In Defense of Crying Wolf

– by The Shitty Activist

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Graphic: tes.com

Anyone who plays video games knows you can rack up more zombie kills with a machine gun than a sniper rifle. Sure, you miss most of the shots, hit a few innocent bystanders, and waste a lot of ammunition in the process, but spraying bullets at everything in sight means you’ll probably hit something eventually.

The same goes for activism. Why conduct the research and exercise the restraint needed to seek out the most appropriate targets for your campaign when you can just hurl accusations at everything you come across in hopes that one of them turns out to be legitimate?

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Activist Oppression

– by The Shitty Activist

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Graphic: yfs.ca

Oppression in activist movements is real. According to the Anti-Oppression Network, the definition of oppression is “the use of power to dis-empower, marginalize, silence or otherwise subordinate one social group or category, often in order to further empower and/or privilege the oppressor.”

You might tell yourself that, since you’re an activist, there’s no way you can be oppressing anyone. But, if you’re a part of an activist group that doesn’t have an anti-oppression policy, you might be part of the problem.

I’m proud to belong to a forest defense group that requires all of its members to sign an anti-oppression policy before joining. Of course, just because someone signs a document doesn’t mean their heart is really in it, as I’ll explain shortly. But first, I want to talk about the positive things our anti-oppression policy has accomplished.

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How To Win An Argument on Facebook

– by The Shitty Activist

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Graphic: Bill Watterson

The best thing about Facebook is how easy it is to connect with like-minded people on almost any topic under the sun. Of course, the worst part is you’re subjected to a lot of opinions that you know are just plain wrong.

Since free speech is (currently) protected under the U.S. Constitution, you can’t stop people from spouting their nonsensical baloney. But the good news is you can put them in their place by following these ten simple steps.

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How To Tear Down the Corporations

– by The Shitty Activist

united-corporations-of-america-mapIf we activists could unite on one thing, it’d be our hatred of corporations.

Take a drive down the local strip, and you’ll roam through a wasteland of McDonalds, 7-11’s, and Wal-Marts. Nearly every business is now a national—or global—chain, and to find a truly independent, locally-owned store you’ve got to do some hunting.

So how do we eliminate these multinational conglomerates that are destroying our environment, mistreating and underpaying their workers, and pumping out a bunch of cheap, toxic crap, and replace them with small, local, sustainable alternatives?

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Ask a Shitty Activist #2: How To Encourage Citizens to Speak Up?

cropped-the_shitty_activist_logo1.jpgShirley Brandie is a clean air activist from Ontario, Canada who works to educate the public and elected officials about the health risks of wood burning.

People concerned about wood burning keep emailing her for help, yet when she suggests they talk to their local council as a first step, they seem disappointed that she doesn’t have a “magic wand.” She wishes she did have that wand because, as she says, “their stories break my heart.”

Shirley asks The Shitty Activist, “How do you get people to speak up about the issues that are directly affecting their lives?”

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