Activism consists of efforts to promote, impede, direct, or intervene in social, political, economic, or environmental reform with the desire to make changes in society. Forms of activism range from writing letters to newspapers, petitioning elected officials, running or contributing to a political campaign, preferential patronage (or boycott) of businesses, and demonstrative forms of activism like rallies, street marches, strikes, sit-ins, or hunger strikes.
Activism may be performed on a day-to-day basis in a wide variety of ways, including through the creation of art (artivism), computer hacking (hacktivism), or simply in how one chooses to spend their money (economic activism). For example, the refusal to buy clothes or other merchandise from a company as a protest against the exploitation of workers by that company could be considered an expression of activism. However, the most highly visible and impactful activism often comes in the form of collective action, in which numerous individuals coordinate an act of protest together in order to make a bigger impact. Collective action that is purposeful, organized, and sustained over a period of time becomes known as a social movement.Historically, activists have used literature, including pamphlets, tracts, and books to disseminate their messages and attempt to persuade their readers of the justice of their cause. Research has now begun to explore how contemporary activist groups use social media to facilitate civic engagement and collective action combining politics with technology.The Online Etymology Dictionary records the English words "activism" and "activist" as in use in the political sense from the year 1920 or 1915 respectively.

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  1. kempoguy70

    National  Let’s all take a minute to stay informed and be proactive

    This came across my newsfeed this morning, so thought I’d pass it along. I’ve long stayed in the shadows enjoying my 2nd amendment rights without much a second thought until recently. Things like this are making me rethink my choices. Hope it gets some of you thinking on things as well. Stay...
  2. arakboss

    Oregon  Learning Activism Strategies From Oregon Citizen's Lobby.

    OCL is not known for being friendly to issues gun rights activist are generally fighting for but they did post a link to this long piece on why private background checks don't work. It is a long read but has useful rational arguments that we may be able to incorporate in to our letters sent to...
  3. RicInOR

    Update to Firearm Legislation & Activism Headers

    The header reads ... these are now laws, no longer initiatives. Current Anti-Gun Measures Oregon Initiative 43 - Assault Weapon, Handgun, & Magazine Ban Oregon Initiative 44 - Storage Requirements, Reporting, Owner Liability Washington Initiative 1637 (I-1637) - Minimum Age 21 Washington...
  4. Diamondback

    Washington  1639 Repeal & Replace Initiative brainstorming?

    Some other folks here had talked about the idea of using "Gun Safety" as a Trojan-horse initiative title to sneak stuff under the radar, so I thought we could start with brainstorming here. SECTION I. PROVISION OF TRAINING. 1. As many accidental firearms deaths are attributable to lack of...
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