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activism

active involvement as a member of a POLITICAL PARTY, PRESSURE GROUP, or related political organization, e.g. a ‘trades union activist’. Theories and research concerned with political activism suggest that the tendency is for activists generally to be of higher social status, more socially confident and often better informed than most nonactivists. Levels of political activism also vary according to political circumstances. For example, in times of political crisis many people may be drawn into politics who would not normally be politically active. Some theorists, especially in POLITICAL SCIENCE (e.g. LIPSET, 1959), have suggested that in Western societies, in such circumstances, high levels of political activity and less informed participants may pose a threat to the 'S tability of democracy’. More generally, however, increased participation in politics by members of lower status minority groups (e.g. new URBAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS) is regarded as a favourable development. See also POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, OPINION LEADERS, TWOSTEP FLOW IN MASS COMMUNICATIONS, STABLE DEMOCRACY, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS.
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A group of about a dozen local civil rights activists stood in front of the courthouse after the verdict with their right arms raised in the air.
Human rights groups and civil rights activists within China have been harshly critical of the government's record on rights, saying it has totally reneged on pledges to improve basic freedoms in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics.
Indeed, each of the 52 chapters could successfully stand alone as brilliantly presented short stories as the boys meet fictionalized versions of a series of memorable characters ranging from civil rights activist James Meredith to Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner.
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But as historian Barbara Ransby wrote in a superb column for our affiliate, the Progressive Media Project, "Coretta Scott was a civil rights activist years before she met King."
"To call Rosa Parks a poor, tired seamstress and not talk about her role as a community leader and civil rights activist as well, is to turn an organized struggle for freedom into a personal act of frustration.
The trope that Bush doesn't give a damn if black people die was repeated by Moore, rapper Kanye West, self-styled civil rights activist Al Sharpton, and others.
I would love to be a journalist, chief, politician, civil rights activist, better father, and much more.
1969: Civil rights activist James Forman marches into a service at the mostly white Riverside Church in New York City and begins reading his "Black Manifesto." Forman charges white churches and synagogues with complicity in slavery and racial oppression, and asks them to pay restitution.
Iranian lawyer and civil rights activist Shirin Ebadi becomes the first Muslim woman to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
It profiles Chinese-Canadian civil rights activist Jean Lumb who tells her brave story of her lifelong fight, from the 1930s through to the present, to be recognized as a Canadian, not only for herself but for her people.
Davis for a program featuring a blend of musical performances, dramatic readings, and archival footage, are Emmy recipient, and civil rights activist Ruby Dee; World War II decorated combat veteran, and actor Charles Durning; film, theater and television actor Joe Mantegna; World War II veteran and Emmy award-winning television actor and film star Tony Randall.