social activism

Person writing on pavement with chalk (© Paul Zinken/dpa/Getty Images)

Putting an end to street harassment everywhere

Learn about how three organizations are tackling street harassment of women, people of color and members of the LGBTQI+ community.
Sara Minkara showing two children how to use cane (© Tom Fitzsimmons)

State Department’s Sara Minkara, champion of disability rights

Sara Minkara built a career as an advocate for people with disabilities. Learn what she is doing now at the State Department.
People walking around Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (© Patrick Semansky/AP Images)

Martin Luther King Jr.’s day of service [video]

On the holiday recognizing Martin Luther King Jr., many Americans honor him by performing acts of service for their communities.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken sitting in front of two U.S. flags and two signs reading Summit for Democracy (State Dept./Freddie Everett)

Youth around the world advocate for democracy

Young leaders sat down with Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss the challenges and successes of activism around the world.
Students standing by table filled with donation baskets (© David Minton/Times Media Group)

In the U.S., democracy begins in the classroom

American students are participating in the democratic process, from choosing classroom leaders to creating change in their communities.
Washington Monument standing in front of sky and clouds (State Dept.)

The future of democracy [video]

Democracy is how voices are heard and progress is made. Watch how living up to the ideals of liberty and equality takes constant work.
Man painting mural of boy reaching for apple (© Mary Altaffer/AP Images)

Murals with a message

Meet a couple who believe art can be a powerful medium to inspire social change and see their amazing results.
Illustration of people looking at phones while walking past column (State Dept./D. Thompson)

How technology can strengthen democracy

Activists are using technology to promote democracy initiatives. Find out how social justice movements use social media to build support.
Woman sweeping segment of Berlin Wall among trees in park (© Mindaugas Kulbis/AP Images)

Remnants of the Berlin Wall — where are they now?

Learn how and why segments of the Berlin Wall, a symbol of totalitarianism and the Cold War, wound up all over the world.