Social Justice Advocacy & Activism in NYC


Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)

For more than 20 years, the Council on American Islamic Relations has fought for the civil rights of American Muslims.  The New York chapter is one of the busiest and most dynamic of CAIR’s thirty nationwide affiliates, defending, representing, and educating over one million Muslims in the New York area. Sign up to volunteer with them here.

Faith in New York

Part of PICO, this organization serves to activate the voices of New Yorkers of faith by building, training, and supporting grassroots congregational-based teams of congregants across the city who identify, advocate, and organize New Yorkers around issues, policies, and elections that affect our communities, neighborhoods, and city.

New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth

New Alternatives provides case management, community organizing, life skills groups, community-building recreational activities, and, in the long-term, supports employment opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Learn more about how to help this cause here.

New York Cares

Find the volunteer opportunity that works best for you and suits your gifts and passions. Learn more here.

Picture the Homeless 

is a grassroots organization, founded and led by homeless people, and organizing for social justice around issues like housing, police violence, and the shelter-industrial complex. Their work is focused on Civil Rights, Housing, and Education & Training. Learn more about getting involved here

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

SURJ, through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. Connect with the New York Chapter here

Rise and Resist

formed in response to the 2016 U.S. election, is a direct action group made up of both new and experienced activists committed to opposing, disrupting, and defeating any government act that threatens democracy, equality, and our civil liberties. We work collaboratively, creatively, respectfully, and with all the joy we can muster for the health of the people and the planet.

We reject State sanctioned violence, bigotry, and systemic discrimination in all its forms, including those directed at people because of their disability, gender identity/expression, immigration status, race, religion, sex, and sexuality. We condemn all the oppressive policies that define the current government regime.

We strive to intentionally honor the complex challenges we face. Join us in fighting for justice.


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