The slew of adult onesies with Hillary Clinton’s face plastered throughout. The onslaught of protesters hurriedly walking into coffee shops in downtown Los Angeles before the march began, ignoring the numerous homeless people sitting on the sidewalks along the way. The sea of pink pussyhats moving in harmony with waves of red, white, and blue. The loud chants demanding reproductive autonomy, Trump’s impeachment, and true democratic governance. These are some of the most striking memories I have from the 2017 Women’s March in Los Angeles. Of course, there were beautiful contingents of communities of color fighting for systemic revolution, racial justice, prison abolition, trans liberation, environmental justice for Indigenous communities, reproductive justice, and immigrant rights, among many other issues. Yet, as I reflect on the guiding question of this dialogue—is there a new women’s movement—I am reminded of the saying that the more things change, the more things stay the same.
Parkland is increasingly portrayed as the mass shooting that will finally change things, but are pro-gun supporters right to claim that it is but another headline that gun control advocates are allegedly peddling will bring stricter gun control laws? Continue reading
Grassroots Mobilization in South America Today: Weakened Allies, Emboldened Opponents, and the Challenge of Sustaining Influence
In recent years, a central question for politics in South America has centered on the effect that the emergence of right-wing governments will have on grassroots mobilization throughout the region. Will organizations whose influence expanded during the “pink tide” of progressive administrations decline substantially? Or will they be able to use the resources, expertise, and networks accumulated since the early 2000s to maintain their leverage? Continue reading
On August 28, 1988, on the 25th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legendary “I Have a Dream” speech, a smaller crowd marched to the Lincoln Memorial to draw attention to Dr. King’s “deferred dreams” and the rollback of civil rights gains under the Reagan administration. In a statement, Coretta Scott King applauded the diverse marchers as she declared, “[Dr. King’s] dream of justice, equality and national unity is not the exclusive property of any race, religion or political party.” Continue reading
Welcome to the home page for the Informing Activists video project! Below you will find links for videos of social movement scholars (and social scientists) answering questions relevant for young activists.
Each page contains at least one video that we hope will help young activists make informed decisions about their engagements, a bio about the presenter, and some suggested readings if someone is interested in a deeper dive into the topic area.
The list is regularly curated, and so please check back regularly for updates!
The most recent additions to the collection include:
Katrina Kimport- How do I get people involved in my movement (1/25/18)
Kate Kenski- What ways are more or less effective for agreeing or disagreeing with others? (1/25/18)
Dana Moss- How do I support movements in other countries? (1/11/18)
To visit the original introduction to the series from the Mobilizing Ideas editors and the series curators, please click here.
We hope you find these to be helpful, and welcome suggestions about new videos. You can email us at email@example.com. Good luck on making the change you envision!
Table of Contents
Do movements make a difference?
In what ways do social movements make a difference? – Thomas Elliott
How/When do movements make a political difference? – Katrin Uba
How/When do movements affect culture? – Jenn Earl
When do movements shape public opinion? – Neal Caren
How does movement participation affect people’s lives? – Marco Giugni
How do movements influence elections? – Fabio Rojas
How do I support movements in other countries? – Dana Moss
How do I get (more/new/different) people involved?
Who Participates in Movements and Why? – Bert Klandermans and Ziad Munson
How do I get people involved in my movement — Katrina Kimport
What can be done about activist burnout? – Sharon Nepstad
How can activists avoid burnout? – Hava Gordon
How do I build identity and solidarity in a movement? – Rachel Einwohner
What should I focus on when I am trying to create change?
How much does the political environment affect my cause? – David Meyer
What are the best tactics for my cause? – Catherine Corrigall-Brown
How do I use online tools to help my cause? – Lissa Soep
What are the best targets for my cause? – Tom Maher
How do I adapt my tactics to the political environment? – Holly McCammon
What should I think about when I am creating an organization?
When do I need an organization? – Jenn Earl
How do I work with existing organizations? – Grace Yukich
How can I be more convincing?
How do I talk about my cause? – David Snow
What do I need to know about the media environment? – Deana Rohlinger
How do I stay safe?
What are the risks of activism and can I reduce those risks? – Heidi Reynolds-Stenson
How can I protect myself legally when I am active online? – Derek Bambauer
What else do I need to know?
How might these topics apply to a specific campaign? – Elizabeth Armstrong
How do I get people involved in my movement?
Luker, Kristin. 1984. Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood. Vol. 3. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Joffe, Carole E., Tracy A. Weitz, and Chris L. Stacey. 2004. “Uneasy allies: pro‐choice physicians, feminist health activists and the struggle for abortion rights.” Sociology of health & illness 26.6: 775-796.
Luna, Zakiya, and Kristin Luker. 2013. “Reproductive Justice” Annual Review of Law and Social Science 9:1:327-352
Kimport, Katrina. 2016. “Divergent Successes: What the Abortion Rights Movement Can Learn from Marriage Equality’s Success.” Perspectives on sexual and reproductive health 48.4: 221-227.
Youth Participatory Politics Network- How can we make [political participation] easy and engaging?
What ways are more or less effective for agreeing or disagreeing with others?
Websites referenced in this video:
Readings on Effective Messaging
O’Keeffe, Gwenn Schurgin, and Kathleen Clarke-Pearson. “The impact of social media on children, adolescents, and families.” Pediatrics 127.4 (2011): 800-804.
Jamieson, Kathleen Hall, and Kate Kenski. 2014. “Political Communication: Then, Now, and Beyond.” Oxford Handbook of Political Communication. Online.
Palfrey, J., Gasser, U., & Boyd D. Response to FCC Notice of Inquiry 09-94: “Empowering Parents and Protecting Children in an Evolving Media Landscape.” Cambridge, MA: Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; 2010. Available here
Kenski, K., Coe, K., & Rains, S. A. (2017, online first). Perceptions of uncivil discourse online: An examination of types and predictors. Communication Research. DOI: 10.1177/0093650217699933
Earl, Jennifer, and R. Kelly Garrett. Forthcoming. “The New Information Frontier: Toward a More Nuanced View of Social Movement Communication.” Forthcoming in Social Movement Studies. Available online first here