Alliance for Justice

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Alliance for Justice
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Motto Fighting for a Fair America
Formation 1979
President Nan Aron

Alliance for Justice (AFJ) is a national association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women's, children's and consumer advocacy organizations in the USA.

In 1979, 20 advocacy organizations joined to form the Alliance for Justice under its founder, Nan Aron. Alliance for Justice works to advance the cause of justice for Americans, to strengthen the public interest community's ability to influence public policy, and to foster the next generation of advocates.

In 2004, AFJ expanded with the launch of its West Coast office. The office expanded West Coast operations by more than 50%.[1]

Alliance for Justice describes itself as "a national association of over 100 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society. Alliance for Justice fights to ensure that America lives up to its promise of equal justice under law."

Judicial advocacy[edit]

AFJ launched the Judicial Selection Project (JSP) in 1985 “to expose and combat the Reagan administration’s plans to pack the federal judiciary with hard-line conservative jurists.”[2] Through the JSP, AFJ monitors and investigates judicial nominations at all levels of the federal branch, and encourages public participation in the confirmation process. They played a role in the defeat of Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1987. They supported the nomination of Roger Gregory, the first African American judge in the Fourth Circuit in 2001. AFJ also supported President Obama's 2013 nominees for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. AFJ issues detailed reports on the state of the judiciary and the current status of judicial vacancies.

Bolder Advocacy Initiative[edit]

Alliance for Justice's Bolder Advocacy Initiative has developed resources, and implemented initiatives to help build the capacity of the nonprofit and foundation communities to take their rightful seat at the policy table. Often, these organizations are the only entities working to provide a voice for individuals too vulnerable or too underrepresented to compete with special interests that dominate policymaking decisions.

As more nonprofits recognize the need to engage in advocacy, lobbying, election-related activities and other public policy work in order to best serve their constituencies, there is an increased demand for information on how to do so within the confines of current tax and election laws and regulations. Through in-person and web-based workshops, legal technical assistance, plain language publications, and public education, AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy Initiative provides leaders and organizations with the information they need to navigate these rules and create an open dialogue on public policy.

With its staff of attorney-trainers, AFJ translates these rules into easy-to-understand language, and address questions about the permissibility of activities while protecting the rights of nonprofits to participate in public policy development in pursuit of their charitable missions. AFJ promotes nonprofit participation in public policy by offering support to nonprofit organizations on the laws and regulations governing nonprofit advocacy work.

First Monday videos[edit]

Every year, AFJ produces a short video about a major justice issue. These videos have examined what the organization sees as threats to reproductive rights, the alleged bias of the Supreme Court toward big business and issues involving Supreme Court ethics.

Member organizations[edit]

As of May 2012, the member organizations of the Alliance are:[3]


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