This page lists just a few national and Michigan-based organizations that support the movement for equality and justice for all.


Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life.  Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist dehumanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.

The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE

TAKE ON HATE, led by the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), is a multi-year, grassroots campaign to challenge this country’s growing prejudice and persistent misconception of Arab and Muslim Americans, including refugees of Arab and Muslim descent. TAKE ON HATE strives to address issues of bias and discrimination and stands against bigotry toward all people.  In 2014, TAKE ON HATE launched in four cities: Washington, D.C., Detroit, New York and San Francisco and has captured national attention through its message of dialogue and engagement.

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 

CAIR’s vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding. CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.

Racial Equity Resource Guide

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports this listing of organizations working within the field of racial equity and on a variety of issues and topics. These organizations range from grassroots organizations, to academic institutions, to national advocacy organizations and more.  Using the filters below, you can view the organizations based on area of focus and/or related issues.

Racial Equity Tools

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.

The Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.


The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) – Michigan

The ADC is the nation’s largest Arab-American grassroots organization and is dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Arab-Americans and promoting their rich cultural heritage.   The ADC-Michigan is the largest and most active office outside of Washington, DC.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan

The ACLU of Michigan was officially established in 1959 to defend our civil liberties.

The Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL)

The Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2011 and is committed to protecting the civil rights of Arab Americans through education and advocacy.  The organization, which is based in Dearborn, Michigan, works to build coalitions, promote understanding and cooperation and combat negative stereotypes.

Equality Michigan

Equality Michigan has been working for 25 years to achieve full equality and respect for all Michigan residents regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Michigan Coalition for Human Rights

The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) promotes awareness of, commitment to, and advocacy for human rights through education, community organization, and action. MCHR opposes forces that suppress human dignity, freedom, and justice locally and around the world.

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights

The Department of Civil Rights investigates and resolves discrimination complaints and works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws.

Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC)

The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) is a legal resource center for Michigan’s immigrant communities. MIRC works to build a thriving Michigan where immigrant communities are fully integrated and respected.

Michigan United

Michigan United is a statewide organization of community members and institutions fighting for the dignity and potential of every person. Michigan United is committed to a participatory democracy at every level, an economy that works for the many, and a society that dismantles racism while uplifting our common humanity.

One Michigan for Immigrant Rights

One Michigan is an organization led by immigrants and supported by strong allies. We work towards providing resources to immigrant communities through.

Welcoming Michigan

Welcoming Michigan seeks to build mutual respect among foreign-born and U.S.-born people who call Michigan home today. Welcoming Michigan works to support Michigan’s “receiving community” members—U.S.-born Americans who live in communities where immigrants settle — in creating welcoming communities where immigrants can fully integrate into their adopted hometowns.