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August 4th, 2008
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Activism Meme
I don't know if becky_h intended this to be a meme, but I thought it was interesting reading the answers on her journal, and I was hoping folks on my flist would give me some answers, too. I won't quote her actual post because it was under friends lock, but the gist of it is:

What are your hot button or soap box issues? We all have lots of things we care about, but what are the ones that you're likely to talk about and, if you are an activist, what is the center of your activism?



Here's how I answered on becky_h's journal:

- GLBT rights and cultural acceptance, with a particular emphasis on family issues
- Feminist issues, particularly reproductive rights and equal employment opportunity
- A variety of public health issues, including lactivism, smoking cessation, HIV prevention and treatment, and reduction in gun violence
- Separation of church and state and, more generally, fostering a climate of religious pluralism

I don't think anyone who reads this journal would be surprised by that list. So, tell me folks, what are yours?

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From:davidfcooper
Date:August 4th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
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I agree with all of yours and would add:
--A more enlightened and engaged foreign policy that stresses cooperation over confrontation
--Curbing corporate power
--Cutting carbon emissions
--increasing access to higher education and making its cost less onerous
--increased funding for medical research
--restoring funding to regulatory agencies who have been unable to protect the public under the current administration
--a more progressive tax system
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From:mofic
Date:August 4th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
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I care about all of the things you mentioned. OTOH, if I think of where I'm actually putting my time, my energy, and my dollars, it's really mostly the ones I mentioned.
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From:hitchhiker
Date:August 5th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
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the mess that is public healthcare
"poor taxes"
the government favouring corporations over people
anti-science and anti-education prejudices
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From:mofic
Date:August 5th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
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Those are all important issues - I think the second and third are very much intertwined.
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From:hitchhiker
Date:August 5th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
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yes, definitely. there is very little that simultaneously depresses and angers me more than reading about the systemic victimisation of the poor.
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