How to keep 2017 protests alive in 2018

Image via the Awesome Foundation.

Image via the Awesome Foundation.

by Abaki Beck 

2017 has been a year of resistance. It has been a year of pain and fear for many. It has been a year of raising our voices. Of defending our friends and family. It has been exhausting, and at times debilitating. This week, we are highlighting some of the most significant protests of the year alongside grassroots and national organizations you can support to keep these movements going in your own community and throughout the nation. From direct services to advocacy to mentorship, these are groups to volunteer with, donate to, or raise awareness of. Here's to an even more powerful, loud, and loving 2018.

(And while you're scrolling through, here's a great playlist of American protest music put together by Bitch Media.)

#NoDAPL

Honor the Earth is a Native American run organization fighting oil extraction, fracking, sexual violence in extraction zones, and more.

The Native American Rights Fund provides legal advice and representation to tribes defend their sovereignty and homeland. One of the current issues they’re working on is the protection of Bears Ears.

UPROSE is a Brooklyn based Latino organization focused on youth leadership development, climate justice, renewable energy, and community resiliency.

Women’s March

A List of 100+ Black Women Running for Public Office in 2018 was curated by Awesomely Luvvie. The list was created from Jeff Yang’s Twitter thread; he will be continuously updating this spreadsheet with black women running for public office.

She Should Run is a national organization offering training and resources for women interested in running for public office. Since the 2016 election, over 150,000 women have used She Should Run tools.

March for Science

Black Girls Code hosts hackathons, workshops, and other educational programming to train black girls in website development, robotics, game design and more. 

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science provides academic and career support to Chicanos and Native Americans pursuing degrees in science and professional scientists.

Protest of the Muslim Ban

The Syrian American Medical Society provides direct health care and aid relief to individuals on the front lines of violence in Syria.

The Inner-City Muslim Action Network is a Chicago and Atlanta based organization that provides direct services like re-entry job training and health services, as well as advocacy around racial justice, food access in lower income communities, and more.

Protecting Undocumented Immigrants

Mariposas Sin Fronteras is an Arizona organization that supports and helps free LGBTQ people in immigration detention.

Border Angels provides a wide range of services to undocumented immigrants - from legal services to water distributed along common migrant routes in the desert.

Supporting Transgender People

The Audre Lorde Project is a New York City based education, organizing and capacity building center for LGBTQ people of color.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project provides legal support, know your rights trainings and more to low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming.

 #MeToo

Break the Cycle provides youth leadership training and education on teen dating abuse prevention. They have offices in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Austin.

Manavi is a direct service organization in New Jersey that provides support to South Asian women in America who are victims of violence.

The Indian Law Resource Center’s “Safe Women, Strong Nations” project provides technical assistance and policy advocacy to assist tribal communities in ending sexual and domestic violence.