AFJ has been a supportive resource for our association. Their templates, brochures and feedback on current issues have provided a strong foundation to such a small nonprofit. AFJ has given them a voice to help position their message and provide more visibility on a local and national level. Their accessibility has been beneficial to the association.
AFJ is a much need nonprofit in a society that is far too apathetic. We must never give up our Constitutional rights to a trial by jury, to the right to legal counsel, to refuse to be dragged from our homes in the night, never to be heard from again. If we give up our freedom to fear, corrupt politicians, and the military-industrial complex, then the terrorists will have won. They will have destroyed what is unique and glorious about our country.
The staff in Oakland provided us timely and personal feedback that meant we were ready meet reporting deadlines without panic or doubt. Thank you, AFJ!
"Alliance for Justice believes that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have their voices heard when government makes decisions that affect their lives." This quote aptly reflects the hard work of AFJ over the past 30 years and Nan Aron's exemplary leadership. AFJ has often ingeniously shown a light on how Supreme Court decisions have potentially profound effects on economic inequalities and social justice. At a time when corporations are viewed as people and income inequality has skyrocketed we need AFJ more than ever.
The Alliance for Justice is a donor's dream: smart, savvy, strategic, sophisticated and relevant. Its top-quality staff are always on top of the latest developments in the field and often LEAD the field. Its work to build and promote the civic and philanthropic sectors' voice in critical public policy debates is outstanding; AFJ is simply the best in the field. Its work ensures that voices that are typically left out of critically important public debates get heard. That is a powerful mission.
Nan Aron, head of Alliance for Justice, and I went to the same high school. We shared the same remarkable teacher, Eric Rothschild, as a mentor. Why is that important? Because Nan (who was a bright star among many stars, academically, (whereas I was not), were both getting a college education look and questioning of American History. Rothschild's mother was one of the founders of the New York Civil Liberties Union, which formed at the peril of members, vis-a-vis Senator McCarthy. So our teacher knew first-hand and was also so brilliant, always asking for questions as well as answers about history, civics, civil liberties. Nan, since graduating from law school, dedicated herself to civil liberties. I believe she worked for the NY Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU, and at some point figured Washington, DC is the heartbeat of freedom. Among the three branches of government, each has imperiled our liberty, sometimes by law, sometimes by federal decisions, sometimes by Presidential fiat. Nan's vision propels the AFJ. Her vision is of a Constitution upheld by law and the decisions made over the centuries. AFJ has a huge agenda now: trying to make the Congress, Supreme Court, and President all come to the bar of law with their best understanding of law and justice. AFJ demands what Mr.. Rothschild demanded: to think and act to keep our country solid and free. As Ben Franklin is credited with the response to a lady as he came out of the Constitutional Convention, as she asked what kind of country we will have, Franklin said, "A democracy, if YOU can keep it." That challenge was eternal to America. For AFJ, the existence of a fouled-up republic is also a concern. I know where Nan comes from. And AFJ comes from her live-long work. This is the most upright non-profit I can think of, admiration for Nan aside.
Alliance for Justice presents my homework (on judicial issues) to me comprehensively and simply, and provides me with convenient and efficient tools for taking action on them. This way, I can effectively add my voice to those the President and Congressional members are hearing from, right on time. With such depressing judicial developments as the Supreme Court's so-called Citizens United ruling, members of the general public such as me need exactly what AFJ provides.
Alliance for Justice continues to impress me with their approach of reporting issues, actions, and ongoing activities without making the "request for donation" appear as the primary focus of the newsletter.
Alliance for Justice is a very helpful resource for all nonprofits. They are an invaluable source of information on legal and governance issues, and its staff is consistently accessible, knowledgeable, and friendly.
I get very depressed about how little information I have to base my moral opinions and actions on, about important governmental decisions that will impact my life without me knowing until it's too late. I rely heavily on the tireless work of Alliance for Justice so that I can keep my faith and my energy going in the right direction. For that I am very grateful - thanks!
i depend on The Alliance for Social Justice to inform me of the pressing issues on social justice and to provide me with the opportunities to act on these issues. I have 40 years in the not for profit sector and strongly believe that this organization is top in its field.
Alliance for Justice is an indispensable resource for social justice nonprofits. The staff training they did for my organization was engaging and highly informative, and is going to enable us to understand, move forward and accurately track our lobbying efforts. We love AFJ!
The Alliance for Justice is an unparalleled resource for the non-profit community. For example, being able to lobby policymakers is often important for groups such as ours that advocate for low-income communities. However, the rules governing lobbying are complex. AfJ provides the expert assistance and advice that enables non-profits to provide a voice for their clients in government circles, while scrupulously complying with all legal requirements.
Alliance for Justice 07/15/2011
It’s been great working with you and seeing the breadth and depth of your work.
As an advocate for people with disabilities, Alliance for Justice is my go-to source for information about what we can do as a nonprofit. I also routinely refer colleagues to the site. Alliance for Justice has come to Cincinnati and done presentations. I regard Alliance for Justice as an ally!
The Alliance for Justice is a valuable resource that empowers our organization to effectively advocate for strong clean water protections in Georgia.
The Alliance for Justice has been a valuable resource and partner to the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and our Grantmaking for Community Impact Project (GCIP), which seeks to increase philanthropic dollars going to support advocacy, community organizing and civic engagement.
We are a very young organization without funding to have legal staff or the ability to develop expertise in certain areas of the law, including legal issues related to lobbying, grassroots organizing, nonprofit legal status, etc. Time and time again, the Alliance for Justice was there was rapid, timely, and enormously helpful advice and counsel to make sure that our 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) were in compliance with various aspects of the law. Many thanks to AFC for all of its terrific work!
Alliance for Justice and its staff have been incredibly helpful to our organization. They have made themselves available whenever we needed consultation, and have provided these services in the most professional yet personal way. What an important and wonderful resource for our community!
AFJ has been a wonderful resource for our non-profit in terms of understanding lobbying and campaign finance regulations. Their web content has been very helpful, and their webinars are excellent and a terrific value.
I am the Executive Director of Greater Boston Legal Services. I am called upon to advise my own organization and other non-profits on what what non-profits can and cannot about lobbying and political issues. Although I am a lawyer and have sixty lawyers on our staff, when a hard issue comes up I look to the Alliance for Justice for the best legal advice in this very complex area.
Whenever any group is concerned about what they legally can and cannot do, I refer them to Alliance for Justice. The Alliance's publications are indispensable. Their email updates are timely, and their workshops and other programs are clear and straightforward. The Alliance provides excellent service to the non-profit community, helping groups make sure they are operating legally and with maximum efficiency.
I am the Director of Affiliate Support for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, a network of more than 100 Affiliated organizations working to achieve our mission. Many of our Affiliates are run by volunteers or young staff who are new to the complexities of issue advocacy by non-profit organizations. Just in the last few weeks, Alliance for Justice provided a webinar training for our Affiliates with very short notice when we realized that new grant money was available for lobbying work in our movement. Also in the last few weeks, I was able to connect AFJ staff with the directors of three of our Affiliates who had specific questions - all of whom received a nearly immediate and personal response that was specific, concise and on point. AFJ sets the standard for how client services should be handled.
Alliance for Justice 07/15/2011
Thanks so much! Such a pleasure working with you and your colleagues.
i've attended AFJ's trainings and they are clear, informative and enormously helpful and relevant. I have also greatly benefitted from AFJ's individual assistance on questions that come up for us.
I have been working in the nonprofit arena for the past 15 years and have had the opportunity to interact with the wonderful staff of legal trainers at AFJ on multiple occasions. Not only are they brilliant and fun, but their ability to make the law accessible to those of us working around the country is unparalleled. Thank you, AFJ!
I have only had great experiences with Alliance for Justice. As a progressive organizer who cares about the federal judiciary, I find them to be a unique and trusted resource. As one of their e-activists, their action-alerts keep me abreast of important issues and allow me to make an impact. I also often use their reports about nominees to the federal bench and the current state of our federal circuit courts. I especially find their judicial selection update helpful.