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“Power yields nothing without a demand”: Organize

“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims, have been born of earnest struggle. If there is no struggle there is no progress. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to — and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

—Frederick Douglass, “The Significance of Emancipation in the West Indies”
(August 3, 1857)

If we want justice, we have to work for it. Do not wait for some court to magically order justice. The following organizations work for justice for immigrants and refugees.

Asterisk* on this page signifies that the organization is immigrant-led

in Central Texas

Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition

Grassroots Leadership (also national)

* San Antonio Immigrant Youth Movement (SAIM)

Texans United for Families

* University Leadership Initiative (ULI)

Workers Defense Project/Proyecto Defensa Laboral (also in Dallas and Houston)

friends in other places

* Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores (CCT), New Bedford, Massachusetts


National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)

* United We Dream

Is there a mistake on this page? Should we add your organization? Write to me at [email protected]