The Passive Activist

We Americans are living with an unprecedented absence of leadership. In the Deep South, we have lived with this void for most of our history, so we’re a little more used to it than the rest of the nation— but that doesn’t make it OK. In the face of Congressional deadlock, soaring national debt, secular/religious strife, rogue policy actions by state legislatures, mistrust of the police, declines in public education funding, exorbitant college costs, internet predators and trolls, crumbling labor unions, global warming, and the ultimate insanity of all: the elementary-school child pick-up . . . From November 2015 through August 2016, the Passive Activist posts offered ten ideas for how ordinary people can create and implement positive change in our own lives. Movements are made up of people.

Passive Activist, an introduction: Vote.

Passive Activist 2: Join a parent-teacher organization.

Passive Activist 3: Read poetry.

Passive Activist 4: Don’t bag your leaves.

Passive Activist 5: Support and patronize public libraries.

Passive Activist 6: Stop using disposable razors.

Passive Activist 7: Understand the difference between Democrats and Republicans.

Passive Activist 8: Compost.

Passive Activist 9: Attend a regular City Council meeting.

Passive Activist 10: Read an award-winning book.