Social justice advocates work to influence public policy and shift public opinion to create a more socially just society. Their challenges are many, and it often takes years to see real change. Still, many of these social justice activists have dedicated their lives to improve policies on topics such as immigration reform or LGBTQ+ issues.
Top social justice activists on social media
As the CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Melanie is an advocate for youth and women’s rights. The Washingtonian has spent more than four decades advocating for this cause, and she has recently focused her efforts on increasing the number of Black voters who go to the polls. Her Instagram account promotes upcoming events and keeps followers updated on happenings on the Hill.
An advocate for alternatives to prison and harsh sentencing, Susan founded A New Way of Life: a program that helps recently released women start a new life after incarceration. It provides sober housing, free legal resources, and other supportive programs for women and their families. Susan has won several awards for this program. Her Instagram offers inspirational quotes and upcoming speaking engagements.
In 2013, Malala was returning to her home in Swat Valley, Pakistan, on a bus after school, when a Taliban gunman shot her in an assassination attempt for speaking in favor of education for women. Malala was shot in the head, but she recovered. She became an education activist and won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. She rallies support for education and promotes her non-profit that publishes children’s books “by girls, for girls.”
A prominent immigration reform advocate in Arizona, Erika’s “undocumented and unafraid” stance made headlines in 2012. Erika arrived in the U.S. with her family in 1999 from Mexico, fleeing from domestic violence. Since then, she went to college and has worked alongside senators to reform the path to citizenship. Erika is active on Instagram, where she posts clips of interviews, collaborations, and family life.
Emma survived the Parkland School shooting in 2018, when 17 students were gunned down in just 6 minutes. After the shooting, Emma led a group of students on a March for Our Lives in D.C. They are now a social activist for gun control who goes by the name X. They share their thoughts on violent events involving guns on Instagram.
A professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, Kimberlé fights for race and gender equality. She’s a founder of the field of critical race theory and the creator of a think tank, African American Policy Forum, which focuses on dismantling structural inequality. Her Instagram promotes her upcoming talks, awards, and shares stories of police injustice.
Born in a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan, Nihad eventually came to the U.S. to attend college. Years later, Nihad now leads the largest American-Islamic advocacy group, Council on American-Islamic Relations. The group monitors hate crimes and speech against Muslim Americans. Nihad is active on Twitter, where he shares legal victories and situations that deserve attention.
This month, we won another major victory against anti-#BDS laws when a court blocked Texas from enforcing its law against our client. With your support, we can continue to defeat these unconstitutional laws, in sha Allah.— CAIR National (@CAIRNational) February 9, 2022
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Chad is best known for his advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community. His political career started as a volunteer for the Clinton campaign, which led to a White House position at the age of 19. He would go on to challenge California’s same-sex marriage ban, known as Prop 8, which was overturned by the Supreme Court. It’s a topic that Chad still chats about on Twitter, along with other bills and policies that impact the LGBTQ+ community.
I’m sickened & angry for families in my home state of Arkansas after passage of revolting anti-trans bills. The idea that Little Rock politicians are better equipped than doctors, parents & patients to make health decisions is so reckless. Sending love & strength to trans youth🏳️⚧️ https://t.co/d81ME7sCd0— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) April 7, 2021
A civil-rights activist who grew up in Missouri, Jonnetta, or Netta, was called to activism after the shooting of Michael Brown in her home state. She took to social media to tell people what was happening as she joined protests and spoke out against injustice. The 32-year-old has been fighting against discrimination ever since, and she shares her experiences with protests and youth movements on Instagram.
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A trans-femme advocate of Navajo heritage, Charlie is an advocate among Indigenous people and beyond. She uses her Instagram account to educate people about everything from her culture to the importance of self-care. She helps explore the concept of Two Spirit, an Indigenous term that describes a person with both a masculine and feminine spirit.
Mari is a 14-year-old often referred to as Little Miss Flint for her advocacy for clean water in Flint, Michigan. She brought national attention to the water crisis, garnering a visit from former President Barack Obama and appearances on many media outlets. She has expanded her efforts to bringing clean water to cities around the nation and continues to raise funds to this day on GoFundMe and through other initiatives.