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Activism, in a general sense, can be described as intentional action to bring about social or political change. This action is in support of, or opposition to, one side of an often controversial argument. This article is in need of attention. ... Politics is the process by which decisions are made within groups. ... Look up Controversy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary A controversy is a contentious dispute, a disagreement in opinions over which parties are actively arguing. ...


The word "activism" is often used synonymously with protest or dissent, but activism can stem from any number of political orientations and take a wide range of forms, from writing letters to newspapers or politicians, simply shopping ethically, rallies and street marches, direct action, or even guerrilla tactics. In the more confrontational cases, an activist may be called a freedom fighter by some, and a terrorist by others, depending on which side of the political fence is making the observation. Synonyms (in ancient Greek syn συν = plus and onoma όνομα = name) are different words with similar or identical meanings. ... Demonstrators march in the street while protesting the World Bank and International Monetary Fund on April 16, 2005. ... Dissent is the sentiment of non-agreement with the majority, or the leader, of a group to which the dissenter is supposed to belong or to obey. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... This page is about protests. ... For the Canadian urban guerilla group Direct Action see Squamish Five Direct action is a method and a theory of stopping objectionable practices or creating more favorable conditions using immediately available means. ... Distinguish from the type of ape called a gorilla. ... Freedom fighter is a relativistic local term for those engaged in rebellion against an established government that is held to be oppressive and illegitimate. ... The exact definition of terrorism is highly controversial. ...


Since the 2004 elections and controversy over gay marriage in the United States, "activist" has often been used as a pejorative for those who seek to redress social ills through legal rather than legislative action. Thus many conservative politicians have sought to curb the power of those deemed "activist judges" whom they claim are acting outside traditional boundaries of judicial review [1]. Some liberals contend that judicial activism is in a long-standing US legal tradition, while others have responded that judicial activism is more prevalent among judges deemed conservative [2]. Same-sex marriage is marriage between individuals who are of the same legal or biological sex. ... Look up pejorative on Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Headline text Social injustice is a concept relating to the perceived unfairness of a society in its divisions of rewards and burdens. ... A lawsuit is a civil action brought before a court in which the party commencing the action, the plaintiff, seeks a legal remedy. ... Legislation refers to the process of enacting statutory laws, or to the set of statutory laws in a state. ... American conservatism is a heterogenous political movement that incorporates many different ideologies under the blanket heading of conservative. ... A judge or justice is an official who presides over a court. ... Judicial review is the power of a court to review a law or an official act of a government employee or agent for constitutionality or for the violation of basic principles of justice. ... American liberalism (also called modern liberalism) is a political current that claims descent from classical liberalism in terms of devotion to individual liberty, but rejects the laissez faire economics of classical liberalism in favor of institutions that promote social and economic equity. ... This article needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ...


Types of activism

The animal liberation movement or animal rights movement is the worldwide movement of individual activists, academics, and groups who campaign or engage in direct action against the use of non-human animals in animal testing, the meat, dairy, and fur farming industries, and in entertainment and sports. ... A boycott is a refusal to buy, sell, or otherwise trade with an individual or business who is generally believed by the participants in the boycott to be doing something morally wrong. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Civil disobedience. ... It has been suggested that Civil and social disobedience be merged into this article or section. ... A Kill your TV slogan with skull motif Culture jamming is the act of transforming existing mass media to produce negative commentary about itself, using the original mediums communication method. ... This page is about protests. ... For the Canadian urban guerilla group Direct Action see Squamish Five Direct action is a method and a theory of stopping objectionable practices or creating more favorable conditions using immediately available means. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... In finance and economics, divestment or divestiture is the reduction of some kind of asset, for either financial or social goals. ... Electronic advocacy (also known as cyber-activism,online organizing, and internet activism) is an emerging social work practice in which technologies such as email, web sites, and podcasts are used for cause-related fundraising, lobbying, volunteering, community building, and organizing. ... The terms guerrilla communication and communication guerrilla refer to unconventional forms of communication and/or intervention in more conventional processes of communication. ... See insurrectionary anarchism. ... This article needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ... Lobbying is the practice of private advocacy with the goal of influencing a governing body, in order to ensure that an individuals or organizations point of view is represented in the government. ... Media activism is an attempt by grassroots activists and anarchists to promote alternative media not supported by mainstream news. ... Nonviolence (or non-violence) is a set of assumptions about morality, power and conflict that leads its proponents to reject the use of violence in efforts to attain social or political goals. ... Demonstrators march in the street while protesting the World Bank and International Monetary Fund on April 16, 2005. ... Demonstrators march in the street while protesting the World Bank and International Monetary Fund on April 16, 2005. ... Striking Teamsters, wielding pipes, clash with armed police in the streets of Minneapolis, 1934. ... Voluntary simplicity (or simple living) is a lifestyle considered by its adherents to be a sustainable, ecologically sensitive alternative to the typical, western consumerist lifestyle. ...

Activist issues

Animal rights activism is a form of activism that attempts to bring about public awareness through direct action, of what the activists see as a lack of consideration of rights for non-human animals, as well as changes in legislation intended to prevent it. ... Consumerism is a term used to describe the effects of equating personal happiness with purchasing material possessions and consumption. ... Anti-corporate activists (see activism) believe that the rise of large business corporations is posing a threat to the legitimate authority of nation states and the public sphere. ... Book published by the International Cultic Studies Association (a. ... Christian Right is a term collectively referring to a spectrum of conservative Christian political and social movements and organizations characterized by their strong support of social values they deem traditional in the United States and other western countries. ... Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... An expression used by government advisor, Dr. Simon Moores in a 1996, BBC television interview on digital inclusion, the digital divide is the socio-economic difference between communities in their access to computers and the Internet. ... The disability rights movement aims to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. ... Environmentalism is the support or involvement with the environmental movement by environmentalists. ... Fair trade products shown at XI Unctad. ... The gay rights movement is a collection of loosely aligned civil rights groups, human rights groups, support groups and political activists seeking acceptance, tolerance and equality for non-heterosexual, (homosexual, bisexual), and transgender people - despite the fact that it is typically referred to as the gay rights movement, members also... Human rights are rights which some hold to be inalienable and belonging to all humans. ... Libertarian socialism is any one of a group of political philosophies dedicated to opposing coercive forms of authority and social hierarchy, in particular the institutions of capitalism and the state. ... For other meanings of activism, see Activism. ... Pro-Life advocates make a silent complaint in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Pro-life is a term used in English-speaking countries to refer a set of values or beliefs which lead some people to oppose abortion and other bioethics issues such as euthanasia, human... It has been suggested that Scientific racism be merged into this article or section. ... Anti-racism refers to beliefs, actions, movements, and policies adopted or developed to oppose racism. ... White supremacy is the variety of white nationalism that believes the white race should rule over other races. ... Haile Selassie I Rasta, or the Rastafari movement, is a religious movement that accepts Haile Selassie I, the former emperor of Ethiopia, as King of Kings, Lord of Lords and the Lion of Judah as Jah (the Rastafari name for God, from a shortened form of Jehovah found in Psalm... Social activists are people who act as the conscience and voice of many individuals within a society. ... ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and appeal to a wider international audience, this article may require cleanup. ... Tactical Frivolity is a form of public protest. ... Feminism is a diverse collection of social theories, political movements, and moral philosophies, largely motivated by or concerning the experiences of women, especially in terms of their social, political, and economic situation. ... Youth activism is best summarized as youth voice engaged in community organizing for social change. ...

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