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Against Activism | The Baffler
"To be an activist now merely means to advocate for change, and the hows and whys of that advocacy are unclear. The lack of a precise antonym is telling. Who, exactly, are the non-activists? Are they passivists? Spectators? Or just regular people? In its very ambiguity the word upholds a dichotomy that is toxic to democracy, which depends on the participation of an active citizenry, not the zealotry of a small segment of the population, to truly function."
activism  politics  society  culture 
5 hours ago by mildlydiverting
U.S. Citizen, Believed Executed in Syrian Prison, Heightens Fears for Others - WSJ
Qutaiba Idlbi, a Syrian native who left the country in 2013 following several detentions there, said Ms. Shweikani had been part of a loose network of activists in Damascus who, among other things, organized pro-democracy protests at the start of the Arab Spring movement in 2011, and moved toward humanitarian work as the war intensified.

He said the activists didn’t establish a formal organization, which would have attracted too much attention. Still, the Assad regime apparently was able to infiltrate the group, and Ms. Shweikani was among the last of her circle to be arrested, on Feb. 19, 2016, Mr. Idlbi said.
USA  Mar15  execution  activism 
10 hours ago by elizrael
My Declaration of Faithful Disobedience, Wang Yi — China Partnership
I firmly believe that in carrying out spiritual disobedience, the Bible demands me to rely on the grace and resurrection power of Christ, that I must respect and not overstep two boundaries.

The first boundary is that of the heart. Love toward the soul, and not hatred toward the body, is the motivation of spiritual disobedience. Transformation of the soul, and not the changing of circumstances, is the aim of spiritual disobedience. At any time, if external oppression and violence rob me of inner peace and endurance, so that my heart begins to breed hatred and bitterness toward those who persecute the church and abuse Christians, then spiritual disobedience fails at that point.

The second boundary is that of behavior. The gospel demands that disobedience of faith must be non-violent. The mystery of the gospel lies in actively suffering, even being willing to endure unrighteous punishment, as a substitute for physical resistance. Peaceful disobedience is the result of love and forgiveness. The cross means being willing to suffer when one does not have to suffer. For Christ had limitless ability to fight back, yet he endured all of the humility and hurt. The way that Christ resisted the world that resisted him was by extending an olive branch of peace on the cross to the world that crucified him.
Christianity.and.culture  activism 
yesterday by timmarkatos
GynePunk, the cyborg witches of DIY gynecology : Makery
"The Catalan collective GynePunk wants to decolonize the female body. To this end, it is developing first aid gynecological tools, for socially disadvantaged women, refugees, sex workers."
diy  activism  women  health 
2 days ago by jbushnell
Front Page — Free Software Foundation — working together for free software
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom. We defend the rights of all software users.
activism  linux  software  opensource  politics 
3 days ago by tobym
What Silicon Valley Doesn't Get About Race | Vanity Fair | https://www.vanityfair.com/
Another way that high-powered tech leaders can help advance social justice? Critically examine the power structures in your own industry. Work diligently to hire more women and people of color—not just to fill quotas, but because it’s the right thing to do. Actions speak louder than a well-intentioned but ultimately ham-fisted tweet.
siliconvalley  techbros  activism 
4 days ago by kme

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