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

July 5, 2024 in CAJM, Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability

Charleston police complete racial bias audit. Some say there’s more work to be done.

By Kailey Cota, Post and Courier Five years after the Charleston Police Department decided to take a hard look at its policies with a racial bias audit, it has embraced…
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July 1, 2024 in Affordable Housing, FAST

Tampa Bay area’s housing forecast: More growth with a chance of gentrification

By Jenna Bourne, WTSP By the end of the decade, Florida could need more than half a million additional homes to keep up with our population growth. That estimate from…
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June 25, 2024 in BOLD Justice, Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability

‘Waiting to get pulled over’: In Florida, driver’s license suspensions keep people in a spiral of debt, recidivism

By Shira Moolten, South Florida Sun Sentinel Martin Van Buren’s life began to unravel the day he ran a red light in the suburbs of Orlando, though he didn’t know…
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