DART is a national network of 23 grassroots community organizations. These organizations bring people together across racial, religious and socioeconomic lines to pursue justice in their communities.
We train community leaders and professional organizers how to build power and take direct action on problems facing their communities.Since 1982, we have trained over 10,000 community leaders and 150 professional community organizers, who together have greatly impacted their communities.
Our collective impact includes:
Reading instruction and fair suspension policies in public schools
Proven approaches to limit out of school suspensions and juvenile arrests
Massive multi-million dollar expansions of public transportation
Accessible health care reform in several major metropolitan cities
Multi-million dollar investments in affordable housing
Investment in jobs training and opportunities
Our local affiliates uncover, research, and take direct action on community problems using a straightforward process:
LISTENING. Every year, leaders within each DART organization spend time meeting with others from their congregation in order to strengthen their relationships, discuss community problems, and establish networks. Through these conversations, common areas of concern emerge. Leaders then vote to determine a few major priorities to focus on for the immediate future.
RESEARCH. Leaders form research committees to determine viable solutions that will resolve the problem long-term, as well as the individuals in their community who possess the authority to implement those solutions.
ACTION. The organizations then hold a large public meeting called a Nehemiah Action Assembly. Members from all of the congregations involved in the organization (usually thousands of supporters) gather to hear testimonies as to how these issues affect people’s lives and negotiate solutions with appropriate authorities in attendance.