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How Soil Generation is Cultivating Food Justice Leaders of Color in Philly

The coalition of urban farmers advocates for a "community-controlled" food system. Philadelphia has a hunger problem, as a fifth of residents are lacking enough food to live healthy, active lives. Possible solutions run the gamut but one coalition of urban farmers and organizations, Soil Generation , is pushing for what co-organizer Kirtrina Baxter calls a “community-controlled” food system that could address more issues than just...

Activism Grows in Hudson Valley Amid Divisive Times

Amid turbulent times marked by instances of violence and racist rhetoric, Ignacio Acevedo sees positive change occurring. Acevedo, the lead organizer with Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, a Poughkeepsie organization that advocates for working-class people of color, said the Hudson Valley is experiencing a surge in activism among its minority groups. "After living here for 27 years, I don't think I've ever seen people of my community...

Songs for the Ailing and Joyous Resister, A Thank You from Resist

Throughout time, movements for change have been strengthened and revolutionized by powerful music. When oppression and repression hit hard or when we won beautiful struggles in our communities, we leaned on music to celebrate, heal, and propel us forward. Music: (words set to) rhythmic melodies that awaken our senses; a special, potent kind of incantation that makes (and has made) all the difference in our...

Conspire with Me

Dear Co-Conspirator, Co-conspirator - That's what we were branded as founders of Resist 50 years ago, when we wrote to our first supporters endorsing resistance to the Vietnam military draft. Today, I invite you to wear that brand with me by donating to Resist as we continue to resist immoral authority in all its shameful forms. Together through the years, we have demonstrated to the...

Ending Violence Against Trans People Starts with Respecting Them in Everyday Life

I was standing in front of a dorm sign-in desk, the February cold still fresh on my face. A young college girl was grilling me about my driver’s license, which my girlfriend’s university forced me to show in order to visit her over the weekend. “This isn’t your ID,” the woman at the front desk told me. “This is a guy’s ID.” “Oh. That’s my...

The Criminalization of Gentrifying Neighborhoods

Areas that are changing economically often draw more police—creating conditions for more surveillance and more potential misconduct. In the early hours of Labor Day, Brooklynites woke up to the sound of steel-pan bands drumming along Flatbush Avenue, as hundreds of thousands of people gathered to celebrate J’ouvert, a roisterous Caribbean festival that commemorates emancipation from slavery. But having been marred by gang violence in recent...

A Great Tradition

Dear Resister, You are part of a great tradition. A half century ago, the very first Resist donors pledged support because they knew the Vietnam War was immoral. Through the Civil Rights Movement, Women's Movement, and every struggle against entrenched power and wealth since, Resist donors like you have been at the center of the action. Today your role in U.S. history - and your...

Shut Down Rikers Island, and Don’t Replace It

Due to the work many have done to illuminate the dehumanization and torture rampant on Rikers Island, city officials are finally proposing tangible steps to shut it down. This Monday, December 4, the New York City Council will hear testimony on progress being made toward closing the Rikers Island jails. Much of the discussion around closing Rikers jails, sure to continue Monday, centers on reducing...

Why Leave Resist in Your Estate Plan?

Resist has always been a different type of foundation. Our story begins on October 21, 1967 when activists issued the "Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority" to oppose the Vietnam War. Over the following decades, Resist has grown to become an essential supporter of many movements that have propelled our society towards justice and liberation. Celebrating 50 Years As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we reflect...

Your Source on Where To Donate on this #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday. It's a day celebrated in response to Black Friday , Cyber Monday , and to the entire consumer culture we swim in. On this day, people are encouraged to donate to causes they believe in. But where to give? You could give to Resist. But did you also know that Resist maintains a database of hundreds of the most dynamic, inspiring, and...

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