Other Organizations

Here are links to websites of organizations of possible interest to Common Ground for Texans, including links to specific pages relevant to our efforts.

General

Coffee Party USA is a trans-partisan, non-profit movement that aims to restore the principles and spirit of democracy in America.

Demos is a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization whose goals include a vibrant and inclusive democracy with high levels of voting and civic engagement, and an empowered public sector that works for the common good.

League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

MoveOn primarily focuses on nonpartisan education and advocacy on important national issues.

National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation. Of particular interest: NCDD’s core principles for public engagement.

No Labels is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, a growing citizens’ movement of Democrats, Republicans and independents dedicated to promoting a new politics of problem solving.

Texas Supreme Court Historical Society is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of papers, photographs and significant artifacts relating to the Supreme Court of Texas, the appellate courts, and Texas Judicial history.

Clean Elections

Americans for Campaign Reform is about getting big money out of our political process so that our elected officials can represent the only special interest that matters: America. To do that, we need to make voluntary public funding of all federal elections the law of the land.

Clean Elections Texas is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks to promote open and accountable government in Texas by building statewide support for a public funding option for candidates seeking public office in the state.

Common CauseMoney in Politics is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest.

Fair Elections Now, advocating passage of the Fair Elections Now Act.

Mayday PAC is a new SuperPAC founded by Professor Lawrence Lessig, dedicated to electing Congressional candidates who will push for campaign finance reform.

Move To Amend fights for We, the People of the United States of America, and rejects the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

Public Campaign Action Fund is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving America’s campaign finance laws. Helps enact, defend, and promote Clean Elections-style public financing in states around the country like Arizona and Maine, and advocates for similar legislation for all federal elections.

Public Citizen, Democracy Is For People calls for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, take democracy off the chopping block and preserve constitutional rights for people not corporations.

Rootstrikers is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization fighting the corrupting influence of money in politics as the root of America’s problems.

Texans United to Amend (TUTA) is a state-wide grassroots network of independent groups of average Texans who are dedicated to overturning Citizens United by passing resolutions at the local and state levels that support an Amendment to the US Constitution stating that money is not speech and that corporations do not have the rights granted by the constitution to We, the People.

United Republic is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization pushing for passage of the American Anti-Corruption Act through their Represent.Us campaign.

Wolf-PAC is dedicated to reversing Citizens United, restoring our democracy, and saving the republic through free and fair elections in America.

Fair and Just Courts

American Judicature Society.  Judicial campaign financingHistory of Reform Efforts.  AJS, an independent, non-partisan, membership organization working nationally to protect the integrity of the American justice system.

People for the American Way, dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way.

Texans for Public Justice Interested Parties: Who Bankrolled Texas’ High-Court Justices in 2008?

Immigration

Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition (AIRC) promotes human rights and dignity, and social and economic justice for immigrants through community organizing, policy advocacy and public education.

Grassroots Leadership believes that no one should profit from the incarceration of human beings. They work with communities across the country to abolish for-profit prisons, jails, and detention centers.

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.

Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) continues to address employment discrimination, educational inequities, voting rights abuses, and immigration concerns.

Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC) works with peers, policy-makers, practitioners, and community members to identify and promote smart justice policies that safely reduce Texas’ costly over-reliance on incarceration – creating stronger families, less taxpayer waste, and safer communities.