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My county's police got 171 assault rifles from the Pentagon. Now what?

Events in Ferguson, MO have me upset about a lot of things, but I'd like your suggestions on concrete local actions to take to combat (further?) police militarization. I'm in Colorado, but location-independent suggestions encouraged, too. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Aug 15, 2014 - 12 answers

Online petition system that can handle 20,000 submissions in two days?

We have a Drupal website with the standard webform module that we generally use to handle online petitions that our nonprofit routinely does. It can handle maybe a few hundred petition signers in a day without putting us too badly over our shared hosting CPU/SQL limits. Now we need to handle 20,000 signers in a couple of days. [more inside]
posted by flug on Aug 1, 2014 - 12 answers

The rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air

What are some subtle or lesser-known examples of current-day real-world USA being a dystopia? [more inside]
posted by divabat on May 5, 2014 - 52 answers

Explain to me why activism is effective

Invariably, there are problems in government that you would like to see fixed. For example, human rights issues regarding Guantanamo, or environmental issues regarding fracking. There are always people working to solve these problems by protesting, organizing people, etc. How effective are these and other methods of activism, and at what point does standing in the street with a sign turn from one person's opinion into something larger? [more inside]
posted by lalunamel on Apr 25, 2014 - 19 answers

Support for activists?

What are the websites (if any) that seek to collaborate online discussion and activism into coherent steps for individuals as well as assistance collaborating on projects or areas of activism? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Mar 17, 2014 - 2 answers

Thoughtful trans/queer/identity politics blogs

I'm looking for thoughtful, thought-provoking blogs (and books, I guess) covering topics like queer theory, trans/gender theory, identity politics, and maybe related activism. Transmasculine/masculine of center/FTM topics especially welcome. Extreme academic jargon is not a turn-off. A few additional notes inside. [more inside]
posted by dorque on Feb 19, 2014 - 3 answers

How can I be of best use to the world?

I'm looking to change careers and my goal is to be doing "that what is most effective towards helping the world". I asked in a previous question "What is the cause with the most leverage" and since then effective altruism seemed to be the best solution for making a difference on the biggest scale. But if I wanted to help that cause it seems like there's no better way to do it than to make a ton of money. Other than earn a ton of money, I suppose I could try to work for an organization like LifeYouCanSave. But would I be necessarily of greatest help doing that i.e suppose they have all the help they need other than people to donate. I'm not looking for importance or anything. If somehow standing on a corner counting how many red cars go by is the best thing I can be doing for the world, then so be it. I just want to know that I'm being useful.
posted by defmute on Jan 30, 2014 - 19 answers

Question about resume and jobs in Democratic politics in the South

I am considering some jobs in Democratic politics in Georgia or elsewhere in the South, and I'm wondering if there are some activities that I should leave off my resume and cover letter, even if they might have some relevance to the job I am applying for. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Nov 18, 2013 - 15 answers

Activist filter: What is the cause with the most leverage/greatest need?

One day I googled "what is the most effective way to help the world" and found a link that told me to "identify a cause with lots of leverage".
posted by defmute on Oct 2, 2013 - 10 answers

How to get Emory to Rescind Award to Anti-gay Activist?

Emory University is planning to give a distinguished alumni award to H. Eddie Fox, who has been leading the fight against the inclusion and equality of gay Methodists in the Methodist Church (among other accomplishments). Students/staff/faculty are currently mobilizing to have that award rescinded. We have less than a week left. What is the most effective way to pressure Emory to rescind that award? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Sep 22, 2013 - 6 answers

LGBTQ+ activism/volunteering while studying abroad in Barcelona?

I'm studying abroad this fall in Barcelona with pretty workable Spanish but very limited Catalan, and I'd love to do some work/activism/volunteering/organizing around queer or related issues (HIV/AIDS, youth development, homelessness, etc.) while I'm there. Is this possible given my language limitations? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Jul 29, 2013 - 4 answers

What makes a propaganda film?

How can a film rely solely on the opinions/viewpoint of a (social, political) activist without ultimately becoming a propaganda piece? If a movie focuses on an activist, does it have to feature his/her dissidents for it to be objective? Can't the film just allow for this person to tell his/her story and still not be classified as being sympathetic towards him/her? Are there any prominent examples of films that focus on such figures, for which the filmmakers have been later praised/vilified? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Jun 29, 2013 - 16 answers

Public hygiene help for Istanbul Gezi Park

How to sustain public hygiene and battle possible health hazards, possibly with strong chemicals, without poisoning the soil or thousands of people? [more inside]
posted by procrastinator on Jun 10, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I most effectively work for political change on global warming?

So I'm a Canadian citizen living in the US, which means I can't vote anywhere. But I still want to work for political change, on global warming in particular. I'm not trying to make myself feel good, I want to make a difference if possible through whatever legal and non-deceptive means are available to me (donations, volunteering, whatever). Help me find a way to do that. [more inside]
posted by goingonit on Jun 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Best charity for LGBT rights

What is the best charity to give to in support of LGBT rights and activism? I'm in New Mexico but am open to donating to a national organization. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jun 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Feedback on Draft Campus Policy About Free Speech

My school is currently working on a new "Respect for Freedom of Expression Policy". A PDF of the latest draft is available here. I would appreciate any feedback about ways to improve it, especially from the perspective of allowing maximum free speech, protest, and dissent, and limiting the ability of the school to crack down on campus activism. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on May 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me address an ethical conflict in an activist group

I coordinate a successful group of activists. Now, the family of our most active member has been implicated in a scandal. The group wants to work on the scandal; the member says he'll quit if we do. Is there a way to balance on this tightrope? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2013 - 19 answers

How do I fight City Hall and stop the building of a casino?

How do I fight City Hall and stop the building of a casino? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Feb 4, 2013 - 11 answers

It shouldn't be this hard when Toronto is barely 100 miles from Buffalo, OK?

I want to change the world. Or at least make it easier/faster/cheaper to send my niece and nephew, currently living less than 500 miles from where I live, a flipping Christmas package. Who should I bother to help get this done? [more inside]
posted by SMPA on Dec 19, 2012 - 21 answers

More than Maus

Suggestions for graphic novels that can be considered activist works. [more inside]
posted by Cuke on Dec 13, 2012 - 39 answers

local chapter of your favorite political party abroad

What rights (if any) do legal immigrants and/or lawful residents and citizens in the USA have to create political organizations in support of foreign political parties? Could you please point me to relevant legislature or communicate your own experience.
posted by carmina on Oct 15, 2012 - 6 answers

Ideas for Campus Campaign Against Chick-fil-A

What ideas do people have for a college campaign to get our Chick-fil-A removed from campus? A group of us have been meeting, talking, planning, strategizing, and I would love to hear any thoughts from other people about how to be effective and efficient with this. [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford on Aug 28, 2012 - 27 answers

Crossing the linguistics/activism divide in Noam Chomsky

I remember reading an interview in which Noam Chomsky made connections between his work in linguistics and his later political activism. Can anyone locate that interview, or perhaps another good essay that connects those two components of his career?
posted by mecran01 on Mar 29, 2012 - 4 answers

I need some heroes.

I'm looking for reading material written by or about political, progressive scientists who had/have productive technical careers as well as being politically active, and who saw/see their research in the context of political activism. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Mar 28, 2012 - 11 answers

a life of activism

What are some good memoirs/stories/quotes/resources for guidance in being a community activist? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Mar 11, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I make a life and a career out of helping animals, and how can, if at all, my degree be a part of it?

How can I help animals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Is Riseup.net a good secure service for lefty activists?

Security Nerds: What do you think of using Riseup.net for secure online communications for leftist movements? [more inside]
posted by willie11 on Jan 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Chinese artists working for change?

Information about art and activism in China? [more inside]
posted by Cuke on Dec 20, 2011 - 2 answers

What books should I read that will appeal to my interests and look impressive on an honours political science application?

I am applying for my school’s undergraduate honours political science program next semester. The application requires a description of specific interests in and outside of the field, including readings. What should I read that will appeal to my interests and impress the admissions folk? [more inside]
posted by Kingsk on Dec 2, 2011 - 10 answers

Wait, you knew the whole time and didn't tell us?!

I go to a California community college that writes course descriptions for every class it offers, but it doesn't display them on the actual class schedule. The college has an obscure web application (which I just found) that will give you the description if you enter in the course number, but it's barely advertised (it took me three semesters to find it). How do I go about getting the (much needed) course descriptions displayed with the class schedule? Is this an issue I need to join the ASB to get publicised? Is there another way to go about this? I want to make a stink, because for a year and a half now I've been dealing with inadequate or often nonexistent class descriptions which have made choosing the appropriate classes a challenge. [more inside]
posted by malapropist on Nov 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Like big enough to create real positive change

Seriously, what could people do to make the #occupywallst protests bigger soon? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Sep 26, 2011 - 24 answers

How to best work to end American foreign wars?

Effective steps for the average American citizen to help to end our foreign wars? [more inside]
posted by Kwine on Sep 13, 2011 - 21 answers

Temple of the Holy LOL For Good

What other groups use a religious-like structure humourously as a form of activism, art, or community? Something along the veins of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence?
posted by divabat on Aug 8, 2011 - 18 answers

Looking for Innovative US Right-Wing Youth Civics and Activist groups

Looking for specific suggestions of particularly innovative successful/popular US national-level grassroots right-wing civics activist groups (can be conservative, libertarian, religious, non-religious etc. etc; but not extremist) for an academic research project. We are especially interested in youth-focussed/web & new media-savvy/participatory culture savvy groups. Any research report (academic or non-academic) recommendations are most welcome too. [more inside]
posted by zresearch on May 26, 2011 - 6 answers

How to figure this out?

Did you ever have a burning urge to do something significant that makes a difference in the world? How did you become that person? How did you figure out what is it that you wanted to do and how to get there? [more inside]
posted by xm on Apr 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Organizing ain't easy, but it's necessary

Point me to tools for small-group consensus decision making - that includes policies/methods for dealing with irregular meetings/membership? [more inside]
posted by yeloson on Mar 10, 2011 - 7 answers

What do you do in your spare time

Finishing up a degree in statistics and econometrics, and I'm applying for a bunch of jobs in banking, finance and the public service. they tend to ask a lot about 'extra-curricular activities'. For most of my time at university my main extra-curricular activities involved radical left-wing political activism and organizing. Should I mention this at all, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by moorooka on Mar 6, 2011 - 14 answers

If they won't hire me than I guess it wasn't a good place to work anyway

Should I use my union executive experience on my resume? [more inside]
posted by saucysault on Jan 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me find this poster!

Help me find this poster! [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Oct 19, 2010 - 1 answer

Best Practices for Online Activist Organizations

What are your best practices for collecting best practices? I would like to do this online somehow for a group of organizations. [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Sep 10, 2010 - 1 answer

Fill out my Map of Awesome

I'm updating my Map of Awesome - who else should be on there? Looking for performance artists, schools, companies, places, and other things that share characteristics of activism, creativity, and pure awesome. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 18, 2010 - 12 answers

Need Facebook Map App for Animal Rescue

Where can I find a Facebook Map App to help locate my animal rescuer friends? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Jun 13, 2010 - 0 answers

Rise UP! Document the system! (Documentary How to?)

ActivistFilter: I'm done, I'm going rogue, I'm fighting the system, I'm doing it Guerrilla style, I'm 100% serious: Our first project is a documentary, but we don't know how to make a documentary. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Jun 2, 2010 - 19 answers

Youth Centers Near You

Please tell me of any sustainable youth centers you have in your area. [more inside]
posted by beardlace on Mar 16, 2010 - 2 answers

I need more books to read.

What are the best books about civic engagement, activism, community organizing and social issues? [more inside]
posted by pecknpah on Mar 3, 2010 - 12 answers

Indie documentary distribution for absolute beginners

Beyond Film Distribution for Dummies: What do I need to know about distributing my feature-length grassroots documentary film? (specific q's inside) [more inside]
posted by mtgoldma on Feb 9, 2010 - 3 answers

don't mourn, organize!

What can I do, while overseas, to help educate about/support/do something about the healthcare debate happening in the US? [more inside]
posted by kalimac on Aug 12, 2009 - 8 answers

Doing my part for mental health awareness

I want to do something positive for mental health awareness aside from just engaging people on the subject when it comes up. Is there anyone out there I can consider donating my time or money to? [more inside]
posted by silby on Jul 26, 2009 - 6 answers

What more can I do to help the environment?

I recycle, cycle, take the train, eat nearly no meat and don't buy useless stuff. But I know it's not enough. What can I do about environmental/consumerism issues that goes beyond that but doesn't involve chasing whalers on a tiny boat in the Sea of Japan? I'm especially interested about answers for things in the UK, but I'm academically interested in international things too. [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen on Apr 13, 2009 - 18 answers

Do I accept a Greenpeace Internship? But first, $4000 More Student Debt!

I'm an Environmental Policy & Planning Major (3rd year). I've been applying to internships over the past weeks for Spring and Summer positions. Great news: I've already been accepted to Greenpeace's "Organizing Term" and I have two other positions I will soon hear a yes/no on for Spring. Bad News: The Greenpeace Organizing Term program will cost me $4000. The program itself is an intensive mix of activities, virtually on a full-time basis (for 2 months of summer, out of 3), including classroom trainings, expeditions to other states (as well as another country for meeting with other international activists), media trainings, and some readings. All of it is included with the cost (including flight/transport/food for a week). What to do? (More in the extended explanation): [more inside]
posted by Risiko on Feb 14, 2009 - 13 answers

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