Although at times it can feel like our voices are drowning out in the ocean of injustice and oppression, our sacrifice is not going to waste. Change is happening. Continue to fight.
It’s no secret that 2020 has been the year of the overdue awakening. Racism, homophobia, gender-based-violence, climate change, and inadequate mental health services, have been underlying national issues that have come to the forefront. Now more than ever we have the time and the means to see the direct impact of these problems on a global scale. It can certainly be overwhelming to think about all of these issues at once. Not to mention we burn out and become disheartened over time when we feel our efforts are going to waste. How do we stay motivated? How do we stay passionate? Focused? Inspired?
It’s hard to do it on our own. Lucky for us, we live in the digital age where we can take a deep dive into targeted hashtags and connect with people who support our same causes instantly. I’ve compiled a list of activists that are making positive strides around the world. Broken down by category, all you need to do is hit the “Follow” button.
Tamika Mallory is the co-founder of Until Freedom. Until Freedom has a proven track record of their work in issues such as criminal justice reform, gun violence prevention, immigration rights and cultural engagement. Tamika uses her platform to speak on everything from feminism to police brutality. You’ve probably seen her on your news channel and even Beyoncé gave her a shout out in her recent single, “Black Parade” for her work in coordinating peaceful marches. If you believe in her work, consider donating through CashApp.
You may recognize Amanda Seales her from role in “Insecure,” but she is also an active Black Lives Matter supporter and posts about how non-black people can be allies in this movement. Follow her to stay in the know.
This local organization offers you the opportunity to become directly involved in many of their different projects. From their People Bailout to Trauma Respond Center, Miami Dream Defenders offers our community guidance on how to remain active in advocating for minorities right here at home. They also provided food, water, and masks to all of those involved in the peaceful marches.
Know Your Rights offers a broad range of services. My personal favorite? Their Legal Defense Initiative founded by Colin Kaepernick. Know Your Rights’ mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization, and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders. Consider donating to them today!
Hart is a Black and Queer writer. Her work on the medical industrial complex forces us to see our institutions and systems of care as complicit in the perpetuation of illness in marginalized communities. Ericka works towards making sure that queer, trans black, brown and femme voices aren’t lost among the drone of scholarly research.
A powerful public speaker, Blair is a bisexual, Black Muslim who is the author of two books and co-hosts a podcast called America Did What?! Historian and anti-racism activist, Blair is breaking barriers and inviting you to join the journey with her.
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native. She is founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv, a consulting firm for conservation solutions grounded in social justice, and founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for the future of coastal cities. You can read her latest book on solutions to climate change here.
Leah Thomas is an intersectional environmental activist and eco-communicator based in Southern California. She’s passionate about advocating for and exploring the relationship between social justice and environmentalism. Read more of her latest articles here as well as her services for companies that are striving to be more green.
The growing student debt crisis is a concern for most young people, including myself. The SBPC works towards ensuring that states, territories, and governments have every tool at their disposal to stand up for the millions of Americans being preyed upon by predatory student loan companies.
Marisa Franco is a #Not1More Deportation campaign organizer in Arizona. “In the political realm, undocumented people have risked a great deal to stop deportations, often times risking their own deportation or risking their livelihood and housing,” she said. “That’s not fearful, that’s courageous, and I think some elected officials should take note and match that courage.”
Fernando Lopez is a community organizer with Congress of Day Laborers in New Orleans. Having his own immigration issues in the past, Fernando Lopez now dedicates himself to working with Congress Nola, a community organization in New Orleans which advocates for immigration reform.
Florida State University graduate, Juan is an undocumented immigrant with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). A renowned and nationally recognized digital strategist, Juan currently enjoys the protections of the DACA program while leading state and national efforts to pass sensible immigration legislation. Escalante’s work has been highlighted and published in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, Univision, and CNN. Follow his work on Instagram.
Human rights activist. Rasha Jarhum is a Yemeni activist currently based in Geneva. She is a founder of the Peace Track Initiative, established to create a space for the contributions of women, youth and civil society organizations to peace processes.
I hope that this article helps you continue to be inspired and active in your daily life. Do your part and remind others that positive changes result from our continuous battle against social injustice. Stay in touch and please feel free to contact me with any recommendations of activists or organizations that we should be supporting during this time.
Cover photo by Until Freedom.
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