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

April 11, 2024 in Affordable Housing, Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability, Mental Health Care & Addiction, PEACE Palm Beach

Officials respond to group’s demands for action on traffic stops, housing, mental health

By Hannah Phillips, Palm Beach Post A collection of faith and community leaders demanded action Monday from Palm Beach County officials on a host of problems, including biased policing, a…
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April 4, 2024 in Affordable Housing, FAST

Faith leaders demand more affordable housing in St. Pete

By Miguel Octavio, WTSP A group of faith leaders is demanding the city of St. Petersburg do more when it comes to affordable housing. FAST, which stands for Faith and…
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April 4, 2024 in Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability, HOPE

Hillsborough County faith leaders call for reduced penalties for some driving misdemeanors

By Chris Young, WMNF Each year, thousands face misdemeanor cases related to driver’s licenses. Tampa religious leaders gathered in a park across from the Sheriff’s Office Thursday to advocate for…
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