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People's Action Founding Convention: Pivoting from Protest to Power

People’s Action, a leader in the resistance, turns to building  grassroots power to take back government for the people


After helping build the resistance movement throughout the country, People's Action is taking the next step, harnessing the energy of those protests to reclaim Congress in 2018 and the White House in 2020.

Join us April 23-25 for the "Rise Up" Convention in Washington, D.C., the founding convention of People's Action, to learn more about a powerful political force and our plans.

People's Action was formed last summer in a rare merger of five national organizations, each with decades of organizing and activism history, creating one of the largest grassroots people-powered networks in the country. People's Action is more than a million people across 30 states.

Here's a glimpse of what's planned for the People's Action "Rise Up" conference:

  • A thousand activists whose protests gave life to the resistance, planning the next steps.
  • Speakers, including Democratic National Committee Vice-Chair Rep. Keith Ellison, Sen. Jeff Merkley, and Rep. Pramila Jayapal.
  • Activist and commentator Van Jones announcing the pivot from protest to power and the national movement to take back our democracy.
  • "Hometown Rising," a health care town hall with 750 people from around the country who helped stop the disastrous Trump-Ryan repeal bill. They'll talk about the future of health care and share their stories.

We are finalizing the complete agenda for the convention. Please let me know if you would like a copy.

People's Action builds the power of poor and working people, in rural, suburban, and urban areas to win change through issue campaigns and elections.