Social Organizing Resource Guide

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Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)

ACORN is “the nation's largest community organization of low and moderate-income families, with over 175,000 member families organized into 850 neighborhood chapters in more than 70 cities across the country”. The group organizes around issues like living wage, predatory lending, and housing.

In Albuquerque:
411 Bellamah NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
phone: 242-7411

The Gamaliel Foundation

is a faith-based organization that organizes around issues of immigrant rights, schools and urban areas. Gamaliel has an organizer and leadership training, also.

Phone: 312 357-2639

The Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)

was founded by Saul Alinsky with the goal of revitalizing the democratic process from the ground up. With 55 affiliates around the country, the IAF organizes around issues of housing, living wage, and schools. The IAF hires and trains organizers.

Local affiliate:
Albuquerque Interfaith
6001 Marble Avenue NE Suite 1 Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: (505) 268 3991

The Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KWRU)

is organizes “welfare recipients, the homeless, the working poor and all people concerned with economic justice. ” Based in Philadelphia theKWRU is leading the grassroots Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign.

The Pacific Institute for Community Organization (PICO)

is an interfaith network that organizes for schools, healthcare, safe neighborhoods and housing. PICO is based in California, but has national affiliates.

Phone: 510 655 2801

SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP)

is a local (Albuquerque) grassroots organization working to " empower our communities to realize racial and gender equality and social and economic justice”.

Michael Guerrero ( or
Marjorie Childress (

211 10th St. SW
Albuquerque, NM, 87194
phone: 247.8832


Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (SNEEJ)

organizes for “collective regional strategies and perspectives on environmental degradation and other social, racial, generational, economic and gender injustices”. SNEEJ is based in Albuquerque.

PO Box 7399
Albuquerque, NM 87194
phone: 242-0416  


The AFL-CIO Organizing Institute (OI)

is the training and job placement center for the largest federation of union’s in the US. Union organizing jobs usually pay better than community organizing. The OI also has a summer internship for college students called Union Summer.

Union Summer: Chris Colovos (

Jobs With Justice (JWJ)

is “a network of local coalitions that connect labor, faith-based, community, and student organizations” organizing campaigns for workplace and community social justice. The local JWJ chapter is the SouthWest Organizing Project (see Community Organizing).

The Work Site

is a growing website that provides tools, resources, and strategy debate for organizers and activists.


National Organizers Alliance (NOA)

The NOA is a nationwide association for neighborhood, labor and environmental organizers. They have a jobs clearinghouse, a pension plan for organizers, and biennial gatherings.

phone: 202-543-6603

The Midwest Academy

is a Chicago-based school for “community organizations, citizen organizations and individuals committed to progressive social change”. They have five day training sessions, a jobs database, and an organizing manual.

phone: (312) 427-2304

The Direct Action & Research Training (DART)Network

is a national association of “grassroots, metropolitan, congregation-based, community organizations” bases mostly in the Midwest and the Southern United States. They have a paid organizer training institute.

Headquarters phone: 305-576-8020
Training center phone: 937-222-5327



Many of the organizations hire organizers regularly. For a printable version Organizing Pamphlet in .doc form.


List by
Stephen Carvlin Miller


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