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Episode 11: How to Be an Effective Activist [+ an Epic List of Resources!]

written by Sam and Veren June 11, 2020
Episode 11: How to Be an Effective Activist [+ an Epic List of Resources!]

In today’s episode, we’re talking all about how to be an effective activist. For many people, participating in the Black Lives Matter movement is their first time getting involved in a social movement. Where to even start?

In this episode, we share a variety of ways that you can be an effective activist, because there’s no one singular way. These are all tools and strategies that we’ve gleaned from our many years as activists.

Also be sure to scroll down for an absolutely epic list of resources on how to get involved and learn more.

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What You’ll Learn:

  • how to be an effective activist
  • how to have difficult conversations about race
  • when to have these kinds of conversations
  • how to best educate yourself
  • all about social media as a source for education and resources
  • how to consider the source of where you’re getting your information
  • the importance of self-care and protecting yourself when engaging in activism
  • how to put your money where your mouth is

Listen + Have Conversations

It’s important that in order to be an ally in a movement that you’re willing to have those uncomfortable conversations, especially when the consequences for you speaking out are going to be much less. If you’re in a privileged position to be able to speak out, you don’t have to worry about the same kind of retribution that historically oppressed people have experienced.

Educate Yourself

Educate yourself on the history of oppression and current oppression. Like we’ve said, there are so many resources out there: podcasts, blogs, books, social media, Netflix series, documentaries, etc.  

Be an Advocate Using Effective Communication

Protest

Protest is absolutely effective for change, including the very many different types of protests that we’re seeing. We’ll include links because there’s a great expert who talks about that. He’s an historian and expert on protest and he’s on a podcast if you want to hear about the hard facts about how effective it is and what history has shown us and taught us. But it can definitely not be effective if you’re burning yourself out.

Change Your Lifestyle and Consumption Habits

You gotta put your money where your mouth is. Are you supporting black-owned businesses? Do you even know any? That might not be something that you ever necessarily thought about before.  I actually came across a really cool website the other day called the Official Black Wall Street and it’s a directory for the US but for black-owned businesses.

Donate

Make sure to check out who’s been getting enough money and who hasn’t. Some of the organizations have been like, “we’ve gotten plenty of money, please donate to these other ones.” So again, all this stuff takes research. There’s no easy quick route, but so many people have laid down the groundwork and the path ahead of you. They’re making it easier than ever before to be supportive.

Don’t Neglect Your Mental Health + Self-Care

Don’t neglect your mental health and self-care. I know I had to remember this. Veren had to very nicely remind me of this point. Don’t just be on your phone all the time looking at these things and feeling helpless. Dedicate some time, each week or each day in a small way.

And don’t forget to vote!

Resources + Links Mentioned

These transcripts have been automatically generated and then edited by us, so please excuse any typos, missed capitalization, weird phrasing, etc. Humans talk very differently than they write, as we’ve learned! There are just topics that just lend themselves better to conversations rather than blog posts, but we also want the podcast to be accessible to all.

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