November 7, 2016

Making Change: How Social Movements Work - and How to Support Them

Making Change: How Social Movements Work - and How to Support Them

by Manuel Pastor and Rhonda Ortiz, originally published in March 2009

Social movements are a hidden underpinning of the American story. Using the tools of relationship building, community mobilization, and symbolic protest, they have helped bring us civil rights, labor protections, and even a healthier environment, sparking people’s aspirations, imaginations, and actions for a better nation.

This document seeks to provide a guidepost to both funders and the field by detailing what makes for a successful social movement, what capacities need to be developed, and what funding opportunities might exist.

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