Activist groups focus on a particular demographic, issue, and/or combination of issues. They organize to effect policy change, by contacting, lobbying or pressuring representatives. Activist groups also are quite involved in organizing, educating and sensitizing the community to engage them in taking action. All of these organizations need volunteers.
Where possible, links to local or state chapters of these groups are provided. Some of these organizations do not have local chapters but may still be of interest to you for volunteer opportunities and information.
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All on the Line Texas
All on the Line Texas is currently organizing a statewide network of volunteers to challenge the efforts of the Texas legislature to gerrymander the state so Republicans maintain control of elections. AOTL is organizing local teams to address these issues to their representatives with details particular to their communities. Gerrymandering contributes to the hyper-partisanship in our politics and allows politicians to pander to lobbyists and special interests but ignore the people they represent. FACEBOOK
American Civil Liberties Union
American Civil Liberties Union of Texas The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is the leading civil rights organization in the Lone Star State. Since our formation in 1938, we have worked in the courts, the legislature, and through public education to protect civil rights and individual liberty. We fight for smart justice reforms that treat everyone fairly. We fight for immigrants that have been unconstitutionally detained and discriminated against. We fight for racial equality, LGBTQ equality, and reproductive freedom. ACLU People Power San Antonio FACEBOOK
Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
CTD is a 501(c)3 working to ensure that persons with disabilities may work, live, learn, play and participate fully in the community of their choice. We focus on the areas of governmental advocacy, public awareness activities, and professional disability consulting to fulfill our mission. CTD is the largest and oldest member driven cross-disability organization in the state. For more information, read this statement.
Common Cause Texas has an innovative, pragmatic, and comprehensive pro-democracy agenda. We’re here to build a better democracy in our Lone Star State. Using a powerful combination of grassroots organizing, coalition building, policy development, public education, lobbying, and advocacy, we work towards solutions that will reduce the influence of money in politics, end partisan gerrymandering and ensure that our elections are free, fair, and accessible.
Disability Rights Texas
Disability Rights Texas lists these priorities: Living in the Community, Civil Rights (to include voter assistance), Safety, Protection, and Support in Texas Institutions, Health Care, Public School. Housing, Employment, Access, Transportation, Disaster Planning and Recovery. Protection and Support in Foster Care
Domesticas Unidas is a San Antonio-based self-help and advocacy group for domestic workers. The group also supports movements related to domestic violence and human trafficking. Their motto is “"Caring, Cooking, Cleaning, Organizing and Fighting." FACEBOOK
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center over the last 30 years has become a unique institution, having galvanized a multiracial, multicultural and bilingual cultural arts/social change community headed by Latinas, the majority of whom are lesbians.
Faith in Texas
Faith in Texas is a nonpartisan, multi-racial, multi-faith grassroots movement of people united in values working together to achieve economic, racial, and social justice for all people.
Fix SAPD organized in 2020 to get Proposition B on the municipal election ballot to take San Antonio out of a collective bargaining contract established by the Texas Legislature so that San Antonio officials could negotiate a new contract with the San Antonio Police Officers Association that would give the city more control over police firing. Currently, the contract allows an arbitrator to override the police chief in decisions to fire police officers who have misbehaved. Proposition B failed in a close election but turned out a record number of voters who supported it. FixSAPD intends to continue its work now. FACEBOOK @fixsapdtx
League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area
The League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area is a nonpartisan, all-volunteer, grassroots organization encouraging informed and active participation in government, working to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influencing public policy through education and advocacy.
Moms Demand Action
Moms Demand Action is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. We pass stronger gun laws and work to close the loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families. We also work in our own communities and with business leaders to encourage a culture of responsible gun ownership.
MOVE Texas is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, grassroots organization working to build power in underrepresented youth communities through civic engagement, leadership development, and issue advocacy. In 2013, MOVE was founded by a small group of dedicated students at The University of Texas at San Antonio to increase participation in local elections and since then has gone statewide to become one of the most effective voter registration and engagement groups in the state.
MoveOn members come from all 50 states and all walks of life. Their rapid response organizing and campaigning, communications interventions, digital innovation, rigorous data science and testing, and culture of grassroots participation have repeatedly combined to produce real-world impact.
The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Service (RAICES) promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. With legal services, social programs, bond assistance, and an advocacy team focused on changing the narrative around immigration in this country, RAICES is operating on the national frontlines of the fight for immigration rights.
SATX Indivisible is a group of constituents holding our representatives accountable at local, state and federal levels. “We actively resist the Trump agenda, advocate for progressive values and encourage increased civic engagement. Indivisible focuses on local, defensive congressional advocacy. FACEBOOK
Sisters United Alliance
Sisters United Alliance (SUA) is a unique data-driven women’s voter turnout campaign in Texas, led by women campaign professionals since 2016. SUA identifies women who are registered to vote but have either never voted or have voted once – a universe of voters not usually contacted by the Democratic Party or by candidate campaigns.In 2020, SUA targeted the state of Iowa and expanded to 26 Counties in Texas, reaching out to over 416,000 women voters with a comprehensive campaign, and reaching out to an additional 71,000 SUA women with a digital campaign only. SUA's comprehensive campaign turned out 121,770 or 29% forgotten women. FACEBOOK
Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio
Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio is the progressive political voice of the LGBTQIA community. Founded in 2000, the mission of SDSA is to participate in political activities that create a strong and effective voice for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) communities in local and state policy decisions.
Texas Civil Rights Protect
Texas Civil Rights Project is a group of Texas lawyers and advocates for Texas communities, serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. TCRP believes that legal advocacy and litigation are critical tools to protect and advance the civil rights of everyone in Texas, particularly our State’s most vulnerable populations, and to effect positive and lasting change to law and policy.
Texas Organizing Project
The Texas Organizing Project (TOP) operates the following issue-based campaigns in Harris, Dallas, and Bexar counties year-round: Right2Justice, Immigration Justice, Healthcare Justice, Right2Vote, Education Justice, Housing Justice, Climate Justice. FACEBOOK
Texas Young Democrats Disability Caucus
Texas Young Democrats Disability Caucus believes in the rights of people who have a disability of any kind. We are here to fight for you! FACEBOOK
Texas Young Democrats LATINX Caucus
Texas Young Democrats LATINX Caucus is committed to building the next generation of Latinx leadership in the great state of Texas. FACEBOOK