Be the Change Community Action: Effective Activism

Be the Change LogoSo many resistance actions, so little time!

Something you value about this country is under attack, and you want to be part of an effective resistance. But your in-box is full of hundreds of invitations to march, boycott and contact Congress. How do you decide which actions to take?

From this presentation, you will learn 5 criteria for what makes activist efforts succeed, based on analysis of past progressive movements.

In the discussion, we will apply the 5 criteria to upcoming action alerts, and we'll share what we know about organizations making a difference.

Betsy Leondar-Wright has been an activist for social justice for over 30 years; she was first mentored by veterans of the Civil Rights, women's liberation and anti-Vietnam War movements. She teaches social movement strategy, activist skills and race and class inequality at Lasell College. For her PhD in sociology, she studied empirical research on factors in social movement success and failure. She is the board president of Class Action ( She is the author of Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures.

20% of sales from 5-7PM will be donated to Cambridge-Somerville for Change. Cambridge-Somerville for Change is an all-volunteer community group dedicated to harnessing the grassroots energy and spirit of change inspired by the Obama campaign. Our organizing work includes electoral and issue-based campaigns at the local, state, and national level. Our members have chosen to work on promoting economic fairness,comprehensive health care reform, creating policies that conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide for fair and adequate access to public transportation, and promoting in-state tuition for immigrant youth.

Event date: 

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 5:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140