Resist is a foundation that supports people's movements for justice and liberation. They redistribute resources back to frontline communities at the forefront of change while amplifying their stories of building a better world.
You can read their state charitable registration
, and their latest audited financial statement
Resist has always been a different type of foundation.
Their story begins in 1967 when the "Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority" was issued to support draft resistance in opposition to the war in Vietnam. Signed by over 20,000 people, the Call mobilized activists and academics across the country and became a central document in the 1968 conspiracy trial of Reverend William Sloan Coffin, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Michael Ferber, Marcus Raskin, and Mitchell Goodman, who became known as the "Boston Five" and soon after became five of Resist’s founders. Other signers and founding members included Grace Paley, Noam Chomsky, Robert Lowell, Barbara Guest, and Allen Ginsberg.
During the course of the Vietnam War, as grassroots activism exploded across the country, Resist evolved too and supported radical visionary activists from coast to coast. Over time, Resist provided support to hundreds of groups, starting with resistance to the Vietnam War and quickly expanding to the civil rights movement and beyond. By the 1970s, Resist had broadened its scope dramatically by tying together the unequal distribution of power and money at home with a system of US domination abroad.
Throughout this history, Resist has provided critical early funding to some of the most influential progressive organizations in the US – many of which have gone on to make history themselves.