Current projects

One of our organizational principles is emergence. When we came across adrienne maree brown’s book Emergent Strategy in 2017, we were really moved by her work and it deeply resonated with our budding practices of experimentation. Since then, we’ve strengthened our experimentation muscle.

Below are small-scale projects we’ve taken on that continue to move us towards being a more connected, values-aligned, and accountable organization.

The mission of the Boston Liberatory Space Council is to manifest liberatory futures by creating and coordinating physical and digital spaces for healers, organizers, and movement workers. In 2022, some space council members purchased a retreat center in Massachusetts that community members and Resist grantees can use for respite, healing, reflection, land stewarding, and other communal uses. Learn more here.

Coming out of the Boston Space Council, the Community Movement Commons exists to give birth to a just, liberated and sustainable world. Currently, our collective of organizations (Resist, Center for Economic Democracy, City Life Vida Urbana, and Neighborhood Birth Center Project) is in the process of buying a physical space in Boston for the use of community, grassroots groups, healers, artists, and birthing people. Learn more here.

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the Movement Sustainability Commons nourishes and sustains people and groups working for justice, economic democracy, and liberation. We do this by offering affordable, high-quality services, practices, spaces, and pathways that support both interdependence and self-reliance for community self-determination. For instance, we offer fiscal sponsorship for community groups, access to our bookkeepers cooperative, and our Circle of Elders. Learn more here.

At Resist, we know that frontline leaders and groups that work for justice and liberation have the heart, knowledge, and tools needed to reimagine and co-create a better world for us all. Last year, we started the series asking how do we get closer to a new world post-pandemic and uprisings, what changes need to take root, and what strategies must be employed? In search of answers, we hosted #JusticeIsEssential, a three-part conversation with movement leaders, creatives, and elders. In 2022, we kicked off part II of this series by inviting Robin D.G. Kelley and Nyles Fort to discuss Robin’s critical book “Freedom Dreams” and how we can apply lessons to today’s movements for justice and liberation. We are continuing the series into 2023 and beyond. Stay tuned for information here.

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