A Face of Activism 1

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.


About pushinback

Back in 1993, I attended an anti-Nafta rally in Ottawa along with over 110,000 others. But despite the overwhelming opposition to NAFTA, the steamroller rolled on. It was there that I came to understand the one vital thing that I have been preaching ever since. There are so many issues, and so many fighting each issue, we are all spinning our wheels, and wasting our time, talents and energy, because each election, we give the politicians our power and so the deck is stacked against us. I said it that day and I say it with more fervency today. We all have one issue that we share, and we should all stop fighting for our own issues and losing anyways, and we should fight to achieve that one thing that we all share. We Canadians all have to fight to finally get a say between elections. We need to fight to make politicians accountable to us, the people. If there is no accountability, and the people have no say between elections, we have no Democracy. My Blog is written to teach the reader the essential knowledge of freedom and Democracy. Please read, and learn. I am one person, but I leave you my witness that one person is not powerless, only first you must first learn and then act. Let the democratic revolution begin. Kindest regards, Rob McQueen
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