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Practicing Social Advocacy: Resources for Further Exploration

There are many organizations working to help social advocates develop bridge-building and activism skills. Though by no means exhaustive, here is a great list to get you started:

Practicing Social Advocacy: Learn, Reflect and Show Up: There are so many causes one could support, so many kinds of movements, and so many levels of involvement, that it can be difficult to know what to do. This is called compassion fatigue and it is especially prevalent right now. So, how can we meaningfully support people and organizations working on behalf of the greater good?
Gender, power and tech: HCDE Ph.D. candidate Os Keyes has been shedding light on inequalities and artificial intelligence (AI) since starting Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE)’s doctoral program in 2017. Working at the intersections of ethics, power and AI, they are known for their research into bias and surveillance technologies.
Be Bold Now: Together we can help embolden all women to advance and unleash their limitless potential to fulfill their dreams. Discover ways you can participate, take action and join our community.
Creative Justice NW: Creative Justice builds community with youth most impacted by the school-to-prison-(to-deportation) pipeline. Participants and mentor artists work together to examine the root causes of incarceration, like systemic racism and other forms of oppression, creating art that articulates the power and potential of our communities.
Tips for Effective Legislative Advocacy: Joe Dacca, Director for State Relations at UW, developed this handout to provide guidelines for engaging in legislative advocacy as a UW employee and as a private individual.
Be the Bridge: Authentic racial bridge-builders. Our vision is that people and organizations are aware and responding to the racial brokenness and systemic injustice in our world.
Melanin Stories Matter: This storytelling program showcases the impact of racism on the everyday lives of BIPOC* through individual stories.
Revive Civility empowers Americans to restore and call for civility in our democracy.
How to Citizen: A podcast that reimagines “citizen” as a verb and reclaims our collective power (activist & writer Baratunde, author of “How to be Black”)
Learning for Justice: Formerly Teaching for Tolerance, Learning for Justice seeks to uphold the mission of the Southern Poverty Law Center: to be a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements and advance the human rights of all people.
StoryCorps One Small Step is an effort to connect people so they can remember that people with whom they disagree are human beings.
Treehouse Advocacy Action Center: Treehouse is advocating for legislative priorities that would provide equitable education supports, improve transition to independence outcomes, and transform the foster care and education systems.
Citizen University: Based in Seattle, we envision a great civic revival across our nation — our dream is a country in which Americans are steeped in a sense of civic character, educated in the tools of civic power, and are problem-solving contributors in a self-governing community.
Civity is a national nonprofit organization that helps leaders build and strengthen their civic networks to address problems in their community.
Social Activism: Ideas.TED.com: A compilation of TED content tagged with “social activism”.
Anti-Racist Resources from Greater Good: A compilation of dozens of science-based resource pieces from Greater Good Magazine out of UC Berkeley.
The People’s Supper: The People’s Supper uses shared meals to build trust and community among people of different identities and perspectives. We aim to transform how we see each other and “other”, so that we might finally begin to see each other not as monoliths, or one-sided stereotypes, but as people.
Welcoming America leads a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone feel like they belong.
Encore tackles the generational divide by bringing younger and older adults to connect and collaborate across differences.
Peace First is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people around the world to become powerful peacemakers.
Where do we go from here? A celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, recognizing members from our own community who have committed themselves to lives of service (UW Health Sciences Administration and UW Medical Center)
World Affairs Council: Dedicated to providing opportunities for everyone in greater Seattle to be a world citizen.