You have the power to make a difference. Now learn to use it.
From Good Intentions to Powerful Action for Social Justice -- How to Make a Difference is a six-week online group program for progressive people alarmed by the US government’s rollback of human rights, democracy, and environmental protections.
So many of us feel hopeless and helpless in these deeply disturbing times. Our government is committing atrocities daily. Paying attention to the news may sometimes feel like more than you can bear.
If you’re struggling with feelings of powerlessness, guilt, or despair, you’re not alone. If you lie awake at night wondering how we’re going to get out of this mess, you’re not alone. If you’re worried about our children’s future, you’re definitely not alone.
I’m guessing you’ve found this page because you want to be part of the solution. Part of the rising tide of principled and committed people who together will find a way to stop the runaway presidency and repair the damage that's already happened. You want to help.
But how? What could you do that would really matter?
How can you choose between all the issues you care about?
How can you fit social action into a life that’s already so busy?
... and where do you even begin?
You're in the right place.
I'm Emily Levy, founder of PowerToMakeADifference.com.
I’m here to help you, whether or not you consider yourself “the activist type.” (You can learn more about me below.)
Here's the thing.
I see so many progressive people stuck with feelings and questions like these. So stuck, in fact, that they take only occasional small actions. They share social media posts. They sign online petitions. They call Congress (or not). They might occasionally attend a protest. And they’re haunted by the sense that they could or should or must do more.
Does that sound familiar?
Wouldn't you like to move beyond that feeling of stuckness so you can take more effective action?
Research has shown that no government in the world has survived when even
3.5% of people engaged in active and sustained nonviolent action against it. Imagine if 3.5% of the US population turned things around and you weren’t part of it!
Now imagine if you were.
The World Needs Who You Are Right Now
Whatever your skills, interests, or passions, there’s a way for you to use them to help the U.S. get out of the mess it’s making at home and around the globe. Traditional activism is one way to get involved, but it's not the only way!
Image credits: 1) Angry Tias y Abuelas of the RGV 2) Jack Owicki, Pro Bono Photo 3) Peg Hunter 4) Charles Moehle, @CDEL3133 Pro Bono Photo
You don’t have to understand every detail of an issue or know all the answers in order to get started.
You simply have to be willing to say, “I’m in,” and take it from there. To say to future generations, “You can count on me.” To choose to take the next step, whatever that is for you, and trust that the path will reveal itself as you travel it.
I’m here to help you recognize those next steps and take them. That’s what From Good Intentions to Powerful Action for Social Justice -- How to Make a Difference is all about.
It’s a six-week online group program designed to help you move beyond any stuckness to become more powerfully active for social or environmental justice. I’ll share insights with you based on my decades of social justice work. I’ll lead you through interactive exercises for guided personal exploration designed to help you:
• Clarify the unique combination of skills and resources you have to offer • Choose where you want to focus your work • Address doubts, fears, and obstacles • Connect with other committed world-changers • Plan and take your next steps
From Good Intentions to Powerful Action for Social Justice
How to Make a Difference
This program is for you if ...
You’re feeling stuck or lost about how you can be most effective
You're isolated because the people around you don't share your politics
You’re already taking action and want to increase your impact
You care about so many issues that it’s hard to focus on one project
You have a social impact project in mind but it hasn’t gotten off the ground
You want your passion for justice to be reflected in your business or job
Members of marginalized communities are especially welcome.
This program is notfor you if ...
You’re happy with the direction the Republican party is leading the U.S. right now
You’re satisfied with your current participation in the movement for change
You’re primarily looking for in-depth education on political issues
You’re in search of a forum to debate political issues or candidates, or to advance your position by convincing others
What's Included in the Online Group Program
Six Weekly Video Presentations
Each week you'll receive new content in a video you can watch at your convenience.
6 Group Coaching Calls
Ask questions, receive guidance, and learn from others in the program as they explore their own activism.
Worksheets, resource lists and more will be provided in our membership area
You'll be invited to join our private online group for peer support and discussion.
Weekly videos will also be available in audio-only format. Listen as you would to a podcast.
Each week's content will be given to you in written form, too! Easily find that key part you wish you'd written down.
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I was fortunate to be raised by a politically active mother, who took me to my first protest at age five.
In 3rd grade I led my first organizing effort: a petition drive to change the school dress code and allow girls to wear pants to school.
Flash forward 50 years, and I’m a national leader in the movement for secure and transparent elections.
Much has happened in that interval. I’ve worked on issues from election security to racism, from women’s rights to LGBT liberation, and from pesticide poisoning to stopping the construction of a nuclear power plant.
I’ve lobbied in Congress, been arrested for protesting on a military base, chaired my city government’s efforts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and spoken to receptive audiences large and small.
My roles have included trainer, speaker, lobbyist, marcher, writer, database coordinator, webmaster, facilitator, banner painter, publicist, blogger, strategist, retreat leader, and more.
I Believe ...
That staying small and quiet may have served us once, yet now we must speak out
That millions of people want to contribute to solving the world’s problems and simply don’t yet know how
That nearly everyone underestimates her ability to lead
That when you begin to walk, more of the path reveals itself
That formal education is not a reflection of a person’s value or intelligence
That leaders must find ways to replenish ourselves
That Black Lives Matter
That humans are, by nature, good
That what other people think of you is none of your business
That being ready is overrated
That the world needs who you are right now
Photo Collage: 1) Speaking on stage 2) Interviewing Rep. Dennis Kucinich 3) with labor leader Dolores Huerta 4) with Green Party Presidential Candidate Cynthia McKinney 5) Speaking at rally 6) with my daughters.
Praise for Emily's work
Andrea J. Lee says ...
"My inner fire for becoming more self-actualized as an activist relies on Emily for concrete steps, proven guidance, and, coaching chops. She helps me see where to go, what I can do, and that I should go do it. As someone who's given decades of life to making tangible change, she's uniquely qualified. I hope everyone works with her, period."
Kate Luna says ...
"Emily is a wise, thoughtful and caring teacher. She is also a wealth of experience and knowledge about strategy. She excels at listening deeply, asking the right questions and providing creative solutions to the inner and outer obstacles that arise. She provided me a safe place to address challenges and creative suggestions for action."
Regina Fletcher says ...
"Participating in Emily’s Power to Make a Difference course was a helpful boost and structure for someone like me who has dabbled in social activism, but has not yet found their long-term niche. In her course I got to be part of a group of conscientious, compassionate people also clarifying their next steps with social activism.
Emily introduced us to frameworks to help us evaluate and focus our social activism topics, and wove in inspiring stories of activist victories from her own life and from other historical victories I hadn’t known about.
By the end of the course I had a list of next steps as well as the ability to discern which of the myriad seemingly urgent social activism opportunities were a good fit for me. "
Bill Baren says ...
"Emily brings a combination of creative problem-solving skills, insight, and top-notch organizational abilities to her work. Her sense of humor and commitment to clear communication make working with her a pleasure."
Brad Friedman says ...
"You’ll not find a harder working, more conscientious, more detail oriented worker than Emily. She’d be a tremendous asset to any organization lucky enough, and smart enough, to get her on board. As you can tell, I can’t recommend her highly enough!"
Diane Bloch says ...
"I’ve always really loved the way you put together teachings and classes, and especially the way you balance information, facilitation, and personal reflection."
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