.
The mission of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective is to strengthen and amplify the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color so that we may secure our human rights, and thus achieve reproductive justice. We fight equally for the right to bear – or not to bear – a child, along with the subsequent and necessary enabling conditions to realize these rights. The Collective has 80+ women of color member organizations and individuals, and hundreds of white women and male allies who support our goal of improving the lives of women of color.
The Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative is a Black, Trans-led, broad based collaborative working for a new Atlanta where every person has the opportunity to grow and thrive without facing unfair barriers, especially from the criminal justice system.
Southerners On New Ground (SONG)
Southerners On New Ground (SONG) is a regional Queer Liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town, LGBTQ people in the South. We believe that we are bound together by a shared desire for ourselves, each other, and our communities to survive and thrive. We believe that Community Organizing is the best way for us to build collective power and transform the South. Out of this belief we are committed to building freedom movements rooted in southern traditions like community organizing, political education, storytelling, music, breaking bread, resistance, humor, performance, critical thinking, and celebration.
SPARK Reproductive Justice Now
SPARK is a reproductive justice (RJ) organization based in Atlanta, GA, advocating for policies that protect and expand access to the full range of family planning options, abortion, and sexual health education for women and youth of color in the state of Georgia. Importantly, SPARK ensures the voices of women of color, young parents, and LGBTQQ youth of color living in the south are included in the reproductive rights and justice movements.
Several Atlanta area young Black men and “street tribe” members, led by Brother Haroon Walik, grew tired of life on the streets and in the jails and decided to transform their lives and to reach out to others in similar situations to help them do the same. They were also tired of seeing young Black men killing each other, and racist police harassing, incarcerating and killing their brothers and sisters. So they decided to organize themselves into street patrol units, unite the “street tribes”, and begin taking back the streets from thugs of all types (including those in Blue) and cleaning up their communities—and the Street Groomers was born!
The Street Groomers are now in demand in many Atlanta area neighborhoods, and in communities in other cities and states, as positive results are immediately noticed in communities they patrol. In addition to expanding the communities they patrol, their next step is to launch enterprises, programs and projects that benefit and positively transform the youth and communities they patrol.
Founded in 2015, the Unite or Die Campaign, under the auspices of 501(c)(3) Free World Foundation, Inc. is a group of talented young people who work diligently to make our communities safe, clean, successful, and a decent place to live. Every week, Unite or Die meets with different individuals and organizations in The Bluff to organize and strategize tangible, sustainable solutions to the issues that plague the community, such as poverty, unemployment, lack of access to good food and health care, substance abuse, crime and violence. In light of the recent events of violence and injustices happening across the country, Unite or Die has participated in a number of gatherings to show solidarity with other groups outraged by the unjust killings of black, brown, red and poor people by police.