Join the Groundswell Network!

Individual Groundswell Members:

  • Become part of a vibrant network of diverse practitioners committed to Groundswell's Mission & Principles.

  • Receive special discounts (like free participation in Practitioner Support Network video chats, reduced rates for our "Oral History for Social Change" online class, and discounted registration for our biannual, national Groundswell Gatherings).

  • Are encouraged to join a Groundswell Working Group and participate in Groundswell activities.

  • Help ensure Groundswell's sustainability with a sliding scale annual membership contribution of $35 - $120. (We also offer a labor-equity option. Instead of a monetary contribution, members can volunteer 5 hours to support Groundswell's work. E-mail for more info on this option.)

Organizational Members:

  • Receive special discounts for your organization's staff/members (including free participation in Practitioner Support Network video chats for up to ten people, reduced rates for up to 3 participants in our "Oral History for Social Change" online class, discounted rates if your organization would like to host an in-person Groundswell workshop, etc.)

  • Are listed on Groundswell's website and have the opportunity to share information about your programs/services with the broader Groundswell network.

  • Will have a featured post on the Groundswell blog highlighting your work and its connection to social justice oral history/storytelling.

  • Make an annual membership contribution of $100 - $500 (sliding scale), with grassroots, community-based organizations contributing on the lower end and larger institutions, such as universities, contributing on the upper end.

Alternate Payment Options

  • Check: Make your check payable to "Allied Media Projects" and indicate "Groundswell Membership" in the memo line or on the check stub. Mail to: Groundswell c/o Allied Media Projects, 4126 Third St., Detroit, MI 48201.

  • Electronic Transfer: If you would like to make an electronic transfer, e-mail us at: We will send you an invoice and you can pay online.

Download a PDF Version of the Groundswell Membership Form 

Thank you to our Groundswell Organizational Members!

American Jewish Peace Archive

American University Public History Program
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Anthropology and Social Change
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Anti-Eviction Mapping Project: Narratives of Displacement Oral History Project
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Center for Documentary Studies
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Chicago History Museum
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Columbia Oral History Alumni Association
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Columbia University Oral History Master of Arts Program
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The Jackson Center for Saving & Making History

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Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South
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StoryCenter creates spaces for transforming lives and communities and building a just and healthy world, through the acts of listening to and sharing stories. Since 1993, we have partnered with organizations around the world on projects in Storywork, digital storytelling, and other forms of participatory digital media production.

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Story for All
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Texas After Violence Project
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Thaler Pekar & Partners

UW-Madison Oral History Program
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