Political and Social Activism

Families who parent against the grain often see issues in their society they want to change. They tend to have support for those who are misrepresented and misunderstood, and they may desire to speak out against what they see as injustice. Moreover, speaking up and/or speaking out about injustice and the bravery that is required to do so can be important lessons to share with our children.

There are many ways to be an activist. You can donate time, expertise, funds, or become a volunteer. Sometimes it’s just about staying true to your beliefs, staying informed on topics you feel passionate about, and sharing what you know with others in your life.

The resources listed below include links to different organizations that can help you stay informed or take action on a variety of issues.  If you have specific questions about this category or know of additional resources that should be on our list, please contact us.

Political and Social Activism Resources Topic List
Animals and the Environment
Body and Health
Culture and Society
Feminist Issues
General

Animals and the Environment

Body and Health

Culture and Society

  • The Equal Rights Center: ERC is a non-profit organization specializing in civil rights and equal opportunity across all categories of life. They seek to educate the public, advocate for, and enforce civil rights through educating, researching, testing, and counseling. Get involved by informing them of any discrimination/civil rights violations you may have witnessed in your area, become a civil rights tester, request a civil rights training program in your community, volunteer, or host a gathering or event that supports civil rights.
  • Global Citizens Network: Promoting the benefits that result from cultural understanding and respect, this organization strives to improve quality of life for all peoples. Ways to get involved are joining the network and forum, volunteering, or plan a trip with their cross-cultural expeditions. Expeditions are one to three weeks in length and involve living and sharing work with various indigenous communities.
  • Nestle Products to Boycott: A great list of Nestle products.
  • Why Many are Boycotting Nestle: A site maintained by Baby Milk Action that explains why Nestle is one of the most boycotted brands on the planet, and how you can get involved.
  • Family Forward Oregon: Striving for workplace flexibility and enabling a family-friendly economy that supports the work of child-raising, this Oregon group organizes parents and forward-thinking employers.
  • Common Sense Media: An advocacy group working to educate families about media and its effects, their website also provides an extensive database of movie, game and app reviews to help you make informed decisions about what you choose to view.

Feminist Issues

  • The Big Push for Midwives: Advocating for successful regulation and licensure of Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
  • Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement: A mothering and motherhood activist organization that is home to the Journal of Motherhood Initiative. They also produce a wealth of feminist and mothering literature through Demeter Press. Become a member to get involved and subscribe to the journal.
  • The MAMA Campaign: An organization devoted to increasing access to midwifery care for all women.

General

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