social activism

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.
Woman in hard hat talking to two men in front of Golden Gate bridge pillar under construction (© AP)

First woman on a president’s Cabinet put workers first

Learn more about the first woman to serve as secretary of labor and hold a Cabinet position in the United States.
Group of people posing for photo (State Dept.)

Honoring human rights defenders

Labor and women's rights activists, a journalist and a surgeon are among recipients of the 2023 Human Rights Defender Awards.
People looking at exhibits (Shawn Miller/Library of Congress)

Exhibit explores how Americans work together for a cause

Volunteering is one of the pillars of American democracy. Learn about a Library of Congress exhibit that explores voluntary associations.

Defending Ukraine: Yana Zinkevych and Hospitallers

This installment in a series focuses on a group of volunteer paramedics who respond to the medical needs of civilians and soldiers.
Illustration of Dima Kyrpa and Tetiana Burianova (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Defending Ukraine: Repair Together volunteer group

This installment in a series focuses on a group that relies on music and dance while they clean up destruction from Russia's invasion.
Illustration of Nataliya Mykolska and Valentina Synenka (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Defending Ukraine: Dattalion founders fight disinformation

This installment in a series focuses on the founders of a site that posts images, videos and stories showing the war's impact on Ukrainians.
2 people holding hands and walking toward building (© David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe/Getty Images)

Can a name become a metaphor for civil rights?

Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy lives on in the U.S. in part through thousands of things named after him. Learn how that tradition began.
Illustration of Ukrainian activist Oleksandra Matviichuk (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Defending Ukraine: Oleksandra Matviichuk

This installment in a series focuses on a woman who leads Kyiv's Center for Civil Liberties and its effort to document war crimes.