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African-American woman candidates face special challenges

Last Wednesday, we wrote about the difficulties facing women who want to run for office. Today, for Martin Luther King Day, we will drill down to the specific challenges African-American women experience. Mary C. Curtis, writing in 2014 for The Root, an African-American news blog, observes that black women are often the backbone of political campaigns, but that the number of elected black women...

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Does “slacktivism” work?

“Slacktivism” is better than nothing, but it’s not hard to do more. Brett Bittner at The Advocates, a libertarian site, wonders whether sharing, favoriting, retweeting, and pinning things on social media really accomplish anything. On reflection, he understands that when many people pin, like, or share social media posts, there is an impact; and there are busy times when that is all we can do....

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How Activists Create Change

How do activists create change? Last June, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University asked the question, “How does activism drive corporate change?” While their research focuses on activism’s impact on corporate management, most of their insights also apply to political activism. Sometimes the impact is direct: A shareholder group filed a resolution urging McDonald’s to replace...

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Political activism isn’t a popular thing to do

Political activism isn’t a popular thing to do

But then, it never was. The student editors at the University of North Carolina’s Daily Tar Heel identified the reason why: Activism exists to challenge the status quo, systems of oppression and complacency. It raises uncomfortable questions about community values and the history of its institutions. And it empowers populations whose concerns are well-founded but overlooked. Activism takes many...

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Learn about us in 2 minutes with our new video!

A Bit Political is proud to publish its first video to introduce readers to our concept! Let us know what you think in the Comments section....

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Actor’s grandson gets A Bit Political

Can you make an impact on your community when you’re almost fresh out of college? James Duke Mason is 23 years old, the grandson of actor James Mason. Mickey Boardman at Papermag recently interviewed him. His parents were on both sides of the political spectrum: His father Morgan worked in the Reagan White House, while his mother, singer Belinda Carlisle, is more progressive in her...

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