CIVIL RIGHTS DIRECTORY

PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS - (N3)

National Federation of the Blind
National Hispanic Council on Aging
National Hispanic Media Coalition
National Image Inc.
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
National Latinas Caucus
National Latino Communications Center
National Latino Peace Officers Association
National Legal Aid & Defender Association
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
National Newspaper Publishers Association
National Parents Teachers Association
National Puerto Rican Coalition, Inc.
National Puerto Rican Forum, Inc.
National Rainbow Coalition
National Senior Citizens Law Center
National Stigma Clearinghouse
National Urban Coalition
National Urban League, Inc.
National Women's Law Center
NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND (NFB)
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

Marc Maurer, President
Tel: (410) 659-9314
Fax: (410) 685-5653
TDD: None

The National Federation of the Blind acts as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind. The ultimate goal is the complete integration of the blind into society on the basis of equality. Programs and services include: advocacy and protection of civil rights, informal counseling and referral, literature and materials about blindness, scholarships, aids and appliances, job opportunities for the blind (in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor), development and evaluation of technology, and support for blind persons and their families. The National Federation of the Blind has State affiliates in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, with local chapters in most major cities.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States and Puerto Rico
Type(s) of publications: Quarterly and monthly magazines


NATIONAL HISPANIC COUNCIL ON AGING (NHCoA)
2713 Ontario Road, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Dr. Marta Sotomayor, President and CEO
Tel: (202) 745-2521
Fax: (202) 745-2522
TDD: None

NHCoA, as a national network, promotes the sharing of resources, the establishment of ties with other organizations, and collaborative projects on behalf of the Hispanic elderly. NHCoA carries out most of its activities through its membership and local chapters, affiliates, and organizational members.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Quarterly newsletter


NATIONAL HISPANIC MEDIA COALITION
5400 E. Olympic Boulevard, Suite 250
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Ester Renteria, National Chair
Tel: (213) 726-7690
Fax: None
TDD: None

The Coalition is composed of 150 groups and has a membership of 55,000 persons, with affiliates in Chicago, Miami, and New York. The Coalition's goal is to improve the image of Hispanic Americans in radio, television, and films. It works to ensure an increase in employment of Hispanic Americans in the media.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Semiannual magazine


NATIONAL IMAGE INC.
930 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 139
Denver, CO 80204-4417

Thomas Gomez, President
Tel: (303) 534-6534
Fax: (303) 534-0796
TDD: None

Working through more than 50 chapters and affiliates, the purpose of National Image, Inc., is to develop, promote, and increase employment opportunities for Hispanic Americans, both in the private and public sectors, while seeking equality in status and achievement. Among its programs, IMAGE administers the Project Cambio Foundation, which provides scholarships for Hispanic women pursuing a career change or reentering the work force. Another program administered by IMAGE is the Aviso Program, which matches employees with employers' specifications nationwide. Project Partnership, with various government and private sector employees, works to expand employment opportunities in all areas.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Quarterly newsletter


NATIONAL INFORMATION CENTER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES (NICHCY)
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013-1492

Susanne Ripley, Director
Tel: (202) 884-8200 or 1 (800) 695-0285
Fax: (202) 884-8441
TDD: (202) 884-8200

NICHCY provides services to parents, teachers, professionals, advocates, etc., interested in obtaining information about children and youth with disabilities. This includes information about the Americans with Disabilities Act, section 504, of the Rehabilitation Act Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, and civil rights.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Various publications


NATIONAL LATINAS CAUCUS (NLC)
853 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Yolanda Sanchez, President
Tel: (212) 614-2903
Fax: None
TDD: None

NLC deals primarily with issues of concern to Latinas. The principal goal of its organization is to empower women in local communities by organizing and developing networks around issues of common concern, to provide opportunities for personal and professional advancement, and to foster a stronger sense of self awareness. Special projects include El Barrio Renaissance, an effort to create low- and moderate-income residential units by renovating city-owned vacant buildings, and Economic/Leadership Development mini-courses for Latinas.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Bimonthly community newspaper


NATIONAL LATINO COMMUNICATIONS CENTER (NLCC)
3171 Los Feliz Boulevard, Suite 201
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Jay Rodriquez, Chair
Jose Luis Ruiz, Executive Director
Tel: (213) 663-8294
Fax: (213) 663-5606
TDD: None

The National Latino Communications Center is a nonprofit media arts and production center whose mission is: to provide quality Latino programs to the national public television audience that illuminate the depth and diversity of the Latino experience, to nurture Latino media artists by providing professional assistance, and to provide a sustained institutional framework for utilizing the broadcast media to empower Latinos.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Newsletter


NATIONAL LATINO PEACE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION (NLPOA)
5524 Assembly Court, Suite 10
Sacramento, CA 95823

Gene Reyes, Executive Director
Tel: (916) 393-9644
Fax: None
TDD: None

The primary goal of the National Latino Peace Officers Association is to increase the representation of Hispanics at the Federal, State, and local levels of the criminal justice system. The organization also works to enhance the image and professionalism of law enforcement in general and Hispanics in particular. There are currently NLPOA chapters in eight States.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: None


NATIONAL LEGAL AID & DEFENDER ASSOCIATION (NLADA)
1625 K Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006

Clinton Lyons, Executive Director
Tel: (202) 452-0620
Fax: (202) 872-1031
TDD: None

NLADA advocates for the continuing availability of high quality legal services for poor and low-income Americans. The Association provides training, technical assistance, and support for its membership, which includes numerous civil rights organizations.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Quarterly newsletter


NATIONAL MINORITY SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, INC. (NMSDC)
15 W. 39th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Harriet R. Michel, President
Tel: (212) 944-2430
Fax: (212) 719-9611
TDD: None

Providing a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses is the primary objective of the Council. The NMSDC Network, which includes 44 affiliated regional councils, matches more than 15,000 certified minority business enterprises (black, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) with its more than 3,500 corporate members-including most Fortune 500 companies-that want to purchase goods and services.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Quarterly newsletter


NATIONAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION (NNPA)
3200 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010

Yvonne Cooper, Executive Director
Tel: (202) 588-8765
Fax: (202) 588-5029
TDD: None

The Black Press of America is the representative for 210 African American-oriented newspapers. NNPA is a wire service that gathers relevant news about the African American community and issues and distributes information to newspapers across the country. The Association promotes the interest of the black press in governmental and corporate areas and encourages cooperative efforts among its members.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Newspapers and newsletters


NATIONAL PARENTS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION (NPTA)
330 N. Wabash Avenue, Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60611-3690

Joan Dykstra, National PTA President
Tel: (312) 670-6782
Fax: (312) 670-6783
TDD: None

The mission of NPTA is to support children and youth and speak on their behalf in the schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children; to assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children; and to encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this Nation.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Monthly magazine


NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN COALITION, INC. (NPRC)
1700 K Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006

Manuel Mirabal, President, and Nestor Rios, CEO
Tel: (202) 223-3915
Fax: (202) 429-2223
TDD: None

NPRC's basic mission is to further the social, economic, and political well-being of Puerto Ricans throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Through a coordinated national advocacy program, NPRC attempts to advance the Puerto Rican community's empowerment at all levels of the public and private sectors.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Monthly newsletter


NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN FORUM, INC. (NPRF)
31 E. 32nd Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Coni Batlle, President
Tel: (212) 685-2311
Fax: (212) 689-5034 or (212) 685-2349
TDD: None

The Forum's mission is to empower Puerto Rican and Latinos to achieve social-economic and political parity through leadership, education, and economic advancement.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Newsletter


NATIONAL RAINBOW COALITION
1002 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007

The Reverend Jessie L. Jackson, President and Founder
Tel: (202) 333-5270
Fax: (202) 728-1192
TDD: None

The Coalition is a multiracial, multi-issue national membership organization. Its mission is to move the Nation and the world toward social, racial, and economic justice by building bridges.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Weekly Fax and quarterly newsletter


NATIONAL SENIOR CITIZENS LAW CENTER (NSCLC)
1815 H Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20006

Burton D. Fretz, Executive Director
Tel: (202) 887-5280
Fax: (202) 785-6792
TDD: None

The Law Center advocates nationally for low-income older clients and provides legal support to local legal services programs and pro bono attorneys.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Weekly newsletter


NATIONAL STIGMA CLEARINGHOUSE
275 7th Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Jean Arnold, Chair
Nora Weinarth, Co-Chair
Tel: (212) 255-4411
Fax: (212) 255-4411
TDD: None

The National Stigma Clearinghouse works to end discrimination against people diagnosed with mental illnesses by protesting inaccurate portrayals of mental illness in the media, an important source of negative public opinion. Its national network of stigma busters supplies the offender with accurate information to replace stigmatizing and stereotypes.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Monthly reports


NATIONAL URBAN COALITION
727 15th Street, NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20002

Dr. Ramona H. Edelin, President and CEO
Tel: (202) 986-1460
Fax: (202) 986-1468
TDD: None

The Coalition is an urban action, advocacy, and information organization. Founded in 1967, the Coalition serves as an advocate for poor, minority, and working-class residents in urban areas. Through a network of 40 local affiliates, it seeks to build partnerships among representatives of the private sector, governments, and people of urban communities to stabilize and revitalize American cities. The Coalition operates programs in urban education leadership development, housing, and urban health. It works to increase the involvement of children of color in science, mathematics, and computer skills.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Quarterly newsletter


NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE, INC.
1111 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Hugh B. Price, President
Tel: (202) 898-1604
Fax: (202) 408-1965
TDD: None

The League is a nonprofit organization with 114 affiliate offices in 34 States and the District of Columbia. The League was established in 1910 to help African Americans attain social and economic equality. Its mission is accomplished through the coordination of program services, the encouragement of bridge building among diverse ethnic groups, the advocacy of public policy for the underserved, and the provision of technical support for its affiliates. Throughout its history, the League's presence in urban America has symbolized the building of public and private partnerships for the well-being of its constituents. Although the methods for implementing its objectives have evolved, the organization's purpose remains true to its original mandate.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Studies, reports


NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER (NWLC)
11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

Nancy Duff Campbell, Marcia D. Greenberger
Co-Presidents
Tel: (202) 588-5180
Fax: (202) 588-5185
TDD: None

The Center challenges the law and the legal system to protect women's rights and to respond to women's needs. In public policy areas, from education and employment to reproductive rights and family support, the Center brings indepth research, analysis, and legal expertise to bear on the critical issues of the day to advance the rights of women and girls across the Nation.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Quarterly newsletter, annual report, legal texts, public policy research reports and papers, resource guides, testimony, articles, fact sheets


NOW LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND (NOW-LDEF)
99 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013

Kathryn J. Rodgers, Executive Director
Tel: (212) 925-6635
Fax: (212) 226-1066
TDD: None

NOW-LDEF is a women's legal advocacy organization focusing on impact litigation and legislative strategies.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Newsletter, legal resource kits