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An Activist Xmas

Holly Hammond reflects on the challenges and opportunities of an activist Xmas. What does this time of year mean to you? For many people this time year involves a break from work, exchanging gifts and spending time with family. The emphasis on happy families can be really hard on people who don’t have one – […]

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Celebrating social change

Helen Cox celebrates the art and skill of activist celebration, including three inspiring examples.  Celebration is an often under-rated tactic of social change and community building, and no wonder, modern Western cultures often view leisure and celebration as a sin against productivity. ‘Tall Poppy’ Syndrome (a social phenomenon found in many cultures, such as the […]

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Art, Anxiety and Activism

Activism and anxiety are frequently associated. What can activists do to reduce feelings of worry and anxiety? Jessica Harwood shares some simple art therapy exercises for mindfulness, relaxation and anxiety management. Activists do not choose an easy life. It takes a special sort of person to look at all the issues that grate against our […]

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Wet><Dry: Juggling drinking/user rights AND sobriety

Sunny Drake contributes to our series on alcohol use with a post about creating spaces during celebration events to support drinkers and sober folk alike. This post focuses on Pride month in Toronto, since the warm season is now coming up for Southern Hemisphere there is plenty of great advice to consider for events Down […]

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Burnout: Experiences & Advice

The concluding questions of our ‘activist health and wellbeing survey’ focused on one of the biggest barriers to sustaining activism: burnout. This is the final post in this series. Defining burnout Burnout can be defined in a number of ways, activist-trauma.net uses this definition; Burnout is a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion caused […]

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Sustaining ourselves as activists

The third post in our survey series covers all the nuggets of wisdom elicited in response to the question ‘what have you figured out about sustaining yourself as an activist’? We think there is something for everyone here, happy reading. As with other analyses, we have trawled through the responses to identify common themes as […]

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Privileges and problematics of sobriety

The second in our series on alcohol and activism is a piece on the social positionality and wider power-dynamics of sobriety. We welcome all kinds of feedback on the ideas presented in this series, so please feel free to share your own story or thoughts in the comments section.  i’ve been sober my entire life. […]

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Impacts of activism on health and wellbeing

The second question in our survey was ‘how does your activism impact on your health and wellbeing’? Of the 151 responses to this particular question there were some definite trends, as well as a few outlying responses that are worth mentioning because they might tap into experiences and themes that are meaningful to the wider […]

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Sobriety and Capitalism

Plan to Thrive is publishing a series of blog posts on alcohol use in activist spaces, and we welcome your input! This first post was originally published in ‘Another Sober Zine’ and is a personal refection of experiencing drinking cultures, particularly within the radical activist community. I’ve spent a lot of time now in radical political […]

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What motivates us to engage in activism

Activist Health and Wellbeing Survey Results We had almost 200 responses to our activism health and wellbeing survey! We’ll be releasing the results in a series of short posts on each question. This week: ‘what motivates you to engage in activism’? The answers around this question were surprising similar and also point to the common […]

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