THE RESILIENCE makes activism accessible by building local co-working spaces for "Resistance" efforts to collaborate under one roof. When we band together, we win. So let's unite new passion with time-proven tactics, let's share resources and coordinate locally to shake up national politics. These are WeWork-type warehouses and storefronts built beyond one campaign and primed for action, your headquarters in this movement for years and campaigns to come.

Why this? Why NOW?

If we do nothing, we fail. If do not come together, we will die as individuals. No one is focused on the physical space and community culture necessary to channel new activism into sustained habits and victories. This is the place where we get shit done. Let's lift up new heroes, build our bench – here is where we align for maximum impact.

It's proven when we get people working under one roof, and provide a positive experience, people work better. This needs to happen in political field offices –now more than ever– and be available to help emerging orgs like Swing Left/Flippable/Run For Something/Sister District/etc. thrive.

Your pledge funds the downpayment necessary to break ground for our first office, and provide immediate value to all these Resistance orgs. Help us deliver a home base, a network of online resources, events, trainings, campaign consultation, great storytelling and content. When we reach our goal, we can open our doors and get the Resistance movement and the local community collaborating and sharing resources.

How does this work?

We keep things fun and productive, a coworking space and training ground where:

  • Young and new community members meet and engage at the local level
  • Supporters of one issue learn about/access/support other organized efforts.
  • Campaign veterans provide presidential-level strategy and tactics to local elections.
  • Volunteers attend organizing/digital/data trainings and bolster new engagement with time-proven tactics.

When we start speaking a common language, when we start sharing resources and finding common threads among groups, we shape the narrative of this movement and become stronger and more effective. Directly invest in local community to impact national issues. We will take this simple concept across the country and mitigate the seismic political climate change we face.

And let’s be radically inclusive. You are welcome here whether you feel the Bern at a nice fireplace warmth or have been “With Her” for decades. Single-issue voters may also have single-issues that would bring them to the middle. We need to nurture literal common ground to meet them.

Where do we start?

Our best chance to prove our effectiveness as a collective is the major elections in VIRGINIA THIS NOVEMBER. Virginia is one of the only states holding elections in 2017, and for decades has been a classic test of political realignment after presidential elections.

We will open our doors this Summer in Richmond and expand operations across the country in time for the 2018 midterms.

Where are the funds going?

Plain and simple, the largest base cost is RENT & UTILITIES. We can’t provide a Headquarters for all these Resistance efforts if we can’t keep the lights on. We will employ one full-time host-in-residence and an office manager to reach out to neighboring business and orgs and keep a full slate of events/activity in this community space. Two additional part-time staff will be drawn from local colleges to train them, support them, and make the space truly a Richmond effort. We hope these staffers will take their experience to help us start up new co-ops across the country or commit to stay in Richmond after they graduate college.

And PLEASE WRITE AN ENDORSEMENT! We need to show a united front in the Resistance movement, a desire to work together. Adding your voice demonstrates the demand to step up our ground game, collaborate, and make it happen in a new HQ where we can really get down to business. 

Help us get on the ground today & get perks!

Just like everyone stepped up their sign-game this year in marches across the country, we’ll pull together something savvy, snarky, clever, defiant. Stay tuned! Donate over $20 for our first batch— you won’t be disappointed.

  • $3 We’ll send you a “The Sky is Falling” email. You’ll never get one of these from us again.
  • $20 Armband, delivered to you when we launch our office in Richmond
  • $100 Armband + Something Functional
  • $1000 Your name on a Brick on the foundation of our first Rebel Base
  • $2500 Visit your Brick, we’ll coordinate your travel
  • $5000 EVERYTHING and I will make you a video

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Kate Kight endorsed

    “As a political organizer working for a small PAC, having a community around me would make such a huge difference in my work. Being able to collaborate, share ideas, and take an online community into real life would help us take this movement forward so much faster.”

  • John McBride endorsed

    “This is a great idea. Creating spaces to bridge online & offline community organizing is crucial to building a sustained movement.”

  • Allen Kramer endorsed

    “The Resilience is a crucial project for Virginia and beyond. With the proliferation of many groups comes massive coordination costs - and physical space creates the opportunity to enhance the impact of everyone.”

  • kat calvin endorsed

    “I am a huge fan of The Resiliance and of Josh. As the fonder of an org that is launching chapters across the country, it will be so valuable to have a space where our staff and volunteers can work, connect with other progressive orgs, invite our clients and community partners to a welcoming space, and just have a central location where we can comfortably and safely work. Spread The Vote will definitely be setting up shop in the Richmond Rebel Base and beyond!”

  • JD Beebe endorsed

    “Passion without a path won't find its purpose. The Resilience is a chance to direct political determination by bringing our voices together. Give em hell in Richmond!”

  • Sarah Ullman endorsed

    “I believe in showing up to resist, and The Resilience will help organizers do just that -- no more hunting for meeting space, a quiet place to work, or good wifi!”

  • The Resurgent Left endorsed

    “We could really use a space like this. Love this idea!”

  • Daniel MacCombie endorsed

    “This is a critical, needed, and exciting step to bringing all of this necessary work together - while interacting with the local community in a way that grows long term alliances. I'm excited to have donated and more importantly get down to Richmond and work on the ground to make this happen!”

  • Philip Zymet endorsed

    “Josh is the man - never a bad idea to give $ to this man - especially when it's for such a good idea - the resistance needs permanent home bases and real community building!”

  • Jmw. endorsed

    “Finally, activists get a shared HQ to change the world together.”

March 31, 2017

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Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Kate Kight endorsed

    “As a political organizer working for a small PAC, having a community around me would make such a huge difference in my work. Being able to collaborate, share ideas, and take an online community into real life would help us take this movement forward so much faster.”

  • John McBride endorsed

    “This is a great idea. Creating spaces to bridge online & offline community organizing is crucial to building a sustained movement.”

  • Allen Kramer endorsed

    “The Resilience is a crucial project for Virginia and beyond. With the proliferation of many groups comes massive coordination costs - and physical space creates the opportunity to enhance the impact of everyone.”

  • kat calvin endorsed

    “I am a huge fan of The Resiliance and of Josh. As the fonder of an org that is launching chapters across the country, it will be so valuable to have a space where our staff and volunteers can work, connect with other progressive orgs, invite our clients and community partners to a welcoming space, and just have a central location where we can comfortably and safely work. Spread The Vote will definitely be setting up shop in the Richmond Rebel Base and beyond!”

  • JD Beebe endorsed

    “Passion without a path won't find its purpose. The Resilience is a chance to direct political determination by bringing our voices together. Give em hell in Richmond!”

  • Sarah Ullman endorsed

    “I believe in showing up to resist, and The Resilience will help organizers do just that -- no more hunting for meeting space, a quiet place to work, or good wifi!”

  • The Resurgent Left endorsed

    “We could really use a space like this. Love this idea!”

  • Kevin Samy endorsed

  • Daniel MacCombie endorsed

    “This is a critical, needed, and exciting step to bringing all of this necessary work together - while interacting with the local community in a way that grows long term alliances. I'm excited to have donated and more importantly get down to Richmond and work on the ground to make this happen!”

  • Philip Zymet endorsed

    “Josh is the man - never a bad idea to give $ to this man - especially when it's for such a good idea - the resistance needs permanent home bases and real community building!”

  • Jmw. endorsed

    “Finally, activists get a shared HQ to change the world together.”

  • allie endorsed

    “I believe in the power of in person connection”

  • Elizabeth Jaff endorsed

    “I actually love this idea, we need physical community spaces for the resistance to meet and I hope state parties will use it too - we can reconnect and make sure this is all local”