Posts Tagged Activism
Political Strategists: Knowing a candidate’s political strategist can tell you more about them than any speech.
Political strategists make and break political careers. They hold a lot of political power but are able to avoid much of the public scrutiny that would normally accompany a position of power.
The recall tool is a powerful tool in the Civil Citizen’s tool kit. It is the nuclear bomb of the tool kit not to be used lightly or for minor infringements on an elected officials part. It is the shadow side of a Democratic system that someone is not going to be happy with a legislative decision. If one were to recall any elected official that offended some one the recall elections would get costly and ridiculous and would stop the ability of a government to do its work.
There are many people who hold leadership roles in communities and organizations. Some are really good at what they do. Yet, anyone who has interacted in these circles will soon discover that there are two types of people involved in boards and commissions. The activist who is very engaged and puts everything into the endeavor and all too common the people who are in it for the title and the boost that gives to their resume.
Last night I was at a graduation ceremony for a group I am involved in Mesa Leadership Training and Development. During the evening as I was introduced by friends and peers to other people they introduced me as “the activist”. My mind rejected this term. “I am no activist.” I protested. That should be a […]
The unimaginable shooting of Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson on January 8, 2011 and the violent demise of Osama bin Laden on the opposite side of the spectrum May 1, 2011 that was deemed appropriate by many brings to mind the ultimate consequence that may be taken on by anyone who deems themselves an activist or who puts themselves out in public service. Are you willing to die in the line of public service?
Many Americans feel helpless as they prepare to watch the government shut down over a battle for 1% of the nation’s discretionary funding. “What can I do?” they ask. At this point in the game it is difficult to say whether citizens can stop the government from shutting down but this is what you can do as a citizen to get a message to representatives in D.C.
How a person interacts with people of influence will directly impact the effectiveness of the message. There are a few key points to keep in mind to allow your voice to be heard and possibly influence some positive changes.