So You Wanna Be an Activist?

16 Nov

So you want to be an activist? So many people I know become terrified of that one little word. The assume that to be an activist, one must become a single-issue crazy screaming person who camps out in front of the Capitol building. While this is a form of activism, let your mind expand a little bit as to what the word really means.

Being an activist does not mean you need to scream in the streets, nor does it mean you have to participate in a hunger strike, carry a sign or even march in a protest. According to Dictionary.com, an activist is an “especially active, vigorous advocate for a cause.” So, it’s a lot easier than you think.

You can be an activist if you commit to having one conversation with someone every day about equality. You can be an activist by using your facebook page to educate your friends and family on the inequalities we still face. You can even be an activist by showing up to vote for the candidate you know will defend equality. These are all forms of activism that don’t require you to handcuff yourself to anything – not that there is anything wrong with Direct Action, which can be very effective if properly executed.

We just wanted our readers to be aware that we all have the ability to participate in the fight for equality – and it all begins with a conversation.

2 Responses to “So You Wanna Be an Activist?”

  1. Alex November 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    So true. You don’t need to be willing to get arrested in order to be considered an activist. Those who do are incredible and selfless people, but that’s not the only way to help the movement and advance our cause. Everyone has different ideas and different things they are/aren’t willing/able to do, and we can all be a part of this. Couldn’t agree more.

  2. Little Kiwi November 16, 2010 at 5:44 pm #

    A very easy way for the timid and shy is to simply forward this video to your family and friends and ask them to do the same:

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