The organizing committee is the governing body of FIRM. It is managed by staff at the Center for Community Change – a nonprofit public policy and technical assistance organization based in Washington DC. The organizing committee meets quarterly and holds national conference calls frequently.
|Association for Communities Organizing for Reform Now [ACORN]
|ACORN is the nation’s largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, with over 150,000 members in more than
|CAUSA, Oregon’s immigrant
rights coalition, and PCUN, Oregon’s farmworker union,
are dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and well-being
of immigrant workers and families in Oregon.
|Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles [CHIRLA]
|The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles. As a multiethnic coalition of community organizations and individuals, CHIRLA aims to foster greater understanding of the issues that affect immigrant communities, provide a neutral forum for discussion, and unite immigrant groups to more effectively advocate for positive change.
|Direct Action & Research Training Network [DART]
|The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Network is a national network of grassroots, metropolitan, congregation-based, community organizations spread throughout the United States.
|The Gamaliel Foundation has been empowering communities seeking justice for 35 years. For 17 years, Gamaliel has been training leaders and assisting them to build powerful organizations that enable the people to impact the decisions that effect their lives in their
|Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights [ICIRR]
|ICIRR is dedicated to promoting
the rights of immigrants and refugees to grant them full and
equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political
life of our diverse society. In partnership with their member
organizations, the Coalition educates and organizes immigrant
and refugee communities to assert their rights; promotes citizenship
and civic participation; monitors, analyzes, and advocates on
immigrant-related issues; and, informs the general public about
the contributions of immigrants and refugees.
|Immigrant Rights Network of Iowa and Nebraska [IRNIN]
|The mission of IRNIN is
to facilitate full immigrant participation in decision-making
processes, promote respect for immigrant contributions, and
build inclusive communities.
|Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition [MIRA]
|MIRA is a statewide organization
working with members to protect and promote the rights and opportunities
of Massachusetts’ immigrants and refugees. MIRA advances
this mission through education, organizing, and policy analysis
|Michigan Organizing Project [MOP]
|Founded in 1993, by a coalition
of churches, MOP is a multi-issue church based community organization
serving communities of the dual agricultural/industrial economy
of Western Michigan. MOP’s membership, which consists
of 5,000 people in 50 different organizations, is comprised
of Latino migrant workers and non-union, predominantly African
American, factory workers in the auto and furniture industries.
|National Korean American Service & Education Consortium [NAKASEC]
|NAKASEC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that promotes political and civic participation among Korean Americans. NAKASEC is also an advocate for the civil rights of Korean Americans and works to raise cultural awareness as well as issues pertinent to the Korean American community.
|New York Immigration Coalition [NYIC]
|Founded in 1987, NYIC is
an umbrella advocacy organization for approximately 200 groups
in New York State that work with "newcomers" to our
country – immigrants, refugees, and asylees. The NYIC’s
membership includes immigrant rights advocates, immigrant community
leaders and service providers, numerous community-based ethnic
and non-profit human service organizations, and leaders from
labor, academia and the legal professions. Utilizing this multi-ethnic,
multi-racial and multi-sector base, the NYIC provides the opportunity
for members to collaborate and implement strategies to address
their common concerns.
|Northwest Federation of Community Organizations/
Idaho Community Action Network
NWFCO is a regional network of four grassroots
organizations, including ICAN, a statewide grassroots organization
dedicated to the fight for social, racial and economic justice
for all Idahoans. NWFCO’s mission is to achieve systemic
change by building strong state affiliate organizations and
by executing national and regional campaigns that advance
economic, racial, and social justice. In the ten years since
its founding, NWFCO has trained hundreds of community leaders
who are taking action and making change for their communities.
|People Acting for Communities Together [PACT]
PACT, an affiliate organization of DART,
is a coalition of local congregations in Miami committed to
building a powerful, diverse, broad based, multi-issued, and
democratically run organization for a greater degree of justice.
|Sunflower Community Action
Sunflower Community Action is a non-profit
grassroots organization in Kansas, with 13 years of experience
working to develop the power in each individual to create
social and economic change in their lives and communities.
Sunflower addresses many local and state issues, and is linked
to 35 other community organizations that belong to Chicago-based
National Peoples Action.
|Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition [TIRRC]
TIRRC is a statewide, immigrant-led collaboration
whose mission is to empower immigrant and refugees throughout
Tennessee to develop a unified voice, defend their rights,
and create an atmosphere in which they are viewed as positive
contributors to the state.
|Voces de la Frontera
Voces de la Frontera is a low-wage and immigrant workers center in Wisconsin. The organization educates workers on employment rights and promotes community organizing.