Fine feelings and brilliant thoughts are wasted — unless they’re precursors to deliberate, purposeful action. Find your place in the activism world. The following progressive activist groups maximize the efforts of many. They organize and mount an impact that annihilates the opposition.
Be part of action synergy. Join up. Spread the word.
UPDATED: May 28, 2021
The Motivation for Action
Legitimate action arises from thoughtful consideration, which is inspired by an awareness of your honest feelings or emotions. Here’s the proper firing order:
- Thought (don’t skip this step, or you may be a victim of propaganda)
When you’re ready for action, join one or two local progressive activist groups. Or you may want to get involved with action organizations via the Internet. It depends on your personal resources: time, means, and money.
Do remember: YOU are not solely responsible for saving the world. While some of you will be called to leadership, most people will contribute in a smaller capacity. And that’s just what we need: an army of People Power that demands progress.
We build a mountain of momentum together. We make the deepest impact together.
We fuel the flames of progressive activist groups. We push the Overton Window to the Left. We turn an upside-down world rightside up. We turn OUR vision into reality.
Progressive activist groups feature online action campaigns at their websites. Go through them regularly. Participate in digital action opportunities that are organized to maximize the Voice of The People. You’ll also find details for upcoming national and global events.
Climate & Environment Action
Check out these progressive activist groups that fight for climate action and the sustainable use of environmental resources.
350.org – From the website: “350 is building a future that’s just, prosperous, equitable and safe from the effects of the climate crisis.”
Extinction Rebellion – From the website: “Non-violent direct action and civil disobedience to persuade governments to act justly on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.”
Friends of the Earth – Tagline: “A bold voice for justice and the planet.”
Green Peace International & Green Peace USA – The mission: “Peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.”
Natural Resources Defense Council – The mission: “Combine the power of more than three million members and online activists with the expertise of some 700 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.”
Sierra Club – From the website: “The most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. We amplify the power of our 3.8 million members and supporters to defend everyone’s right to a healthy world.”
Sunrise Movement – Tagline: “We are the Climate Revolution.”
Democratic Reform Action
Look at these progressive activist groups that fight for election reforms and governmental improvements that protect and strengthen democracy.
Common Cause – From the website: “More than 1 million powerful, fearless, ordinary Americans working together to build a democracy that works for us all.”
Fair Vote – The mission: “A nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans.” Fair Vote advocates for Ranked Choice Voting.
National Ranked Choice Voting – Volunteer to start a local chapter, join the social media brigade, or do phone banking and outreach.
Represent.Us – Fighting political corruption. From the website: “We’re uniting Americans to fix our broken political system.”
STAR Voting – An automatic runoff voting system. From the website: “We should be able to vote our conscience, our votes should never be wasted, and our elections should accurately reflect the will of the people.”
Wolf PAC – Fighting for a Constitutional amendment. From the website: “There is an emergency in America. Corruption and special interests have a stranglehold on Congress. We have the solution.”
Social, Human & Civil Rights Action
Check into progressive activist groups that advocate for social, human, and civil rights.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – The mission: “to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.”
AVAAZ – A super petition site, with a worldwide community. Tagline: “The world in action.”
Civil Rights Corps – From the group’s mission statement: “[We are] dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the United States’ legal system — a system that is built on white supremacy and economic inequality.”
Repairers of the Breach – The mission: “Seeks to build a moral agenda rooted in a framework that uplifts our deepest moral and constitutional values to redeem the heart and soul of our country.” Founded by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber.
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) – The organization states it “is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.”
Southern Poverty Law Center – From the website: “We employ a three-pronged strategy to battle racial and social injustice: Fighting hate, learning for justice, seeking justice.” Home of the “Hate Map” (documentation of active hate groups in the United States).
Roots Action – Tagline: “Connect. Act. Grow.” The mission: “Galvanizing people who are committed to economic fairness, equal rights for all, civil liberties, environmental protection — and defunding endless wars.”
Revive the American anti-war effort. Join one of these progressive activist groups that fight for global peace and an American foreign policy that is based on peace and prosperity.
Code Pink – From the website: “A women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs, and other life-affirming programs.” Men are welcome to join!
Divest from the War Machine – The mission is to “encourage individual investors and our nation’s financial institutions… [to divest] from the U.S. War Machine.”
Friends Committee on National Legislation – Tagline: “Lobbying with Quakers.”
Just Foreign Policy – The mission is exclusively focused on U.S. Foreign policy. From the website: “Dedicated to… mobilizing and organizing the broad majority of Americans who want a foreign policy based on diplomacy, law and cooperation.”
Veterans for Peace – Who they are: “A global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars.”
Win Without War – What it is: “A diverse network of activists and organizations working for a more peaceful, progressive U.S. foreign policy.”
World Beyond War – What is is: “A global nonviolent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace.” It features “Peace Education,” in the form of books, webinars, and online courses.
To learn more about collective peace action, read “10 Progressive Peace Resolutions and 5+ Audacious Peace Activist Groups“.
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