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Why We Need Activism

Updated on September 10, 2018

Movements for Change

We need activism because we need people to stand up for what they believe in and push positive change in the world.

Activism is important

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“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

The quote made famous by Mahatma Ghandi now stands as a pillar of activism movements. In the last 15 years, we have seen activism on a whole new scale. From Occupy Wall Street and the Women’s March to the March for Our Lives and the more, activism is more alive than ever.

Sure, it might seem like these protests and marches didn’t do anything. There were no huge policy swings and no immediate action to deal with the things people were protesting about; however, the marches and movements did do something monumental. They shoved these issues to the forefront of the conversation in the United States. They forced people to take a step back and say “wow, people really do care about these things.”

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Just by putting an issues in the spotlight, these activists were already forcing change. The conversations around these hot button issues made a real impact and slowly we’ve seen a shift and we have activism to thank for that.

Activism can be daunting. It takes a lot to stand up and express your views about something especially when it is something that is not super popular. That being said, it is important to say something. Remaining silent only increases the likelihood that nothing will change and makes it more difficult to move the needle at all.

Without activism, we would be living in a very different world than we are now. Child labor, labor laws, women and minorities’ right to vote, environmental policies, immigration reform, public schools, and more probably wouldn’t exist. Activism gives a voice to those who might not be heard on their own. By empowering the powerless, we can all improve society.

So why is it important for you to become an activist? Because everyone cares about something. Everyone has a cause that they believe in. There is something that you have scrolled past on Facebook or seen on Reddit that makes you want to do something. You feel a little nudge that says “Hey. You care about that. Let’s help!”

So why is it important for you to become an activist? Because everyone cares about something. Everyone has a cause that they believe in.

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You can’t ignore the nudge forever. At some point, it is going to come spilling out of you and you are going to want to do something to help. More than likely, there is already some organization you can join that will help provide you with structure for the activism that you care about. That might come in the form of meetings with like-minded individuals, letter writing campaigns, education courses so you can learn more about what you are fighting for and more.

Even if you are just one person fighting for something, you are one more person who is talking about it than yesterday. Often times, the general population doesn’t know something is an issue until someone says something about it. If it hasn’t touched them personally, they are probably totally unaware that it is a problem that others are dealing with.

Activism puts those things in the spotlight. It gives people a chance to see what is going on under the surface. Give people that chance and you will probably be surprised at what humans can do.


© 2018 Julie Queler

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    • Julie Queler profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie Queler 

      2 months ago from Florida, USA

      Brad, I do. Women's Suffrage, the Civil Rights Movement, LGBT Rights Movement, Internal Resistance Against Apartheid, The Environmental Movement of the 1950s, Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, the push towards Unions, and the Child Labor Movement to name a few.

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      Brad Masters 

      3 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Julie

      " It accomplishes sweeping generational view point changes that help make society more fair to everyone."

      B:

      Do you have any examples of that?

    • Julie Queler profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie Queler 

      3 months ago from Florida, USA

      I think that we have seen a lot of activism. Especially now. You have seen it in the March for Science, the Women's March, the March for Our Lives. People are standing up, banding together and creating massive social movements for change. Activism exists because people decide to stand up for a common cause. It accomplishes sweeping generational view point changes that help make society more fair to everyone.

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      Brad Masters 

      3 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Can you some common today examples of this activism. Why it exists, and what has it accomplished.

      Thanks

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      Mr. Happy 

      3 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "Just by putting an issues in the spotlight, these activists were already forcing change." - Very well said. Bringing awareness to topics is extremely important. Through the many years of activism,I often found that many people are just not aware of things happening and that after informing them, they are thankful and willing to join the fight.

      You know, everyone talks about their rights and their freedom. Not many people talk about their responsabilities. We have responsabilities towards this planet and our fellow Beings, be they the two legged, the four legged, the feathered, the crawlers, etc.

      I wish You best of Luck in your activism. Thank You for this piece of writing.

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