Party activism

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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Curing election-day jitters

The following message is directed to candidates and those active volunteers who have bled, toiled, sweated, and cried for months to win the election, only now to find that it is upon them… A week from Tuesday is Election Day. You knocked on the doors, sent out the mailings and e-newsletters, put up the yard signs, and begged for money. So what is left on Election Day but to wait for the...

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Ann Deol: A Helper for Nashville

Last year, Nashville, Tennessee, mourned the loss of Ann Deol, a longtime neighborhood and political activist, at the age of 92. As reported by Nancy DeVille of The Tennessean (June 24, 2013, article link no longer available): She was a longtime resident of the Chestnut Hill community, who was concerned about people in her neighborhood and the area’s quality of life. “She was one of the most...

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Sometimes, quiet activism is the best kind

Some of the best activist stories we read at A Bit Political are obituaries of people who served their communities in quiet ways, but over the years were remembered for making significant contributions. Last year, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported the death of Bill Whitbeck at the age of 95. Staff writer Thomas Lee describes him this way: Bill Whitbeck was an eloquent debater, someone who...

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David Roberts, 1952-2014

The activist stories I tell on this blog are picked up from news sources. I will sometimes do some extra research to substantiate a point, or add something to it. But this one is in the first person. Dave was a good friend of mine for almost 35 years. I attended his memorial service last Sunday. If you knew our politics, you would think that we could not possibly get along. When we met, I was...

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