Policy Priorities

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Advocacy Groups

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds research and programs to improve the health and health care of all Americans. Their program areas and publications include health coverage, health disparities, and childhood obesity.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Reclaiming Futures
    Reclaiming Futures helps young people in trouble with drugs, alcohol, and crime. In 2001, with a $21 million investment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 10 founding communities located throughout the United States began reinventing the way police, courts, detention facilities, treatment providers, and the community work together to meet this urgent need.
  • School of Unity and Liberation
    SOULworks to lay the groundwork for a powerful liberation movement by supporting the development of a new generation of young organizers - especially young women, young people of color, queer youth and working-class young people. SOUL helps youth leaders to develop the nuts-and-bolts organizing skills they need to mobilize their communities and to deepen their political analysis and their visions for fundamental social change.
  • Share Our Strength
    Share Our Strength is a national organization that works to end child hunger in America. Through fundraisers, grants, partnerships, and educational progamming, It brings the culinary community together with activists and local food programs to spread awareness, help families and catch children at risk of hunger and surround them with nutritious food where they live, learn and play.
  • Speak Now for Kids
    Speak Now for Kids in Health Reform is a national campaign sponsored by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals (N.A.C.H.). N.A.C.H. is joined by national partners and supporting organizations from around the country who all care deeply about how children will be treated in health reform. Speak Now for Kids in Health Reform urges parents, family members, health care providers and other advocates to tell Congress why children matter in health reform – through stories, photos and videos.
  • Speakout.com
    Speakout.com is a Web-based public policy resource and community. The site showcases leading research, opinions, and events that shape public policy issues, including education, technology, and health care.
  • Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
    Spotlight is a non-partisan forum on poverty, raising awareness and presenting ideas as solutions for reducign poverty and increasing economic opportunity through its research, online newsletter and policy events.
  • States United to Prevent Gun Violence Research and Education Fund (SUPGV)
    An association of statewide gun violence prevention organizations who share best practices, programs and legislative ideas. In May 2006, they launched a campaign against illegal guns to reduce the flow of guns from legal to illegal markets. Since this campaign’s initiation, many of the state members of SUPGV have been continuing their work to highlight the illegal gun problems in their own states.
  • Texans Care for Children
    Texans Care for Children works to improve the lives of Texas children by building commitment and action for improved public policy and programs. Their issues include: child poverty and family economic security; child and maternal health; children’s mental health; early care and education; child welfare; and at-risk youth and juvenile justice.
  • Texas Criminal Justice Coalition - Juvenile Justice Initiative
    TCJC’s Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) advocates for juvenile justice policy solutions that maximize opportunities for troubled youth to become productive, law-abiding adults. Through educational outreach, JJI promotes reallocation of juvenile justice funding toward community-based alternatives to incarceration, treatment for substance abuse and mental health problems, juvenile drug courts, and restorative justice practices.
  • Texas Early Childhood Development Coalition (TECEC)
    The mission of the Texas Early Childhood Education Coalition is to build a system of quality early care and education that prepares children in Texas for success in their education and life.
  • Texas Finish Line Campaign
    CDF-TX initiative in collaboration with CPPP and Texans Care for Children to ensure all Texas children have access to affordable and comprehensive health coverage.
  • Texas Juvenile Justice Roundtable
    TJJR's mission is to create an effective juvenile justice system that practices prevention and rehabilitation and offers opportunities for youth to succeed, thereby supporting strong and safe communities. Guiding Principles include: involving parents and guardians in processes affecting youth; diverting youth who are non-violent, diagnosed with mental health challenges, and/or cognitive/ developmental disabilities from the juvenile justice system; ensuring justice for victims of juvenile crime; Controlling costs to taxpayers; protecting the rights of youth in facilities; and decreasing public school practices that funnel students into the juvenile justice system.
  • TexProtects (Texas Association for the Protection of Children from Abuse & Neglect)
    TexProtects grew out of the advocacy effort of the Child Abuse Prevention Advocacy Commission (CAPAC), a Dallas based umbrella group organized specifically to advocate for strengthening CPS, especially in the North Texas Region. CAPAC has a successful track record in organizing, training advocates and spurring them into action. Members receive, circulate and act on advocacy action alerts for a total of over 520 active advocates statewide.
  • The Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
    The volunteer-driven network of individuals and organizations who seek to bring about U.S. ratification and implementation of the CRC, a human rights treaty created specifically to promote and protect children worldwide.


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