Activism is purposeful action taken in the interests of a specific cause that raises public awareness and attempts to inspire social, economic, or political change. When activism extends to large groups of people united in a common goal with major sociopolitical implications, it can also be described as a social movement. Many contemporary activist causes and social movements focus on issues of social justice, which the National Association of Social Workers defines as "the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political, and social rights and opportunities."
Activists embrace many different strategies, with common approaches including grassroots activism, direct action, and civil disobedience. Grassroots activism mobilizes people on a local level to fight for change that stands to benefit people beyond...Read more