Grassroots Global Justice (GGJ) is a national alliance of US-based grassroots organizing (GRO) groups organizing to build an agenda for power for working and poor people and communities of color. We understand that there are important connections between the local issues we work on and the global context, and we see ourselves as part of an international movement for global justice.
GGJ focuses on bringing GRO organizations into a long-term process of relationship building, political alignment and the development of transformational leadership, particularly for working and poor women and gender-oppressed people of color. The membership of GGJ adopted a framework in 2011 that calls for a holistic approach to building grassroots global justice: No War, No Warming, Build an Economy for the People and the Planet, echoing the framework of Dr. Martin Luther King’s philosophy of the Triple Evils of Poverty, Racism and Militarism. We weave and bridge together US-based GRO groups and global social movements working for climate justice, an end to war, and a just transition to a new economy that is better for people and the planet.
Grassroots Global Justice is a national alliance of grassroots organizations building a popular movement for peace, democracy and a sustainable world. We support each other's local struggles and collaborate with international allies who share our vision and commitment to building a transformative social justice movement beyond borders. We connect as grassroots leaders by creating spaces for dialogue and strategic thinking, and by sharpening our understanding of global political and economic forces that cause poverty, conflict and environmental destruction in our communities. We work across issues and regions to develop agendas by and for working-class people, poor people, indigenous people and communities of color that can help lead to a good life for all. And in doing so, GGJ is helping to support a renaissance of U.S. social movements, led by mass-based, economically independent organizations with a global perspective and key international relationships. Through convergence, education, leadership development and coordinated action, GGJ will continue to connect real people and their local struggles to promote systems change for a peaceful, democratic and sustainable world. Over the next 20 years, GGJ will work to achieve critical shifts in global issues including climate justice, gender justice, militarization, and a just transition to an economy that is better for people and the planet, because the time is now to make another world possible – a world where everyone matters and everyone can have enough.
In 2005 in San Antonio, Texas, a new alliance was born. Once a small core of loosely affiliated organizations committed to building local power in poor, working class communities, GGJ was transformed into a broad national alliance with a founding core of 40 local, regional and national organizations, all united by an irresistible collective vision -- the vision of a world beyond empire, transformed by grassroots struggles working together for international justice, peace and well-being.
Since then, GGJ has worked hard to advance toward this vision. Today we are over 55 member organizations strong, with dozens of key relationships with international social movements. GGJ is a vehicle to build bridges; we have connected more than 500 US-based grassroots organizers with international counterparts in Mexico, South America, Asia, West Africa and the Caribbean through the World Social Forum process. Drawing lessons from the World Social Forum, GGJ helped spearhead the first US Social Forum and played a lead role in organizing the USSF2010 in Detroit.
Our Power Campaign
GGJ co-anchored the founding of the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA), a collaborative of over 35 community-based and movement support organizations that launched the Our Power Campaign: Communities United for a Just Transition in June 2013 to bring together frontline communities to "build the bigger we" for a just transition toward local, living economies.
World March of Women US Chapter
In 2014 at our 4th Membership Assembly GGJ membership participated in a historic vote to launch the first ever US chapter of the World March of Women (WMW). With this launch, the US becomes the 67th country/territory in the world, and the 17th in the Americas, to build a national WMW chapter. The World March of Women began as a mobilization against poverty and sexist violence in the mid-90s. They held their first international action in the year 2000 and, following on from this international set of actions, they decided to continue as a permanent movement, organizing in four thematic Action Areas: Women’s work (Women’s economic autonomy), Violence against women, Common good and public services, and Peace and demilitarization. The WMW operates on the principle that there is no one version of feminism that will work for every community, and so the GGJ membership has been inspired to encourage the articulation of a diversity of feminisms.