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

    23 locally-led organizations

    The DART Network is comprised of 23 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

    January 19, 2021 in BUILD, Mental Health Care

    BUILD a sense of wholeness

    Interfaith coalition organizes to better serve people living with mental illness By Margaret Gabriel Every spring, some 2,000 people gather in Lexington to demand action of the people who have…
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    January 19, 2021 in BREAD, Violence

    Columbus takes first steps on well-worn road to address violence, policing

    By Theodore Decker, The Columbus Dispatch The year 2021 is off to a lethal start in Columbus, with 14 homicides occurring in the first 14 days of the new year. That…
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    January 11, 2021 in Criminal Justice Reform, Justice Matters

    Lawrence hosts digital ‘Tour of Injustice’ to reflect on local racial issues during MLK Day

    By Sophia Misle, The Pitch The Martin Luther King Jr. Day Tour of Injustice is being hosted by the interfaith non-profit organization Justice Matters on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.…
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