Founded in August 2014, The People's Assembly (formerly known as Tacoma Stands Up) was formed in response to a call for solidarity with organizers in Ferguson following the shooting of Michael Brown. TPA’s first action involved organizing a demonstration in downtown Tacoma to protest police brutality and anti-Black violence, which sparked a series of ongoing efforts ranging from vigils, community forums, arts and advocacy events, to a summer-long campaign of marches and a variety of activities centered on creative resistance and cross-cultural movement building.