What makes an activist? Do you have to chain yourself to a tree or go on a march? You can but you don’t have to. Activism can take many forms and each of them are as important as each other. Not everyone has the time and the means to be as active an activist as some but as long as you utilise what you have, that’s all that matters. If you can chain yourself to a tree or go on a march, all power to you! If you can’t, that’s fine too.
March in Great Yarmouth
So what is activism? To quote the fount of knowledge Wikipedia:
Activism consists of efforts to promote, impede, or direct social, political, economic, or environmental reform or stasis with the desire to make improvements in society.
To do this I would say that there are many avenues:
- Protests and marches are a great exhibition of people power and it really gets a message across. It shows that there are many people out there who want the same change.
- Campaigning with posters and leaflets can get more information across too that can spread whatever message is in more detail.
- Social media is an effective way to spread a message as people are happy to share and retweet things. It could be seen by literally thousands of people very quickly.
The truth of the matter is that people have different strengths and abilities. Protests, marches and chaining yourself to a tree may show how you feel but it’s not for everyone. As long as we spread whatever message we believe in, be it through posters, leaflets, Facebook or Twitter, we are activists.
Sitting down to watch the news it soon becomes clear that politicians are excellent at not answering direct questions.
At the moment it’s a question whether Prime Minister Theresa May should step down (by choice or forcibly) or if Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson should be sacked. Sack the man who is allegedly organising a mutiny or let the alleged mutiny take place?
It’s not something the Conservative party wants to deal with hot on the heels of their Party Conference. They’re having to wheel out various Conservative MPs to publicly support Theresa May and not say anything too bad about Boris Johnson and dodge questions about all of this usually by bringing up Jeremy Corbyn or by reciting policy.
Viewers of the “The Thick Of It” will see straight through all of this.
What would be the best situation? I’d probably say getting rid of Boris Johnson. The man is a joke and honestly does more harm than good. The man is a clown without make-up. Without fail, anybody I speak to Boris Johnson about (left or right leaning) thinks he is a joke and doesn’t take him seriously. I mean, there’s a real chance that he could become Prime Minister. Shit, he’s already Foreign Secretary.
Theresa May needs to get rid of Boris. He’s embarrassing.
We all perceive the world around us differently. Something insignificant to someone could be huge to someone else. It’s the same the other way round too. Something quite huge going on in the world can also seem unimportant to someone. This is because we’re all wrapped up in our own worlds.
President Trump was somewhat of a comedy character. We all would scoff at the stupid things he was saying or the way he was acting. However, the laughter has stopped since the USA and North Korea are building up to a nuclear war. Also since there have been riots and protests in the USA and President Trump isn’t condemning the far-right side that are openly doing Nazi salutes and one guy driving his car into a crowd of people, killing one person (which I’d like to add would anywhere else, specifically Paris and London, would be as a terrorist attack). I’d say that he is a definite concern for the planet.
President Trump has said that he wouldn’t visit the UK until he received the correct reception from the public. Now, I’ve never attended any sort of protest in my life but I would move heaven and earth just to protest that guy.
I’d say that what this man is capable of is important to pay attention to. People don’t agree with me, they’re wrapped up in their own world. I bring this up because of something that happened to me a couple of days ago. As a barista in a coffee shop, I made someone a plain coffee and as I was transporting it to her saucer, I accidentally spilt a little of it. The tiniest amount. I slightly overfilled it. The woman hit the roof “THEY ALWAYS SPILL MY COFFEE!!!” She said raising her voice. It was hard not to say to her “We’re on the verge of a potential nuclear war and you’re more concerned about having a slightly moistened saucer.”
It’s a strange world we live in.