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

    28 locally-led organizations

    The DART Network is comprised of 28 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

    December 10, 2021 in CAJM, Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability, Public Education Improvement

    Charleston school board newcomers set sights on districtwide discipline reform

    By Jenna Schiferl, The Post and Courier The Charleston County School District faces pressure to overhaul its discipline system, prompted by national civil unrest over police brutality and the resulting discussions…
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    November 15, 2021 in Affordable Housing, FAST

    St. Petersburg approves first developments for Penny for Pinellas Affordable Housing Program

    By Stassy Olmos, ABC Action News ST PETERSBURG, Fla. — With rent growth in Tampa Bay twice the rate of the national average, it’s no secret, affordable housing is very hard to…
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    November 11, 2021 in CAJM, Healthcare Provisions, Mental Health Care & Addiction

    Commentary: Mobile health units would help MUSC demonstrate its commitment to community

    By Joseph A. Darby, submitted to Post And Courier We come before you today as community members and as clergy whose congregations are members of the Charleston Area Justice Ministry.…
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