Celebrating 2022 at The Action Lab

2022 was a remarkable inaugural year for The Action Lab. We built a powerful and inspiring Advisory Board and Board of Directors. Our staff team grew stronger than ever. Most importantly, we continued building a dynamic community of learning and action and we have catalyzed a wide range of high impact projects in each of […]

2023 Take A Breath Residency at The Action Lab

Apply here by the deadline corresponding to your Cohort as shown below. The Gathering Strength Initiative of The Action Lab creates vital space for rest, reflection, and respite—for organizers, leaders, movement artists, and communities to cultivate individual and collective wellbeing. Rooted in the traditions of healing justice which have nourished and sustained resistance and social […]

The Action Lab in Vienna

by Jessica Bauman On a Sunday evening in October, I found myself on a plane to Vienna to join a delegation of people I did not know, spending a week in a city I had never been to, learning about social housing, something I knew almost nothing about. What was I thinking? I am a […]

Freedom Forward Film series starts this November

The Freedom Forward film series is a virtual series which brings together social impact storytellers, social justice practitioners, and artists dedicated to imagining a world with freedom, justice, and well-being for all people. Featuring films which highlight different themes and issues across the social justice landscape, Freedom Forward offers a space for reflection on histories […]

The Action Lab welcomes Joo-Hyun Kang

We are thrilled that Joo-Hyun Kang is joining The Action Lab in October as the Director of our Innovation and Justice Initiatives. Joo-Hyun is a long-time organizer, trainer and strategist. She was the director of Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) for a decade, where she worked with over 200 local, state and national organizations […]

Summer Academy on Law, Organizing, and Power Building

The Action Lab, the Law and Political Economy (LPE) Project and the Initiative for Community Power will hold the first ever Summer Academy on Law, Organizing, and Power Building this August at The Action Lab’s upstate retreat center. Amid the escalating and interlocking crises that define our current moment, the work of progressive lawyers must […]

Encuentro de Pueblos en Lucha Learning Delegation

In March and April of 2022, The Action Lab led a learning delegation of some of the most dynamic community and labor organizers in the US and Puerto Rico to build with left and base organizations in Chile around the shared international project of ending neoliberalism and constructing a world based in human dignity and […]

We Still Here / Nos Tenemos film screening and discussion

The Urban Democracy Lab and the Initiative for Community Power at NYU Law collaborated with The Action Lab to present an in-person and virtual screening of We Still Here / Nos Tenemos.  This documentary follows Mariangelie Ortiz, 24, and Jerriel “Yeyo” Cátala, 19, on a journey that transforms their lives as they rebuild their community […]