The world is currently experiencing an inflection point. We are on the precipice of a massive shift in how humans interact with one another and with our physical environment. With human rights abuses, climate change, and economic uncertainty threatening our very existence, it can be challenging to know where to look for help or how we can take action to make a real difference. These influencers and organizations offer a jumping-off point for the average citizen to have an impact on local, national, and global outcomes.
12 Political Influencers To Follow On Instagram
Named as one of Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 in 2019, Isra Hirsi is a green activist and co-executive director of the US Youth Climate Strike. The international movement organizes students who skip classes on Fridays to demand action from political leaders and the fossil fuel industry on climate change. Her Instagram profile highlights ways that young people can pick up the activist mantle and become organizers themselves. Her TEDx Talk, The Angry Black Girl, has over 30K views on the platform. Find her on Instagram: @israhirsi.
A Girl Has No President
Curated by a woman known only as Michelle, A Girl Has No President works to highlight abuses, inadequacies, and outright foolishness in government. Her aim is to share information that people might miss and encourage everyone to vote. She attempts to bring some levity to events that can often overwhelm. Find her on Instagram: @agirlhasnopresident.
Kimberly Latrice Jones
Author Kimberly Jones became internet famous after her “How Can We Win” video went viral during the civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd. She is a staunch supporter and an advocate for voting and voters’ rights; her grassroots activism focuses on the intersection of equity and equality. Find her on Instagram: @kimberlylatricejones.
I Am A Voter
Less of an influencer and more of a movement dedicated to a nonpartisan approach to voting and civic engagement. Voter registration, voter demographics, and election day information is readily available with a quick scan of their profile. Find them on Instagram: @iamavoter.
AAPI Women Lead
Asian American and Pacific Islander Women Lead is an organization that works to end racial and gender violence specifically for Asians and Pacific Islanders in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color. With a strong emphasis on the inherent power of community, AAPI Women Lead builds youth programs, teaches a bit of history, and works to dismantle white supremacy and colonization. Find them on Instagram: @aapiwomenlead.
Highlighting injustices based on sex, gender, and sexuality, the Feminist IG cogently reminds us that we’re all equal by amplifying messages that help clarify issues negatively impacting women in all walks of life. Find them on Instagram: @feminist.
Tarana J. Burke
Founder of the MeToo Movement, Tarana Burke continues to use her platform to advocate for women and girls seeking gender equality in the workplace. She is an ambassador for the Black National Convention, an event created by The Movement For Black Lives which advocates and organizes for electoral justice. Find her on Instagram: @taranajaneen.
Carmen Perez is the president and CEO of The Gathering for Justice and co-founder of the Justice League NYC. A self-described Chicana feminist, Perez focuses on the intersection of race, color, and culture in the Latinx community. She works toward solidarity between black and brown people and organizes events that encourage Latinas to find ways to support the Black Lives Matter Movement. Find her on Instagram: @msladyjustice1.
A civil rights attorney and legal director of the Grass Roots Law Project, which is building a 50-state volunteer team to fight for deep systemic change and criminal justice reform. His Instagram highlights both blatant and insidious injustices within the US justice system. Find him on Instagram: @leemerrittesq.
Tamika Mallory is one of the leading organizers of the 2017 Women’s March and a co-president of the 2019 Women’s March. Her IG amplifies community-led solutions to racial injustice, state violence, and other issues affecting underserved communities. Find her on Instagram: @tamikadmallory.
Sex educator, breast cancer survivor, and activist, Ericka Hart’s Instagram masterfully demonstrates how the personal is political. With moving stories from her own life and opinion pieces on everything from healthcare to classism to colorism and workplace harassment. She is also the host of a podcast, Hoodrat to Headwrap. Find her on Instagram: @ihartericka.
Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullers
Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza, and Patrisse Cullers are the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter Movement. BLM is arguably the most important political movement of our time and no political influencer list would be complete without them. Each of these powerhouses continues the fight for Black liberation. Find them on Instagram: @opalayo, @chasinggarza, @osopepatrisse, respectively.