11 ways to join #TheResistance (in the SF Bay Area)
Enough said. You’ll find what you’re most suited to and passionate about along the way. Start anywhere.
- If you like talking to new people, without having to convince them of anything: Knock Every Door — a project looking to talk to everyone from Clinton to Trump voters (yes, even in San Francisco), asking open-ended questions to compile a report on how the Democratic Party should change. My housemate tells me it is really fun. Project co-founded by a senior Bernie advisor, Becky Bond.
- If you like babysitting for a good cause: Bay Area Childcare Collective. “We offer childcare resources to grassroots organizations fighting for racial and economic justice that are composed of and led by parents and caregivers who face multiple oppressions.” If you have at least 2 hours per month to hang with kids while their parents lead #TheResistance, go to a new member orientation on Saturday, February 18th from 12pm-2pm in north Oakland to learn more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for location details and attendance confirmation (or further orientation dates).
- If you want to contribute your technical skills to preserve critical climate & science data (people outside of the Bay, too!): Environmental Data & Governance Initiative. For example, join a #DataRescue event at UC Berkeley on February 11, or contribute to EDGI projects on their Github. Bonus: see this Tech Against Trump event happening on 3/14, Pi Day, in Palo Alto.
- If you want to get to work on swinging some red districts to blue for 2018: Swing Left or Sister District. Essentially, find your nearest red district that could be swung to blue in 2018 & help out. You can read more about the origins of Swing Left in the New Yorker.
- If you want to push our Democratic officials to have spines: Indivisible SF (sign up for their newsletter). Indivisible groups came out of the Indivisible Guide, a document written by former Congressional staffers about how the Tea Party harassed their local members of Congress into acquiescing to their demands. We can use the same tactics, without being rude or burning effigies of people. Indivisible chapters in CA have already met with the Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein offices. Another new project: go to a People’s Town Hall, which organized 200 people to show up at Feinstein’s house recently. They are organizing another ‘unsanctioned town hall’ at her house on Sunday, February 5.
- If you want to organize with other (mostly) white people to support the movement for Black lives: go to a meeting of your closest Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) chapter. The SURJ Bay Area event calendar has an intro meeting scheduled in February and March. (Follow them on Facebook, too!) They have a variety of breakout groups you can join, from communications to education to canvassing to social media and more. SURJ is also amazing at spreading opportunities to support other groups and events doing anti-racist, anti-police violence work.
- If you want to fight police militarization, specifically: get involved with the Stop Urban Shield coalition, a group working to stop Alameda County from hosting an annual, over-militarized training and weapons expo for law enforcement from around the world.
- If you want to support an organization fighting the #MuslimBan locally: AROC, the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, has been one of the local groups organizing the amazing protests at SFO airport. They are less known than the ACLU, and while I don’t know them personally, I assume they could use some volunteers to help them do increasingly necessary work. Email them at email@example.com to find out if you can be useful to them.
- If you are a young person with money and want to help, but not through direct-service organizations: join Solidaire or Resource Generation to direct your money to social movements, or do some really easy socially responsible investing with Open Invest.
- If you like vegetables and justice: Phat Beets (!!) “aims to create a healthier, more equitable food system in North Oakland through providing affordable access to fresh produce, facilitating youth leadership in health and nutrition education, and connecting small, disenfranchised farmers to urban communities.” Tons of volunteer opportunities. Planting Justice is a similar organization, with a specific focus on employing formerly incarcerated individuals. Check out Urban Adamah for a similar type of thing with a Jewish bent. Btw, yes. Healthy food for all is part of #TheResistance against racism, capitalism, etc.
- If you think people deserve affordable homes: Causa Justa / Just Cause is “a multi-racial, grassroots organization building community leadership to achieve justice for low-income San Francisco and Oakland residents.” You can volunteer your time for the tenant rights clinic, give rides to members to their meetings, join the grassroots fundraising team, be a translator, and more.
I’m so excited for you to start (and for me, too!). It’s time for all of us to invest in these organizations for the long-haul, with our time and energy and skills. Start anywhere.
You can find a long list of more progressive orgs in the Bay on this spreadsheet, made by the amazing folks at MovementMatch.org, or on this page. Check out this awesome document of 26 Ways to be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets for further inspiration.
This is a list based on my own awareness (though I haven’t had direct experience with every single org) and what I’ve been sending people to on an ad-hoc basis. If you send me any additional opportunities on Twitter at @danielalapidous, I’ll add them as bonus options. I would especially appreciate any trustworthy recommendations for organizations that work with the many people without homes in San Francisco and organizations that help provide abortion access. Thanks!