Our story

The evolution of the DC Action Lab collective

Protestors with banners at the Kavanaugh Protests; credit Kisha Bari.
Protestors with banners at the Kavanaugh Protests; credit Kisha Bari.

DC Action Lab was founded in 2013 as a worker-owned collective of experienced organizers. Over the past eight years, we were behind the scenes and working around the clock planning some of the largest mass mobilizations in recent history like Families Belong Together and the Women’s March, or executing strategic direct action campaigns such as No Muslim Ban Ever, Cancel Kavanaugh and Jane Fonda’s Firedrill Fridays.

Jane Fonda and other activists at Firedrill Fridays.
Jane Fonda and other activists at Firedrill Fridays.

In 2021, the company shifted its focus away from production and logistics and adopted a new pace and philosophy. Our mission is centered around providing our movement partners with the nuts and bolts support they need, whether it’s managing short and long-term projects, running broad coalitions, building up their staff or constituency capacity or escalating strategically at just the right moment.

A large group of protestors occupy a space at an Abolish ICE direct action.
An Abolish ICE direct action.

In this first year of our evolution, we’ve already managed multiple advocacy coalitions, run multilingual, multiracial stakeholder engagement processes, established numerous strategic plans and trained hundreds of activists. We are equally skilled at diving headfirst into rapid-response movement moments at the drop of a hat, or setting up sound processes and workflows for long-term projects and consultancies.

A long line of people hold a banner that says "We resist, we build, we rise" at the 2017 People's Climate March.
2017 People's Climate March.

DC Action Lab prioritizes working with organizations that are dedicated to long-haul organizing and are led by and serving directly impacted communities. We believe in transformative, not transactional working relationships with our clients and the communities they organize with. Reach out to us to get in touch and set up an initial consultation.