Non-Governmental Organizations

Non-Governmental Organizations—Labor Issues

  •  The Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington, named after Harry Bridges, contains current research, a broad-ranging set of links, and loads of data and analysis of ongoing and past issues and events.
  • Center for Working Class Studies, at Youngstown State University, a rich set of nodes and connections for workers, thinkers, and writers, gives folks another portal into a labor and union past often ignored in standard historical or cultural expression.epi
  • Economic Policy Institute generally proffers solid ‘left-liberal’ analysis without generally giving in to ‘neoliberal’ agendas, worth its weight for its annual The State of Working America alone.
  • A “working class think tank” that covers a very broad gamut, Hampton Institution offers analysis and data that runs the gamut of contemporary issues of social justice, economic democracy, and so forth.
  •  Analysis and data here support the possibility of achieving economic democracy.
  •  The Murphy Institute offers advanced degrees, lifelong education, and a rich set of resources to those interested in unions, organizing, and justice.
  •  Strategic Corporate Research is one project of the University of Massachussetts Labor Center.
  • Cornell’s Worker Institute seeks to “advanc(e) workers rights and collective representation.”
  • Workers Interfaith Network, a Memphis-based organization, promotes worker education, union rights, and economic and social democracy with action, analysis, and various sorts of supports—a wonderful potential model.

Non-Governmental Organizations—Sociopolitical Issues

  • American Friends Service Committee has long stood for human rights, social justice, and economic democracy.
  •  Brookings Institution scholars develop analysis and convey data about key aspects of class conflict and working class life in the United States.pop reporting
  • The Center for Popular Democracy offers a model of a new conglomeration of research, action, and development in relation to community engagement and action-for-change.
  • The Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives strives to provide a rich documentation and enumeration of the issues that it fields, less interested in action that is outside of well-defined boundaries of ‘liberal’ intervention, but fully committed to giving insight and information for those who have an activist orientation.
  • The Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute not only originates an annual “Labor Film Fest” and a “Campaign for Worker Rights” but it also welcomes outreach.
  • The Economic Analysis Picture 16Research Network, a project of the Economic Policy Institute, covers all but seven states with its intitiatives, offering visitors loads of freely available research and analysis that takes the side of the working class for the most part.
  • This portal provides videos about a central theme, “Economic Injustice and Income Disparity,” on the one hand, and primarily international links, on the other.
  • Engage combines “Education + Global + Action” in the form of ongoing reports on various issues.
  •  Adopting the notion that a ‘two-party system’ cuts democacy out of the deal, Green Party proffers data, analysis, organizing models, and plenty of networking opportunities to open-minded and intrepid unionists.
  • The Industrial Areas Foundations, which resulted from a collaboration among Saul Alinsky and others, has been a source of community organizing, networking, alliance building, and strategic campaign planning for more than half a century.
  •  The Institute for America’s Future seeks to define a space where progressives can network about developing a ‘core-curriculum’ for economic and social transformation.
  • Institute for Policy Studies White Papers, data sets, and programs have long given incisive and provocative assessments of key contemporary social issues.
  • Michael Moore manages to combine his status as the ultimate gadfly with his hope for being the ultimate honest broker, all the while pointing out investigative and research angles otherwise unexplored.
  • National Lawyers Guild provides a haven Picture 17for radical lawyers and resources and networking opportunities for a union of writers.
  •  Nuclear Information & Resource Service provides a portal to the entire range of expert anti-nuclear opinion, as well as networking potential with every campaign to stop nukes that is currently active on the planet.
  • Open Society Foundation initiatives purvey both data and insight, the possibility of coalition and access to funding.
  •  This first entryway into the Right-to-Know Network’s sites, Open the Government, looks generally at effective open governance and grassroots knowledge about politics-as-they-actually-operate.
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility examines three areas in depth—nuclear weapons, environment & health, and safe energy, with coalitions and other occasional forays further afield in the social sphere.
  •  Political Economy Research Institute gives writers, organizers, and thinkers technically sophisticated but understandable investigation of how the economy and the political system actually interact.
  •  The Program on Corporations, Law, And Democracy provides incisive analysis and comprehensive investigation of the political economy of the past few centuries of corporate dominance and the present oligopolistic consolidation of financial hegemony.
  • Prosperity Economics makes this portal invaluable, and that is just the start of its potential worth.
  • This is the second of the Right-to-Know Network’s two portals, this one focused on environmental and toxic risks primarily.
  • The Southeast Community Research Center has led the struggle in the South to develop community based efforts to expand knowledge and action and to practice community-based-participatory research.
  • This deeply philosophical and committed organization, We the People, lionizes Ivan Illych, one of the giants of social justice and grassroots empowerment, while offering plenty of practical material for writers and unionists to employ.
  •  Wellstone stems from the work and commitment of Senator Paul Wellstone, who ‘unluckily’ died in an airplane crash over a decade ago, leaving this legacy of empowerment and engagement to continue his essentially socially democratic orientation.


Non-Governmental Organizations—Media Issues

  • A project of the Center for Media and Democracy, which also manages the websiteprwatch_logo
  • and offers all manner of tools and data for those interested in media and majority rule.
  •  Electronic Frontier Foundation promises to “defend (our) rights in the digital age,” at the same time that they represent Silicon Valley and corporate interests; nonetheless full of useful ideas and possibilities.
  • Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting fights for grassroots media empowerment, exposure of monopoly media’s distortions and biases, and generally works to empower journalists and other ‘mediators’ to have places to stand and deliver.
  •  Free Press promulgates net neutrality and traditional ‘anti-monopoly’ approaches to defend First Amendment and other liberal notions of freedom-of-information, offering useful analysis, data, and networking potential in the mix.
  • Here lies a portal to the International Screenwriters Association, in this case the contests page.
  • The Media Consortium consists of seventy-plus organizations and publications dedicated to independent journalism, a stance for a Fourth Estate that might make a difference and definitely suggests networking and intersection potential with progressive writers.
  •  PEN advocates for writers and writing worldwide.
  •  Pro Publica narrows its focus in pursuing “journalism in the public interest,” in each of its sallies into the investigative arena, to some manageable examination of an aspect of governance, a trend in socioeconomic relations, an event from the recent past, making certain that it describes the outlines of what is knowable and capable of documentation.

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