Please find an alphabetical list of the members of the Transforming Justice Network below. Do you want to be part of the network? Or you just want to learn more? Please see our contact page to send us a message.
Is the Transforming Justice Network a coalition, and what does being a partner mean?
The Network is not a coalition. Coalitions are usually focused on a single policy goal. Coalitions may form within the Transforming Justice Network, but the Network is bigger, or at least different from, any one coalition.
The mission of the ACLU of Ohio is to aid in maintaining and extending constitutional and other fundamental rights, liberties, privileges, and immunities, and to take all legitimate action in furtherance of that object without political partisanship.
The Alliance for the Great Lakes is a nonpartisan nonprofit working across the region to protect our most precious resource: the fresh, clean, and natural waters of the Great Lakes. Our staff are headquartered in Chicago, with field offices in Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee. Our Board of Directors represents a wide range of interests and expertise from around the Great Lakes region. Our work is made possible by our generous supporters.
The Cleveland, Ohio chapter of Black Lives Matter
The Miami Valley, Ohio chapter of Black Lives Matter - The voices of those who have been silenced by systemic violence and oppression.
Dedicated to addressing and empowering black women by engaging in solution oriented movement.
Brave is a multi-stakeholder cooperative, working out of Vancouver, BC, and Columbus, Ohio. Our sole focus is preventing overdose death. Our technology tools have been co-designed with people who use drugs, respond to overdose, and build community resilience in the face of the overdose epidemic. They are designed to connect people at risk of overdose with help they need: an ally they can talk to, a human supporter to help them stay safe, and digital monitoring technology to help them when they’re in danger by connecting them with a community of overdose responders, and professional emergency first responders.
All of Us or None is a grassroots civil and human rights organization fighting for the rights of formerly-and currently-incarcerated people and our families. We are fighting against the discrimination that people face every day because of arrest or conviction history. The goal of All of Us or None is to strengthen the voices of people most affected by mass incarceration and the growth of the prison-industrial complex. Through our grassroots organizing, we are building a powerful political movement to win full restoration of our human and civil rights.
A coalition of 14+ grassroots, community-based orgs demanding justice for people impacted by the horrifying conditions in the Cuyahoga County Jail system.
The Columbus Freedom Fund is a community bail fund centered on Black liberation and freedom started in 2019. Our fiscal sponsor is Women Have Option - Ohio, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible.
A coalition of 14+ grassroots, community-based orgs demanding justice for people impacted by the horrifying conditions in the Cuyahoga County Jail system.
De - Escalate Ohio Now! Heartbeatmovement Goals are to Change Public Policies, Justice Reforms, Drug Policies, Gun Reforms, Police Accountability and Transparency on a State and Federal Level. Heartbeatmovement mission is to address Systemic, Institutional, Injustice and Inequality Racism in Ohio.
EPIC (Ensuring Parole for Incarcerated Citizens)
We are a prisoner's advocacy group who fight hard for fair treatment and laws within our system. Please join us and support our bill for bail reform.
An Ohio where people are welcome, affirmed and flourishing. Equality Ohio identifies and transforms systems and institutions so LGBTQ+ Ohioans can fully access legal and lived equality.
Faith in Public Life (FPL) has played an important role in changing the narrative about the role of faith in politics, winning major progressive policy victories, and empowering new religious leaders to fight for social justice and the common good. Our media expertise, rapid-response capabilities and strategic campaign development have made us respected commentators in the media and valued partners with a range of religious groups working for economic and social justice.
Filling the Gap provides direct service and leadership opportunities for women currently and formerly incarcerated. We provide advocacy opportunities for those who are a part of the organization
BLOC was created to build Black political power independent of the current two-party political apparatus. To do this, we are developing a massive Black base that identifies BLOC as the vehicle for collective political expression. BLOC aims to educate the Black electorate and the broader Black community on issues impacting their lives. Our focus is to educate, empower, activate and turn out Black people to realize their political power. We are building our foundation in the community and we seek to serve as the home of Black political thought and ideology.
Free Billy Movement
The Free Billy Movement is a org that focuses on raising awareness to the wrongful incarceration issues and preventing juveniles from being incarcerated.
Harm Reduction Ohio is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports drug policies based on science, health, compassion and human rights. We are the only layperson organization legally authorized to distribute naloxone in Ohio
A Black-led federation of faith leaders, criminal justice professionals, educators, and impacted persons, committed to the application of biblical principals and teachings, in addressing the need for social justice.
The InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) brings together people from various faith and secular communities to act in solidarity with oppressed peoples in southern Mexico, Central America, and Colombia through consciousness-raising and direct consumer and political advocacy to build long-term structural change.
IRTF was formed as a nonviolent response to the horrific violence of December 2, 1980 when two members of the Cleveland Mission Team in El Salvador were murdered: Jean Donovan and Sister Dorothy Kazel. People of faith and conscience formed IRTF so that we here in Ohio would live out their legacy—standing in solidarity with oppressed peoples as they struggle for peace, dignity and justice.
Juvenile Justice Coalition
The Juvenile Justice Coalition (JJC) advances evidence-based juvenile justice policy, organizes and educates community members, and develops leaders, to move Ohio's juvenile justice system away from punitive practices and towards practices that advance the healing of youth, families, and communities.
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry seeks that people who are oppressed, forgotten, and hurting be empowered, valued, and healed by our unwavering commitment to addressing chronic needs, enabling people to self-sufficiency, and advocating for system change. As a catalyst and convener for meaningful conversation, LMM seeks to change the social, political, and religious conversation about justice from one of limitations to one of possibilities
Mass Action for Black Lives
New Voices promotes the complete health and well-being of Black women and girls in the Greater Pittsburgh Region, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Our definition of health include physical, emotional, spiritual, cultural, political, economic, environmental and social well-being. Reproductive Justice is our innovative framework to engage Black women, femmes and girls in local, national and global movement-building for Human Rights, Racial and Gender Justice.
We support marijuana loving Ohio families, friends, and compatriots and an almost 50 year old non-profit headquartered in Washington D.C. known as the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML.
We are Ohioans fighting for the cause of our human right to freely use and enjoy marijuana for any purpose we choose. Download recent Appalachia Ohio Regional Chapter news here. (Jan 2019 - April 2019)
NEO Black Health Coalition’s vision is to achieve health parity (equality) in the African American/Black population. NEOBHC’s mission is to address disparities and inequities in education, employment housing, health and the impact on African American health disparities by working to empower, educate and advocate for under-served populations.
Organizing Communities Transgender Outreach Promoting United Support
OhioCan advocates for every family directly and indirectly effected by substance abuse; provides peer to peer support for all individuals, families, and friends regardless of their recovery status; educated our communities about substance use, medicine based treatments, and evidence based practices to reduce harm reduction and promote health and wellness; immplements harm reduction strategies for our community; and provides a voice for those silenced due to shame and stigma.
The National Lawyers Guild is a national association of lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers dedicated to the need for change in the structure of our legal, political and economic systems.
The mission of the Ohio Environmental Council is to secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home. Our vision is a clean, beautiful Ohio where diverse people, innovation, and all of our natural treasures thrive.
Our mission is to fight against police brutality, and to support families that have endured this injustice.
Ohio Immigrant Alliance is a group of Ohio immigrants and citizens working together to protect the dignity and rights of all individuals who choose to make Ohio their home–regardless of race, religion, gender expression, age, ability, and citizenship status. We engage in activism and volunteerism that connect communities across the state, expanding our voices and our collective power to hold our leaders accountable.
Ohio Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Over the past few years, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has connected with communities across this nation to learn from the struggles being waged. We have met with tens of thousands of people, witnessing the strength of their moral courage in trying times. We have gathered testimonies from hundreds of poor people and we have chronicled their demands for a better society. The following moral agenda is drawn from this deep engagement and commitment to these struggles of the poor and dispossessed. It is also grounded in an empirical assessment of how we have come to this point today. The Souls of Poor Folk: Auditing America report reveals how the evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and the war economy and militarism are persistent, pervasive, and perpetuated by a distorted moral narrative that must be challenged.
We are a group of people concerned about the Justice for those currently incarated. We fight for fair and humune treatment as well as urge the Department of Rehabilitations and Corrections to actually rehabilitate and correct.
Ohio Student Association (OSA) is a statewide organization led by young people in Ohio, working together in an intergenerational movement for racial, social, economic and educational justice. Our leaders are between 18 and 35, some of us are not students, some creatives and art activist, others are high school students, college students, graduates and grad students. We are on campuses and in communities across the state of Ohio. We organize young people in order to build independent political power because The Midwest Got Something To Say!
Ohio Transformation Fund
Through a collaborative funding approach, the Ohio Transformation Fund aims to strengthen practitioners working in the field, address key capacity gaps, and engage other Ohio-based and national funders.
Members of the OTF believe that stable families, economic security, and access to health care and education are the basis for safe and healthy communities. Based on those beliefs, the OTF’s vision is a transformation in our justice system from criminalization and incarceration of individuals, particularly young people and people of color, to a system based in fairness, equity and dignity. Such a system will be based in policies that support racial justice, healing, and growth for youth, individuals, families, and communities. The leading goal of the OTF is the reduction of the number and racial disparity of youth and adults incarcerated in Ohio.
Ohio Voice is the C3 table in Ohio. We are here to create the infrastructure that supports and coheres to the social movement ecology in Ohio to improve the lives of Ohioans. Our role is all about support. We are here to make sure that Ohio progressives have the resources, skills, and networks they need to pursue the change they are working for. We believe that if Ohio progressives start to work together, learn together, and play together more, then we will be able to win together.
The Ohio Women’s Alliance is a statewide coalition of womxn dedicated to building community and championing a platform of issues that creates a better Ohio for all. Creating a better Ohio for women and femmes begins with engaged citizens, and developing an engaged constituency requires trusted, experienced, well-resourced community organizers
The Ohio Justice & Policy Center (OJPC) is a trailblazer. Our expert staff navigates through a complex and tangled criminal justice system to create pathways to restoration for people, their families, and their communities. OJPC’s mission is to create fair, intelligent, redemptive criminal-justice systems through zealous client-centered advocacy, innovative policy reform, and cross-sector community education
The Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights. We provide thousands of grants every year through a network of national and regional foundations and offices, funding a vast array of projects—many of them now shaped by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
People's Justice Project (PJP) is a non-profit grassroots organization of working people and communities of color united across Columbus, Ohio. We're working to confront police violence, end mass incarceration, and promote safety and health in our communities.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio is committed to protecting access to reproductive health care and rights for all Ohioans through advocacy, education, lobbying, and electoral activity. Our bases of power are located in the Greater Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo areas, but our supporters are statewide.
Policy Matters Ohio, a non-profit policy research institute, creates a more vibrant, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio through research, strategic communications, coalition building and policy advocacy.
SURJ’s role as part of a multi-racial movement is to undermine white support for white supremacy and to help build a racially-just society. That work cannot be done in isolation from or disconnected from the powerful leadership of communities of color. It is one part of a multi-racial, cross-class movement centering the leadership of people of color.
The Tamir Rice Foundation invests in the growth and enrichment of all children through after-school programs in arts and culture by allowing them to express their truth to improve their lives as they grow into young adults. The Tamir Rice Foundation also seeks to advocate for police reform by advocating to change laws and implement new policies for the system with community oversight for police accountability and community reform dialogue.
VOAN an the Think Tanks on Poverty work on community education, leadership development, coalition building, storytelling, strategy, and developing the power needed in the community to make the changes we seek -- one step at a time. We have obtained seats at the table and worked on a range of issues across Central Ohio, including addiction and recovery, housing and homelessness, criminal justice and reentry, broadband internet, and youth prevention.
Towards Employment connects people to careers – helping them prepare, get, and keep a job; and then advance – in this way we change lives, advance business, and strengthen community. We are a leading community-based workforce organization in Northeast Ohio, working to influence the wider system, regional economy, and local community through extensive expertise and trusted partnerships.
Thrive Mahoning Valley works to create a more welcoming and equitable community while striving to connect new and current residents to economic, social, and educational opportunities.
TransOhio serves the Ohio transgender and ally communities by providing services, education, support, and advocacy, which promotes and improves the health, safety and life experience of the Ohio transgender individual and community.
In 2019, the OOC launched Unharming Ohio--the country’s first statewide drug survivors union. We aim to develop pockets of power led by current and former drug users, drug dealers, and families impacted by the War on Drugs who are committed to keep themselves and their communities safe.
Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio, (UUJO) is a volunteer organization of UU activists, committed since 2014 to facilitate the weaving together of individuals, congregations, Ohio communities and organizations, with the larger world to serve justice, equity, and inclusion. UUJO is on the front line of identifying primary strategies, resources, and collaboration partners to act as a catalyst for justice, equity inclusion and compassion. We advocate for change at the Ohio Statehouse, create and host webinars with local and national leaders in social justice, offer education for lay people and clergy, engage in local and statewide organizing and non-violent public witness. UUJO is on the front lines in the fight for an Ohio, a UUA, and a world community that moves toward living our seven principles.
We are idea-driven, working with a strong focus on design and user experience. Our projects should engage your audience, we want to create wonderful digital things that people love to be part of and use. That’s what your brand and audience deserve.
URGE is driven by young leaders. We build infrastructure through campus chapters and Community Activist Networks, where we invite individuals to discover their own power and transform it into action. Together, URGE members educate their communities and advocate for local, state, and national policies in solidarity with other justice focused groups. We believe that justice will only be achieved once each of us recognizes the power of our own experience and joins up with others to create a different future. Working across the progressive landscape, we think, learn, and act together. We work together to build strong communities where sexual health is valued, reproductive rights are upheld, and each body is celebrated and supported to be well, happy, and thriving.
YPR envisions a world where all young people have the resources they need to thrive in recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol. YPR’s mission is to provide the life skills and peer supports to help people recover from substance use disorder and reach their full potential. YPR’s core values are community, caring, respect, inclusion, and commitment.