If you're looking to become more involved in a project, movement or cause you're passionate about, it may be time to take action. They don't call it activism for nothing.
Here are just some ways you can make your voice be heard, loud and clear:
Attend rallies and marches
Do your research and find out if there are any marches or rallies being held in your city that support your cause. There's always strength in numbers when it comes to taking a stand and being noticed. Just look at the Women's March, which originated in Washington in 2017 (just after Trump was elected into office) and has now become a yearly occurrence across the world, reported on by almost every media outlet.
Never underestimate how powerful a good piece of cardboard and a sharpie can be. Long after a march is over, it's the signs that keep the word alive as they're reposted all over social media, published in papers and projected all over the news. The right pun, punchy rhyme or bold statement could be the one message that sticks in people's minds.
Start your own organisation
If you can't find a political party or group that's fighting for the same rights or cause you're passionate about, why not start your own. When Sydney's lockout laws (banning people from entering a new venue after 1.30am and ordering drinks after 3am) led to the closure of nightclubs, bars and live music venues (176 and counting), activist Tyson Koh started the social movement Keep Sydney Open, organising marches and rallies against the government law. After four years and much public support, the organisation is now an official political party with three candidates up for election in the March 2019 state vote. The fight for change always has to start somewhere, so why not start it yourself?
Don't take your vote for granted, use it and use it wisely. Again, do your research. Look into all the parties and candidates and vote for the ones whose values align with yours. Every election is important and depending on whether your cause is a local, state or nationwide issue, you'll want to have a say in who is representing. After all, these are the people you'll be petitioning and writing to for change. Every vote counts.
Become an expert on your topic
Read up and educate yourself on everything there is to know surrounding your topic. If you're as well informed as possible, you'll easily be able to write about it, speak about it and promote yourself as an expert. List yourself as an expert anywhere that counts; LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and quite literally, write the words. Eg. 'Expert on waste management in supermarkets'. Then, when news outlets and publications are looking to write or cover a story on the topic, they'll be able to find you easily and your well-educated answers are more likely to make it into the story.
Creative video content
As a generation brought up on iPhones, our attention spans are minimal and content is consumed at the speed of light. If you're looking to target the Gen Z or millennial crowd, consider creating video content. A one-minute movie using powerful visuals with a strong voiceover/subtitle message or even a song has a much greater chance of reaching your audience and being shared. Especially on Facebook where video content is favoured in feeds.
During the midst of the Time's Up movement, Lynzy Lab Stewart wrote and performed a song with her ukelele, using sarcastic lyrics to highlight the predatory behaviour of men. Since posting, the video has been viewed by over two million people.
It's important to know your audience when trying to make a stand. Handing out flyers and posting aggressive quotes on Instagram won't work for everyone, and if you really care about an issue you'll think outside the box. These are just some starting suggestions; the rest is up to you...
[Via Glamour UK]