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In recent times, there have been a lot of politically charged protests and demonstrations all over the country. People from various backgrounds have joined forces to fight for what they believe in. These social justice warriors have come together to create social change and fight for what is right.

Activism is for everyone, and nobody is ever too young to be part of a movement. A lot of youth today feel that they cannot help, because in most cases they are not allowed to go out and be part of a movement, whether that be out of fear or legal liabilities.  

What does one do then? 

Go on the internet and voice your opinions! Become an activist yourself!

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What is activism?

Activism: a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action, especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue.

Uhhh, what does that mean?

In short, activism just means standing up for what you believe in to create social change. It takes many forms, ranging from volunteering to forming an organization. Activists work towards the same goals of creating petitions to send to your local or federal government.

What is ONLINE activism?

Online activism/Internet activism is “the use of electronic communication technologies such as social media, e-mail, and podcasts for various forms of activism to enable faster communication by citizen movements and the delivery of local information to a large audience.”

How has online activism impacted the world?

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You are never too young to begin informing yourself with what is going on in the world, and you are definitely not too young to inform others. Take advantage of the time period you are born in. You have more information at your fingertips than you will ever need. The internet is at your disposal, so don’t let it go to waste.

How do I educate myself?

  • Read online newspapers/articles
  • Watch informational videos
  • Follow news channels on social media like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
  • Listen to live podcasts
  • Watch live conferences and press events online

If you want to educate yourself in a more traditional way, here are some news sites you can use to keep up with current events:

Read articles and find out what is going on in the world. But why stop there? Share your knowledge with everyone! More people are now connected through the Internet than ever before. You have a huge platform just waiting for you to use.

Here are some examples of online movements:

How you can get involved:

  • Educate yourself
  • Share your knowledge by creating online content (videos, pictures, music, art)
  • Create a public awareness campaign and raise money for your cause
  • Make online surveys and share your results

Although looked down upon, social media has the ability to bring about awareness of all kinds of issues. You can reach millions of people within seconds. It is just up to you to get in there and demand that your voice be heard.

Action Plan:

  • Search for activism groups on Facebook 
  • Follow Activism pages on Instagram like undocumedia, polibeats_,upworthy
  • Twitter: Follow Activists who support your beliefs and join their movements; examples may include individuals like: @opalayo,@fakedansavage,@GloriaSteinem
  • Get your friends together in a forum or group chat and talk about what you want to see! Inspire change in the community by forming a club or organization in order to make those changes.
About the Authors:

My name is Rusbel Alonzo Angulo. I am a first generation Mexican-American who was raised by two kindhearted immigrant parents in the city of Richmond, California. I am an undergrad at UCSB studying sociology, but that description doesn’t quiet capture me; my close circle of friends and family would describe me as a bold and confident individual who is not afraid to stand out. The truth is my confidence stems from my passion of dance, because dance has been the outlet that has pushed me to grow as an individual. I personally believe that the phrase coined by the world-renowned dancer Omar Delgado, “Por la sangre, y porelarte,” encompasses who I am as an individual. The quote translates to “For the blood, and for the art”.

My name is Nathalie Politron Meza. I am a strong first generation Xicana from San Bernardino, California with a deep interest in war books and a profound love for musical instruments. This collaborative blog is a piece that resonates well with my never-ending respect for activism, because I believe that activism has the ability to change lives for a better future, whether it is on a small or large platform. I am a strong advocate for human rights, and I believe that the first step towards prosperity is understanding that education is the force that will guide us towards a healthy path.

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