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How do I work out the best use of my activist time?

I'm involved with a smallish political organisation which has recently expanded somewhat. In the year I've been involved with it in a coordinating role, objectively speaking, I've spent most of my time settling disputes originating from personality clashes and attempting to develop internal structures in order for things to work properly with the new larger numbers. In terms of tangible action I feel like I've done nothing. How do I work out if this is the best use of my time? [more inside]
posted by Lluvia on Jan 22, 2017 - 3 answers

Gathering Canadian resources for action to counter the Alt Right

I'd like to collect a list of Canadian-specific suggestions and resources (organisations, websites, etc) that could be useful for creating something like these guides: 1, 2, 3. [more inside]
posted by monkeys with typewriters on Jan 22, 2017 - 1 answer

Help my young students be activists

I am an elementary school teacher. My students have studied several heroes, rights activists, and world changers lately. I want them to feel the power they have as people. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Jan 20, 2017 - 8 answers

Holly Near fans, I need your help.

My google fu has failed me. I trying to find a online video or recording or a specific Holly Near story and/or song about protesting [more inside]
posted by hworth on Jan 20, 2017 - 0 answers

Looking for a specific “call to action”

A number of digital “calls to action” have arisen since the election. I thought I had run across one that I can’t find again. [more inside]
posted by maurreen on Jan 17, 2017 - 2 answers

What do I tell the (flunkies of) representatives that I call?

I've been calling my state and national representatives to let my stance be known on various bills coming up for votes and such. But what do i say that will be most effective? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jan 12, 2017 - 9 answers

Tracking activity in an activist group

I seem to be the Person Who Knows Tech Things in a nascent local grassroots making-life-uncomfortable-for-a-Republican-Senator group. I'm brainstorming ways to track participation in regularly occurring actions. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen on Jan 12, 2017 - 4 answers

Best practices for activists

I'm becoming involved in what I guess would be called activism work lately. I have little experience, but I'm chairing a couple of teams focused on social justice issues. Not so much with the protesting, more along the lines of say, coat drives for the homeless, educating people about homelessness and trying to encourage changes in the local system (homelessness is not the focus of my work right now, but it's a comparable example). [more inside]
posted by bunderful on Dec 27, 2016 - 4 answers

How to help efforts at preventing a conservative Supreme Court appointee

The GOP long made it clear they will do everything they can to help Trump appoint a conservative Supreme Court justice. What can be done to prevent this or at least mitigate the possible impact? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Dec 25, 2016 - 9 answers

I want to yell at my representatives!

Like many of us, I'm sure, I am increasingly angry and emotional about what my elected representatives have been up to on the state and national level. It's absurdly bad and upsetting. Would it be effective to emote openly on the phone when I call? [more inside]
posted by witchen on Dec 22, 2016 - 13 answers

Climate change advocacy in Canada

Which advocacy groups are doing the most effective work on climate change in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Gerald Bostock on Dec 16, 2016 - 4 answers

Where can I learn about issues in rural/non-urban USA and how to help?

I'm from a big coastal city in the Northeast US (Boston). I want to learn more about life in the rural/non-urban US, what the issues are, who's addressing them, and how I can help. [more inside]
posted by cadge on Dec 12, 2016 - 24 answers

How do I call my super-far-right congressperson?

I feel so dumb asking this and now the whole internet will know about my civic ineptitude. How do I call my representatives about Standing Rock when they are already slated for Trump's cabinet? [more inside]
posted by athirstforsalt on Dec 1, 2016 - 16 answers

Lighten Your Load And Go Still Higher. War On Christmas: The Gladdening

Black Friday is fast approaching, and when the Electoral College convenes on December 19, its decision will perhaps literally decide the fate of the world. Frankly, that bare fact alone feels a hell of a lot more like an actual war on Christmas to me than anything I've ever contemplated before. And I ain't having it like that. I'd like to seize the opportunity to turn every painful barb into a paean of joy instead. [more inside]
posted by perspicio on Nov 21, 2016 - 17 answers

How to help progressive social/political issues: US citizen outside US

I'm a US citizen living in Mexico. I want to do my part to help the country survive Trump and the GOP-led federal government, especially the people, groups, and programs/initiatives most at risk. I can't do any on-site volunteer work. I will donate (considering this advice) , but my pesos won't amount to much. Any suggestions on how I can help, while still living outside the US? And any thoughts on how I can participate in mitigating the damage to the Mexican people? [more inside]
posted by neutralmojo on Nov 20, 2016 - 8 answers

App for calling elected officials, and keeping track of calls

Like many people, I'm trying to call my elected officials much more frequently and I'd like to have an app to help me, and to track my calls. I haven't found anything- the closest was Countable which helps you email your reps about active bills. [more inside]
posted by cushie on Nov 18, 2016 - 5 answers

Help me call up my state senators. New Citizen edition.

I actually have what boils down to a two part question. I am a new citizen of the US and want to do what I can to stop the appointment of several members of the new presidential cabinet. It is my understanding that the cabinet has to be OK'd by the senate? If so which senators pass approval the current ones or the newly elected ones? [more inside]
posted by wwax on Nov 15, 2016 - 14 answers

Readings and songs for a Trump presidency

I'm looking for relatively short readings, quotes, songs, poems, etc that can be read at activist gatherings to create a sense of urgency, resolve and/or hope. [more inside]
posted by galaxy rise on Nov 13, 2016 - 19 answers

Concrete Steps: Arizona Addition

I'm a white, heterosexual woman. I am terrified about what is going to happen in the country, and especially here in Phoenix. I want to be prepared, and I want to do what I can now to stand for the rights of immigrants, Muslim Americans, Latinx Americans, etc etc etc. What concrete steps should I take? [more inside]
posted by meese on Nov 9, 2016 - 10 answers

I need to feel like I can do something. Please give me hope.

As an American currently living in (Pittsburgh) Pennsylvania, I'm pretty sure I'm still in the "denial" stage about the election - beyond the intense sadness, all I feel right now is a need to DO something to counteract what the country is about to be put through. How do I help stop the hatred from winning? What are other people doing? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Nov 9, 2016 - 24 answers

Stories about activists

I want novels/TV/movies about activists, people who devote time to fight for a cause they believe in. [more inside]
posted by Frenchy67 on Nov 3, 2016 - 48 answers

Activism/scholarship work for American abroad? Theme: history/politics

My dear friend is seeking a job abroad (at least 1 yr) and looking for solutions beyond the typical teach English/WOOFing/what have you. 26 y.o. and has completed 1.5 years of college (but no degree) & several years of activist experience (Occupy + radical queer politics by way of the conservative South). Kind of uncannily brilliant to the point where he's been asked to teach grad-level classes. Looking for something stimulating and interesting and stuck in that spot of not-enough-experience but so-so-much-brights. [more inside]
posted by red_rabbit on Feb 11, 2016 - 1 answer

Help me find this story about an oil bigwig talking to protesters

I'm trying to find the story about some big oil guy, like president of Shell or Exxon or something like that. He was at home and some students, or just garden variety environmental protesters, had gathered outside his house to shout at him. He went out and instead of arguing with them, he sat down on the lawn and invited them to join him and talk. [more inside]
posted by stellathon on Nov 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Books or resources on being a white ally

Do you have any suggestions for books or resources on being a white ally (US-specific)? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by knownfossils on Jun 25, 2015 - 9 answers

Death of Bank of America

My frustration with Bank of America has reached epic levels recently after some housekeeping of my accounts with them. I've always known their surreptitious charges/practices have being toeing the line as far as the law is concerned, for instancing their structuring of consumer transactions in such a way so as to trigger certain fees. [more inside]
posted by kinoeye on Jun 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Most effective way to build political will?

I started volunteering for a group that advocates for a revenue neutral carbon tax. Their main strategies for trying to achieve this goal are: 1) develop relationships with members of congress ("we're betting the ranch on relationships" is one of their unofficial slogans) 2) write letters to the editor and 3) get lots of people to write letters to their congressmen. Is this an effective approach? If not what else could we be doing? Thanks everybody and happy Earth Day! [more inside]
posted by defmute on Apr 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Remaining impartial between to ideologically opposing workplace factions?

How do I remain impartial between two warring factions? A few years ago I joined my workplace union. As I have worked my way into HQ, I have discovered two distinct factions. I have made many good friends on either side but it’s getting difficult to enjoy myself and feel included. I get upset and feel like I want to quit... HELP :/ [more inside]
posted by krisb1701d on Jan 29, 2015 - 4 answers

Advice for starting a GSA

Are you or were you part of a GSA or other LGBTQ organization in school? I'm a teacher starting a Gay-Straight Alliance at my public high school with the support of the administration. [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord on Jan 21, 2015 - 10 answers

How can I get rid of UKIP?

How can one individual most effectively combat UKIP? (UK politics filter) [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic on Nov 21, 2014 - 14 answers

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

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