Members and Partners

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Our strength is borne from relationships of shared vision and struggle. OOC members consist of a diverse array of organizations rooted in rural towns and cities, including small towns and every major metropolitan area across the state. And through our partnerships with national networks, we join with grassroots organizations to build a movement to transform our country.

Members

Akron Organizing Collaborative (AOC) is a broad-based organizing effort in Ohio’s Summit and Stark counties. AOC is composed of neighborhood circles, civic groups, churches, social service agencies, and other community organizations.

AMOS Project is a coalition of congregations in Greater Cincinnati dedicated to advancing justice and improving the quality of life for all residents. Through direct actions, rallies, and public meetings, AMOS leaders engage elected, business, and community leaders to work together on critical community issues.

Communications Workers of America, District 4 (CWA) includes over 200 local unions that represent workers in telecommunications, informational technology, publishing, print and electronic media, manufacturing, higher education, local government and health care.

Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) was founded in the mid 1960s by Baldemar Velásquez, who organized migrant farmworkers in northwest Ohio. Today, FLOC represents a membership base of tens of thousands of migrant farmworkers.

Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University is an interdisciplinary engaged research institute. Its goal is to connect individuals and communities with opportunities needed for thriving by educating the public, building the capacity of allied social justice organizations, and investing in efforts that support equity and inclusion.

Miami Valley Organizing Collaborative is a diverse alliance of neighborhood circles, churches, and labor unions working together to protect workers’ rights and to improve the quality of life of people living in Montgomery County and southwestern Ohio.

Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope (NOAH) is a community organization based in East Cleveland that serves as a sounding board for residents and as an umbrella organization for other nonprofits, faith-based institutions, and community groups in the region.

Ohio Baptist State Convention (OBSC) is an organized body of Baptist Churches seeking a common ground for fellowship, missions, Christian Education, evangelism, and social welfare. OBSC runs an extensive voter engagement program and has been actively involved in organizing for racial and economic justice across the state.

Ohio Justice & Policy Center (OJPC) is a non-profit law office that works for productive reform of Ohio’s criminal justice system. Through collaboration, research, community education, and litigation, OJPC advocates for a smart-on-crime, evidence-based approach to criminal justice.

Ohio Student Association (OSA) is a statewide youth organization that organizes and trains young people across Ohio to build and wield local and statewide power. OSA provides students with the tools and infrastructure necessary to be advocates for our own collective social and economic well-being.

People’s Justice Project (PJP) organizes low-income people and people of color to lead the fight against mass incarceration. Through civic engagement, community organizing, and direct action, we build independent political power in Ohio.

Policy Matters Ohio is a nonprofit policy research organization founded in January 2000 to broaden the debate about economic policy in Ohio. Their mission is to create a more fair, prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive Ohio, through research, media work, and policy advocacy.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 unites more than 50,000 property service workers throughout mid-America, including janitors, security officers, residential doormen and maintenance workers, window cleaners, industrial workers, and theater and stadium workers.

Toledoans United for Social Action (TUSA) is a diverse coalition of congregations with a powerful, established community voice in Toledo. Individually and collectively, TUSA leaders build power, hold officials accountable, seek systemic change, and promote fairness, justice, and democracy.

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 75 is a union of 30,000 people working in over 500 supermarkets, drug stores, food processing and packing plants, and healthcare facilities in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. Local 75 is dedicated to the economic and social well-being of its members, the growth and advancement of the labor movement, and developing partnerships with community and faith groups.

Valley Voices United for Change is a community organization partnering with neighborhood groups, faith- based institutions, labor unions, and nonprofit agencies in northeastern Ohio’s Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana counties to build the capacity necessary to create sustainable change in our communities.

River Valley Voices In Action (VIA) is a citizen-based community organization that works for a safer, cleaner, and more community oriented environment. We strive to find community led solutions for the neighborhoods we live in.

Partners

Alliance for Youth Action is a nationwide network of organizations building political power of young people, and the premier youth vote vehicle in the United States. We are local young people’s organizations joining together to make each other—and our entire movement—stronger.

Center for Community Change (CCC) empowers low-income people, particularly in communities of color, to make change that improves their communities and the public policies that affect their lives. Through every strand of CCC’s work, past and present, runs the conviction that those most affected by economic and social injustice are the best equipped to identify what change is necessary, and to make it happen.

Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) works to create equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with high-impact base-building organizations, organizing alliances, and progressive unions. CPD strengthens our collective capacity to envision and win an innovative pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda.

People’s Action (PA) is a network of grassroots organizations with a fierce reputation for direct action from across the country that work to advance a national economic and racial justice agenda. PA has over 200 organizers working to unite everyday people in cities, towns, and rural communities throughout the United States through direct-action, house meetings and community organizing.

Faith in Action unites faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban, and rural communities. PICO helps engage ordinary people in public life, building a strong legacy of leadership in thousands of local communities across America.