I tend to think the best political activism is an activism that builds human connection, nurtures real relationships, fortifies social networks. If you would like to move your activism off of Facebook and into the world of face-to-face interaction, I’ve compiled (and will keep updating) a list of potential partners – organizations and/or movements you could join or use as a model for your own efforts. If you know of a great resource I haven’t listed yet, let me know! [updated 3/4/17]
- 314 Action: http://www.314action.org/home. “314 Action champions electing more leaders to the U.S. Senate, House, State Executive and Legislative offices who come from STEM backgrounds. We need new leaders who understand that climate change is real and are motivated to find a solution.”
- Indivisible Guide: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/. “A practical guide For resisting the Trump agenda. Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.” Also connects and organizes local groups who want to use the guide for political organizing and action.
- Flippable: https://www.flippable.org/. “flip the House, flip the Senate, flip the President. […] Our plan is to turn our country blue from the ground up by focusing on state governments. We will build a community of progressives committed to flipping state seats and organizing their communities in defense of progress. We’ll give you data on the most flippable seats and provide meaningful actions to win, through spreading awareness, volunteering, and donating.”
- Resistance Manual: https://www.resistancemanual.org/Resistance_Manual_Home. “Action begins with information. There are more of us who believe in equity and justice than those who support Donald Trump’s ideology of fear and hate. Together, we can harness the collective power of the people to resist the impact of a Trump presidency and to continue to make progress in our communities. Get educated. Get organized. Take action.”
- Run for Something: https://www.runforsomething.net/. “[R]ecruit and support talented, passionate youngsters who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.
- She Should Run: http://www.sheshouldrun.org/. “A non-partisan 501(c)3 organization expanding the talent pool of future elected female leaders.” Provides training and other tools.
- Sister District: https://www.sisterdistrict.com/. The Sister District Project harnesses the energy of volunteers in deeply blue (or red) places and channels it to where it can make a real impact. We are a network of local teams that support strategically important, winnable races across the country.
- Socialist Alternative: https://www.socialistalternative.org/. We believe the Republicans and Democrats are both parties of big business, and we are campaigning to build an independent, alternative party of workers and young people to fight for the interests of the millions, not the millionaires.
- Swing Left: https://swingleft.org/. “Control of the House in 2018 will be decided by a handful of Swing Districts, places where the last election was decided by a thin margin. Find your closest Swing District and join its team to learn about actionable opportunities to support progressives—and defeat Republicans—in that district, no matter where you live. We can stop Trump and the GOP agenda by working together NOW.”
- Town Hall Project: https://townhallproject.com/. “We are a volunteer-powered, grassroots effort that empowers constituents across the country to have face-to-face conversations with their elected representatives. […] Our founders are dedicated to progressive values and actively encourage progressive allies to use our town hall data, but we are independent of any political party or organization.”
- VoteRunLead: https://voterunlead.org/. “VoteRunLead supports the aspirations of women who want to transform our country and democracy through their participation as leaders.”
- Wellstone: http://www.wellstone.org/. “We believe that electoral politics, public policy, and grassroots organizing can be woven together to create progressive change. We call it the Wellstone Triangle, and it anchors everything we do.” Provides training and tools for progressive political action.
Civil Rights & Social Justice
- American Civil Liberties Union: https://www.aclu.org/. Defends and preserves the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
- #BlackLivesMatter: http://blacklivesmatter.com/. #BlackLivesMatter is working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.
- Southern Poverty Law Center: https://www.splcenter.org/. Dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
A Living Wage
- 15Now: https://15now.org/. Organizes to raise the minimum wage. Vision: People organizing from below can challenge the 1 percent’s domination of economic and political system and change the balance of power in our society. The key to winning is building up the power of working people expressed in their level of organization, consciousness, unity and determination to struggle.
- Restaurant Opportunities Centers United: http://rocunited.org/. Engages workers, employers and consumers to improve wages and working conditions in the restaurant industry.
- One Fair Wage: http://onefairwage.com/. Advancing campaigns across the country to pass legislation in cities and states that will require the restaurant industry to pay all its employees at least the regular minimum wage.
- Diners United: http://dinersunited.com/. The consumer association of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, mobilizing restaurant diners in support of livable wages and working conditions for the nation’s 11 million restaurant workers.
Immigration & Political Refuge/Asylum
- Center for Victims of Torture: http://www.cvt.org/. Provides direct care for those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture.
- International Refugee Assistance Project: https://refugeerights.org/. Organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons.
- National Immigration Law Center: https://www.nilc.org/. Defends and advances the rights of low-income immigrants.
- United We Dream: http://unitedwedream.org/. Immigrant youth building a movement for justice. We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.
- National Resource Defense Council: https://www.nrdc.org/. W
- The Nature Conservancy: https://www.nature.org/. Works around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Has local chapters.