Alliance for Justice believes that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have their voices heard when government makes decisions that affect their lives. We are a national association of over 100 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society.
AFJ works to ensure that the federal judiciary advances core constitutional values, preserves human rights and unfettered access to the courts, and adheres to the even-handed administration of justice for all Americans. It is the leading expert on the legal framework for nonprofit advocacy efforts, providing definitive information, resources, and technical assistance that encourages organizations and their funding partners to fully exercise their right to be active participants in the democratic process.
AFJ advances justice and democracy by:
- Fighting for a fair and independent judiciary by encouraging the selection of judges who respect constitutional values and the rights of citizens, and by ensuring that the judicial selection process is fair and expeditious.
- Working to ensure that the right of nonprofits to engage in advocacy is protected and by providing expertise and information to help nonprofits and foundations understand their advocacy rights under the law.
- Directing public attention and our own advocacy resources to important issues that affect American life and justice.
Whenever threats emerge to the principle of “liberty and justice for all,” Alliance for Justice is prepared to act. When radical right-wing judicial nominations have posed a threat to core constitutional values, AFJ has fought to preserve the integrity of the courts. When conservatives threatened to undermine the advocacy rights of nonprofit organizations, AFJ embarked on a long-term, multi-faceted program to empower nonprofits to exert a progressive influence on public policy. When critical issues of justice have arisen—be it promoting sensible gun safety laws, the use of torture, protecting habeas corpus, or opposing legislation that chills the First Amendment rights of nonprofits—AFJ has sprung into immediate and ongoing action.
Continuing its work of over 30 years, AFJ will lead the nation on the long road back to respect for the Constitution and protection for everyday people.
West Coast Office
Throughout its existence, AFJ has provided an increasing level of assistance to nonprofits and foundations in the western U.S. in general and California in particular. Given the pragmatic need for nonprofit participation in developing public policy, and with the leading support of two visionary California Foundations – the McKay Foundation and the French American Charitable – AFJ established an office on the west coast in the summer of 2004. We chose the Bay Area since it was midway between southern California and the west coast states of Oregon and Washington. Furthermore, the Bay Area is home to many progressive nonprofit organizations, and has historically been a home to numerous organizations and political movements that have been crucial catalysts to national social and political change. Since its launch in 2004, Alliance for Justice West Coast Office has continued to grow in its capacity and ability to provide advocacy resources to an ever expanding list of progressive nonprofit organizations.