We build people power to do justice

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What we do

We believe communities ought to determine their own futures

We bring this belief to life by training community leaders and professional organizers to build power and take direct action on problems facing their communities. We:

Listen Deeply

to their community for what they are struggling with and what their vision is for the future.

Research Effectively

to better understand problems that members of the community face, and to determine what might be done to solve those problems.

Organize & Take Direct Action

so that those who hold the power of decision making are held accountable to putting people first and solving the problems that their community faces.

Our impact

Our collective impact

Since 1982, DART has trained over 10,000 community leaders and 270 professional community organizers, who together have greatly impacted their communities.

Public Education

Fair suspension policies and better reading instruction in public schools.


Expanded access to healthcare in several major metropolitan cities.

Criminal Justice

Proven approaches to combat over-policing and reduce unnecessary arrests.


Multi-million dollar investments in affordable housing.


Multi-million dollar expansions of public transportation.


Investment in jobs training and opportunities.

Where we work

31 locally-led organizations

The DART Network is comprised of 31 affiliated congregation-based community organizations throughout ten states:

• Florida
• Georgia
• Indiana
• Kansas
• Kentucky

• Nebraska
• Ohio
• South Carolina
• Tennessee
• Virginia


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Our Latest News

May 14, 2024 in Homeless Services, Mental Health Care & Addiction, Topeka JUMP, Violence

These 3 justice initiatives were focus of Topeka JUMP event drawing about 775 participants

By Stacey Saldanha-Olson, Topeka Capital-Journal About 775 community members across 29 Topeka churches filled Washburn's Lee Arena Monday night for the Topeka Justice, Unity and Ministry Project's (JUMP) annual Nehemiah…
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May 14, 2024 in Affordable Housing, CAJM, Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability, Healthcare Provisions, Public Education Improvement

CAJM to host 12th annual celebration May 20, recognizing April’s Nehemiah Action assembly

By Ian Kayanja, ABC 4 News The Charleston Area Justice Ministry plans to host an annual celebration recognizing the Nehemiah Action assembly previously held in April. The assembly solicited comments…
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May 14, 2024 in Affordable Housing, GOAL

Greenville’s commitment to affordable housing questioned at tense City Council meeting

By Spenver Donovan, Post and Courier Citizens prosecuted Greenville’s commitment to affordable housing during an unusually long and tense City Council meeting, with some speakers praising city leaders for their…
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