There are different types of activism and the issues are generally intersectional. Types of activism include “street activism” (rally, protest, march, share literature), canvass (door-knock, lit drop), “armchair activism” (letter write, phone call, online petition, phone-bank, text-bank, email, share on social media, organize online group), ballot initiative, volunteer work, host events, donate money, and simply “be the change you wish to see.” Issues include environment, peace, human-rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, anti-racism, and animal-rights. Do what makes you happy.
I have participated in events hosted by various organizations including NextGen, BlackLivesMatter, Environmental Voter Project, 350, Indivisible, MoveOn, WomensMarch, CodePink, RaiseUpMA, Merrimack Valley Project, TheNEAT, Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition (MARC), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA), New Hampshire Animal Rights League (NHARL), Retire Lolita, Massachusetts Humane Society, Humane Society of the United States, and GREY2K. I have collected signatures for initiatives including Ranked Choice Voting, NORML, Citizens for Farm Animal Protection, and GREY2K. I have co-hosted street events for organizations including Black Lives Matter, Indivisible, MoveOn, Compassion Works International, and PeTA. I have canvassed (door-knocked), dropped literature, phone-banked, or text-banked for candidates including Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Christina Eckert, Tulsi Gabbard, Andrew Yang, Cory Booker, Chris Pappas, Andrew Vargas, trump (Petition), Hillary Clinton, Bonnie Wright, Maggie Hassan, and Barack Obama. I have created petitions on change.org and I still organize various local groups via Facebook in 2020.
In the 2000’s I was a co-organizer of The Boston Raw Food (vegan) Meetup Group which hosted many potlucks at homes and halls, fruitlucks in public parks (commons), and meetup events at local vegan restaurants.
In the 1990’s I was an “Event Speaker Coordinator” for the North Shore Vegetarian Society (NSVS) in Beverly, Massachusetts. I went to Boston Vegetarian Society (BVS) monthly meetings and invited the speakers to speak at NSVS most notably Dr. Michael Greger.
My second street activism was in approximately 1989 at Harvard Primate Research Lab in Southboro, Massachusetts. I drove there and stood with the group by the side of the road and held a large sign for two hours. I had gone vegan in 1989 and enjoy meeting other vegans. That lab has since closed down but there are still online petitions for the care of the retired apes. Soon after I joined an anti-fur protest at Macy’s in Boston, MA.
The first time I participated in street activism was in approximately 1978 as a college student at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. I was vegetarian and somehow went to a pizza (pot) party at someone’s house in the woods and somehow ended up in someone’s van that went to a protest at Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant in New Hampshire. I stood there with the group. I recently (2020) learned that the next generation of nuclear power plants are a part of the transition to carbon-free energy to mediate the climate crisis as well as a plant-based diet.
Ways to bring about change include street activism, “armchair activism”, and simply “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Do what makes you happy. As my Dad told me, “Follow your passion.” Remember, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” and “What the world needs now is love sweet love.”