30 Social Media Activism Rules for the Resistance

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Social Media Activism Can Be Fraught Hey, I get it. You’re an activist, but you have a boss, a family, neighbors, that one dude from high school, and several law enforcement agencies with access to your social media feed. Newsflash: even if you don’t realize it, that first sentence is something you should assume to be true. So. How do you #resist and stay (mostly) out of trouble? 1) Speech has consequences. Be prepared to back up what you say and be able to defend it to any or all of the above. Your online presence is creating your “brand”.…

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Questioning: The Personal is Political

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“Questioning” (“Participating”, “Noodling”) is a regular feature of this website asking a question, inviting people to participate in an experience, positing an idea, or in some other way encouraging people to “join the dance”. I’ve done this in the past as well. I highly encourage you to pass this around to your friends and family and get the conversation started. How ‘the personal is political’ applies to me: Unlike most of my extended family, both biological and through marriage, I am an unabashed liberal, feminist, anti-racist, pro marriage equality advocate for poverty elimination and the rule of law. My mother was…

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Catastrophic Climate Change and Overcoming the Limits of Local Action

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Climate Change: A Really Big Threat It has been said by many great thinkers over the centuries that the only sure way to get two long term enemies to stop fighting is to get them to unite to face a bigger threat. Perhaps that needs to be changed to say ‘face a greater tangible threat’. You see, the whole world is facing that threat right now. Climate change is, to quote Vice President Biden (out of context) a big fucking deal. We have entered the era of super storms. After that comes the age of polar melt, and then the death…

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On Activism and One Upmanship and Why We Do it.

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Last night I got home from knit night fairly late, worn out and a little frazzled from trying to get this whole blogging thing going.  I sat back down at my computer ‘just for a second’, and this came pouring out (I had left it on and pointed to Women’s Work, at Shakesville, where I posted it): This is one of those issues that makes me so angry that I have trouble being an effective advocate. I take this shit personally. If my mother had not had the ability to get an abortion, she would not have conceived me, and…

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