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Activist Toolkit roundup: Inspiration for your activism this spring

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Hopefully spring is peaking out where you live. I think my city has finally turned a corner (but it's Ottawa, so I’m not going to hold my breath, you know?).

With warmer weather comes an incredible variety of opportunities to take your activist efforts to the next level. Whether it's launching a community garden or taking part in rabble's upcoming Vegan Challenge (mark your calendars: April 14-21st!), new projects seem to pop out of the woodwork while old efforts cry out for renewal.

A little sunshine can do amazing things with regards to effective organizing! It can also be a good time to do a little virtual "spring cleaning." Check out your favourite activist haunts and set some summer goals. Maybe you want to revive a campaign that's fallen by the wayside, or commit to supporting a new event or organization each month.

Hopefully this post will offer a few more ideas to help you get rolling with your spring activist efforts. If you're looking for new ways to spread awareness about climate change during this year's Earth Month, consider checking out The Guardian's climate change resource page -- tons of articles, interactive components, and FAQs.

If you're spring cleaning your diet and taking a shot at removing animal products, rabble's Vegan Challenge will come at a perfect time. Watch out for posts from rabble staff about their thoughts on the challenge. In the meantime, strengthen your resolve with one of these tools focusing on animal rights and improving treatment of animals:

-Animal Cruelty (ideas for 3-Minute Actions here too!)

-Horses without Carriages

-Pet Finder

Maybe you'd like to empower more youth activism in your community this summer. This week the Activist Toolkit is home to a super cool workshop and guide for youth who want to organize around the issues of sexual and reproductive health -- improving access to education, resources, contraception, or working to educate communities and decrease rates of disease, incidents of sexual assault, etc.

If you're resolving to educate yourself about Indigenous issues in this activist season, check out the Last Real Indians. It's an awesome site where Indigenous writers post about challenges and successes, as well as stories on key Indigenous leaders, activists and artists.

Also up the Toolkit this week is a profile of Marsha P. Johnson. She had a great tagline that we should all keep in mind as a way of dealing with the inevitable challenges and negativity you’ll face in your activist journey: "Pay it no mind!"

How are you organizing this spring?

What’s inspires your activism after a long, cold winter?

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