We build people power to do justice

    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

    27 locally-led organizations

    The DART Network is comprised of 27 affiliated congregation-based community organizations throughout nine states:

    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Indiana
    • Kansas
    • Kentucky

    • Ohio
    • South Carolina
    • Tennessee
    • Virginia


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    Our Latest News

    April 7, 2021 in Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability, HOPE

    Opinion: Hillsborough County in need of juvenile arrest reform

    By Teegan Oshins, The Oracle The Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE) lobbied local government officials during a virtual meeting in March, calling for a reform of Hillsborough County’s…
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    April 5, 2021 in Drugs, Mental Health Care & Addiction, Topeka JUMP

    Topeka JUMP looking to expand number of Oxford Houses in region

    By Kimberly Donahue, WIBW TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka JUMP is looking to increase the number of Oxford Houses in the area. Rooms in Oxford Houses are rented by recovering…
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    April 5, 2021 in Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability, HOPE, Public Education Improvement

    Activists call for reforms to reduce Hillsborough’s juvenile arrests

    BY Tony Marrero, Tampa Bay Times Too many kids are getting arrested, according to the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality. Local officials agree, but differ on how to address…
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