Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Citizen Activist

"Civic Engagement" is the term that a civil rights activist friend uses to describe the class struggle.

He believes it is every citizen's responsibility to engage with government, both for their own interests and the broader common good.  He attends town hall meetings and asks difficult questions. He observes court cases. He attends hearings on proposed new laws and obsolete old ones.

Anybody can be an activist, Most people already are. Honking your horn at the car in front of you that is starting to swerve from left to right is activism. Helping a blind man in the street find the sidewalk is activism. Making change that enables new choices for future generations is a very satisfying kind of activism.

Moments come when it can happen. You will know when.

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