Activism isn't easy
Evil thrives when good [men] do nothing

Activism is intentional action to bring about social or political change. An activist often presents a controversial argument.

I grew up in the 60's, the era of discontent, singing protest songs. My first act of activism was to protest the closing down of Kent State University after the shooting on May 4, 1970.

I am often berated for standing up for those people, including myself, who are mistreated. If someone's constitutional or human rights are trampled on, I speak up. I was given a voice and I use it to bring about social change, even if it is one person at a time.

Speaking up - even if it's written, is the opposite of remaining silent and passive - often results in emails and phone calls telling me to stop what I'm doing:

"Don't be an activist."
"Don't be an advocate for those who are mistreated."
"Don't speak up."
"Don't complain."
"Don't make waves."
"Don't try to fight City Hall."
"Don't try to change the world."
"Don't try to change people's behavior."
"Keep quiet."
"Just let it be."

"You can't do anything about it."

These are the comments I'm receiving from people who think they are well-meaning. I just wonder if they would say the same thing to MEN who are impassioned to speak up against what they think is wrong.

Should Al Gore not have spoken up?  Then why did he win an Academy Award and a Nobel Peace Prize? Should Michael Moore stop making controversial movies?  Should Ralph Nader stop speaking up and running for President? Or is the message I'm receiving: "You're a woman; you can't do what men do. Be quiet and take up knitting instead"? 

Why? I'm not willing to accept mistreatment or even mediocrity. Are you?

(If you want to know what I think,
invite me to speak to your organization.)

A booklet I wrote to assist men and women who have been swindled by a romantic con artist.

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