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Hashtags that Changed the World

Some of the biggest and most impactful social justice movements were inspired or amplified by a simple hashtag:


  • Started in 2013
  • Movement comprises many people & groups
  • Originated by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, & Opal Tometi
  • Main goal is to end police violence against Black people

How to Help Black Lives Matter Movement, Protesters | Time
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  • Started in 2018 with a march
  • Originated by survivors of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
  • Main goal is ending gun violence
March for Our Lives
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  • Started in 2006
  • Main goal is to empower survivors of sexual abuse to break the silence
  • Originated by survivor & activist Tarana Burke
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  • Movement started in 2015, nonprofit started in 2017
  • Led largely by youth
  • Main goal is to pass legislation in support of climate justice and sustainable jobs
Study: the Fridays for Future movement is facing its limits
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  • Started in 2006 by undocumented students & youth
  • Main goal is to pass the DREAM Act, which grants at least temporary residency to immigrants who entered the U.S. as minors
Biden Administration Will Issue Proposal to Preserve 'Dreamer' Program - Times of San Diego
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