RJC Participating Organizations

  • ACLU OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

    American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of WNC, is the Western North Carolina Chapter of the ACLU of North Carolina (ACLU-NC) and the national American Civil Liberties Union. The mission is to preserve and defend the guarantees of individual liberty found in the North Carolina Constitution and the US Constitution, with particular emphasis on freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of religion, equal protection under law for all people, the right to privacy, the right to due process of law, and the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.


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  • ACSF

    Asheville City Schools Foundation is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to educational success for all city school students. The mission is to implement bold strategies, fund big ideas, and engage the community to increase excellence with equity for all children in our schools.


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  • Asheville-Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement

    Asheville-Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA) promotes economic, social, and health parity achievement for African Americans and other people of color in Buncombe County through advocacy, education, research, and community partnerships.


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  • Asheville-Buncombe NAACP

    Asheville-Buncombe Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the Asheville Buncombe affiliate of the NAACP. The mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.


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  • BeLoved Asheville

    BeLoved Asheville believes in the perspective that we gain when we know that we are loved and we see others as equally loved. That is the knowledge of our belovedness. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. calls the place where there is no longer the oppressed and the oppressor but each are reconciled to each other–“the beloved community.”

    When we know we are loved, we gain the insight and energy needed to accept ourselves and grow in positive ways. We develop the compassion and creativity to make a difference in the world. We develop mutual care for each other and come together in our diversity to create a better community for ALL!


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  • Building Bridges of Asheville, NC

    Building Bridges of Asheville, NC, has profoundly impacted people and institutions throughout Western North Carolina since 1993. The mission of Building Bridges is to enable our community to confront and overcome racism through a continuing process of changing attitudes and hearts through education, consciousness raising, nurturing, and ongoing support with the goal to be intentional in respecting diversity within our community.


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  • Carolina Jews for Justice/West (CJJ)

    Carolina Jews for Justice/West (CJJ) is a Jewish grassroots network committed to creating a just, fair and compassionate North Carolina. CJJ combines advocacy and education to organize a non-partisan Jewish voice in North Carolina.


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  • Children First/Communities in Schools (CIS)

    Children First/Communities in Schools (CIS) is a local non-profit committed to advocating and empowering children and families living in poverty. This is achieved through education and direct services such as the Family Resource Center at Emma, our after-school Learning Centers, Latino Outreach, Project POWER/AmeriCorps, and Success Coordinators in Emma & Johnston Elementary School. In addition to direct services, Children First/CIS engages in public policy advocacy campaigns to build opportunity for children and families.


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  • Christians for a United Community (CUC)

    Christians for a United Community (CUC) is an interdenominational, multi-ethnic organization of churches, lay people and clergy who share a commitment to Jesus and His vision of justice, peace, reconciliation and non-violent social change. CUC addresses the root causes of racism and racial disparity through policy advocacy on issues of racial justice, dismantling racism workshops and training, and inter-racial relationship building.


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  • Code for Asheville

    Code for Asheville uses technology to address social issues that impact our community. They build apps, websites and dashboards; connect underserved communities with technologies that the rest of us take for granted; and help grass- roots activists use data to inform their policy advocacy. Members range from hard- core programmers and data geeks to neighborhood organizers and social activists working with local governments to find creative solutions to our common challenges.


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  • Democracy North Carolina

    Democracy North Carolina is a nonpartisan organization that uses research, organizing, and advocacy to increase voter participation, reduce the influence of big money in politics and achieve a government that is truly of the people, by the people and for the people.


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  • Green Opportunities

    Green Opportunities’ mission is to train, support, and connect people from marginalized communities to sustainable employment pathways. We envision resilient, interconnected communities, where everyone shares respect and dignity, has the opportunity to build wealth, and is dedicated to helping each other thrive.


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  • Pisgah Legal Services

    Pisgah Legal Services

    Pisgah Legal Services is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the ideal that justice is for everyone regardless of age, race, gender, status or income. Pisgah Legal Services provides free legal assistance and advocacy to help struggling people in Western North Carolina meet urgent needs including housing, safety from abuse, income and health care.


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  • Residents Council of Asheville Housing Authority

    Residents Council of Asheville Housing Authority works to provide access to enrichment programming and various presenters during the summer for up to students. They support the Community Matters Program to instill into our youth living in low-wealth communities of ages 12 years – 17 years to value our communities, their self-worth, and foster strategies that will help overcome challenges while becoming leaders that cultivate resilient communities.


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  • Southerners On New Ground (SONG)

    Southerners On New Ground (SONG) is a regional Queer Liberation organization made up of Black people, people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town, LGBTQ people in the South.


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  • The Coming to the Table (CTTT)

    The Coming to the Table (CTTT) vision for the United States is of a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past — from slavery and the many forms of racism it spawned. CTTT provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal from wounds that are rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.


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  • YWCA Asheville

    YWCA Asheville is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA works to accomplish its mission by providing programs that help bridge gaps in education, earning power, health, and access to childcare for low-income and/or minority families in our community.


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