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The Art of Effective Activism: Advice from an International Trainer!

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F) If a civil liberties violation occurs, contact your local ACLU Chapter. If they agree that the matters at hand concern civil liberties and not something else which should be referred to a different organization, then they may also (especially if you ask for this and give them permission) post the incident to their Chapter's website.

This is very important:
People think that a "national"- issue is something which happens "over there, in someone else's corner"- but "not here"-. How wrong they are!
When they read about something which has happened in their own locale, people begin to think very differently. That's why it's important to give such matters local publicity.

You can do much the same thing by contacting your local newspaper or TV station. There may also be local Public Access TV stations which would give coverage to such local events.

G) Contact your local journalist: Ask them to give news coverage to an event, providing them with links and other reference sources based on which they may draft an article. Needless to say, you might want to do this with newspapers which are inclined to give coverage to controversial material, such as college newspaper journalists and local papers.

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H) Last but not least, here is something very, very simple we all can do: Press a button to spread an important article around the web. DIGG and REDDIT articles here on Opednews. Vote them to the top of the page. I have to reprimand Opednews readers for doing so little of this! It's so simple to do, and so important in many cases!

And what's wrong with following an author's request for submitting a letter to the editor or contacting a member of Congress? Please let' s be reminded that our follow-through is encouraging to an author. We want to keep the good articles coming here on Opednews: Encourage your authors by doing the things they ask, and let them (and other readers, who may hopefully follow suit) know that you have done so!

Between contacting our grassroots organizers, writing letters to the editor, writing to journalists, posting articles to the web which we specifically ask to be forwarded by readers, writing chain emails, using our cell phones for photographic news coverage and posting to the web, wordsmithing, understating our facts while referencing highly credible sources, learning how to "sell"- ourselves and our all-important credibility, we have lots of tools in our hands to create a wave of change. And ironically enough, as stated previously, that wave of change is best created by "preaching to the choir"-, which makes the job at hand much easier than we may think! It's just one more example to me of "Big problems, simple solutions"-: That' s my motto. And in my practical life experience, that statement has always proven to be true. May we continue to create for hope, create for change, create for life and happiness! Blessings and thanks to you on your journey and thank you for caring and sharing!

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This quote summarizes the nature of my concerns and the content of personal experiences which stir my activism: "Necessity is the plea for every infringement on human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves". --Paul (more...)

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