Social Movements: Are we gaining steam again?
My interest in social movements has heightened a lot in the past few months. Maybe its the increased civic engagement during the election. Maybe its the amazing session I attended at Independent Sector about creating your own social movement. Either way, I have become fascinated with how social movements work, how they get started, why people join them. So many great things have happened because of social movements. The fact that people can gather to solve some of life’s worst problems is rather amazing.
Today, there are many social movements working side-by-side. Some of these movements have been working for decades, while others are just beginning. Some current movements are Service Nation, the LGBT Movement, the Reproductive Justice Movement, and the Environment Movement, just to name a few.
I think, now is the time to take our social movements to the next level. All the pieces are ready, the people are ready, everything’s ready!
What do you think, in economic times like those that we are experiencing right now, is there room for social movements to take precedence again? I think so. I’ve heard more than a few times, that the greatest things happen in times of crisis.
As part of my new year’s resolution, I am going to take some of the passion I have to move some of my own community’s movements even further. I am specifically excited about the We Vote project with the League of Women Voters. We began the project last year to get neighborhoods interested in voting in their local elections again. The Voting Movement (if that’s what we want to call it) is increasing, and I think we are going to be able to make it explode this year. Heck, you never know if what you’re doing is going to make a decades of difference.
So, I want to hear from readers. What social movements do you want to be a part of in the next year? What issues are driving your passions right now?