Equipping nonprofits to advance social change

Tag: History

Looking Back to 1965, Looking Ahead to 2015

This weekend, the movie Selma opens nationwide. The film’s release doesn’t just launch the latest awards-season buzz; it connects directly to the movement moment we’re in, and kicks off a year where we’ll be marking several 50-year milestones that harken back to... more

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

An estimated 92 million shoppers took advantage of holiday deals on Black Friday this year.  Yet as those of us too full from Thanksgiving leftovers to brave the box-store crowds watched the usual reports of long lines and record sales on news broadcasts throughout the day, a few other stories... more

Movement Building Resources

At Building Movement Project, we work to strengthen the role of US nonprofits as they build a movement for progressive social change. While our focus is working with other organizations to help them integrate social change activities into their work, we have compiled a group of resources that may be useful for those coming to us who are looking for information about movement building in general. Most of what you’ll find here is historical in nature, and is meant to provide you with a background in social movement history, as well as connect you to other people and organizations whose primary focus is on movement building. more

Key Readings and Other Resources on Movement Building

Our Movement Building Portal is meant to give you a brief outline of social movements in the United States and point you to groups currently dedicated to movement building. On this page, you’ll find some important texts on social movements and movement building theory that we think will be useful for more in-depth study.


History of Social Movements in the United States

The history of the United States provides rich examples for social movements and movement building. Here are some resources that you might find useful for a historical outline of modern social movements in the US. more

The ABC’s of U.S. Tax Policy: An Historical Perspective

From the days of George Washington to that of the present Administration, taxes have been a subject of national controversy.