DC Action Lab is a worker-owned collective of experienced organizers trying to build a world based on equity, justice, and sustainability.
From flash street actions and mobilizations to long term strategy and coalition building, our mission is to provide support for the nuts and bolts of movement building. We can handle all of your action organizing, event production, facilitation, and strategic planning needs.
We work with people and organizations building bottom-up power for positive social change. We support strategic thinking for long haul organizing because we believe change happens through broad based social movements fighting for systemic change. Click here to learn more about hiring us!
Robby Diesu is an organizer, trainer, and strategist who works in various social movements. Robby specializes in mass mobilizations and direct actions for the environmental and labor movement, bringing tens of thousands to DC to protest fracking, corporate investment in coal, and the Keystone XL pipeline. As strategist, Robby has help develop and build the structure and process for the Stop the Frack Attack Network- the largest national network against dirty and unsafe fracking. He is a graduate of Catholic University and serves as Board Chair/Queen of the Washington Peace Center.
Samantha Miller is an organizer, facilitator, and trainer with a background in the anti-war, student, environmental, and labor movements. Originally from Los Angeles, Sam became active in the anti-war movement with Students for a Democratic Society and as an intern for Codepink while attending UCLA. After graduating, she moved to DC and began working extensively with the Alliance of Community Trainers on direct actions, mobilizations and trainings in DC, Texas, and around the country. Sam has worked as a national organizer with Codepink and Oil Change International and program director of Military Families Speak Out, the only organization of military families to take a stand against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She has also served on the Coordinating Committee of United for Peace & Justice and currently sits on the board of the Washington Peace Center. Sam specializes in creative direct actions, large-scale mobilization logistics, and group facilitation.
Katie Petitt is an organizer, facilitator, trainer, and community development specialist. Katie’s passion for organizing began at a young age; at the age of 15, she organized a student walkout in objection the U.S.-Iraq War. At 20, she co-founded Food For Thought, an organization in Spokane, Washington that hosts annual dinners planned and hosted equitably by students, people who are homeless, and other community members to break down barriers and put a human face on homelessness. Katie received a Certificate in Community Development from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, a Bachelor’s in Peace Studies from Whitworth University, and and a Master’s degree from the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. She then conducted field research about water conflicts in Ethiopia and worked for over five years in refugee resettlement. Katie currently handles external relationships and strategy development for Black Lives Matter-DC. Katie is also an an independent consultant, focused on strategic planning and organizational culture, event/retreat planning, social media, storytelling, and fundraising.
Noor Mir is a DC-based organizer and facilitator. Born and raised in Islamabad, Pakistan, Noor moved to the United States in 2008 to attend college at Vassar, where she interned at the African American Policy Forum to create popular education programs on structural and institutional racism. Noor became politically active through the movement to ground lethal and surveillance drones while doing research on the topic back home in northern Pakistan and witnessing the devastating effects of U.S foreign policy. Noor then led the Ground the Drones campaign at the anti-war organization CODEPINK: Women for Peace, where she organized with the families of survivor and victims of drone strikes from Yemen and Pakistan. She then worked as a field organizer and a national campaigner for police accountability and criminal justice at human rights organization Amnesty International, focusing on state and federal advocacy on lethal force and data collection and reporting. Noor currently serves on the Board of the Washington Peace Center and the steering committee of the DC Justice for Muslims Coalition and the Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum.
Wesley Garson is an attorney-by-training with over five years experience in several Federal Agency Civil Rights Offices, including the U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. He left the federal government when the Trump Administration took office, due to shifting priorities of the Administration. As a volunteer, Wesley helped co-found Transgender Legal Advocates of Washington, DC, the first name and gender documentation change clinic in DC metro area. Wesley identifies as a transgender man (he/him/his) and is from the Philadelphia / South Jersey area. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and has been married to his spouse for six years. Wesley earned his B.S. at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and his J.D. at Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey, where he was awarded the Helen Levine Cohen Award for demonstrating the highest caliber of advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community. Prior to working for the Federal Government, Wesley served as the Interim Director of the Transgender Civil Rights Project at the National LGBTQ Task Force.