45th Anniversary of RESIST and "A Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority"
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On September 27, 1967, RESIST released a statement entitled “ A Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority.” In the days before email or the internet more than 20,000 people from across the country signed the statement. No one knew it at the time, but The Call ended up changing not only the course of the Vietnam War, but the course of history as well!
The document appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Review of Books, The Nation, and The New Republic. It was signed by hundreds of influential people including Noam Chomsky, Allen Ginsberg, and Grace Paley. It was the basis for the federal prosecution of five of our founders, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Marcus Raskin, Mitchell Goodman, Michael Ferber, and the Reverend William Sloane Coffin, who were known as the “Boston Five.”
Though we are proud of our rich history, we know that the document’s real legacy is still being written. While 45 years might seem like a long time - as Dr. King reminds us - real, lasting change takes time.
Over the past 45 years we have been able to give out more than $5.6 million to 5,251 groups. And this was not an easy task. RESIST had to stand fast in the face of programs like COINTELPRO, the influence of corporate cash, the stifling of dissent, and the economic recessions. This did not deter us from remaining steadfast in our commitment to support grassroots groups working for justice.
But make no mistake; we take very little credit for this. RESIST has been able to do this for three very simple reasons:
1) We know and understand the best way to create social change: grassroots organizing;
2) We support the most inspirational activists on the frontlines of social change in the US; and
3) The dedication of our donors to the grassroots is unparalleled
Who would have thought that a small foundation created by intellectuals and activists seeking to end the Vietnam War would have stuck around for 45 years!
So we would like to thank all of our grantees, donors and allies who have stood fast throughout our 45 year history.
At RESIST, we are proud to say that we have played a role in helping the moral universe bend towards justice.
Director of Communications, RESIST
P.S. RESIST has funded critical grassroots organizations over the past 45 years. Listed below are a few of the organizations that received early grants from RESIST.
Black Panther Party • Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors • Clergy and Laity Concerned About Vietnam • Fort Dix Coffeehouse • SNCC Anti-Draft Program • Students for a Democratic Society • Third World Newsreel
9 to 5: National Organization for Working Women • American Indian Movement • Clamshell Alliance • Gay Liberation Front • Nicaragua Solidarity Committee • Southern Organizing Committee • United Farm Workers • Vietnam Veterans Against the War
ACT-UP • Black Workers for Justice • Center for Constitutional Rights • Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador • Grassroots International • MADRE • Rethinking Schools • Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom • Women's Pentagon Action
Black Radical Congress • Jobs with Justice • NARAL Pro-Choice • National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights • Rural Organizing Project • School of the Americas Watch • SouthWest Organizing Project • School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL) • Sweatshop Watch
3rd EyE Youth Empowerment • Center for Artistic Revolution • Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools • GI Voice • Nodutdol • Critical Resistance • Fuerza Laboral - Power of Workers • Human Dignity Coalition • Prometheus Radio Project
Civilian Soldier Alliance • Food Chain Workers Alliance • Fort Collins CAN! • Fort Hood Support Network • Reflect and Strengthen • Student/Farmworker Alliance • Warehouse Workers for Justice
P.P.S. Click here to see the groups RESIST is funding now! Your donations ensure that we continue to support new and long-term movements. Please donate now!