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Intersession: Activism is for Everyone: Fighting for Issues that Matter: Starting

"If not you, then who?  If not now, then when? We need more women to speak up and make their voices heard. Young women have valuable experiences and perspectives.  We need you in this fight.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Advocacy

So many of us would not call ourselves activists. There are many assumptions about what activism looks like. Not all of us can risk getting arrested, attending protests, or the like. But that doesn't mean we are not activists. Writing letters to political leaders, organizing a sit-in, boycotting certain products and businesses are all forms of activism. Even if what we do is small, micro-activism is super important because it can and does lead to macro-activism. Social movements take time to grow and gain strength so every little step counts.

It can be overwhelming thinking about where to start. Here is where this guide can assist you. This guide provides some basic how-tos on starting your activism journey, how to find other national groups to become involved with, and finding your representatives and pending legislation. Last but not least, there are links on sources you can use to educate yourself on issues. 

However you want to start, this guide can make the steps you take a little bit easier. Remember, there are no perfect activists. 

However you approach this guide, I hope you not only find it useful but inspiring.

Adapted from Simmons University Activism 101

Starting Out