Street activism changes the world. Not by itself, but it’s a key component of any successful campaign. No matter what anyone says, I don’t think there has ever been a major social policy change that came about strictly through legislative action, insider wheeling and dealing, or pressure politics (petitions, letter-writing, etc.). I believe in the power of strategic nonviolence. I’ve seen it work and I’ve seen it not work, but it’s always a long-term struggle and often you do not know what the results are going to be until many years later. If you’re interested in learning more about and/or getting involved in grassroots activism, here are some links to get started with.
Justice for Palestine
Stop Pinkwashing Israeli War Crimes (pinkwashing = using queer civil rights in Israel to distract from Israeli apartheid & occupation)
Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT!)
Queers Against Israeli Apartheid
Arab Anti-Racist Organizing
Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC)
Internationals Working In Palestine
International Women’s Peace Service
International Solidarity Movement
Black Lives Matter
Yes, Black Lives matter. All lives should matter, sure, but Black lives have been consistently devalued on this continent since the moment that Black people were dragged here in chains. It’s time we started dealing seriously with that.
Women Resisting Militarism
Women In Black is an international grassroots movement of women for justice and opposing all war.
Direct Action to Stop War: In 2002 and 2003, the world saw the largest outpouring of people’s power to stop a war in global history. We did not succeed, but the example lives on. Some day soon, we will rise again and we will win.
Decentralized, radically democratic organizing did not start with Occupy Wall Street:
Gentrification and Economic Justice
General Activist Resources
Organizing for Power, Organizing for Change
The Movement Action Plan: A Strategic Framework Describing The Eight Stages of Successful Social Movements
198 Methods of Nonviolent Action (A Force More Powerful)
Global Nonviolent Action Database
Praxis Makes Perfect (amazing collection of resources)