People’s Action Institute's mission is to advance a long-term agenda for racial, economic and gender justice by investing in powerful state and local organizations and campaigns that win real change in people’s lives.

We believe that power comes from organizing and action, so we invest in scalable base-building and leadership development, digital organizing, direct action, nonpartisan civic engagement, independent grassroots fundraising and issue campaigns that move people on their values and self-interest.

People’s Action Institute’s long-term goal is to reverse growing economic inequality by building an economy that expands opportunity for low-income families, with an emphasis on racial and gender equity.

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Board of Directors:

Afúa Atta-Mensah
Ken Grossinger
Will Tanzman
Rahwa Ghirmatzion
Alejandra Gomez
Marvin Randolph
Robert Kraig
Jordan Estevão
Alyssa Aguilera
Josie Mooney

Latest From the Institute

Latest From the Institute

People’s Action and Dēmos Unveil Report Revealing Corporate Sabotage of Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda

New Report Exposes Corporate Push to Derail Popular, Progressive Provisions in $3.5T Budget Package Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 Colleen A. Roache, [email protected], 862.400.5099 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action and Dēmos today unveiled an incriminating report that reveals the depths of corporate sabotage of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. Just 20 corporations or groups representing them have […]

People’s Action Rally at PhRMA HQ in D.C. Demands End to Corporate Greed

Attendees Protest PhRMA’s Ruthless Lobbying to Tank Medicare Drug-Price Provision in Budget Resolution With Message: “Stop Pharma Greed!” Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action today hosted a rally at PhRMA’s D.C. headquarters to protest the drug companies’ relentless pursuit of profits at the expense of everyday people. Member leaders from across the country […]

People’s Action and Amplifier Launch New, Multi-Pronged Art Campaign with 12 Visionaries to Jumpstart Hard Conversations

Campaign Features People’s Action Leaders Alongside Changemakers Like Common and Adrienne Marie Brown Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action and Amplifier launched a new, multi-pronged art campaign, REFRAME 2021, with 12 musicians, community leaders, and activists that will reach tens of millions of people nationwide to jumpstart hard conversations and build bridges across […]

Justice is Global Releases New Report Revealing Danger of Anti-China Narratives

Report Illustrates How Anti-China Politicians and Narratives Feed Anti-Asian Racism Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—Justice is Global today released a new report detailing the danger that anti-China narratives pose towards Asian people in the United States. Based on interviews with leading researchers, journalists, organizers, and advocates, the report explains how the rise in […]

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People’s Action and Demos have teamed up to uncover how corporate America wants to make inequity a permanent part of American life. We zero in on who is spending big to stop progressive policies in key sectors: taxes, drug pricing, healthcare, housing, the environment, and immigration. We name the corporate bad actors and show how their efforts undermine our democracy as well as our economy.

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There are seven job seekers for every job opening that pays the national single adult living wage of $17.28 per hour, this report finds. A properly crafted public infrastructure plan can address racial, gender, and LGBTQI wealth gaps while providing a large number of good-paying jobs.

Waiting For the Payoff: How Low Wages and Student Debt Keep Prosperity Out of Reach
This latest report in the Job Gap Economic Prosperity Series details what a living wage would actually be for the 43 million Americans struggling to pay off college debt in addition to calculating living wage standards for workers nationwide and in 19 states.

Caught in the Debt Trap
“Caught in the Debt Trap” provides a snapshot of the effect payday and title loans have had on the lives of nine people. Their personal stories illustrate how lenders take advantage of people and how these loans can leave borrowers in a devastating cycle of poverty and debt that lasts for years.