Five tips for the new activist

This blog post from Tools for Change is a great summary of activist lessons to pass on to any newbies on the scene. Jessica Bell offers seasoned advice from someone who has learned the activist ropes and wants to help light the way for those just starting out.

It can be hard to know how to direct your energy into community organizing. Finding like-minded activists is sometimes a challenge. All of us get overwhelmed and think about bailing on our groups and commitments. But calm down - these doubts nag most people in the activist community. The sooner you realize you're not alone, the faster you can start refuting the people who tell you to give up the work you're passionate about.

Bell shares five tips she’s learned over the course of her activist work. Even if you’re a veteran activist yourself, the advice is still worth considering. 

You’ll have to check out the post for the full tips, but here’s the Coles Notes version: 

  1. Understand how to play the “campaign game” and know what tactics/strategies go into a campaign.
  2. Focus your energy on what will move you closer to your goals (and don’t be afraid to say no).
  3. Work together.
  4. Be patient and stick to your commitments.
  5. Strike a balance between sticking to your guns and employing “strategies” that will help you win. 


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