As soon as any of us steps beyond our own private sphere to fight for more justice for our communities–anywhere, at any level–we join the global activist community.
We all need protecting nowadays. Why focus on activists?
Like folks who fight disease or fire, activists are the first responders to injustice. And like these other first responders, activism carries particular risks.
such as Silencing, marginalizing, surveilling, evicting, firing, infiltrating, deporting, de-funding, jailing, maligning, beating, torturing, disappearing, murdering. There’s nothing I won’t do to stop those pesky activists who refuse to behave and give me indigestion.
That ruthlessness is on top of all the other exploitation and oppression activists experience as part of whatever targeted communities they belong to.
In fact, activists of those communities are often the most severely targeted, and with the least protections.
The Beast, by the way, is NOT an animal, just a metaphor for the ruthless, rapacious, irrational, unjust social system activists are trying to change. We animals are a lot smarter than that.
So what is Protect Our Activists doing about this?
We begin with looking into the various nooks and crannies of our experience as activists, to better understand what it means to be an activist, and to better share that understanding, asking activists and writing up reflections in our POA Journal.
RAINWOOD HOUSE SINGS, a social justice mystery for youth and adults, paints a truthful (with a hint of magic) picture of activists taking on gentrification, police violence, worker rights and cultural divisions; tackling mysteries large and small with creativity, humor and collective action.