On democracy

Understanding the workings of democracy, whether or not they are always applied in our country, is necessary to localize the nature and structure of power in our society.

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Nonviolent Direct Action Training Resources

This is an evolving digital library of resources for people who want to use nonviolent direct action to support democracy.

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10 Actions Nonprofit Leaders Can Take to Support Our Democracy and Their Constituents

Nonprofit leaders and organizations have a historic and moral role to play. Learn how to support our democracy as a nonprofit leader.

New Profit

Hold the Line: A Guide to Defending Democracy

Hold the Line: A Guide to Defending Democracy was developed to help people organize and ensure that the 2020 election was free and fair, and that the results were upheld.

Hold the Line

10 things you need to know to stop a coup

A guide to defend democracy with the wide body of experience and evidence from the many countries that have experienced a coup since World War II.

Waging Nonviolence

Listen to How whiteness distorts our democracy, with Eddie Glaude Jr. from The Ezra Klein Show

A conversation about some of the hardest issues in American life: the way racism is intertwined with America’s political system, the worldviews we force ourselves to adopt to justify racial inequality, and the way white fear sets boundaries on black politics.

Vox Conversations


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