This month, we end our special issue, “Movements in a new America,” with your vote for the ten most influential organizations working for social justice in the United States.

This list is by no means exhaustive. As many readers told us when they wrote in to help us narrow the list of nominees, there are plenty of organizations working on behalf of social justice that are not well-known because of a lack of media coverage or the focus of certain organizations on causes confined to a particular locale. All the same, each organization on this list has affected countless people’s lives and played an important role in shaping a new America.

We invite you to join us in commending the organizations on this list for their work and their commitment to achieving social justice in the twenty-first century.

InTheFray READERS’ CHOICE:

THE MOST INFLUENTIAL SOCIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS IN AMERICA (1973-2003)

#1: ACORN

#2: ACT UP/NY

#3: Amnesty International

#4: The Center for Third World Organizing

#5: Human Rights Campaign

#6: Jobs with Justice

#7: MoveOn.org

#8: The National Organization for Women

#9: Rainbow/PUSH Coalition

#10: Third World Majority

Thanks to everyone who took the time to participate in our survey. And special thanks to those of you who have participated in the work of these organizations and so many others.

Laura Nathan
Managing Editor, InTheFray Magazine
Austin, Texas

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