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This guide contains a history of activist movements, approaches to activism, and resources on sticking up for a cause you believe in.

What is Activism?

"Activism is action on behalf of a cause, action that goes beyond what is conventional or routine. The action might be door-to-door canvassing, alternative radio, public meetings, rallies, or fasting."

Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice

Grassroots Activism

"Grassroots organizing refers to the practice of community groups and/or organizations bringing people together to identify and solve social problems that have an impact on the communities that they belong to and/or care about. Grassroots organizing is different from other forms of organizing in that the impetus for action most often emerges from the “bottom-up” and involves regular people, in contrast to “top-down” approaches where the organizing is managed by people and organizations in positions of power."

 The SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning

See the TEDx Talk below, given by high schooler Elise Atkins-Louis, for an example of grassroots activism, and the power this kind of organization can hold.

Examples of Activism

Speeches Picketing Marches Teach-Ins
Strikes Boycotts Sit-Ins Fasting
Armed Struggle Culture Jamming Online Activism And more!

Find more examples using the search tools located throughout this guide.

Source: Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice