Contact: Roland Watson, firstname.lastname@example.org
ANNOUNCING ACTIVISM 101
September 2, 2005
Please forward this as widely as possible.
Dictator Watch is pleased to announce the launching of a new website: Activism
This site presents the why and the how of activism.
Why should you be an activist?
Because you care.
More and more people are now waking up to the fact that there are innumerable
serious problems around the world; that in most cases these problems are not being
properly addressed; and that they you and I personally, can do something
about this. The last is an excellent trend, which Activism 101 is designed to
What has happened is that the system of checks and balances that maintains the
balance of power between social institutions, and between such institutions and
individuals, has failed. Our only recourse left is to challenge the institutions,
which now act solely for themselves rather than for the publics that they are
supposed to serve.
In doing this, though, we must be informed. We do not want to act out of ignorance,
or be sheep and follow what is trendy what is cool. (Please
boycott the word, cool.)
Activism 101 already has many elements, and it will grow. For the launch its contents
include a comprehensive guide to activism; a set of positions on important social
issues; a directory of five hundred advocacy organizations you are certain
to find something of interest in this group; a clearinghouse for the ideas of
other activists we want your ideas on what works to accomplish positive
change, and doesnt; and, most importantly, a set of principles, or ideas,
on which we should live our lives and design and develop our society.
In particular we call on all students, notably in high school and university,
and all around the world, to get active. (The most important class you can take
this semester is Activism 101.) Read, learn, and then act.
And as you do, remember that the keys to success in any activist venture are to
be creative, particularly when seeking to overcome institutional defenses,
and to have fun. Activism is fun. Marching in a demonstration is a blast.
The people are great, and you are doing something important, really doing something
of consequence with your life.