SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND
GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING: LESSONS
FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
AND RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS
Social change efforts are underway throughout the U.S. and the world. Many of them, past and current, have launched and sustained broad and deeply rooted movements to improve political, economic, social, legal and ecological conditions in local, regional, national and international contexts. But for many working
within these movements, the daily realities of insufficient time, staff or funding and external or internal opposition and challenges make analysis of the process of social change–how it comes about, what factors are critical, why success is sometimes followed by a backlash or new threats–impossible.