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What is Activist Culture?

Belonging to the worldwide community of social justice activists means we live and relate to the world, and each other, in particular ways–that’s our culture.

You humans may not notice how much you rely on activists to agitate and organize to stop our world from being plundered, poisoned, broiled, beaten down and blown up!

And how much all of us  depend on activists to do what’s needed to mobilize for justice, peace, dignity, and rights for all.

Activists are the first responders in fighting injustice everywhere.

All while dealing with daily life in the belly of the Beast they’re battling!

 

Activists are brave, clever and cool! No wonder so many kids want to grow up to be activists!

Um…

Especially after watching all the movies and TV programs starring warm, thoughtful, courageous activists, and and reading fiction with great activist characters they can identify with, who are accurately and sympathetically portrayed in exciting grassroots movements, strikes, anti-colonial resistance, liberation struggles…

Uh, dear…?

It’s so inspiring for young people to see activists honored with parades and speeches for all the amazing things they do for us. It’s wonderful that guidance counselors encourage youth to enroll in activist studies programs and join the activists around the world making a decent living doing this vital, fulfilling work. And of course, they know that the Activist Occupational Protection Bureau is always there to help…

Yeah, right!

Just kidding. Sadly, although we all count on activists to sustain the fight for a just and livable world, activists are severely under-appreciated, under-/unpaid and under-protected.

And under attack!

Well, duh. Of course I’m doing everything in my power–and it’s A LOT of power!–to keep activists down.

The Beast knows just how dangerous activists are to its greedy grip on our society. Once the global community of activists succeeds in mobilizing a critical mass of the world’s people to rise up for global justice, that’s THE END…for the Beast.

So what is Protect Our Activists doing about this?? Are we…

Human rights lawyers for threatened activists?

Defenders of activists’ free speech?

Protectors of jailed and murdered activists’ children?

Sanctuary providers for persecuted activists?

Guardians of liberated zones and territories?

Security trainers or vibes watchers for activist events?

Bodyguards for threatened activists??

Our particular work protecting activists centers on delving into and lifting up Activist Culture…

 

???

The more collective consciousness activists develop and share about the nature of our culture, community, experience and specific challenges we face as activists, the better we can protect, defend, love and support each other, broaden our reach, fight our adversaries, overcome our divisions, and strengthen ourselves to wage this indispensable fight.

Well, that sounds easy enough.

 

Yeah, right!

Okay, maybe not easy, but exciting and interesting.

We invite you to join in our participatory projects in…

 

Activist Culture and Experience

Fiction Featuring Activists

Our Quest is to understand what activists are up against, how the activist community handles these challenges, and how we can help create a better climate for all folks doing this vital work.

My guidesand I (JB) and other FRCCs  (see “Handy Terms” box on the left sidebar) are exploring the dangers, but also the delights and dilemmas, of activist life and struggle in the belly of the Beast.

We want to contribute to the collective understanding of activist culture and the goal of surrounding our worldwide activist community with solidarity, understanding, love and protection against the threats and challenges we face.

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Check out our activist culture participatory projects:

Become a fiction featuring activists evaluator and activist stereotype buster: 

 

  • Activist Culture Participatory Research
  • Life in the Liberated Zone tours
  • Stories Of Our People (SOOP) workshops
  • Neighborhood Novelists collective fiction writing for children and adults.

Follow our Activist Culture Awareness Quest and writing on activist culture in JB’s Journal

Buy books:

  • Pre-order Rainwood House Sings, a social justice mystery
  • Order Zombie Elementary, our first Neighborhood Novelists collective novel.
  • Support publication of The Imagination Club, a Neighborhood Novelists collective novel, authored by over 60 children.

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Check out our activist culture participatory projects:

Become a fiction featuring activists evaluator and activist stereotype buster: 

  • Activist Culture Participatory Research
  • Life in the Liberated Zone tours
  • Stories Of Our People (SOOP) workshops
  • Neighborhood Novelists collective fiction writing for children and adults.

Follow our Activist Culture Awareness Quest and writing on activist culture in JB’s Journal

Buy books:

  • Pre-order Rainwood House Sings, a social justice mystery
  • Order Zombie Elementary, our first Neighborhood Novelists collective novel.
  • Support publication of The Imagination Club, a Neighborhood Novelists collective novel, authored by over 60 children.

Check out our activist culture participatory projects:

  • Become a fiction featuring activists evaluator and activist stereotype buster: 
  • Activist Culture Participatory Research
  • Life in the Liberated Zone tours
  • Stories Of Our People (SOOP) workshops
  • Neighborhood Novelists collective fiction writing for children and adults.

Follow our Activist Culture Awareness Quest and writing on activist culture in JB’s Journal

Buy books:

  • Pre-order Rainwood House Sings, a social justice mystery
  • Order Zombie Elementary, our first Neighborhood Novelists collective novel.
  • Support publication of The Imagination Club, a Neighborhood Novelists collective novel, authored by over 60 children.

Visit Liberated Zones! Write Fiction Featuring Activists! Bust stereotypes! Delve into what makes activists tick! Love, support and protect our community! De-colonize activist culture!

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RAINWOOD HOUSE SINGS, a social justice mystery for youth and adults, paints a truthful (with a touch or two of magic)  picture of activists taking on gentrification, police violence, worker rights and cultural divisions, tackling mysteries large and small with creativity, humor and collective action.

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Expressions in Use and in Development on this Site

Activists. The wildly diverse world-wide grab-bag of boat-rockers, neck-sticker-outers, city-hall-fighters, tree-huggers, community-builders, movement-makers, rabble-rousers, word-warriors, consciousness-raisers, society-changers, organizers, agitators, revolutionaries, freedom-fighters and creative gadflies devoted to mobilizing movements to transform human society into a place of justice, equality and compassion. [See What is Activist Culture? post for more.]
Activist Community. [See What is Activist Culture?]
Activist Culture. [See What is Activist Culture?]
Beast. A well-known metaphor graphically encompassing the system of inequality, exploitation, destruction and oppression we live in and struggle against, across history, around the globe, and in our own colonized minds and bodies. Capitalism and imperialism are The Beast, but The Beast also encompasses older social inequalities, irrationalities, isms and cruelties that the current system adopts and adapts to its purposes.
Colonized. Occupied and taken over by the Beast. I prefer this term to “internalized” when referring to the forcible invasion of our minds, bodies and spaces by the oppressive system, because it emphasizes the violence of colonization and the lack of agency (but not lack of responsibility to resist) of the colonized. This term and others listed here invite further discussion.
Fiction Featuring Activists. [coming soon]
Friend-Relation-Colleague-Comrade (FRCC). Attempt at summing up what activists are to one another–a deep, multifaceted, complex connection that deserves more exploration.
Liberated Zones. Spaces activists create in the midst of social justice movements, to meet basic needs, find refuge, build solidarity, and experiment with new ways of life they want to see and are struggling to win in the whole society.
People of the Global Majority. [coming soon]
Protect. The range of individual and collective actions, from gentle to tough,  needed to focus on, safeguard and sustain the activist community. More here.
Reality-Fiction Continuum. [coming soon]

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