*Please note this not an exhaustive list, but as a general guide to some organizations in Los Angeles focused on social justice and equality.

Racial Justice

Community Coalition

  • Community Coalition works to help transform the social and economic conditions in South LA that foster addiction, crime, violence and poverty by building a community institution that involves thousands in creating, influencing and changing public policy.

Dignity and Power Now!

  • Dignity and Power Now (DPN) is a grassroots organization based in Los Angeles that fights for the dignity and power of incarcerated people, their families, and communities. In doing so DPN wages a fight for everyone because the prison industrial complex forms an imaginative limit on everyone’s capacity to envision freedom and liberation.

InnerCity Struggle

  • InnerCity Struggle promotes safe, healthy and non-violent communities in Eastside neighborhoods, and works for social and educational justice.

Labor/Community Strategy Center

  • Labor/Community Strategy Center is working to end the criminalization and mass incarceration of Black and Latino communities by addressing the conditions inside LAUSD that put students on the path to prison.

Youth Justice Coalition (YJC)

  • Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) is building a youth, family and prisoner led movement to challenge mass incarceration and inequality in the criminal justice system.


  • In everything we do, we follow the lead of people of color demanding racial justice. We continually to work to build relationships with organizations, individuals, and campaigns locally and nationally.

LGBTQ Rights

TransLatin@ Coalition

  • The mission of TransLatin@ Coalition is to advocate for the specific needs of the Trans Latin@ community that resides in the U.S.A. and to plan strategies that improve our quality of life.

Equality California

  • Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society. We are tackling the critical issues still facing LGBT people and our families through education, electoral, advocacy and mobilization programs to achieve our mission: full and lasting equality, acceptance and social justice for all people in our diverse LGBT communities, inside and outside of California. Our mission includes advancing the health and well being of LGBT Californians.


  • GLAAD works through entertainment, news, and digital media to share stories from the LGBTQ community that accelerate acceptance.

Asian Pacific Islander Equality-LA (API Equality-LA)

  • Asian Pacific Islander Equality-LA (API Equality-LA) works toward a broad and inclusive social justice movement by advancing API LGBTQ equality.

Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement

  • Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement is a national organization that addresses, organizes, educates, and advocates for the issues most important to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and Latino communities.

Los Angeles LGBT Center

  • The Los Angeles LGBT Center is building a world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society.

Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network

  • Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network is working to improve the school climate for LGBTQ youth of color through student-led campaigns in Long Beach, South L.A. and Boyle Heights.

Gender Justice LA (aka FTM Alliance)

  • Gender Justice LA (aka FTM Alliance) is focused on ending the criminalization of transgender people, developing powerful social justice leadership and creating more resources for public education and healing.

Economic Justice

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)

  • Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action is a multi-racial, democratic, non-profit community organization building power in low to moderate income neighborhoods to fight and stand for economic, racial and social justice.

Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA)

  • Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) is fighting wage theft, gentrification, and displacement among low wage workers and residents of Koreatown.  

Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE)

  • Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) is working to improve jobs, housing, tenant rights and land use planning in South L.A.’s Figueroa Corridor.  

Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE)

  • Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) builds grassroots power to create social and economic justice for low-income, female, immigrant, black, and brown communities in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Black Worker Center

  • The Los Angeles Black Worker Center uses action and unionization to increase access to quality jobs, reduce employment discrimination, and improve industries that employ Black workers.

The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)

  • The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy addresses the challenges of working poverty, inadequate health care & polluted communities.

Immigrant Rights


  • CARECEN empowers Central Americans and all immigrants by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice and promoting cultural diversity.

Coalition for Human Immigrant of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

  • Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) works to protect and empower immigrant workers and their families through community organizing, civic engagement and education.

Homies Unidos

  • Homies Unidos works to end violence and promote peace in our Central American communities through gang prevention; the promotion of human rights in immigrant communities and the empowerment of youth and families in El Salvador and Los Angeles to achieve their full potential in a just, safe and healthy society.

Immigrant Youth Coalition

  • The Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC) is an undocumented and Queer/Trans youth led organization based in California. Our mission is to mobilize youth, families and incarcerated people to end the criminalization of immigrants and people of color. IYC aims to build radical consciousness by centering around the most directly impacted people. We organize to create social change that confronts the interlocking systems of oppression.

LA Voice

  • LA Voice works to increase the quality of life for immigrants and formerly incarcerated people by fighting for rehabilitation and reentry programs. The organization also supports low income people impacted by transit expansion.


Downtown Women’s Center

  • Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) mission is to provide permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and to advocate ending homelessness for women.

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation

  • Esperanza Community Housing Corporation works to achieve comprehensive and long-term community development in the Figueroa Corridor neighborhood of South-Central Los Angeles. Community residents of all ages and ethnicities are the foundation of Esperanza’s grassroots work.

Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA-CAN)

  • Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA-CAN) fights for economic and racial justice while addressing issues such as tenant rights, affordable housing, homeless rights, economic development and healthy food access.

Midnight Mission

  • Founded in 1914, The Midnight Mission offers paths to self-sufficiency to men, women and children who have lost direction. Our emergency services and 12-step recovery, family living, job training, education and workforce development programs offer a compassionate bridge to achieve and maintain healthy, productive lives.

L.A. Human Right to Housing Collective

  • L.A. Human Right to Housing Collective’s goal is to build a citywide tenant rights movement in Los Angeles.

Labor Unions

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor

  • We are a federation, representing more than 300 affiliated unions with common values. Our mission is to safeguard the rights of working people and make a real difference for their families and communities. We empower workers to organize, because that’s the best way to ensure good, safe jobs. We fight for anyone who believes in the American Dream, especially those who have systematically been kept from it. We support policies and campaigns that will transform LA.

SEIU 2015

  • SEIU Local 2015 is California’s Long Term Care workers organization that will unleash the collective power of long term care workers, their families, and their communities, harness the power of technology, and build a broad movement to disrupt the unjust status quo in order to bring lasting transformational change towards a more just society for all.


  • UNITE HERE is a labor union that represents 270,000 working people across Canada and the United States. Our members work in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries.

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