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Kai Newkirk

Vision, Organizing & Action for Progressive Change



About Kai

Kai Newkirk is an organizer, activist, trainer, and writer working to build a nonviolent social movement toward a nation and world of justice, peace, and democracy for all. 

Kai co-founded Democracy Spring (first known as 99Rise) and was the architect of the largest American civil disobedience action of this century. In 2014, Kai disrupted the US Supreme Court to protest it’s role in political corruption in an action captured in the first-ever video recording of the Court’s chamber. He led 99Rise’s 480-mile, 37 day California March for Democracy and the subsequent 12 days of state capitol sit-ins that helped pass two democracy reform bills in the state.

Before devoting himself to the democracy struggle, Kai worked as a political aide and as a worker organizer. He has organized nonviolent action campaigns in the universal health care, immigrant rights, anti-war, and global justice movements.

Kai's work and campaigns or actions he has led have been covered by CNN, ABC, The New York Times, MSNBC, USA Today, NPR, The Los Angeles Times, Democracy Now, The Young Turks, and other major national media. His writing has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Waging Nonviolence. He has trained thousands of people across America in movement organizing and nonviolent direct action.

Kai is a founding member of the Momentum organizing tradition, a musician, and a committed meditator. He is a graduate of Hampshire College. He shares his devotion to justice with his partner, progressive activist and immigrant rights leader, Erika Andiola.

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Kai pursues his work through For All, a nonprofit organization established to advance the struggle to realize the promise of liberty and justice for everyone in our nation and beyond.

To support Kai's work, you can donate here:

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You can reach Kai at kai.newkirk@gmail.com.