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As a lifelong activist, I could make a too-lengthy list of worthy organizations. Since my intention here is to invite the input of others rather than to just broadcast my own views, I'm going to limit this initial post to one organization. There are many groups that our support--financial, volunteer efforts, networking/publicity, etc.--in an array of efforts that affect our lives and world. Please add and describe those you especially favor; hopefully, in this way we will collectively be made aware of some groups otherwise unknown to us, and made better aware of some that are perhaps known only by name and "rep."<br><br>
The group I want to focus on, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), has helped with the Shac 7 and the AETA 4 defenses. It acts in and around the court system, always viewing itself as part of what we used to call "The Movement"--the effort to make our society and world more just and humane. Their name appears again and again, in connection with defending civil liberties, democratic processes, and human dignity. I just received their annual report, which is what prompted me to create this thread.<br><br>
Here's their site, which shows the range of their activities:<br><br><a href="http://www.ccrjustice.org/" target="_blank">http://www.ccrjustice.org/</a>
 

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Mercy For Animals - they've done great investigation work as well as many other good things.<br>
Vegan Outreach - focused and persistent vegan education<br>
Vegas Veg - that's my organization so naturally I've spent lots of money and time on it. We encourage veganism and support vegans and vegetarians in Vegas.
 

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2 Minneapolis based orgs:<br><br>
Animal Rights Coalition (<a href="http://animalrightscoalition.com/" target="_blank">http://animalrightscoalition.com/</a>) - founded in 1980. Multi-issue organization. Focus on local (Minneapolis/Minnesota) issues and grass roots on-the-ground support of national issues. I've been active with them since 1990/91. After burning out in the early 2000s I recently started writing our monthly enewsletter. Well, this month will be my first full month after limited involvement in the last issue.<br><br>
Chicken Run Rescue (<a href="http://www.brittonclouse.com/chickenrunrescue/" target="_blank">http://www.brittonclouse.com/chickenrunrescue/</a>) - urban chicken rescue/rehoming sanctuary run by two long time friends of mine. I have no money right now, and can't quite work out how I can physically volunteer (wheelchairs and chicken coops don't exactly mix <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> ), so I just spread the word. A book comes out in May: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FCity-Chickens-Christine-Heppermann%2Fdp%2F0547518307%2Fref%3Dsr_1_2%3Fs%3Dbooks%26ie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1321129809%26sr%3D1-2" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/City-Chickens-...1129809&sr=1-2</a>.
 

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Gun Owner's of America - <a href="http://gunowners.org/" target="_blank">http://gunowners.org/</a> Personally I think they are the best pro-gun organization out there.<br><br>
ACLU - <a href="http://www.aclu.org/" target="_blank">http://www.aclu.org/</a> Well other than the 2nd amendment I think they are the best organization out there for protecting civil liberties.
 
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