During your studies, opportunities may arise to get involved with activism for the first time. Here are some pointers in case you're unsure how to get started.
Here’s how to make your voice heard.
Living in a world where social media connects us more than ever presents many opportunities to get involved in protests. Activism can feel intimidating, especially if you’re taking part in a demonstration for the first time. But we’re here to share our tips for getting involved with protests as a student.
Behind the scenes
Marches are just one aspect of protests. A lot of people don’t realise the work that goes on behind the scenes leading up to the main event and even after the protest itself.
Attending meetings held by the organisers to discuss ideas is an easy way to get involved in the process. See if the organisers are holding any talks or placard-making sessions in the run-up to the protest.
Most universities have a student newspaper or blog. Why not write a short article educating people on the issue you’re protesting? This is a great way to gain publicity and encourage people to join the cause.
The power of social media
Look out for opportunities online to get involved in protests. See if any protests are happening in your area by joining local activist groups on social media. Follow organisations you care about and keep an eye out for any demonstrations they’re staging.
The great thing about social media is that you can connect with people locally, nationally, or even on the other side of the world. Connect with others and form a network to empower and enable each other to find out about upcoming protests.
Comment on the organisers’ posts to show your support and boost it in the algorithm. You could also spread the message by sharing their posts.
Be a leader
Put your leadership skills into practice by organising a protest. Reach out to other students at your university via social media and arrange a time to discuss potential strategies.
Work with other students to build up your contacts and speak to local organisations associated with the cause to see how they can support you.
You may feel like one person is unlikely to make a difference, but small actions go a long way. Boycotting is one method of fighting for a cause, and it can significantly impact how a company or organisation operates.
Sharing on social media why you’re boycotting that particular brand or organisation is a great way to spread awareness and encourage others to change their behaviour. Be sure to research how best to explain to others the reasons for the boycott and the potential for a positive impact.
Remember that your voice can really make a difference!
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