Very few people know nowadays how to engage in activism. Activism can be nothing more than being informed, watching, and listening to the news on the internet or over the airwaves and then by responding to those making comments. Below and the next post will be examples of engaging those making news. I can put out posts merely to the grassroots, and the ideas may flow from one to another as part of the readers’ conversations. So maybe the reader may never mention what they have read ever again. It makes much more sense to me to contact the news-makers themselves (both hosts and guests) . They are the ones, via the internet, the radio, or TV that can multiply the dispensing of the ideas needed to get out there. To influence a person of influence is to spread the word to perhaps hundreds of thousands as compared to in less effective one on one . We must always remember that the financial times are dire and we have strayed far from a democratic path. But this is where you have to get informed and know your stuff or the person you are contacting will smell your ignorance.
One last point on getting the word out. Back in the 1990’s I was part of an citizens’ group fighting to stop a dump from being built; I was the Media Chair, and I believe that part of the reason we were successful in stopping the dump from being built was because a philosophy was developed of not looking for the fruit on this branch of activity, or that, I would try everything I could think of. In other words, it was better to shake the whole tree instead of merely shaking the individual branches. You have to shake the whole tree because you do not always know where the ripe fruit is ready to fall. Out there in complexity of the world you do not know who will be interested your issue so you spread your message far and wide hoping that those interested will contact you. When you find the fruit, then you can concentrate your efforts.
You may have your old contact list, and you can be diligent in informing them, but if your influence is not growing you need to go beyond the list into other areas. This is the old saying that if you are getting the same results do something different or you will continue to get the same old results.
Continue on, energized by the hope of a better world.
The next 2 posts are examples of letters sent will show how I contact the news makers.