Human Trafficking, School Papers, Activism
I am writing a paper on Human Trafficking for my English class, it is a problem-solution paper and its easy for me to talk about the problem. I know the facts, I know the numbers, I know how horrendous it is.
(If you don’t do some research here are some links:
I know the places I can donate and I wear my key2free necklace all the time.
But thats about all I have done. I’ve share links and written papers and I’ve given a presentation in class.
I want to do more, I don’t know how I will, or what I will do but I want to figure something out that I can do.
Because though talking about it is GOOD and is NEEDED.
I NEED TO DO MORE.
I’m going to do that by learning to and taking steps to become a ‘Smart Activist’
These are the rules Jeffrey S. Brand created to become a Smart acitivist
- The world needs Smart Activists because problems are complicated and defy simple solutions. Smart Activists understand this.
- Smart Activists understand that education is a gift, enhancing one’s skills, perspective, credibility, and visibility.
- Smart Activists go to Universities that feed their passion to change the world.
- Smart Activists understand that all fields of study and work need activists with the determination to make a difference. That’s why Smart Activists are found in laboratories, corporate board rooms, union offices, churches, synagogues, and anywhere else one can imagine. (P.S. If I had known this rule, I probably would not have quit medical school.) A corollary: Smart Activists understand that it takes time to understand how one’s work affects the world and the action that is required. (See also Rule 9.)
- Smart Activists look for connections between issues because:
A. The connections are there; and,
B. Finding them:
I. Helps build coalitions with other activists – smart and not so smart; and,
II. Gives Smart Activists a better sense of what the problems really are and what their structural solutions might be. See also: Rule 1 (problems are complicated) and Rule 2 (an education helps Smart Activists to understand complexity and therefore to see connections).
- Smart Activists understand that action alone does not change the world. It also takes thoughtfulness and an unswerving commitment to great ideas – just ask Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela. That is one reason why Smart Activists understand that scholarly pursuits are critical. (See also: Rule 2) By the way, studying and articulating great ideas also take courage: again, just ask Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.
- Smart Activists try to know themselves as they seek to make the world better for others.
- Smart Activists maintain a sense of humor at all costs.
- Smart Activists know that they may not live to see the difference that they make, but that doesn’t mean that they are not making a difference. This is a very tough rule to follow. Just ask Moses. (See also Rule 4.)
- ‘Smart Activists’ are flexible and creative and make up their own rules, including Rule 10.