Progressive Groups

Local Progressive Organizations

Here's an incomplete list of other progressive groups in the Harris County area. We encourage citizens to participate in organizations that promote their community.

Death Penalty | Drug Reform | Elections | Environment
Human RightsLGBT+ | Media | Peace & Justice

Death Penalty

Texas Defender Service
One of the most fact-filled reports on how injustice results in death in Texas.

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Dedicated people can make change; good links to nationwide movement and other local groups, including but not limited to:

Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation
...who have a strong Texas contingent, some of whom have appeared on GreenWatchTV (check TCADP for link to TX)

Gulf Region Advocacy Center
GRACE Law's Danalynn Recer appeared on our TV show twice in 2003. Volunteers are welcome. The organization provides legal counsel to the indigent.

Texas Moratorium Network
Among other activites, at each legislative session TMN attends and helps organize Texas Lobby Day to Abolish the Death Penalty at the Capitol.

Amnesty International
Amnesty fights the death penalty not only globally, but also nationally and locally with Group 23.

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Drug Reform

Drug Policy Forum of Texas
Provides information and expert opinion about legal and illegal drugs and the issues surrounding them.

National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws has a Houston Chapter.

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Houston League of Women Voters
This non-partisan organization publishes guides for general elections at all levels, in which candidates can outline their positions on key issues.

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Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Service (t.e.j.a.s.)
Juan and Bryan Parras, plus a host of compadres, raise community consciousness and provide "Toxic Tours" of Houston's environmental "sacrifice zones."

Sierra Club
Houston Regional Group
Lone Star Chapter

Air Alliance Houston
The result of a merger between two organizations, GHASP and MfCA (Galveston-Houston Association for Smog Prevention and Mothers for Clean Air), provides air monitors and training in their use, as well as the free OzoneMap app created at the University of Houston.

Texas Campaign for the Environment
TCE walks blocks in and knocks doors to raise awareness and funds for specific environmental goals, such as establishing convenient battery recycling in Texas cities.

Texas Clean Water Action
TCWA lobbies the Texas Legislature and executive offices to protect Texas water resources and implement conservation measures.

Texas SEED Coalition
Texans supporting clean air and clean energy (Austin-based). Learn about deals that get done, but more importantly about action.

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Human Rights

Amnesty International Group 23

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Supports parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays.

Pride Houston
Official hosts of Houston's annual Pride Parade, one of the nation's oldest and largest.

Houston Unites
This coalition led the charge for passage of Proposition 1, for adoption of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, in 2015. The proposition did not pass, but the group continues in the struggle for equal rights for all, including LGBT Houstonians.

The Montrose Center
Provides meeting and event spaces primarily, but not exclusively, for the LGBT community. The Center also has offices for counseling services.

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KPFT 90.1 FM
Pacifica's Houston affiliate airs more great radio programs than could possibly be listed here! Tune in, Call in, Drop in.

Houston Peace News
This monthly newsletter contains articles and analysis from local peace & justice activists. Subscribe by calling Lee Loe at (713) 524-2682.

Greenwatch TV
Watch previous episodes of HCGP's long-running public affairs program on the Greenwatch Vimeo channel, or stream it live on Houston Media Source at 8:30 Central every other Wednesday evening.

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Peace & Justice

Houston Peace and Justice Center
This coalition of organizations dedicated to non-violence, equality, and related issues presents the annual Peacemaker Awards banquet and a biennial Peace Festival.

Latinos por la Paz
LATINOS POR LA PAZ is a grassroots organization committed to the fulfillment of human, civil, and cultural rights for all citizens of the world. Although based in the Latino community, in the spirit of inclusiveness LPLP welcomes all persons who share democratic values and goals. Please see their web site, read their mission statement, and stand in solidarity with them!

S.H.A.P.E. Community Center
(Self-Help for African People through Education)
As one of the most visible and involved community centers in the Greater Houston Community, as well as in the State of Texas, S.H.A.P.E. has led the way toward Justice, Equal Opportunity, Human Rights and Institution Building in the city, state, nation, and world. Because of its deep commitment to the community, and Family Strengthening & Empowerment, S.H.A.P.E. has actively sought ways to oppose injustice and to better the community for all people. The main center's location is 3815 Live Oak Street at Alabama; the Harambee Building stands at 3903 Almeda Road.

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  • Bernadine Williams
    commented 2017-06-23 15:27:21 -0500
    You didn’t list any feminist groups.