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The past few months has seen a huge surge in grassroots movements and activism. Today's movements can be clearly traced back to other movements in American history, including the Tea Party, the Civil Rights Movement, and Women's Suffrage, just to name a few. This page points you to some of the activist movements that are happening today.
While most of the examples on this page point to progressive causes, we're offering them up as examples of today's grassroots movements (and a reflection of the times), not as endorsements.
Tools for Activists
A crowd-sourced edited compilation of information for activists organizing against the Trump administration's policies. Sections cover health care, immigration, mass incarceration, housing, LGBT rights, the Muslim registry, climate, foreign policy, and more. Each section is updated with new information about proposed legislation and facts about proposed policies and their impact.
United We Dream Toolbox
Know Your Rights checklists and educational resources on immigration issues.
The Indivisible Guide was developed by former congressional staffers and draws on the techniques developed by the Tea Party movement.
Basic Security Guide
From Tech Solidarity, a short guide to communicating securely for activists and journalists.
Know Your Rights
A collection of Q&A resources arranged by situation: at a protest, if ICE comes to your house, if arrested or questioned by police, and so on.
Legal Guide for Bloggers
From the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a guide to legal issues for those who write online.
From the Electronic Frontier Foundation, ways to protect your privacy online.
Racial Equity Tools
A practical guide "designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large."
198 Methods of Nonviolent Action
Get your ideas here! From the Albert Einstein Institution.
Women's March on Washington
The January 21, 2017 march, with sister marches across the country and globe, was the largest, single-day march in US history. March organizers are continuing their efforts through a 10 actions in 100 days campaign.
March for Science
The March for Science, occurring on April 22, 2017, affirms the validity of scientific fact and the importance of funding and supporting the sciences.
Grassroots Activist Organizations
United We Dream
Founded in 2005 by "Immigrant youth building a movement for justice" now has 100,000 members who are immigrants and allies. Various campaigns have been launched by the organization to improve the lives of immigrant youth and their families and advocate for policy change.
We are Here to Stay
A program of United We Dream, this organization strives to unite people who are resisting deportation. "Amidst the uncertainty in our communities, there are deep wells of resilience and hope, defiance and optimism — it is time to tap those resources and thrive because this is our home and we are #HereToStay!"
Offers policy solutions to solve problems of police violence and mass incarceration. Offers bill tracking, ways to contact your legislators, and reports.
Founded to make code more ethical and to ensure collected data can't be used for oppression. "Tech Solidarity is a grass-roots organization whose goal is to better connect tech workers with the communities they live in. Our emphasis is on regular in-person meetings, volunteer assistance to organizations serving the vulnerable, and the creative use of labor law in pursuit of an ethical agenda."
A initiative from the Dream Corps and Van Jones, the LoveArmy is an inclusive, diverse movement to promote communication and conversation with those who share differing perspectives, rather than turning against others.
ReZpect Our Water
Website of Standing Rock Youth that provides videos, blog posts, and a petition.
Left-leaning site categorizes pending legislation in state governments and encourages citizens to interact with their state legislators on issues from immigration to LGBT rights to civil liberties.
An environmental organization that promotes protection of the earth against exploitation (CO2lonization) with an appeal to indigenous traditions and beliefs.
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