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

    May 6, 2021 in Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability, JUST Pensacola

    JUST Pensacola Continues Push To Cut Escambia Juvenile Arrests

    By Sandra Averhart, WUWF The faith-based organization JUST Pensacola has renewed its call for increased use of the Civil Citation program to reduce juvenile arrests in Escambia County. For the…
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    May 5, 2021 in Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability, FAITH, PEACE Polk County

    Civil Citations and juvenile justice reform

    A hopeful solution for juvenile offenders By Maurice Beaulieu, Florida Catholic Media ORLANDO | When Barbara Cochran’s son, Ronald, was 7 years old, he made a terrible mistake. He and…
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    May 5, 2021 in Affordable Housing, Justice Knox

    Knoxville City Council to vote on Mayor Kincannon’s proposed budget

    By Tyler Whetstone, Knoxville News Sentinel Champions of affordable housing got a big win this week as the Knoxville City Council approved Mayor Indya Kincannon’s proposed budget with its heavy…
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