How Can Direct Activism Survive the Coronavirus Era?
How can direct activism survive the coronavirus era? How do we learn justice? What is the benefit of creating crisis? What are the takeaways for the next generation of activists?
Reporting for DailyClout.io, bestselling author Naomi Wolf asks these crucial questions and more in a truly inspiring conversation with renowned activist Lisa Fithian.
Lisa Fithian is no stranger to activism during times of crisis, but activism during a global pandemic adds a whole new set of roadblocks to advancing social change. In her book Shut It Down, she argues that civil disobedience is not just one of the only actions that remains when all else fails, but a spiritual pursuit that protects our deepest selves and allows us to reclaim our humanity. Change can come, but only if we’re open to creatively and strategically standing up, sometimes at great risk to ourselves, to protect what we love.
“One thing about direct action” Fithian tells Wolf, “is understanding that it is not just a strategy, and not just a tactic. It’s a way of life. We live in a culture where we’ve given up a lot of our power. One of the ways we give up power is believing we don’t have any. But it is our connection with others that is our agency, our ability to do things. Power is nothing more than the ability to act. And every choice we make is an exercise in our power.”