Are you only a “real activist” if you participate in protests? That’s what some people think – and with Trump in the White House, there will surely be many more protests over the next four years.
But some people won’t be part of the marching crowd – and that doesn’t mean they’re not “real activists.” In fact, with this false idea that protests are the only way to be an activist, you dismiss some really important anti-oppression work, and some really valid reasons why some people don’t attend protests.
Here’s Riley J. Dennis with some of those reasons. She might just expand your idea of what it means to be an activist.
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Riley J. Dennis is a Contributing Vlogger for Everyday Feminism. She’s a polyamorous, atheist, gender non-binary trans woman with a passion for fiction writing, feminism, and technology. She got her BA from Whittier College in 2015 doing a self-designed major called Writing Worlds, a mixture of creative writing and anthropology, focused on realistic fictional world building. Find her on her YouTube channel, Twitter @RileyJayDennis, or her website, RileyJayDennis.com.