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Sometimes we need to say "No thank you".
This is where petitions can be very helpful.
Petitions were highly influential in abolishing slavery.
Today petitions can be used to change the world.
You can feel empowered, that you make a difference.
Great things can be achieved!
You can always be an activist, a defender of rights.
This may start in your heart and spread into the world!
Here are some related quotes:
"The likelihood that your acts of resistance cannot stop the injustice does not exempt you from acting in what you sincerely and reflectively hold to be the best interests of your community." (Susan Sontag, At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches)
"Human rights defenders come from all walks of life… There are no special qualifications. All it takes is commitment and courage."
(Navi Pillay, Equality Now Co-Founder & former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights)
"We do have the power to say no. Yes there will be consequences, and it is easier for some of us to do it than others, but finally it is up to us. If we don't say no to the things happening to us, who will?" [Mallika Taneja]
If a woman says no even once, she adds, then they will have made their contribution to the cause of equality. And while she acknowledges the importance of larger movements to bring people together, she reiterates that finally, change will only happen when the individual has decided to take a stand.
(BBC, posted and accessed 21 December 2017)
“No” might make them angry but it will make you free. (Nayyirah Waheed)
I don't fear death; I fear remaining silent in the face of injustice…I say to those who would eliminate my voice: I am ready, wherever and whenever you might strike. You can cut down the flower, but nothing can stop the coming of the spring.
(Malalai Joya [Afghan activist and author], A Woman Among Warlords)
Always, always keep on campaigning. Keep on campaigning. Keep on campaigning.
Yet simultaneously step back and celebrate the level of debate that’s going on - because the apparent disaster is not going on silently. There are huge arguments, there are huge debates, there are huge pushes to get appropriate legislation in.
Battles will be lost. Apparently wars occasionally will be lost. But keep on campaigning and keep your eye on the fact that it’s a hot subject – and that’s to be celebrated. Nobody is going through all this apathetically.
And that, for me, is a huge indication that humanity as a whole is waking up to its self-responsibility in relation to its environment. So, keep on campaigning but don’t get depressed by the bad news - because you get depressed by the bad news, you just going to shovel more shit onto it... the vibe doesn’t work. Keep campaigning and hang out with people who’ve got an eye on the long picture and the fact that it’s tough now, but we’ll be okay. (William Bloom, 21m8s, posted 18 October 2018, accessed 20 October 2018)
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