As the radical activist Helen Keller once said, “alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
As you know, RESIST supports hundreds of activist organizations throughout the US who are dedicated to organizing their communities to make this world a more peaceful and just place. But what you might not know is that every year these groups also often come together, organize together, and fight for this new world together.
Building a movement is no easy task. As the saying goes, if it were easy, they wouldn’t call it a “struggle.” That is why we love when we hear about multiple RESIST grantees strategizing together, organizing for a common goal together, or express solidarity for one another. That is what building a movement is all about to us: frontline communities banding together to take on the most powerful forces in the world.
This Newsletter tells stories of a few RESIST grantees who have come together to organize and support each other. In Montana, two grantees are coming together to bravely stop environmental destruction from rolling through their communities.
It tells the story of how prisoners in California went on hunger strike to protest their conditions and how messages of solidarity came in from across the country. It highlights a major victory in the struggle for peace, justice, and human rights in the Middle East and how critical it is for people to raise their voices and support that work.
We all know that those in power have the money, weapons, and media to maintain the status quo. But we have the numbers, the determination, and morality on our side. Therefore, as these grantees have shown us, the more we organize together, the stronger we are.
Saif Rahman is the director of communications at RESIST and the editor of the Newsletter.