Social Activism


Metro Justice of Rochester

We seek a better, more just world, free of economic, racial, and social injustice. We know that the way to move closer to this world is through an organized, collective struggle for justice.  Below you’ll find some specific ways you can join us on the path to a brighter future.

City Roots Community Land Trust

The City Roots Community Land Trust’s mission is to permanently preserve affordability in Rochester, New York through community owned and managed land, to empower neighbors, and to bridge socioeconomic divisions in order to secure development without displacement.

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York protects and provides health care and education that empowers individuals and families. With respect. Without judgment. No matter what.

Worker Justice Center of New York

The Worker Justice Center of New York’s mission is to pursue justice for those denied human rights with a focus on agricultural and other low wage workers, through legal representation, community empowerment and advocacy for institutional change.

Urban League of Rochester, NY

The Urban League of Rochester was founded in 1965 in the wake of racial unrest and riots that crippled the Rochester community. The formation of the agency, which is an affiliate of the National Urban League, was intended to address the material needs of poor and minority citizens in areas such as housing, employment, education, health and economic parity.

Center for Teen Empowerment – Rochester

Since 2003, Teen Empowerment has employed hundreds of Rochester youth who have  engaged thousands of their peers, adults, and community leaders in youth-led initiatives. Working in southwest Rochester, open mic nights, PeaceBQs, and other safe social gatherings where youth use the arts to share ideas and inspiring, positive messages.  Youth also organize and facilitate group sessions and forums that create deep and meaningful dialogue among teens and between youth and adults, community leaders, educators, and police.

TE youth organizers work on policy initiatives that engage public officials, bring youth voice to decision making, and work to create institutional and systemic change.

Rochester Labor History & Labor Education

Learning the history of work and the history of our unions here in Rochester. Educating ourselves, our students and our community about our work and our unions today.


Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

Genesee Valley NYCLU – American Civil Liberties Union of New York

The Genesee Valley Chapter is dedicated to safeguarding the liberties and rights of the people we serve through advocacy and litigation; legislative action; and public education. We are involved in state and national issues, with a special focus on members of the greater Rochester area and nine county Genesee Valley region.