What is Action Corps? Action Corps is a grassroots initiative to build people power in solidarity with people around the world. The organization is currently advocates for U.S. policies in solidarity with people from Yemen and Burma, communities most affected by climate disasters, and low-income countries dealing with COVID-19.
Action Corps grew out of Oxfam and is volunteer-run, with 25 organizers in 10 states. In 2019, Action Corps became a fiscally sponsored project of the Social Good Fund, which provides administrative services and legal oversight. Action Corps is in the process of incorporating as a 501c3 in the state of New York.
What is Action Corps' Mission? The mission of Action Corps is to champion justice in solidarity with people most affected by climate disasters and violent conflict. We achieve this mission by bringing together diverse actors for humanitarian advocacy, connecting grassroots activists to NGOs, media and members of Congress.
What do Action Corps Organizers Believe? We believe that every person—no matter where they are born or the body they inhabit—has a right to the resources they need. Our beautiful earth provides enough food and water for everyone, but climate change, genocide, war and disease are depriving millions of human beings. We see our well-being linked to the well-being of everyone, and we envision a world where everyone has a seat at the table and no one is left out. We see the struggles of Native people, immigrants, refugees, people of color, women, LGBT people, and all oppressed people, rooted in the common enemies of economic exploitation, White supremacy, and patriarchy. As we unite with communities struggling for liberation, we remind one another of the common thread of humanity that connects us. Although our campaigns are focused, we remember our broader common struggle.
Where is Action Corps Active? Action Corps currently has active organizers, board members, and/or mentors in the following ten states: CA, IA, ID, IN, FL, MA, MN, NY, RI, VA. Action Corps also has an organizer in Washington, DC. If you would like to organize in your state or province, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What has Action Corps Achieved? Action Corps played a pivotal role in the passage of the historic Yemen War Powers Resolution to stop U.S. participation in the devastating war in Yemen. And we have secured key commitments from congressional leaders in support of the people of Yemen. For example, in October 2019, after leading rallies in front of their offices, Action Corps met face-to-face with Sen. Schumer, Senate minority leader, and with Sen. Jack Reed, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and held a community meal with Rep. Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Soon after, all of them, at our urging, released public statements, calling for an end to U.S. participation in the devastating war in Yemen.
For example, two days before Thanksgiving 2019, and the day before our NO FAMINE WHILE CONGRESS FEASTS rallies in front of his Albany and NYC offices, Schumer released the following statement on Twitter:
"The humanitarian crisis in Yemen must end. A bipartisan majority in Congress has repeatedly supported ending Pres Trump’s support of the Saudi war in Yemen. The final defense bill should include the provisions on ending the war in Yemen—including the Malinowski & Smith amendments."
Sen. Sanders retweeted this statement and Common Dreams then released an article stating Schumer had joined the push to end the war. It was the Action Corps rallies and thoughtful persistence of our organizers that facilitated this change.