On Activism and Organizing: There is a Distinction

Hayes, Kelly
Date Written:  2016-10-18
Publisher:  Transformative Spaces
Year Published:  2016
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20018

What's the difference between an organizer, an activist, and someone who is just plain fighting for their life, on a personal level? Often, there is no discernible distinction, as these roles often blend together in ways that could never be separated. But for some people, there is no such complexity. I point this out because, in recent years, there has been a verbal shift in social justice spaces towards referring to everyone involved as an organizer. As a person who believes that we too often negate the meanings of words by transforming them into umbrellaed concepts, I have to say my piece about the matter.

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