Are you considering running for office?

Are you working on a campaign, or would like to?

To build a truly multiracial democracy that works for all of us, we need elected leaders who will listen to, and work with, the communities they represent. 

We call this Movement Politics.


Register for the People’s Action Campaign Leadership School!

People’s Action’s Campaign Leadership School is where you can learn the skills you need to craft movement-oriented campaigns that win. 

Movement candidates who have attended People’s Action trainings are now city and county officials, in state legislatures and in the U.S. Congress.

The deadline to register is Friday, September 29.

Register today! 

People’s Action has launched an ‘Organizing Revival’ with a vision of engaging hundreds of thousands of people in our movement. A deep investment in the fundamentals of organizing is the cornerstone of this revival.

Check our training calendar to find the training opportunity that is right for you, or contact us to see if we can help host a training for your organization.

The Organizing Revival is Here!

People’s Action members and leaders from all across the country came to Washington, D.C. from June 25-27 for three days of reflection, community and action.

This is the official start of our Organizing Revival: a call to revitalize the movement for social justice by strengthening skills of community organizing at every level, and in every organization.

Want to relive these powerful moments? Watch the livestreams of our plenaries and direct actions! Speakers included our own Sulma Arias, Glenn Harris from Race Forward, Maurice Mitchell from the Working Families Party, Ana Garcia Ashley from Gamaliel, Rev. Alvin Herring from Faith in Action, elected officials and musical guests.

“The pandemic reminded us how important health care is for individuals, families and communities. That’s why we need to strengthen and expand programs like Medicaid, which is a lifeline for tens of millions of families.” Sulma Arias

Our new survey of 2,937 Medicaid recipients finds almost half were unaware they were at risk of losing Medicaid coverage as the COVID-19 public health emergency ends. This highlights the importance of strengthening Medicaid as emergency federal funding expires and states reevaluate enrollment.

How can we build a multiracial and pluralistic democracy with an inclusive economy to defeat the rise of authoritarianism?

This question is front and center for People’s Action Institute and our allies. In a new White Paper, The Antidote to Authoritarianism, we take this crisis by the horns.

Through in-depth conversations with 27 of the most experienced and thoughtful leaders who build power among the multiracial poor and working class – current and former directors of national networks for social change, academics, philanthropists and on-the-ground organizers engaged in the defense of civil society – we explore current challenges and chart the path towards a shared solution.


People’s Action Institute’s Organizing Revival is our call to strengthen and extend the best practices of power-based community organizing across the movement for social justice in the United States.  

Democracy Wins in Wisconsin and Chicago!

People’s Action celebrates the elections of Judge Janet Protasiewicz to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Brandon Johnson as mayor of Chicago. People’s Action members and our affiliates, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, The People’s Lobby and One People’s Campaign, made tens of thousands of phone calls and knocked on doors to support their campaigns and held in-depth conversations about the importance of voting to defend democracy and fundamental rights, with a new vision for public safety rooted in communities with good jobs, a sustainable economy, and a government that works for all of us. Grassroots organizing powered these victories. Congratulations!

Are you a health care provider? It is now much easier to prescribe lifesaving treatments like buprenorphine for opioid use disorder. Click here to learn more about how to prescribe these treatments.

The Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act was signed into law by President Biden on December 29, 2022. This is a huge victory for the thousands of People’s Action Overdose Crisis Cohort member leaders who organized their neighbors, made phone calls and hosted meetings over the past two years. The MAT Act will increase access to proven treatments for people with opioid use disorder, and bring us closer to ending the drug war and a world where not one life is lost to overdose.  

“When voters and candidates take organizing seriously, we win. And when we put forward a hopeful, bold vision, we can defend our freedoms. People are ready: The time is ripe to organize.”

Read this special message from People’s Action Executive Director Sulma Arias and Movement Politics Deputy Director Marta Popadiak. 

People’s Action congratulates the newly elected local, county, state and federal #PplsSlate officials who won public office in the 2022 election.

People’s Action and our member groups knocked on 1 million doors and made 2 million calls to voters in this election cycle.

The People’s Slate is part of a People’s Action strategy to build people power and elect movement champions who will cogovern with our working-class members.

These newly elected officials join the hundreds of People’s Action-endorsed candidates who are already serving in office at every level of government. 


Learn More About Deep Canvassing

People’s Action’s deep canvassing program is featured in the new book by Anand Giridharadas, The Persuaders, as one of the most critical interventions that the pro-democracy movement can make. You can start right now!


Tell Candidates and Officials Not to Take Corporate Money!

Big financial, fossil fuel and healthcare corporations spend millions to buy off elected officials and candidates. 

Do you want your representatives to work for you, not for big money? 

Tell them to sign the People’s Pledge RIGHT NOW!

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People’s Action builds the power of poor and working people in urban, rural, and suburban areas to win change through issue fights and elections. We are a national network of 38 state and local grassroots power-building organizations in 28 states–united in the work of building a bigger “we.”

People’s Action helped elect movement champions, up and down the ballot and all across the country, in 2022!

Join this special review of the midterm elections with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, Pennsylvania State Representative Sara Innamorato, Michigan State Representative Abraham Ayash, Ashleigh Strange from Pennsylvania Stands Up, Robert Kraig from Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Marta Popadiak from People’s Action Movement Politics, and our very own executive director Sulma Arias!

Pass the MAT Act NOW

The Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act or MAT Act would help to remove the barriers that prevent health care practitioners from being able to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder.

The White House Must Ensure Tenant's Rights

The Biden administration, following the leadership of people who have been impacted by decades of failed or lacking housing policy, must take swift action to enshrine federal protections for tenants.

People's Action Welcomes Sulma Arias, New Executive Director

People’s Action and People’s Action Institute welcome Sulma Arias as our new executive director. Sulma is a national leader in the fight for immigrant and worker justice. Welcome, Sulma!

People's Action, Deep Canvassing Featured in The Washington Post

"Maxmin didn't just talk to voters; she sought to understand them. People's Action calls this approach 'deep canvassing,' and found that it helped decrease Trump's margins where implemented in key battleground states."