Getting Interested in Activism
At some point in our lives, we realize that not everything around us is perfect.
We realize that there may be actual problems in the world and that those problems could affect us in horrible ways. Moreover, we also understand that those problems can happen near home. I had a realization in middle school. I knew bad things were happening in the world, but I never thought deeply about any of the issues. When I was in middle school, I had gotten exposure to social issues and their histories. I remember watching part of a documentary in 6th grade about the role of children in the civil rights movement. I remember watching people retell stories of African-American children protesting and subsequently sent to jail, over and over again. It was impossible to not be deeply touched by the documentary and the actions of these kids to achieve justice.
It was also the same year I learned about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire occurred on March 29, 1911. One hundred forty-five workers had died due to a fire in the building. Better safety laws and regulations could have prevented the tragedy. Once again, after hearing about this historical tragedy I felt very emotional. I thought about the impact of bad policies and what negative consequences can stem from them.
The older I get, the more aware I become.
I also realize that immoral ideologies that are a part of sexism, racism, xenophobia, and many other bigoted philosophies exist. They can have negative consequences. Today, I go to rallies, protests, and any other political events I can attend. Advocating for the betterment of human, social, and environmental rights. Now, activism is a passion of mine. At a young age, I was fortunately exposed to social issues. I want to share advice as to how anyone can get interested in activism.
So, here are a few tips
Find an issue you are passionate about. Learn by watching the news or listen to the radio. Find out what is happening at your school, neighborhood, or any community you are apart of. It’s a lot easier to feel passionate about an issue if you can empathize with it, or if it is happening close to you.
Talk to others about it: Talk to your friends and family about these issues. However, it is always important to be civil when discussing social issues and politics. It is important to respect others opinions and make sure others appreciate yours. Also, once you find a topic you’re passionate about, do a lot of research. The more you know about the subject, the better you can talk about it with others and spread awareness.
Check out social media: If you go on a social media platform, such as Facebook, it is easy to find events to attend that help advocate for the issue you find interesting. Also, if you don’t see that there is an event that advocates for your issue, you can create one! Of course, this requires research, getting people to help you support the cause you’re interested in, and plenty of organizing. However, it can be done! Big movements have to start with small steps first!
I hope this helps anyone who is interested in activism. I believe that it is the job of younger people to educate ourselves about issues we care about so we can push our legislators to make reforms. It’s in our best interest to be activists so we can make the world a better place.
P.S. If you’re 18 or older, register to vote! Make your voice heard!
“Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 2 Dec. 2009, www.history.com/topics/early-20th-century-us/triangle-shirtwaist-fire.
Picture Credits: Tucker, Lynae. “Activism and Your Legal Career.” ABA for Law Students, 1 Dec. 2016, abaforlawstudents.com/2016/12/01/activism-and-your-legal-career/.