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482Forward is a citywide education organizing network in Detroit. We are neighborhood organizations, parents, and youth committed to ensuring that all Detroit children have access to an excellent education, regardless of their race or socioeconomic status. Together, we are building power to make systemic change and win educational justice for our communities.


The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute works to advance lasting solutions that expand economic opportunity and well-being for all Georgians. GBPI produces research and state budget analysis to show Georgia ways to provide equitable education, health care and opportunity for everyone.


Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education engages, informs, and empowers parents to protect and strengthen public education for all children in Chicago and Illinois, eliminate inequities in public schools, and work at the grassroots for the public good that is public education.

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights was founded in 1969 as a group of civil rights lawyers and advocates working to secure racial equity and economic opportunity for all. Our vision is to root out and dismantle deeply entrenched systems of discrimination, racism, and economic oppression by using the power of the law to give voice to those most impacted by these civil rights issues.


Legal Aid Justice Center fights injustice in the lives of individual Virginians while rooting out exploitative policies and practices that keep people in poverty. LAJC uses impact litigation, community organizing, and policy advocacy to solve urgent problems in areas such as housing, education, civil rights, immigration, healthcare and consumer finance. LAJC’s primary service areas are Charlottesville, Northern Virginia, Richmond and Petersburg, but the effects of their work are felt statewide.

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis advances racial and economic justice in Virginia by advocating for public policies that are designed in partnership with people most impacted, and shaped by credible, accessible fiscal and policy research.

Puerto Rico

Liga de Ciudades de Puerto Rico is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to unite municipal governments in a non-partisan effort, to improve the quality of life of the Puerto Rican people. They work to strengthen the capacity of local governments and communities in the face of diverse social, structural, fiscal and governance challenges and develop and implement various initiatives tailored to the needs and realities of municipal governments and their communities. La Liga's current initiatives include increasing municipal leadership of schools and ensuring participative planning.

New Mexico

New Mexico Center on Law & Poverty advances economic and social justice through education, advocacy, and litigation. An effective leader on a broad range of issues impacting children and families, such as healthcare, public benefits, education, and workers’ rights, NMCLP offers representation before governmental agencies, through the legislative process, and in the courts, to protect the rights and improve the living conditions for low-income New Mexicans.

North Carolina

North Carolina Justice Center works to eliminate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household can access the resources, services and treatment necessary for economic security. NCJC has advanced education equity through school funding and desegregation litigation and legislative advocacy. Rick Glazier, executive director, is a former state representative and House Education Committee chair.

The Education Justice Alliance is a group of concerned individuals in Wake County working for a reduction in the number of public-school students pushed off the academic track through unfair suspensions, harsh discipline policies, and academic failure. EJA is a non-partisan grassroots group that participates in civic engagement efforts.


The Education Trust in Tennessee advocates for equitable education for historically underserved students across the state. We believe in centering the voices of Tennessee students and families as we work alongside them for the future they deserve.


Urban League of Philadelphia is an affiliate of the National Urban League, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movements dedicated to empowering underserved urban communities.


The Maryland Alliance for Racial Equity in Education (MAREE) is a coalition of education advocacy, civil rights, and community-based organizations that are committed to eliminating racial disparities in Maryland’s education system. MAREE's vision is to ensure K-12 educational experiences of Black and Brown children are healthy, fair, equitable, engaging, culturally affirming, and free from policies and practices rooted in systemic racism.