Why Resistance is Here to Stay: The Future of Popular Movements in America

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Nathan Cummings Foundation, 475 Tenth Ave. 14th Floor New York, NY

Join us for a wide-ranging funder conversation between international civil resistance experts and US based progressive strategists as we look back on a year of unprecedented mobilization in the US across issue and identity, and consider the role of nonviolent protest movements in the year ahead.

For four years, Momentum has been training thousands of activists, building a community of practice, and incubating “momentum-driven” movements here in the US that are grounded in lessons from social movement scholars and practitioners from across the globe.

With more US groups deploying and expressing interest in movement building, there is no better time to expand the conversation and learning community to include those with experience and expertise in mass movements here and abroad.

The event will feature international experts in civil resistance* and US based movement builders, including:

  • Jamila Raqib, Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institute
  • Johnson Yeung, an organizer of the 2014 Hong Kong Umbrella Movement
  • Ivan Marovic, former leader of the Otpor movement in Serbia
  • Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks

Momentum is preparing a generation of leaders to launch a wave of movements capable of winning a long-term vision of justice and democracy in the US. We are a vibrant learning community dedicated to developing the most committed and creative organizers to deepen in their craft and make what is truly necessary in our society politically possible.  

The event will be co-hosted by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Arca Foundation, the Colombe Foundation, and Solidaire. Please RSVP here.

*Civil resistance is a powerful way for people to fight for their rights, freedom, and justice without the use of violence. For a more detailed definition visit the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict

Why Now?

We are living in a time of enormous upheaval, with escalating threats to our democracy, the rise of hate crimes and racism, and a growing alignment between concentrated corporate power and militarism.  And yet we are also seeing an upsurge of incredible grassroots resistance.

Now with the 2018 midterm elections squarely in view, Momentum is addressing how we can understand the role of mass protest movements and “resistance” — and how and where it fits into a broader ecology for institutional change.

The energy and enthusiasm of the millions who are turning out to claim responsibility for our democracy have captured international attention and succeeded in mobilizing millions. But as the attacks on our daily rights and protections continue, we need to learn from those around the world who have successfully overcome threats to liberal democracy.

The U.S. has a storied tradition of civil resistance, and more recent movements, such as Occupy, Black Lives Matter, and the Dreamers, together with this past year’s resistance efforts, have re-awakened our collective imagination for what is possible when we rise up together.

We know the best way to learn is to be in conversation with those who have lived expertise and depth of study in the field.  We hope you can join us.