Social activism is an intentional action with the goal of bringing about social change. If you feel strongly about a cause and are working towards a change, you could be considered an activist. An activist is anyone who is fighting for change in society.
An activist can be a community member attending a rally in support of a local fairness ordinance. It can also be a student organizing a sit-in for the Black Lives Matter movement, or perhaps a politician fighting to preserve climate change legislation. Social activists direct their efforts towards systems level issues. They explore ways to combat injustices in order to strengthen the collective health of a community.
While social service organizations work to address the needs of individuals, social activists focus more at the root causes of those needs while trying to find ways to eliminate the causes. For example, rather than working directly with evicted tenants, a social activist might work to adopt a local ordinance for a residential landlord/tenant act. Instead of serving in a clinic that sees a high incidence of cancers, the social activist works to uncover the source of cancer-causing agents and seek accountability of responsible party through litigation.
If we define social justice as the belief in an equitable, compassionate world where difference is understood, valued and respected, then we can see that social activism and social justice go hand in hand. Social activism is a way to meet the goal of social justice.
Get Involved!Upcoming Opportunities:
Get your seat on the bus to join the People’s Climate March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice in Washington DC on Saturday, April 29th. For more information, check out our facebook event or email Molly at email@example.com.
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth and the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition are organizing a bus for passengers in Bowling Green and Lexington. Tickets are on a sliding scale from $20-$150. Please contribute what you can.
4/28 - 7:00 PM CT Depart from Greenwood Mall, 2625 Scottsville Rd, Bowling Green, KY, 42104 (show up at 6:45 pm)
10:30/11:30 PM Pickup at Fayette Mall, 3401 Nicholasville Rd, Lexington, KY 40503 (show up at 10:15 pm)
Final destination at RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC on Sat am
Return on 4/29
5:30 Depart RFK Stadium, Washington, DC (show up no later than 5:15 pm)
2:30/3:30 AM drop off at Fayette Mall, Lexington, KY
5:00/6:00 AM CT drop off at Greenwood Mall, Bowling Green, KY
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