Civil Rights Resources

Clean Election Resources

  • California Clean Money Campaign

    The California Clean Money Campaign’s vision is achieving an open and accountable government that is responsive to the needs of all Californians. We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to pursue that vision by building statewide support for public funding of election campaigns.

  • Democracy Matters

    Democracy Matters, a non-partisan campus-based project of Common Cause, works to get big private money out of politics and people back in. Offering paid internships to undergraduates and affiliate internships to high school students, Democracy Matters mentors the next generation of leaders dedicated to strengthening our democracy. Students organize actions and projects connecting pro-democracy reforms to issues of environment, civil rights, education, health care, foreign policy, and more.

  • Fair Districts Florida is a nonpartisan state committee working to reform the way our state draws legislative and congressional district lines by establishing constitutionally mandated fairness standards.

  • Fair Elections
  • Follow the Money – The National Center for Money in State Politics

    The National Center for Money in State Politics

  • Maine Citizens for Clean Elections
  • Open Secrets – The Center for Responsive Politics

    Celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2008, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation’s premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the organization aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more responsive government. In short, CRP’s mission is to: * Inform citizens about how money in politics affects their lives * Empower voters and activists by providing unbiased information * Advocate for a transparent and responsive government

  • You Street

    You Street is an initiative of Americans for Campaign Reform, a non-profit, non-partisan group that is single-mindedly dedicated to public funding.

Economic Democracy Resources

  • Center for Economic and Social Justice

    CESJ is a non-profit educational center, think tank and social action catalyst. We are dedicated to a free enterprise approach to economic and social justice for all, through equal opportunities to capital ownership for every person.

  • Center for Popular Economics

    The Center for Popular Economics is a non-profit collective of political economists based in Amherst, MA. Since our founding in 1978, thousands of people have participated in our workshops and institutes. Our programs and publications simplify the economy and put useful economic tools in the hands of people fighting for social and economic justice. We examine root causes of economic inequality and injustice including systems of oppression based on race, class, gender, nation and ethnicity.

  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

    The Center conducts research and analysis to help shape public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that policymakers consider the needs of low-income families and individuals in these debates. We also develop policy options to alleviate poverty.

  • Dollars and Sense

    Dollars & Sense is a non-profit publisher that produces the bi-monthly magazine Dollars & Sense and the Real World college textbook series and other readers. About Dollars & Sense Magazine Dollars & Sense publishes economic news and analysis, reports on economic justice activism, primers on economic topics, and critiques of the mainstream media’s coverage of the economy. Our readers include professors, students, and activists who value our smart and accessible economic coverage.

  • Economic Policy Institute

    The Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit Washington D.C. think tank, was created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers. Today, with global competition expanding, wage inequality rising, and the methods and nature of work changing in fundamental ways, it is as crucial as ever that people who work for a living have a voice in the economic discourse.

  • Joseph Stiglitz

    Personal web site.

  • National Center for Law and Economic Justice

    The National Center for Law and Economic Justice, a nonprofit organization, advances the cause of economic justice for low-income families, individuals, and communities. NCLEJ staff work in partnership with public interest advocates, private law firms, legal services lawyers, and grassroots groups across the country.

  • National Priorities Project

    National Priorities Project analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent.

Education Resources

LGBTQ Resources

  • Equality Florida

    Securing equality and justice for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

  • Human Rights Campaign

    The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

  • Join the Impact

    Join the Impact is a grassroots and netroots organization geared at gaining full equality for the LGBTQI community through outreach, education, and demonstration.

  • PFLAG Melbourne/Space Coast

    Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends.

  • Project Response

    Project Response is an HIV/AIDS service organization dedicated to providing quality case management services, prevention education, and HIV testing to communities on the Space and Treasure coasts.

  • Straight for Equality

    Straight for Equality is a national outreach and education project created by PFLAG National to empower allies in supporting and advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people by: * Inviting allies to speak up * Educating allies * Engaging allies in the pursuit of equality

Environmental Resources

  • Brevard BioDiesel

    Promoting the availability and use of clean-burning, renewable biodiesel fuel as a replacement for petroleum by raising public awareness of its environmental, economic, and national security benefits.

  • FL Native Plant Society

    Promoting and educating people in the use of native plants to enhance the environment and for ease of upkeep. Speakers at monthly meetings come to educate and amuse. We take field trips to get introduced to new areas. A small nursery is maintained to propagate and grow native plants. We hold periodic public sales for these plants. Join us to learn and to socialize with others interested in Florida Native Plants. This chapter covers north and central Brevard County from Scottsmoor to Viera and east to Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach.

  • Friends of the Enchanted Forest
  • Greenpeace

    The premier environmental activist organization.

  • Marine Resources Council

    For over 20 years, the Marine Resources Council (MRC) has focused on major issues involving the Indian River Lagoon including: flow from land drainage and its negative impact on estuarine productivity; loss of seagrasses and mangroves; coordinating local, state, or federal programs for the lagoon; and the need for public education to incorporate science into decision-making. Today, plans for use of the Indian River Lagoon resources are incorporated into the 6 counties’ and 33 cities’ comprehensive plans, in addition to state management policy. The state legislature now regularly addresses lagoon issues and has dedicated funding to the Lagoon. Also, through the direct efforts of the MRC, the Indian River Lagoon received national recognition in 1990 as a National Estuary of Significance by the EPA.

  • Pelican Island Audubon

    To preserve and protect the animals, plants and natural communities in Indian River County through advocacy, education and public awareness” is the stated mission of the Pelican Island Audubon Society.

  • Sea Turtle Preservation Society

    The Sea Turtle Preservation Society (STPS) is a not-for-profit organization. STPS relies on the donations from the public, its membership, and the efforts of its dedicated volunteers. Our active volunteers are permitted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Bureau of Imperiled Species, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to work with endangered and threatened sea turtles. STPS is not, however, and enforcement agency. The purpose of our organization is to educate the public about marine turtles. STPS reaches thousands of people each year through public presentations, exhibits at area events, and by our turtle watches during the sea turtle nesting season.

  • Sierra Club – Turtle Coast

    Founded in 1986, The Sierra Club Turtle Coast Group encompasses 80 miles of Florida’s Atlantic Coast from Titusville to Vero Beach. More than 1,500 Sierra Club members live within the Brevard and Indian River County boundaries of the Turtle Coast Group.

  • Space Coast Audubon Society

    The Space Coast Audubon Society was formed in the mid-1950s. Over the years this local chapter of both the Florida and National Audubon Societies has grown to include over 1,100 families and individuals. It is now Brevard County’s largest all-volunteer environmental organization.

  • Surfrider Foundation

    The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots, non-profit, environmental organization that works to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches.

Healthcare Resources

  • Healthy Planet of Brevard
  • Medicare for All
  • Medicare Rights Center

    The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.

  • People United for Medical Marijuana
  • Physicians for a National Health Program

    Physicians for a National Health Program is a single issue organization advocating a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program. PNHP has more than 17,000 members and chapters across the United States. Since 1987, we’ve advocated for reform in the U.S. health care system. We educate physicians and other health professionals about the benefits of a single-payer system–including fewer administrative costs and affording health insurance for the 46 million Americans who have none.

  • Single Payer Action

    Who We Are * Single Payer Action is a national non-profit. * Founded by activists. * For the American people. * Seeking to implement a single payer health insurance system in the United States. * Medicare for all. * In our lifetimes.

  • Slate Mag – Online health care guide

Media Resources

  • Freepress

    Free Press is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, quality journalism, and universal access to communications

  • Independent Media Center

    The Independent Media Center is a network of collectively run media outlets for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of the truth. We work out of a love and inspiration for people who continue to work for a better world, despite corporate media’s distortions and unwillingness to cover the efforts to free humanity.

  • WFIT on Facebook

    Florida Tech campus radio station and NPR affiliate.

Occupy Resources

  • Occupy Melbourne Florida
  • Occupy Space Coast Facebook Page
  • Occupy Wall Street

    Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants. This #ows movement empowers real people to create real change from the bottom up. We want to see a general assembly in every backyard, on every street corner because we don’t need Wall Street and we don’t need politicians to build a better society.

  • Occupy Wall Street (from Wikipedia)
  • Too Big to Fail

    AlterNet article

Peace Resources

  • Central Florida Veterans for Peace

    Veterans For Peace, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational and humanitarian organization dedicated to the abolishment of war. Statement of Purpose We, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will work, with others * To increase public awareness of the costs of war * To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations * To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons * To seek justice for veterans and victims of war * To abolish war as an instrument of national policy. To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.

  • Deparatment of Peace Campaign

    Nonpartisan citizen action advocating for legislation that supports a culture of peace. We work to foster positive, proactive change toward the creation of a more nonviolent and peaceful world.

  • Eyes Wide Open

    The American Friends Service Committee’s widely acclaimed war casualties exhibition illustrating the human cost of the Iraq war.

  • Food Not Bombs Melbourne

    Food Not Bombs is an open activists collective, sharing potluck vegetarian food with our community. We protest war and poverty throughout the world. Food Not Bombs is organizing for an end to the occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine.

  • Global Zero

    In December 2008 in Paris—in response to the growing threats of proliferation and nuclear terrorism—100 leaders from around the world launched Global Zero. They announced a plan for the phased, verified elimination of nuclear weapons, starting with deep reductions in the U.S. and Russian arsenals, to be followed by multilateral negotiations among all nuclear powers for an agreement to eliminate all nuclear weapons—global zero. The growing group includes former heads of state, former foreign ministers, former defense ministers, former national security advisors, and more than 20 former top military commanders.

  • Peace Now Citrus County
  • St. Pete for Peace

    St Pete for Peace, a non-partisan anti-war group founded in January 2003, brings awareness to the atrocities our government is committing in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine, and Iraq. We support the people of Latin America as they fight for equality and basic human rights. We say “No” to foreclosures and the government sponsored bailouts of Wall Street and the U.S. banking system. We are against police brutality and support efforts to house and feed the homeless.

  • Veterans for Peace – Gainesville

Women's Resources

  • Brevard NOW
  • Women’s Center

    The Women’s Center strives to address the needs of women by giving them a step up towards safe, healthy, self-sufficient lives. The Center is proud to be able to help annually over 10,000 women and their children who seek out our assistance. Helping women to help themselves means making it possible for Women’s Center clients to not only support themselves, but to become active and proud participants in the community. By supporting the Women’s Center through your time, talent, and treasure, you give the gift of hope and you change lives for the better…forever.

Brevard Politics Resources

Florida Politic Resources

  • Florida Capital News

    News aggregator

  • Florida Politics

    Blog on Florida politics

  • Naked Politics – Miami Herald

    “The raw truth about power and ambition in Florida”

  • Progress Florida – Daily Clips

    Founded in 2008, Progress Florida is a nonprofit organization promoting progressive values through online organizing, media outreach, and networking with Florida’s leading progressive organizations. Our issues include social justice, health care reform, environmental protection, economic fairness, strengthening public education and more. We advocate for sensible policy solutions and hold elected officials’ feet to the fire by empowering citizens in their communities.

National Politics Resources