STAR Coalition Members (list in formation)
The Apollo Alliance is a coalition of labor, business, environmental, and community leaders working to catalyze a clean energy revolution that will put millions of Americans to work in a new generation of high-quality, green-collar jobs. Inspired by the Apollo space program, we promote investments in energy efficiency, clean power, mass transit, next-generation vehicles, and emerging technology, as well as in education and training. Working together, we will reduce carbon emissions and oil imports, spur domestic job growth, and position America to thrive in the 21st century economy.
The California Green Stimulus Coalition is an alliance of dozens of California's most influential and respected organizations advocating for the environment, economic justice, organized labor and a strong workforce system. As California decides how to use its federal stimulus dollars, we are advocating for investments that advance California's long term environmental goals; create high quality jobs and lead to high road economic development; and provide for truly shared prosperity instead of reinforcing or deepening social and economic disparities.
The mission of the Center for Community Change is to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to change their communities and public policies for the better. The Center for Community Change strengthens, connects and mobilizes grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voice and power. We believe that vibrant community-based organizations, led by the people most affected by social and economic injustice, are key to putting an end to the failed "on your own" mentality of the right and building a new politics based on community values. Founded in 1968 to honor the life and values of Robert F. Kennedy, the Center is one of the longest-standing champions for low-income people and communities of color. Together, our expert staff and dynamic partners confront the vital issues of today and build the social movements of tomorrow
Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest. Now with nearly 400,000 members and supporters and 36 state organizations, Common Cause remains committed to honest, open and accountable government, as well as encouraging citizen participation in democracy.
Since 1968, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) has provided consumers a well-reasoned and articulate voice in decisions that affect their lives. Day in and out, CFA's professional staff gathers facts, analyzes issues, and disseminates information to the public, policymakers, and rest of the consumer movement. The size and diversity of its membership - approximately 280 nonprofit organizations from throughout the nation with a combined membership exceeding 50 million people -- enables CFA to speak for virtually all consumers. In particular, CFA looks out for those who have the greatest needs, especially the least affluent.
The Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) is a network of state and regional multi-issue research, policy, and advocacy organizations. The network currently includes 56 organizations in 42 states. EARN is coordinated by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and works with a broad range of other national organizations. EARN's mission is to improve the lives of Americans through state and local policy, and change the nature of the national policy debate-state by state. EARN seeks to advance progressive policy at the state and regional level, to deliver important national messages, and to use the collective capacity of its organizations to develop new ideas and strategies.
Good Jobs First is a national policy resource center for grassroots groups and public officials, promoting corporate and government accountability in economic development and smart growth for working families. We provide timely, accurate information on best practices in state and local job subsidies, and on the many ties between smart growth and good jobs. Good Jobs First works with a very broad spectrum of organizations, providing research, training, communications and consulting assistance.
Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry - all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda. Green For All believes a shift to a clean, green economy can improve the health and well-being of low-income people, who suffer disproportionately from cancer, asthma and other respiratory ailments in our current pollution-based economy. Such a shift can also create and expand entrepreneurial, wealth-building opportunities for American workers who need new avenues of economic advance. In other words: we believe that the national effort to curb global warming and oil dependence can simultaneously create well-paid green-collar jobs, safer streets and healthier communities.
The National Employment Law Project (NELP) is a research and advocacy center that works to restore America’s promise of economic opportunity in the 21st century economy. In partnership with grassroots allies and government leaders, NELP promotes policies to create good jobs, enforce hard-won workplace protections, and help unemployed workers regain their economic footing.
National Training and Information Center (NTIC) and National People's Action (NPA) both work to build the field of organizing, create permanent alliances, run national campaigns that strengthen organizations and develop grassroots leadership; and utilize technology and communications to take organizing and alliance building to a new scale. National People's Action (NPA) is our Network of metropolitan, regional, and statewide organizations that build grassroots power. NPA works to build the collective political will to advance racial and economic justice. National People's Action has over 135 organizers and support staff working in communities across the country and is based in Chicago. NPA is a project of the National Training and Information Center. National Training and Information Center (NTIC) is a national organizing, policy, research, and training center for grassroots community organizations dedicated to building power to reclaim our democracy and advance a far-reaching racial and economic justice agenda.
OMB Watch exists to increase government transparency and accountability; to ensure sound, equitable regulatory and budgetary processes and policies; and to protect and promote active citizen participation in our democracy. OMB Watch, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, was formed in 1983 to lift the veil of secrecy shrouding the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). OMB oversees federal regulation, the budget, information collection and dissemination, proposed legislation, testimony by agencies, and much more. While OMB's actions were having an enormous impact on agency operations and the pursuit of social justice, it remained largely behind the scenes - unaccountable and little understood by the public and public interest groups. By explaining governmental processes and monitoring OMB, OMB Watch helped bring sunshine to this powerful and secretive agency. Since its founding, OMB Watch has expanded its focus to address the substantive issues the organization originally began tracking in the course of monitoring OMB: Federal budget, taxation, and government performance; Information and access; Nonprofit action, advocacy, policy, and technology; and Regulatory policy.
The Partnership for Working Families is dedicated to building power and reshaping the economy and urban environment for workers and communities. We work to ensure that public investment, development, and land-use decisions lead to growth and development of high quality jobs, affordable housing, environmental health, and career pipelines for shared prosperity. Our growing and energized base includes 18 established or formative partners, and we are supporting emerging coalitions and campaigns in a dozen new regions and at the federal level. As a Partnership, we leverage local and national resources to support these efforts, link our work through peer-to-peer learning, and share best practices and legal support across regions and industries. Our Community Benefits Law Center promotes best practices around community benefits campaigns and negotiations, and fosters and supports progressive policies that benefit working families.
Policy Matters Ohio is a non-profit policy research organization founded in January 2000 to broaden the debate about economic policy in Ohio. In 2008 the Nation magazine named us the most valuable state or regional organization in the country. We work to promote a more prosperous, sustainable and fair Ohio. Given the challenges of a rapidly-changing economic system, rising wage inequality, new issues in education and changes in the way work is organized, it is imperative that high quality research focuses on creating an economy that works for everyone. Policy Matters provides real-world analysis focused on issues that matter to low- and middle-income workers in Ohio. Our findings are accessible to the public, the media, and policy makers. Through research, conferences, media work, advocacy and popular education, we hope to encourage an economy that works for Ohio and the United States.
PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works.® Founded in 1999, PolicyLink connects the work of people on the ground to the creation of sustainable communities of opportunity that allow everyone to participate and prosper. Such communities offer access to quality jobs, affordable housing, good schools, transportation, and the benefits of healthy food and physical activity. Guided by the belief that those closest to the nation's challenges are central to finding solutions, PolicyLink relies on the wisdom, voice, and experience of local residents and organizations. Lifting Up What Works is our way of focusing attention on how people are working successfully to use local, state, and federal policy to create conditions that benefit everyone, especially people in low-income communities and communities of color. We share our findings and analysis through our publications, website and online tools, convenings, national summits, and in briefings with national and local policymakers. Our work is grounded in the conviction that equity-just, fair, and green inclusion-must drive all policy decisions.
The Progressive States Network was founded in 2005 to drive public policy debates and change the political landscape in the United States, by focusing on attainable, progressive state actions. As a non-partisan and non-profit research and analysis 501(c)(3) organization, PSN begins with a strategic vision of how to integrate multiple issues into a broad framework for promoting a government more accountable to its citizens. PSN advances this agenda by providing coordinated research and advocacy tools to forward-thinking state policymakers, legislative staff, and non-profit organizations. PSN functions as a meeting space for progressive legislators, activists, and citizens, and serves as a hotbed of information exchange. All of our policies start literally where people live and work to promote core progressive values of Rewarding Work, Valuing Families, Promoting Justice, Growing a Sustainable Economy, and Increasing Democracy in our society. Within this framework of values, Progressive States concentrates its work on seven key issue clusters: Wage Standards and Workplace Freedom, Balancing Work and Family, Health Care for All, Clean Energy, Tax and Budget Transparency, Democratic Society, and Broadband Buildout and Technology Investments. We track legislation in all 50 states, helping to spark change across the country. We make it easier for people to learn more about how to get good ideas passed into law - and take power into their own hands.
Right to the City is a national alliance of membership-based organizations and allies organizing to build a united response to gentrification and displacement in our cities. Our goal is to build a national urban movement for housing, education, health, racial justice and democracy. We are building our power through strengthening local organizing; cross-regional collaboration; developing a national platform; and supporting community reclamation in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
Smart Growth America is a coalition of national, state and local organizations working to improve the ways we plan and build the towns, cities and metro areas we call home. The coalition includes many of the best-known national organizations advocating on behalf of historic preservation, the environment, farmland and open space preservation, neighborhood revitalization and more. Our state- and regional-level members are community-based organizations working to save treasured landscapes while making our towns and cities ever more livable and lovable.
The Opportunity Agenda was founded with the hopeful mission of building the national will to expand opportunity in America. Working with advocates, organizers, researchers, and policymakers, we synthesize and translate research on obstacles to opportunity. Using communications and media, we work to build public support. We train and support social justice leaders and we advocate on behalf of policies that expand opportunity for all.
The Transportation Equity Network (TEN), a project of Gamaliel and Smart Growth America, is a national coalition reforming unjust and unwise transportation and land use policies. TEN was formed in 1997 to improve the federal transportation law to benefit low-income communities. By 1998, TEN achieved this objective by inserting a number of grassroots priorities into the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). These reforms included: Stronger public involvement requirements in the transportation planning process, and the creation of the Job Access and Reverse Commute Program (JARC), a new $750 million program to provide mobility options to low-income workers to get them to jobs and services. These major accomplishments also helped establish TEN as an influential player in the nation's transportation reform movement. Over the past eight years, TEN has grown from five original co-founding groups to over 300 group members all across the nation. It has also expanded its state and local efforts, spearheading a wide range of grassroots transportation reform efforts in places like Minneapolis, MN and Detroit, MI. These efforts have gotten policy makers, national experts and philanthropists to actively engage on equity, civil rights and environmental justice issues. As a result of TEN's local organizing efforts, millions of federal, state and local dollars have been redirected to address the needs of low-income families. The "Missouri Model" which TEN created was adopted after a vigorous campaign by MCU and UCM, local Gamaliel affiliates. The Missouri Department of Transportation reserved 30% of work hours for low-income people, minorities and women and funneled one-half of 1 percent of the project budget ($2.5 million) into job training programs. The "Missouri Model" works: two years into the project, 27 percent of the workers on the project are low-income people, minorities and women.
U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitols across the country, we take on the special interests on issues, such as product safety, political corruption, prescription drugs and voting rights, where these interests stand in the way of reform and progress.
Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) works nationally and in Washington, DC to build pathways to economic independence for America's families, women and girls. WOW was founded at a time when women seeking jobs in male-dominated fields faced daunting challenges. WOW responded with a model training program in the District and worked to enact federal legislation including the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations Act of 1992. One of WOW's major contributions to women's economic equity has been promoting women's access to and success in "nontraditional occupations" where women make up less than 25% of the workforce. WOW operates the Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Project which addresses the economic security and well-being of individuals and families through the working years and into retirement. The Elder Economic Security InitiativeTM is a new initiative that seeks to build economic security for older adults. Both programs work through state-based coalitions to promote lifelong and intergenerational economic security. WOW leads a number of national coalitions including the National Women's Workforce Network and the National Coalition on Women, Jobs and Job Training, and is actively involved in others including Tradeswomen Now and Tomorrow.