Tag Archives: activism

What happens on Facebook stays on Facebook

I wish that line was mine, but it’s not.  Caroline Lee, skeptical about the potential impact of of social media on democracy in general and social movements specifically, offered the summary evaluation–along with some observations. The question is whether all … Continue reading

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The Lunch Counter

A piece of the actual Woolworth’s lunch counter from Greensboro has a place at the National Museum of American History, in Washington, DC. When I visited this past August, the Smithsonian was running a simulation of the nonviolence training sessions … Continue reading

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What social media can do:

I taught an undergraduate social movements course in the Fall of 2008.  The vast majority of the students reported that they had never done anything political at the beginning of the course.  This changed as the fall went on.  A … Continue reading

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Can Activists Become Politicians? (Hint: Jeannette Rankin)

On Congress.org, Ambreen Ali  ascribes some of Christine O’Donnell’s electoral difficulties to her background as an activist: It was shortly after college when the Delaware Republican embraced an identity aspiring politicians usually avoid: She became an activist. Though political candidates … Continue reading

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