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Activism

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Activism, in a general sense, can be described as intentional action to bring about social or political change. This action is in support of, or opposition to, one side of a controversial argument.

The word 'activism' is often synonymous with protest or dissent. It can take a wide range of forms, from writing letters to newspapers or politicians, to rallies and street marches, direct action, or even guerilla tactics.

In contemporary use, "activism" tends to be a word associated with the actions and ideologies of those on the political left. However, activism can stem from any number of political orientations. An activist may be called a freedom fighter by some, and a terrorist by others, depending on which side of the political fence is making the observation.


Methods of activism

Boycotts
Civil and social disobedience
Civil disobedience
Culture jamming
Demonstrations
Direct action
Economic activism
Divestment (economic boycott)
Guerrilla communication
Hacktivism
Lobbying
Media activism
Nonviolence
Voluntary simplicity

Activist issues

Animal rights activism
Anticonsumerist activism
Anti-corporate activism
Anti-cult activism
Anti-racist activism
Environmental activism
Fair trade
Gay rights movement
Human rights
Libertarian socialism
Nationalist activism
Sovereignty movements - see the category listing
Student activism
Tactical Frivolity
Youth activism

See also

Revolution
Rebellion
Reform movement
Social movement
Activism industry
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