The Activist Experience: a graphic narrative

Activists...

activists

…brave the Beast every day, living in its belly as we struggle to transform it…

Activist lives are full of solidarity, engagement, connection, joy, inspiration, and adventure.

We accomplish amazing things, far beyond our numbers and the recognition we receive.

In the midst of struggle we carve out liberated spaces to experiment with creating the new world now.

Activists are key to saving an endangered world, but our work often endangers us.

We deal daily with the dilemmas of living life in the belly of the beast we're trying to beat.

Our stress and frustration rises daily, along with inequality, global heating, nuclear danger, and violence.

We're targeted by the "usual" race, class, gender, etc. oppressions, often with particular virulence, because we take active stands against them.

Activist groups contend with legal hurdles, infiltration, cooptation, defunding, distraction and many other issues...

rowing up the falls

Stereotypes dehumanize us in mainstream culture--when we're noticed at all!--making us easier to ignore and attack.

We are vulnerable to isolation, discouragement, divisiveness, burnout...

The more active and outspoken we become, the more risks we face--which increase tremendously for activists belonging to peoples and groups targeted with multiple oppressions.

beast head

If you don't
like being silenced, marginalized, surveilled, evicted, fired, infiltrated, deported, de-funded, jailed, maligned, beaten, tortured, disappeared or murdered...

munch and beast

Give up!!

Never!!!

activists

So how do we protect our activists?

Our quest is to find out…

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?

Subscribe

Preorder Rainwood House Sings

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.

  • Print version — 20.00 + S/H
  • ebook — 7.99

Submit form below to preorder and receive publication details

New Post!

Rainwood House Sings Cover
Preorder
Juliana Barnet writing on blue path
Connect

Add to the Fiction Featuring Activists List

Your Message

Stories of Our People (SOOP)

Sample filled-out FFA Test:
JB tests the movie Billie Elliot

Sample filled-out SOOP Questionnaire:
A few stories and burning questions from JB

Connect!

participant observer graphic

Send us a comment

Subscribe

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!