"It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather
an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of
freedom in the minds of men."
[Attributed to Samuel Adams, but there is no evidence he
wrote it, and the terms "irate" and "brushfire" are
anachronistic. However, it is still a good saying, whoever
"Rights don't defend themselves. People have only those
rights they are willing and able to unite to defend, with
armed force if necessary. If you don't defend others when
their rights are violated, don't expect anyone to defend
yours , and those rights will be violated if they are not
[Jon Roland, 1994] Meetup Groups
Focus on Rights in General
We The People
Foundation for Constitutional Education - Exists to
Protect and Defend The Constitution of The United States of
America. Currently focused on Continental Congress 2009.
Liberty - Outgrowth of the Ron Paul movement.
Center - Serves Tenth Amendment movement.
The American Civil Liberties
Union - Defender of constitutional rights, except the
right to keep and bear arms and to assemble as independent
militias. We're working on bringing them around.
Institute for Justice -
Litigating for liberty. Libertarian alternative to the ACLU.
Bill of Rights
Institute - Advocate compliance with the Bill of Rights.
Defending Rights and Dissent - Oppose civil liberties infringements
of the "war on terrorism".
Downsize DC - Seek to
reduce the size of the federal government to within its
Center for Free Speech - Defends the rights of citizens to
participate in our democracy.
Center for Individual Freedom - Focuses attention on individual freedoms and rights guaranteed
by the U.S. Constitution.
Center for Constitutional
Rights - Active in litigation on civil liberties.
Eagle Forum -
Litigate with a pro-family focus. Founded and headed by Phyllis
Oath Keepers - Dedicated
to taking seriously the oath to defend the Constitution.
Justice - Promotes constitutionalist judicial nominees.
Code Pink -
Protest national security violations of constitutional rights.
Name is parody of alert codes issued by Department of Homeland
FNewseum Institute -
Emphasizes First Amendment issues, especially freedom of the
International Action Center - Information, activism and resistance to U.S. militarism, war,
and corporate greed. Founded by Ramsey Clark, former U.S.
Coalition - Focus on first amendment issues, based in but
not necessarily limited to California.
Future of Freedom Foundation - Publishes . Freedom
National Center for
Constitutional Studies - Public education on
Equal Justice Foundation -
Works to restore due process and reverse the loss of our civil
Rebuilding the foundations of constitutional liberty.
Original Intent -
Seek to return to strict constitutional construction.
(International - Global coalition against corruption.
"The only thing we have to decide is what to do with the
time that has been given us."
[Gandalf, Fellowship of the Ring]
Focus on Second Amendment Rights - Also
see page. Constitutional Defense
Militia Units - Directories and
Gun Owners of America,
8001 Forbes Place #102, Springfield, VA 22151, 703/321-8585 -
The no-compromise poltical action group on firearm and militia
National Rifle Association -
Defender of the Second Amendment, but a little weak on the rest
of the Constitution.
Citizens Committee for the
Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) - Another strong
force for the RKBA.
The Lawyer's Second
Amendment Society - Unites constitutionalist lawyers.
Second Amendment Foundation
(SAF) - Tax-deductible companion to the CCRKBA.
the Preservation of Firearms Ownership - Defend Second
Amendment from a Jewish perspective. But non-Jews are welcome to
Promotes open carry legislation.
The Law Enforcement
Alliance of America - Unites law enforcement
professionals, opposes gun control.
Women Against Gun
Control - Unites women who refuse to be helpless victims.
Madison Society - Focus on Second Amendment compliance through litigation.
Knife Rights -
Defend right to keep and bear knives and other non-firearm
Association - Canadian RKBA organization.
"No one can be truly free who has not first said goodbye
[Jon Roland, 1994]
Focus on Jury Reform - Also see page. Jurisdiction and Due Process
Fully Informed Jury Association
(FIJA) - Advocate jury nullification of unconstitutional
statutes and law enforcement practices. Also see
Jury Foundation (AGJF) - Encourages responsible and
effective interventions by grand jurors and other citizens into
local government affairs.
Jury Power -
Working for jury reform at the state level.
"Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human
freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of
Focus on Public Education - Also see page. Public Education
National Heritage Center for
Constitutional Studies - Educates people on constitutional
American Patriot Friends Network - Important clearinghouse for patriot information and alerts.
Network - Support collabotation among different patriot
Project - Working for judicial independence, prevention of
wrongful executions, election reform, restraint on amendments,
and securing liberty in time of war.
Fund for Constitutional
Government - Activist group, based in Washington, DC.
LEXREX - Dedicated to the
Rule of Law.
Conservative Caucus - "Conservative activist's toolbox for restoring constitutional
Conservative Forum - Organized in Canada, but mainly address reform issues in the
U.S. Many good links.
Investigative Commission (CIC) - Expose official
wrongdoing from a conservative position.
Foundation (EAF) - Home of The Third Mechanized
Media Research Center - Exposes bias in news reporting.
Accuracy in Media - Tries to correct bias and inaccuracy in mainstream news
Libertarianism Page - Presently mostly devoted to excerpts from David
Boaz' books, but expanding.
International Association of
Constitutional Law - Unites constitutionalists worldwide.
John Birch Society - Opposes
socialism and threats to constitutional liberties.
Rochester L.A.W. -
Legal study group, focus on New York State.
Constitutional Studies - Focus on Canada.
Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of America - These two organizations are engaged in what amounts to militia
training of young people, although they are not aware that that
is what they are doing. This training needs to be further
developed to put more emphasis on military, law enforcement, and
disaster preparedness, and scouts need to be taught to interpret
"The good men may do separately is small compared with what
they may do collectively."
Focus on Litigation - Also see page. Legal Reform
Watch - Monitors abuses in the judicial system.
Foundation - Litigates with a libertarian agenda.
Foundation - Working to reform government.
Rutherford Institute -
Libertarian civil rights litigation.
Foundation - Defend civil rights. Helped Gary Aldritch
publish his book, Unlimited Access.
Center for Individual Rights - Public-interest law firm that seeks reform through litigation.
Wallace Institute - Legal reform through strategic litigation.
Implementing political and legal interventions against
United States Justice
Foundation - Fighting for your rights in court.
Legal Foundation - Seek reform through litigation.
Focus on Research and Publication
Independence Institute - Good
source for books.
Independent Institute - Publish scholarly journal, The Independent Review, and
operate a bookstore with some excellent selections. Based in
Heritage Foundation -
Publishes the Policy Review.
Policy Experts -
Directory of individuals and organizations published by the
Cato Institute -
Conservative-Libertarian think tank.
Institution on War, Revolution and Peace - Conservative
State Policy Network -
Service organization for America's state-based, free market
think tank movement.
Ethan Allen Institute - Vermont's independent, nonpartisan, free-market-oriented
public policy think tank.
Reason Foundation (Los
Liberty International (San Francisco)
Georgia Public Policy Foundation (Atlanta)
American Enterprise Institute (Washington DC)
James Madison Institute (Florida)
Hudson Institute (Indianapolis)
Heartland Institute (Illinois)
Mackinac Center for Public
Montreal Economic Institute (Montreal, Canada)
Atlas Network (Fairfax, VA)
Center for Education Reform (Washington DC)
Competitive Enterprise Institute (Washington DC)
Justice (Washington DC)
Institute for Humane Studies - Support scholars on liberty topics.
National Legal Center for the
Public Interest - Publications on various topics.
Clare Boothe Luce
Policy Institute - Focus on women's issues from a more
National Center for Policy
Analysis - A think tank. See especially the article "Nationalizing Crime".
for Policy Studies - Focus on defense acquisition
reform, dual use technology, space commercialization, and
threats from terrorism.
Institute - Seeks to restore the principles of the
American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our
Center for Public
Integrity - Does investigative reports on the influence of
money on the political process.
Ludwig von Mises Institute - Supports a free-market, private-property order, and opposes
government power as economically and morally destructive.
Foundation for Economic Education - Promotes the principles of sound economics, including
individual freedom, private property, limited government and
Institute for Policy Research - A think tank whose mission
is to develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater
economic choice and individual responsibility.
Freedom Fund - Promotes
individual freedom, private property rights, free markets, and
- Also see Focus on
Voting, Elections and Campaign Finance page. Electoral Process
Association (NIA) - Opposes unsound fiscal and monetary
American Rights (FEAR) - Opposes civil forfeiture
Help Abolish Legal Tyranny
(HALT) - Seeks to reduce the influence of a corrupt legal
Center for Judicial
Accountability (CJA) - Seek reform of the for Judicial
Accountability (CJA) - Seek reform of the judicial system.
4 Judges - One approach to holding judges accountable for
The Liberty Alliance
Project - Advancing an alternative to a national ID system
to avoid identity theft but preserve liberty.
Alliance for the
Separation of School and State - The solution for
education is getting the government out of it.
We the People
Foundation - Focus on unlawful income tax and IRS
Constitutional Law Foundation - Seeks to advance the intergenerational concern for posterity
stated in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
ReclaimDemocracy - Seek democratic accountability for corporations.
Papers, Please! -
Raise constitutional objections to "war on drugs".
November Coalition - Working to end drug war injustice.
Abolish Slavery and Trafficking - Work to eliminate human
slavery and trafficking of people.
Constitutional Patriots Opposing
Prohibition - Oppose drug laws as ineffective,
counterproductive, and at the federal level, unconstitutional.
Foundation for Individual
Rights in Education (FIRE) - For free speech, individual
liberty, religious freedom, the rights of conscience, legal
equality, due process, and academic freedom on our nation's
MoveOn.org - Online
progressive activists, pro-Democrat.
People's Action - Some campaigning for honest elections.
International - Seek to resolve conflicts at the
Rights Association (NYRA) - Advocates lessening and
removing various legal restrictions that are imposed on young
people but not adults.
Separate page for groups involving these. Money Matters
Separate page for groups involving these. Tax Matters
Umbrella Groups and Forums
Force International - Encourages freedom seekers to seek
power in every power center of society.
Young Americans for Freedom -
Unites youth in defense of the Constitution.
Free Republic - Umbrella group for many reform organizations.
Constitution Club - Umbrella network for constitutionalist study and action
Directories of Advocacy Groups
Advocacy - Find groups with similar interests to your own.
Federalist Society (FS)-
Coalition of conservative and libertarian lawyers and legal
Society (ACS)- Formerly the Madison Society. Coalition of
statist lawyers, in opposition to the Federalist Society.
of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - Involved in reform
of the criminal justice system.
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers
Association (TCDLA) - Defend rights of Texans.
American Judicature Society
(AJS)- Works for independence and integrity of the courts.
American Judges Association
(AJA) - Judges have their lobbying organization, too.
Conference of Chief Justices
(CCJ) - Have regular conferences where judicial policy
decisions are made.
Bar Association (ABA), List of State Bar Associations - The
American College of Trial
Lawyers (ACTL) - More about winning and making large fees
than justice or ethics.
American Trial Lawyers
Association (ATLA)- Lobbying organization that supports
legislation that benefits trial lawyers.
Idaho Trial Lawyer Association - Function as lobbying arms and
sometimes counters to the State Bars.
Society - Medical students with political concerns.
Alexander Hamilton Society - Students who seek vital, constructive debate on foreign,
economic and national security policy.
Adam Smith Society - Business students with political concerns.
Committee - Nationwide grassroot organization centered on
a caucus of members of Congress dedicated to seek a
strict-constitutional approach to legislation.
- There are enough to justify their own page. Republican Movements
- There are enough to
justify their own page. Separatist and
- There are enough to justify their own page. Freedom Movements
Libertarian Party - One
of the more important parties emphasizing constitutional
Libertarian Party of
Party of Travis County (Austin)
Longhorns (University of Texas at Austin)
Party of Dallas County
Party, formerly the U.S. Taxpayers Party - Focused on constitutional compliance.
Party - Advocates clean government and various
socially conservative positions.
Independent American Party - To promote respect for life, liberty and property; strong
traditional families; patriotism; and individual, state and
Constitutional Party - Founded by James
Natural Law Party - Seek to base public policy on scientific principles.
Green Party - Devoted
to protecting the ecosystem. International, with many
Committee - Parent organization of the Republican
Republican Liberty Caucus
(RLC) - Libertarian-constitutionalist wing.
Liberty Caucus of Texas
Caucus of Massachusetts
Senatorial Committee - Campaign resource for
National Federation of
Republican Assemblies - Grass roots, conservative
Committee - Parent organization of the Democratic
Freedom Caucus - Libertarian wing.
Institute (PPI) - "Defining the third way". Alter
ego of the DLC.
Challenge project of the Institute for Policy
Studies - Strategic planning arm.
Caucus - Statist wing of the Democrats in the U.S.
House of Representatives.
Socialists of America (DSA) - Seek patronage and
Democrats - Allied with similar parties across the
world, and with the Democrat Party in the United States.
Non-partisan Policy Groups
Union (ACU) - Rate members of Congress.
Americans for Democratic
Action (ADA) - Rate members of Congress.
League of Conservation Voters
(LCV) - Rate members of Congress.
Indian Movement - Organized to protect the rights of
Native Americans. Was targeted by the FBI COINTELPRO program.
American Links - One collection, mostly to various
American Links - Another collection, including most the same links
as the previous one, but it doesn't hurt to have another.
Spirits of the Land
Foundation - Has a directory of National Indian
Black Panther Party - No official home page yet, but
until they do, Bobby
Seale's Homepage will do.
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - One of the oldest.
League of United Latin
American Citizens (LULAC) - Another of the older
Native American Rights Fund - provided legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who might otherwise have gone without adequate representation
National Indian Justice Center
Defense Committees for Persecuted Individuals - Also see page. Abuses and
The Case of Leonard Peltier - Native American
activist convicted of a crime he didn't commit.
Privacy & Security
Information Center - Resist use of social security number
as national identification number.
Public Citizen Litigation
Group - Have recently defended anonymous speech.
Privacy Foundation - Seek to protect the right of privacy against government and
Computers & Internet
Center for Democracy and
Technology - Active in defense of rights of Internet users
Electronic Frontier Foundation - Defends Internet users against abuses by government. Has much
valuable material on activism.
Foundation - Advocate open source.
Global Internet Liberty Campagn - International effort. Temporary site here.
Amnesty International -
Defend rights of political prisoners and oppressed dissidents
throughout the world.
Liberty International- Members in over 80
countries dedicated to building a free and peaceful world,
respect for individual rights and liberties, and an open and
competitive economic system based on voluntary exchange and free
Society - British organization focused on the traditional,
unwritten constitution of the U.K.
One Nation - Australian reform party.
Global Exchange -
Lead role in organizing protests against several world
organizations that threaten human rights.
Association - To celebrate the Swiss Federal Charter of
Other Non-Profit Organizations
- Support private schools using the
Lancasterian Monitorial System, a method that uses more advanced
students to teach less advanced students, and teach each at his
or her own best rate. Lancasterian
The Society of Former
Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - It
once appeared that they were dominated by people with enough
integrity to quit, indicated by the list of FBI
Books they had, which was similar to the US
Agency FBI Books list. But they sent an email message
saying they were "loyal" to their former organization, and took
the page down. No mention about being loyal to the Constitution.
(Amsterdam) - An eco-militia.
of Conservation Voters - Try to defeat legislative abusers
of our environment and resources.
National Society Sons of the
American Revolution - Descendents of those involved in the
National Society Daughters of
the American Revolution - Descendents of those involved in
Sons of the Revolution -
Second oldest Revolutionary War hereditary group in the United
Montpelier - Home of James Madison, now a museum.
Acton Institute -
Dedicated to the study religion and liberty, with a focus on the
thought of Lord Acton (1834-1902), famous for the 1887 quote: " Power
corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
Antiquarian Society (AAS) - Repository of documents from
Society of American
Archivists (SAA) - Association for preservation of
- We have a separate subsite for this large
topic. Property and Privacy