About

The mission of People’s Action Institute is to advance a long-term agenda for racial, economic and gender justice by investing in powerful state and local organizations and campaigns that win real change in people’s lives.

We believe that power comes from organizing and action, and therefore we invest in scalable base-building and leadership development, digital organizing, direct action, nonpartisan civic engagement, independent grassroots fundraising and issue campaigns that move people on their values and self-interest.

People’s Action Institute’s long-term goal is to reverse the trajectory of growing economic inequality by building an economy that expands opportunity for low-income families, with an emphasis on racial and gender equity.

RSS Latest From The Institute

  • People’s Action Joins Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) to Endorse David Garcia for Governor December 21, 2017
      PHOENIX, Ariz. – With a unanimous vote from Living United for Change in Arizona members, LUCHA has formally endorsed David Garcia for governor. People’s Action joined LUCHA today in making the endorsement. Garcia has pledged to enact the LUCHA and People’s Action Protest to Power Platform and promote a bold racial and economic justice […]
  • Student Action State Organizing Fellow December 15, 2017
    Student Action is hiring three State Fellows for the fall semester to develop one of our city or state Free Higher Education campaigns each. The fellow will be expected to work an average of 15 hours/week to support the development of one of our state-based affiliates, with priority states including California, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, New […]
  • Student Action Digital Organizing Fellow December 15, 2017
    Student Action is hiring a part-time Digital Organizing Fellow to build and lead a digital organizing team for our Free Higher Education for All national campaign. The fellow’s main responsibility will be to build, train and manage a team of leaders who are working on different elements of our Free Higher Ed digital organizing strategy, […]
  • Alabama Special Election Revives the Civil Rights Movement to Restore Voting Rights to Millions of People Nationwide December 14, 2017
    DOTHAN, Alabama – Years of work to restore voting rights and re-enfranchise voters contributed to the victory in the Alabama election of Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Ten thousand newly eligible voters were registered and turned out, many by absentee ballot from jail or prison, as part of the “Souls to […]
  • People’s Action Announces National Housing Campaign as Crisis Reaches Emergency Level December 6, 2017
    WASHINGTON – A hundred people shared personal stories of their housing struggles and called for immediate relief during the The People’s Hearing on Housing in D.C. today. They represent millions of people in cities, suburbs and rural communities nationwide who are suffering under the national housing crisis. The speakers also joined People’s Action in announcing […]


This latest report in the Job Gap Economic Prosperity Series details what a living wage would actually be for the 43 million Americans struggling to pay off college debt in addition to calculating living wage standards for workers nationwide and in 19 states.


“Caught in the Debt Trap” provides a snapshot of the effect payday and title loans have had on the lives of nine people. Their personal stories illustrate how lenders take advantage of people and how these loans can leave borrowers in a devastating cycle of poverty and debt that lasts for years.