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.

Healthcare

Expanded access to healthcare in several major metropolitan cities.

Criminal Justice

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

Housing

Multi-million dollar investments in affordable housing.

Transportation

Multi-million dollar expansions of public transportation.

Training

Investment in jobs training and opportunities.

Where we work

28 locally-led organizations

The DART Network is comprised of 28 affiliated congregation-based community organizations throughout ten states:

• Florida
• Georgia
• Indiana
• Kansas
• Kentucky

• Nebraska
• Ohio
• South Carolina
• Tennessee
• Virginia

Careers

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Blog

Our Latest News

May 10, 2022 in BREAD, Environmental Justice

Advocates push for ‘environmental justice’ demanding protection for the city’s tree canopy

By Bri Buckley, WSYX COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — The B.R.E.A.D. organization, which stands for building responsibility, equality and dignity, is pushing the city to protect the tree canopy in Columbus. "Everyone…
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May 9, 2022 in Mental Health Care & Addiction, Topeka JUMP

Topeka JUMP works to help people with mental health issues

By Matthew Self, KSNT TOPEKA (KSNT) – Topeka JUMP is holding a community event meant to raise awareness about people suffering from mental illness. The non-profit’s name stands for justice,…
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May 5, 2022 in Affordable Housing, RISC

Proposed city budget includes help for aging mobile homes and examination of real estate taxes

By Jeremy M. Lazarus, Richmond Free Press For the first time, Richmond will help pay for fixing up aging trailers and mobile homes. City Council included $300,000 in the pending…
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