13 Important Organizations To Guide You Through The Next Four Years

If you’re looking to arm and empower yourself in this era of resistance, here are some good places to start.

January 30, 2017
1. Brown Recluse Zine Distro

Olympia, WA

This zine catalog by and for people of color started out of activist Nyky Gomez’s suitcase in 2013. BRZD now hosts more than 100 titles centering on topics like activism, self-care, and intersectional narratives. Hit up their online store to arm yourself with knowledge, or maybe even submit a zine of your own.

2. MuslimGirl

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Nationwide

The online platform MuslimGirl was started by Amani Alkhat, a then-high schooler frustrated by the media’s skewed depiction of Islam and Muslims. In the site’s own words, it exists to “normalize the word ‘Muslim’ for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.” They recently launched the Muslim Ban Guidebook, a resource for approved talking points in response to Donald Trump’s executive order targeting immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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3. Brujas

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New York, NY

Brujas is an NYC-based feminist skate collective that has expanded their influence beyond the skatepark in the last year. The group recently partnered with B.U.F.U., Discwoman and House of LaDosha to organize the "Scamming the Patriarchy Youth Summit" at the New Museum shortly after the election. The event featured workshops on topics like self defense and herbalism, and educational panels. And last fall, the group launched a streetwear collection that directly crowdfunded proceeds to directly aid those impacted by the prison system.

4. Latina Rebels

Nashville, Tennessee

Latina Rebels is a group of five organizers on a mission to “ f*ck with your colonized expectations of ‘acceptability,’” using social media to dismantle “binary expectations that are placed on Latinas bodies and minds.” The platform’s founder Prisca Dorcas Moica Rodriguez recently made pit stops in cities like Chicago, Portland, and Seattle to host “Woke Brown Girl Hour” panels.

5. B.U.F.U.

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New York, NY

B.U.F.U. was founded by five queer, femme, and non-binary Black and East-Asian artists and organizers who wanted to facilitate conversations between their diasporas. In addition to organizing workshops and safe spaces, they’re working on a documentary exploring the collective’s central theme. View the visual archive here.

6. CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations

Nationwide

CAIR is one of the leading organizations enhancing understanding and dialogue around Islam. They provide excellent resources for reading up on civil rights legislation concerning Muslim communities.

7. Audre Lorde Project

New York, NY

Named after radical Black feminist Audre Lorde, the New York City-based ALP was originally founded by Advocates for Gay Men of Color in 1994, and has since grown to become one of the leading progressive resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) People of Color Communities. In February, the organization will be hosting an event honoring Audre Lorde’s birthday with a panel discussion open to LGBTSTGNC POC and POC allies.

8. Project NIA

New York, NY

Earlier this month, The FADER spoke with Mariame Kaba about the school-to-prison pipeline and some of her organizing efforts centering youth and community engagement. She spearheads the #FreeBresha movement and her blog is packed with resources and action plans demanding Bresha’s immediate release and reunification with her family.

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9. Youth For Black Lives

Chicago, IL

These six Chicago teens are working to amplify the voices of the youth of the Black Lives Matter movement. In January, the group met with Chicago’s police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to communicate concerns over excessive police brutality. Co-organizer Maxine Wint recently told Teen Vogue why she got involved in the Women’s March: “In Chicago where I live, there’s been many high-profile news events that involved injustice and I knew I had to use my voice and work with my peers to speak out,”

10. La Feminista Descolonial

Chicago, IL and Panama

Activist and organizer Nazly Sobhi Damasio founded the La Feminista Descolonial platform in 2015 as a space for Spanish-speakers to, in her words, “have access to resources and share information about feminism, anti-racism, queer/trans rights and more.” Damasio hopes the platform will help fill the void in social justice content catered to non-English speakers, and aims to someday launch a similar resource in Farsi.

11. Black Youth Project 100

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Nationwide

BYP100 is an activist network of 18-35 year olds focusing on leadership development, education, direct action organizing, and advocacy through a Black queer feminist lens. Check out their post-inauguration visual Love Letter to Black People.

12. Make the Road New York

New York, NY

Working with immigrant and working class communities in New York, Make the Road boasts over 14,000 members working to enact change “through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.”

13. New York Immigration Coalition

New York, NY

Shortly after the #MuslimBan was announced, the NYIC was the main organizing element in rounding up folks for the New York City Battery Park March on Sunday, January 29. The organization represents the collective interests of New York’s immigrant communities and has been keeping tabs on important immigration news in the days following Trump’s inauguration.

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13 Important Organizations To Guide You Through The Next Four Years