We live in a world where our lives are often defined by the news cycle. If and when something major occurs, most of us find out about it in minutes via a notification, an alert, or simply by refreshing Twitter.
Sometimes this can be exhausting, but in some ways can also be exhilarating. After all, in today’s world not only can we be constantly tuned in to what’s going on, but we can do something about it as well. An incredible wealth of knowledge, resources, and all kinds of communities are available to us if we make the effort to look.
So how have you guys been undertaking activism this year? Here are the issues that stacked up when we asked what’s been on your mind.
While 37% of you stated that you’ve participated in more activism in 2017, 44% said you did not, and 19% said that they’ve always been consistent in their activism.
When asked where you discussed and stated your views most often, Facebook came out a winner with 48% of the votes, but face-to-face conversation followed with 36%. (Phew!)
As for actual ways to get involved, we’re loving that taking part at a local level came out on top! That’s the way to do it, guys.
Having your voice heard is always essential, but while action is often immediate, the result is not. Still, every phone call, letter, or group discussion can make a difference in the long run. Some of you shared stories of activist successes, big or small.
“I feel like my being involved in local politics is helping my daughters see that women do have a voice. We walk in parades with local candidates and I encourage my daughters to be proud of who they are.”– Tawny S.
“Once I wrote a blog about Autism and the effect it has on family. Our daughter is severely Autistic with communication and a seizure disorder. Some other families that read it thanked me for it. It felt good to make a difference and give them a voice, as well as have my own heard. Sometimes it’s hard for families to let people know how frustrated and afraid they are at times.” – Rindy M.
“I had a co-worker that spoke negatively about gays and lesbians until I told him that I was one. We have since had numerous open conversations and have come to an understanding that it is not a choice. You cannot help who your heart loves.” – Lisa H.
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! We’d love to hear from more of you below.