Organizer Boot Camp: How to Build a Base and Move Into Action This intensive, three-month training moves through the core organizing concepts of power, self-interest, and one-to-one relational meetings, and teaches you how to make propositions, hold effective meetings and create a powerful team. Materials and sessions are in English and Spanish.

Over 1,000 People’s Action Members and Allies Gather to Build Power and Transform Democracy

ARLINGTON, Va.–People’s Action’s hosted “Coming Home: An Organizing Revival,” its biennial convention, bringing together over 1,000 members and allies from across the country. People’s Action’s convention is a cherished, 50-year tradition in which members and allies strategize and build power through a series of workshops, trainings, direct actions, and meetings with Members of Congress. This year’s theme was a homecoming, representing the organization as a political home for millions. The event served as the national launch of People’s Action’s Organizing Revival.

“People’s Action’s convention is a space for people to experience the joy, inspiration, and power of collective action,” People’s Action Executive Director Sulma Arias said. “Our goal is simple: make sure every single participant leaves feeling empowered and determined to wield their power to strengthen their communities. The success of the Organizing Revival, and our ultimate goal to build a multiracial, working class democracy, depends on this.”

The Organizing Revival is People’s Action’s commitment and plan to expand the craft of organizing by training tens of thousands of new organizers and volunteers in rural, suburban, and urban communities in the craft of community organizing. The Organizing Revival’s pillars include:

  • Building new organizing infrastructure across the People’s Action network and with allies across the country;
  • Running issue and electoral campaigns that grow the network’s base of grassroots leaders and supporters; and
  • Public storytelling and strategic narratives that connect to organizing to base-build and shift what’s possible.

“The Organizing Revival is People’s Action’s call to recenter ourselves in the transformational power of organizing. It is also an invitation to the broader progressive movement to build power together. While we face great challenges, we are also in a time of incredible possibilities to organize millions of people into a vision of hope,” People’s Action Executive Director Sulma Aria said. “Our network understands what can be possible when we invest in people and each other.”  

The convention’s tradition of direct actions took on corporate profiteering harming the climate, federal tenant protections from corporate landlords, claims denials by private health insurers, and the misguided war on drugs and overdose crisis. 

Photos and videos from People’s Action’s Convention may be found here.

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People’s Action builds the power of poor and working people in urban, rural, and suburban areas to win change through issue fights and elections. We are a national network of 40 state and local grassroots power-building organizations in 29 states–united in the work of building a bigger “we.”

Contact: Johanna Kichton, press@peoplesaction.org, 202.660.0605

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Press Contact
Johanna Kichton

(202) 660-0605

About People’s Action Institute

Over five decades, People’s Action Institute and our affiliates have fought for reforms that recognize poor and working people’s dignity and make material and political improvements to millions of lives. Our victories include the Community Reinvestment Act, Superfund, the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act and the MAT Act.

We engage in issue campaigns, public education and training to advance a long-term agenda for racial, economic and gender justice. Our focus now is on deepening community organizing so we can build lasting power across the country. 

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