It Takes Roots to Grow the Resistance: National Alliances Unite Hundreds of Grassroots Organizations Leading with Alternative Vision





Beth Patel, [email protected], 916-806-4004


Date: March 27th, 2017


UNITED STATESIt Takes Roots to Grow the Resistance joins together four powerful alliances of grassroots activists and frontline communities’ leaders: Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, the Climate Justice Alliance, the Right to the City Alliance, and the Indigenous Environmental Network. Working alongside Center for Story-based Strategy and The Ruckus Society, It Takes Roots will collaborate closely with Movement for Black Lives, People’s Climate Movement and Design Action Collective utilizing opportunities for convergence to build power at the local, state, tribal and regional levels. The It Takes Roots collaboration between grassroots social movements began during the organizing for the People’s Climate March in 2014, and continued through international climate justice mobilizations to Paris COP21 and Morocco COP22, as well as a “People’s Caravan” during the 2016 elections from the Republican National Convention to the Democratic National Convention.


Collectively representing over 150 grassroots membership organizations in 30 states nationwide and in Canada, It Takes Roots is a broad call to action to resist policies that attack LGBTQ, immigrant, and Muslim communities, labor, people of color and women and build long-term power across social movements to build a society that supports the dignity of all. The grassroots organizations represented are intergenerational, comprising a mix of youth organizers and veteran community leaders, who hail from Indigenous, African American, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander and rural white communities.


Upcoming work will include participation in the People’s Climate March, and nationwide mobilizations on May 1st. Additionally, It Takes Roots will form “Resistance Hubs” to bring together hundreds in small towns and large cities across the United States to provide direct action trainings, visioning, rapid response strategies, and more.