Concepts and Expressions in Development at POA

Brief summary of how terms, language, graphics are used to communicate here. And how to participate in discussion about them (contact form? Facebook group?)]







Activists. The wildly diverse world-wide grab-bag of boat-rockers, neck-sticker-outers, city-hall-fighters, tree-huggers, community-builders, movement-makers, rabble-rousers, word-warriors, consciousness-raisers, society-changers, organizers, agitators, revolutionaries, freedom-fighters and creative gadflies devoted to mobilizing movements to transform human society into a place of justice, equality and compassion. [See What is Activist Culture? post for more.]

Activist Community. [See What is Activist Culture?]

Activist Culture. [See What is Activist Culture?]

Beast. A well-known metaphor encompassing the system of inequality, exploitation, destruction and oppression we live in and struggle against, across history, around the globe, and in our own colonized minds and bodies. Capitalism and imperialism are The Beast, but The Beast also encompasses older social inequalities, irrationalities, isms and cruelties that the current system adopts and adapts to its purposes.

Colonized. Occupied and taken over by the Beast. I prefer this term to “internalized” when referring to the forcible invasion of our minds, bodies and spaces by the oppressive system, because it references the violence of colonization and the lack of agency (but not lack of responsibility to resist) of the colonized. This use of the term does not equate mental colonization we all experience with the devastating territorial colonization specific peoples around the world face, which is a central tool of capitalist development. Rather, it points to the reality that our minds are battlegrounds the Beast takes over unless resisted.

Fiction Featuring Activists. [coming soon]

Friend-Relation-Colleague-Comrade (FRCC). Attempt at summing up what activists are to one another–a deep, multifaceted, complex connection that deserves more exploration.

Liberated Zones. Spaces activists create in the midst of social justice movements, to meet basic needs, find refuge, build solidarity, and experiment with new ways of life they want to see and are struggling to win in the whole society.

People of the Global Majority. [coming soon]

Protect. The range of individual and collective actions, from gentle to tough,  needed to focus on, safeguard and sustain the activist community. More here.

Reality-Fiction Continuum. [coming soon]


Our favorite fiction is full of police and superheroes. And activists?? Not so much. Let’s seek out stories with activists, the courageous first responders against injustice! And let’s look into why there aren’t more of them.

We’ll ask why activists–when they do appear–are so often shown as unappealing stereotypes, not real people.

Does this matter? If so, what can we do about it?


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Add your Suggestions to our Fiction Featuring Activists List

The POA Fiction Featuring Activists List is a compilation of works of fiction in which activists and activism play a significant role. Use this form to:

  • Share info for books, movies, TV shows and narrative games with activist characters and stories.
  • Review fiction with a focus on how fully and fairly it portrays activists, using Protect Our Activists’ FFA Test.
  • Nominate a work of fiction featuring activists for our 10 Best and 10 Most In Need Of Improvement Awards!