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Everyday Activism
Thursday November 10th 2005, 10:14 am
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I’ve been doing presentations on everyday activism lately, and I’d like to invite us to talk a little about what it means to us. My questions for discussion include, “What does it mean to you to be an activist?” Gloria Steinem, one of the foremothers of the 2nd waive of US feminism, wrote a book called “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions” and used to end each of her talks by asking the audience to do one outrageous act that day. Rosa Parks’s outrageous act of resistance sparked the civil rights movement. “What outrageous act did/will you commit today?”

Below is an evergrowing list of thoughts, links, and contacts for everyday activism–as you post more, I will add them to my own list and share them with my audiences, students, colleagues, and friends.

Resources for Everyday Activism

NEVER SURRENDER, by Working Assets Long Distance
Never surrender to corporate greed, never surrender the fight to build a better democracy that can provide life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all. Buy their bracelets for $1 each and pass them out! www.neversurrender.org

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN, working for equal rights for LGBT people

MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION, a progressive political action organization with opportunities to take quick action on line. www.moveon.org

You can go to any of the following sites every day and, by clicking a button, you can provide help at no cost to yourself (sponsors donate to these causes every time you click the button). Some also have pins, bracelets, and other products you can order and give to your friends and family:

The Hunger Site: www.thehungersite.com
The Breast Cancer Site: www.thebreastcancersite.com
The Child Health Site: www.thechildhealthsite.com
The Literacy Site: www.theliteracysite.com
The Rain Forest Site: www.therainforestsite.com
The Animal Rescue Site: www.theanimalrescuesite.com

ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON WHITE PRIVILEGE: www.whiteprivilegeconference.com

Co-op America is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982.
Their mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. www.coopamerica.org

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN (NOW): Has e-mail signup to be informed of current issues www.now.org

EMILY’S LIST: EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest grassroots political network, is dedicated to taking back our country from the radical right wing by electing pro-choice Democratic women to federal, state, and local office. We are a network of more than 100,000 Americans — from all across the country — committed to recruiting and funding viable women candidates; helping them build and run effective campaign organizations; training the next generation of activists; and mobilizing women voters to help elect progressive candidates across the nation. www.emilyslist.org

Shop at 10,000 Villages – one of the oldest and largest fair trade organizations in the world, and voted Co-op American’s Peoples Choice Award for Green Businesses.

Buy Green (environmentally friendly, fairly traded)

Add to the list: Send your ideas and links to
Sue Morrow – morrow@ed.utah.edu

“Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet” – Alice Walker
“If women loved their bodies, the economy would collapse.” – Unknown

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Sue, thanks for this list and activism resource. While we were at the Green Festival we ran across an alternative website to Amazon, called Alonovo Intelligent Marketplace–designed to help people choose and buy products from socially responsible companies. It seems worth a look.


Comment by tao 11.14.05 @ 7:23 pm

This post is fantastic! I was happy to find I am familiar with and support several of these organizations but also motivated to explore some of the others. I especially loved the Alice Walker quote. You’re such an inspiration. Thanks for continuing to tow the line goddess mama.

Comment by zoe 11.16.05 @ 3:26 pm

I love that you are building this list. I have long hoped that DS would eventually house such a list. A place where a person could come to find trusted links to a myriad of items. I have wrestled with how to categorize them. Like for a person looking to lead a progressive life and get educated and informed along the various concerns – imagine being able to go to one place and just work through a few links here and there – eventually becoming as informed as anyone else out there.

Besides the links, Tao and I are beginning work on the a DS sticker campaign. I will explain it in full when I see you next week  but one aspect of this campaign will be to come up with “everyday activism” to match the theme of the campaign. Maybe we can dialog around these themes and see what you have come up with.

It also makes me think it would be cool to come up with a new blog at DS called Everyday Activism (or maybe it is a little tag on the side) and it would simply give people the activism for the day. Very simple things – super simple – like “pick up a piece of trash”. Or “leave a 3×5 card with your favorite quote on it on the windshield of someone’s car” or “click on this link to send an activist e-card to someone”

Just a few thoughts – I am very interested in this – hey Tao didn’t we see a book along these lines at the Green Festival?

Here are a few links I collected at the green festival in SF, CA, USA:

Comment by andrei hedstrom 11.18.05 @ 12:12 am

Wow, thanks for all the info, Sue! I’m going to put all of the one click sites in my favorites and add that to my routine. Right now, I’m only clicking on the breast cancer site. 🙂

Activism has not been a party of my daily life until recently. I was not exposed to these ideas in my childhood, and only started my education in progressive issues and activism over the past 10 years, and mostly in the last 5. So I’m a yung un.

I do subscribe to Moveon.org, and have participated in their easy two click letters to my congressmen and such. That is such an awesome idea!!

I (of course) completely love the last quote. 🙂 Thank you for this post! This is such valuable information!

Comment by shelby 11.18.05 @ 1:30 pm

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