The Direct Action and Research Training Center, or DART, is a national network of 21 affiliated grassroots, nonprofit, congregation-based community organizations.
The DART Network is currently comprised of twenty-one affiliated congregation-based community organizations throughout Florida, Ohio, Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
DART is currently accepting applications for full-time community organizing positions. Application deadline: May 19, 2019.
February 7, 2019. The Post and Courier. Inside a meeting hall at Ebenezer AME Church on Charleston’s East Side Thursday night, Fouche Sheppard shared a story of how she was pulled over by a police officer she believed had profiled…
January 26, 2019. The Post and Courier. Even as more people over the past year have called for action on the affordable housing shortage in the Charleston region, typical rents and home prices remain higher than what most workers can…
January 21, 2019. Lawrence Journal-World. After Douglas County staff trimmed a cost estimate for an expansion of the local jail by $21 million, the most outspoken opponents to the first plan have not changed their tune. Several local groups formed…
January 19, 2019. Lawrence Journal-World. Ben MacConnell understands the dangers of attaching opinions on a modern issue to someone who can’t speak for himself, but he believes Martin Luther King Jr. would be a strong proponent of criminal justice reform….
January 11, 2019. The Columbus Dispatch. It’s a good indicator that an issue is worthy of some attention when the local faith communities that join forces as B.R.E.A.D. identify it as their focus for the year. For 2019, we agree…
January 4, 2019. The Florida Times-Union. The scene for an ICARE meeting is impressive. There is a sea of people in the church pews, but they aren’t all from one congregation or faith: there are Christians, Jews, Unitarians, Baha’is and…
BREAD is the most important organization in Columbus, Ohio, with a permanent and strong program for Hispanic civil rights in this city.
DART has done something that I’d never have thought possible – especially in Charleston, South Carolina! Over two dozen congregations now celebrate the “diversity of our unity and the unity of our diversity” by doing justice in ways that tear down walls, build bridges and change our community for the better.
“DART’s work is an authentic and highly effective answer to God’s call to do justice.”
“Five years ago, I could not imagine the cross-section of clergy and congregations that have come together to fight for justice under the banner of the Charleston Area Justice Ministry with the help of DART. This organization has been a real blessing to my ministry.”
DART groups are on the ground doing the hard work of justice ministry. They are putting prophetic imagination into action. The leadership that DART provides is urgent, given the deep crisis we face in our society.
“I have had the privilege of working with several DART organizations as they wage campaigns to provide affordable homes for low income people, and their victories have served as models for other communities across the country.”