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Personal solutions which helped you keep on going, finding your place in something bigger than yourself.
– Developing skillsets and philosophies for achieving more, as one person linked into an entire movement, than anyone could do on their own.
I’m looking for collaborators as well as contributors. I am interested in the activist journey: I’ve come to see it this way and I’d be interested in hearing from others who can relate to this: my experience and observing others is that it begins with a growing awareness and resentment of social, political, corporate injustice – to a belief in ones own ability to effect change through direct action.
What for you, was the trigger to direct action, to militant activism, rather than a more validated or socially acceptable predisposition to dissipate anger through ‘grumbling’. Once active, what sustained you? What personal beliefs, experiences, made you ‘other’ than the norm, kept you in there from one campaign to the next?
My experience arose from abusive relationships which made me sharply aware of, and determinedly fighting, abuse of any kind. Then through experience of the activist struggle, relationships, direct actions, campaigns, travel, deprivation, joy – there came a realisation that in and of itself, direct action is less directly effective than at first hoped or expected. A wondering at ‘what I am personally achieving’ and, is it enough.
At first in this stage, I experienced disillusionment, and something close to burn out. And then I found that there survived, the human spirit, innate optimism that drove me in the first place and then an innate excitement, a ‘what next’.
There are so many stories out there of disillusionment and burn out, but if you can relate to this process, this ‘what next?’ or something akin to it, I’d be really interested in reading about this in your writing.
What drove you and what sustains you? Was it the advice and support of friends, was it your understanding of events as they unrolled, was it things you read, or listened to, elements of all these things? This is where I am right now, and I’d like to hear your journey to here, or to the somewhere near here where you are.
We won’t be able to publish everything that gets submitted, but may hold articles for future issues with the consent of the authors.
Wordcount Guideline: Articles should be between 1000 and 3000 words.
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Further Reading – Suggested Topics
- Living anarchism: Point of No Return, Accomplices
- Ecology: Eating Wild Food: The challenges, benefits and consequences, Amazon Mycorenewal Project, When nature won’t stay still: Conservation, equilibrium and control
- Identity: To all my dear friends and allies in healing, trauma, abuse and anarchist practice, The anarchist world and feeling okay to be fucked, An Insurrectional Practice Against Gender, non-heteronormative desires, On Sexuality from a Sex Worker
- Solidarity Activism: Learning from life, Charity or Solidarity?, The Spaniard
- Organising: Going beyond activism
- Psychology: Charting A Path Towards Vegetarianism
- Philosophy: The problem of not-knowing or not knot-knowing,The Radical Potential of Shin Buddhism
- Personal solutions to complex community: Political Ethnography as Art and Science, Hate Kills: A social justice response to “suicide”, Involving Others From Toolkit to Ethos for a Different Kind of Democracy
Sample text zine of articles above.
Activist Journeys Pilot pdf
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