Join a Philly Organization

Over the last five weeks, we have seen the incredible power of the people. We took over streets and highways, we filled email inboxes and voicemails, we came together during a moment of crisis and fought for real and tangible change. This is only the beginning. Now is the time to build our movement for the long haul. Join one of the incredible local organizations in the city and continue to be a part of this movement for liberation.

Policing and Criminal Justice Centered Organizations

Reclaim Philadelphia’s Mass Liberation Campaign

The Mass Liberation campaign’s vision is to build the leadership of formerly incarcerated people and those otherwise impacted by the criminal legal system in pursuit of ending mass incarceration. Members work to transform the criminal legal system to center healing and accountability while also investing in programs that break the cycle of poverty and provide pathways to healthy and safe communities.

Specifications: All are welcome

How to join: Sign-up to become a member.

Amistad Law Project’s Rapid Response Network

Amistad Law Project advocates for the recognition of the human rights of all people and believes in the intersection of movements against systemic oppression. They are prison abolitionists who view the prison industrial complex as directly related to the massive divestment from our communities and the things that make them safe and strong. Join their rapid response network to be notified about actions, events and other ways to fight for liberation.

Specifications: All are welcome

How to join: Sign-up for the Rapid Response Network & join their second #DefundThePolice meeting on Monday, July 13th @ 7pm.

Participatory Defense Hubs

Participatory Defense (PD) is a community organizing model for people facing charges, their families, and communities to impact the outcome of cases and transform the landscape of power in the court system. PD Hubs tell stories about accused people’s entire personhoods, and help mobilize our communities to end mass incarceration. There are spaces for these hubs located in Kensington, West Philly, and South Philly

Specifications: All are welcome

How to join: Visit their Facebook pages to find out more.

Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration 

The Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration (CADBI) is a grassroots campaign to end life without parole sentences, otherwise called death by incarceration, in Pennsylvania. They believe that sentencing people to death by incarceration is a violation of human rights and an affront to the humanity of us all. CABDI is an all-volunteer effort.

Specifications: All are welcome

How to join: Email cadbiphilly@gmail.com or cadbi-membership-committee@googlegroups.com.

Multi-Issue Organizations

215 People’s Alliance

215 People’s Alliance is a multi-racial collaborative dedicated to fighting for equity and justice in Philadelphia – at the ballot box and in the streets. They are parents and neighbors, teachers and students, union members and block captains, cab drivers and cashiers, working to unite a broad sector of Philadelphians to make meaningful change.

Specifications: All are welcome

How to join: Join their Northeast chapter by emailing info@215pa.com, or attend their next city-wide Reimagining Philadelphia meeting on July 18th.

Black Lives Matter Philly

Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based, member-led organization. Their mission is to build local power and to intervene when violence is inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. Black Lives Matter is committed to struggling together and to imagining and creating a world free of anti-Blackness, where every Black person has the social, economic, and political power to thrive.

Specifications: This organization is for and by Black people. 

How to join: Email blacklivesmatterphilly@gmail.com and put “membership interest” in the subject line.

Put People First! PA

Put People First! PA is a grassroots, statewide membership organization of poor, working-class and dispossessed people committed to fighting for human rights in the face of the plagues of inequality, racism, militarism and environmental devastation. Their long-term goal is to build a movement led by the most impacted people. One of their central tenets is we develop leadership across difference, meaning we include everyone—no distinction by race, gender, ability, age or any other source of division. They believe the working class divided cannot win. In the medium term, they fight for specific healthcare rights in PA. They support our sister organizations in struggles against racism, police violence and white supremacy.

Specifications: All are welcome

How to join: In Philly, please contact Iaan Reynolds, iaan.reynolds@gmail.com; in Montgomery County, please contact Jacob Butterly, jsjb.cwrite@gmail.com or Jen Cox, jenkwru@yahoo.com.

Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks

Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks, an independent progressive political organization, emerged from the city’s grassroots in 2004 and has grown to include activists throughout the City and into the suburbs. They work on two levels: issue advocacy and electoral politics. Neighborhood Networks works to advance progressive ideas and programs, and they identify and support political candidates who can turn those programs into legislation. 

Specifications: All are welcome

How to join: Fill out this form or email info@phillynn.org.

People’s Strike

People’s Strike is a growing coalition of workers, community, and political organizations confronting the COVID-19 pandemic by struggling against inept and corrupt government and the forces of capital (banks, corporations, brokers, etc). that put profit before the people and the planet.

Specifications: Priority to Black and Indigenous people and other People of Color

How to join: Visit their Facebook page.

Reclaim Philadelphia Neighborhood Groups

Reclaim Philadelphia leads multiple issue-based and electoral campaigns and task forces. The neighborhood groups are local communities of Reclaim Philadelphia members, supporters and interested neighbors where everyone can learn more about their work citywide, build relationships with each other and suggest ways to organize hyper-locally to bring people power to our neighborhoods.

Specifications: All are welcome

How to join: Register for a Neighborhood Group.

PSL Philly – Philly Liberation Center 

The Party for Socialism and Liberation is a national working-class party of leaders and activists from many different struggles, founded to promote the movement for revolutionary change. Its Philadelphia Chapter, Philly Liberation Center, is a community hub for solidarity and political education staffed by volunteers. 

Specifications: All are welcome

How to join: Apply to Join the Party for Socialism and Liberation

One Pennsylvania

One Pennsylvania is a grassroots racial and economic justice organization with Philadelphia area chapters in West/Southwest Philly, North Philly, and Upper Darby, as well as a citywide worker committee. They fight for everyone to have the #FreedomToStay in their homes, for workers’ rights, and for elected officials that look like our communities. Their members are renters, homeowners, and workers directly impacted by the issues we work on. 

Specifications: All are welcome

How to join: Sign up for their mailing list at onepa.org or contact cecily@onepa.org to get involved.

ACT-UP Philadelphia (Housing, Homelessness, Health)

ACT UP is a non-partisan group committed to ending the AIDS crisis through direct action. Since its inception, ACT UP has used a diversity of direct action tactics to address social inequities that threaten people living with HIV/AIDS and those at risk of infection, both in Philadelphia and around the world. They continue to strive to end the AIDS crisis within the context of ending health disparities that are a clear result of inequality and injustice.

Specifications: All are welcome

How to join: Join their new member meeting on July 13th.

Women’s Community Revitalization Project (Housing)

The Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) is committed to social and economic equity for low-income women and their families. They develop affordable housing; provide supportive services; advocate for policy change; and honor and promote leadership, dignity, and justice in local communities. 

Specifications: Priority to people who have experienced housing insecurity 

How to join: Contact WCRP and attend their next monthly meeting.

PA Debt Collective 

The Pennsylvania Debt Collective is a membership organization working to transform our individual financial struggles into a source of collective power. Debt Collective offers services to empower people to dispute debts. Over the long term, they are conducting direct actions and campaigns of non-cooperation with the finance industry. They work toward broad debt cancellation while fighting for policies to end mass indebtedness, including free public higher education, universal healthcare, worker-owned businesses, fair wages for everyone, decarceration and reparations for racial justice.

Specifications: All are welcome

How to join: Sign-up to be a member.

More Organizations to Learn About and Get Involved with:

15 Now

1Love Movement

215 People’s Alliance

350 Philly

ACLU-PA

Act Up Philly

AFL-CIO CLC of Philadelphia

Al-bustan

Americans for Democratic Action PA

Anna Crusis Women’s Choir

Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools

America Votes

Arch St. Methodist Church

Asian Americans United

Bread and Roses Community Fund

Caucus of Working Educators

Center on American-Islamic Relations – Phila.

Church of the Advocate

Coalition Against Death by Incarceration

Decarcerate PA

Earth Quaker Action Team

Fair Districts PA

Fight For 15 PA

Food and Water Watch Pennsylvania

GALAEI

Green Justice Philly

HIAS PA

Human Rights Coalition Philadelphia

If Not Now Philly

Incite Seminars

Indivisible: NW Philadelphia

Jewish Farm School

Jewish Voices for Peace Phila.

Jobs with Justice Phila.

Juntos

LeftRoots

Liberty Resources

Movement Alliance Project

Movement of Immigrant Leaders of PA

Nationalities Services Center

Neighborhood Networks

New Sanctuary Movement

New Voices for Reproductive Justice

NoDAPL Phila.

One Pennsylvania

Our City Our Schools

PA Student Power Network

PA Immigrant and Citizenship Coalition

PA Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Prof.

Parents United for Public Education

Planned Parenthood PA Advoc.

POWER

Phila. Area Cooperative Alliance

Phila. Coalition for Affordable Communities

Phila. Student Union

Philly Community Access Media

Philly Democratic Socialists

Philly for Change

Phila. Federation of Teachers

Phila. Folklore Project

Phila. Lawyers for Social Equity

PhilaPOSH

Philadelphia Printworks

Philadelphia Printworks

Phila. United for Progress

Philly Showing Up for Racial Justice

PhillyThrive

Project SAFE

Public Interest Law Center

Put People First PA

Real Justice Coalition

Reclaim Philadelphia

Scribe Video Center

SEIU 32BJ

SEIU Healthcare PA

Shout Out Philly

Sierra Club of Southeast PA

Socialist Alternative Philadelphia

Soil Generation

SpiralQ

Stadium Stompers

State Voices

Take Action Give 5

Teachers Action Group

The Equality Coalition

The People United USA

Training for change

UniteHERE

Up Against the Law

Veterans for Peace Philadelphia

VietLead

Women’s Community Revitalization Project

Women’s March on Philadelphia

Women’s Medical Fund

Women’s Law Project

Working Families Pennsylvania

Youth Art Self-Empowerment Project

Youth HEALers Stand Up!

Youth United for Change

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