People’s Action is founded on the principle that together, we can create a world where we all have what we need to thrive, achieve, and feel our full worth at home, at work, and in our communities.
People’s Action’s work puts it up against some tremendous forces. An economic and political system designed to benefit corporations and a tiny few, pushing the rest of us to the margins. Systems of racism and exclusion that perpetuate violence and deny people even the essentials based on race, gender, and country of origin.
Here’s the good news. All these systems are the creations of people. They can be dismantled and remade by people.
Our history’s most powerful movements teach us an important lesson: We won’t win more by demanding less. So, People’s Action has its sights set on the long term. While they fight for change here and now, they are also working to rebuild the economy and create a democracy for all.
People’s Action is working to organize millions of people around a bold agenda for real change. The agenda isn’t a list of policies the establishment says can be won. It reflects what communities across the country must win. Knowing that change starts close to home, they’re building powerful organizations nationwide where people of all races, faiths, and genders gather to make change; developing local leaders who can power our campaigns and policy makers at all levels of government; and advancing a national agenda worth fighting for.
People’s Action and People’s Action Institute were founded in 2016 to ignite a movement of millions that captures the rising demand for change in our society. Formed from the merger of powerful national organizations, the groups have a storied history of innovation and success.
History includes winning health insurance for millions and stopped Wall Street banks from selling predatory payday loans to their customers. The groups pushed historic legislation like the Community Reinvestment Act to victory and helped win creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. They also helped reversed health care laws that discriminate based on a person’s citizenship.
Legacy organizations include Alliance for a Just Society, National People’s Action, and USAction Education Fund (People’s Action Institute, a 501(c)(3) organization) and Community Organizations in Action, National People’s Action Campaign, and USAction (People’s Action, a 501(c)(4) organization).
In addition to broad, multi-issue community organizing through local affiliates, People’s Action launched a 2018 rural organizing initiative to ensure civic participation and defense of democratic norms in these communities with a goal of conducting 10,000 “listening conversations.” The target population is more multiracial than organizers first assumed and has identified health care access and affordability, clean water, education, and housing as priority concerns. The project isn’t waiting to complete 10,000 conversations before taking action; a recent victory for a living wage ordinance was achieved in a county that voted 65 percent for Trump.