Base Causes For Starting-Up Activism

Activist identify the cause,
volunteers serve the cause,
community organizers rally for the cause
& hero's are the ones celebrated for the cause. 
Samuel Herbert was so appalled by an under reflective bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that he took action. He took action by launching a strong petition drive to do a re-rendering of the bust. (MLK park in Buffalo, New York)

A group of activist in Detroit responded to the murder of an unarmed customer at a local gas station. They responded with a protest, demands for new ownership and calls for justice.

Eddie Carvery of Nova Scotia's "Africville" area became so impacted by the discrimination and land grab targeting the areas residents that he refused to leave Africville after the City of Halifax destroyed his family home. Since 1970 he has maintained a presence in Africville, signaling his dissent and educating visitors from all over the world about the Africville diaspora. Mr. Carvery’s protest is the longest civil rights protest in Canadian history.

Tanya had often experienced public service providers that could do a better job. Over time she had a recurring desire to become an activist for improving public services, the role she selected was to work on achieving greater user-friendliness and accuracy from public service providers. 

Rick Robertson was impacted by the limited rights and consideration for his individual input of claimed experiences. From that point he founded volunteerism & Activism 101 the course that's also a membership. He became committed to training, promoting and building projects that are powered by connecting individual activist, volunteers, stakeholders and businesses.   
Rick Robertson Founder/CEO of Mate3.com (2014)

Vikram Pandit  a CEO of Citigroup Inc became so upset by a plan out of Washington D.C. to tax employee bonuses at financial companies that received federal bailout’s that he became an activist to halt the effort. As seen on AOL Money & finance link and taken from the Associated Press.

Martin Sostre was a revolutionary and former prisoner who challenged and changed the American prison system from his cell in solitary confinement. Martin took action for the good of all men and is a real American made hero. Sostre died at home on Aug. 12, 2015. He was 92. No newspaper, TV show or radio program marked the death of a once-celebrated pioneer of the prisoners' rights movement. But historian Felber notes: "No single figure played a greater role in securing legal rights for prisoners in the history of U.S. prisons than Martin Sostre."


Jack Kervorkian is a Physician from Michigan who had witnessed the suffering of the chronically ill and became committed to help. He reacted by initiating the first public service of doctor-assisted suicide. 

Robyn Few an independent activist from Berkeley, California launched a campaign to promote the Angel Initiative. The Angel initiative was named in memory of a murdered San Francisco prostitute. The initiative sought to have prostitution treated as a low priority offense in the city of Berkeley. 

Angela Butler of Van Nuys, California had her heart broken at the senior prom. Now Angela is the director of Volunteers for Preventing & Healing Broken Hearts. Her members share their stories and talk with others online, by e-mail, and by phone.

Thomas Malthus (1766-1834) was a political economist who was concerned about what he saw as the decline of living conditions in nineteenth century England. He blamed this decline on three elements: The overproduction of young; the inability of resources to keep up with the rising human population; and the irresponsibility of the lower classes. To combat this, Malthus suggested and promoted that the family size of the lower class ought to be regulated such that poor families do not produce more children than they can support. 

Mr. Randy Owens loss his son to suicide and he responded by starting a national awareness campaign to help others.

Pamela Bowen went to Africa for cultural enrichment and was moved to action when she witnessed the effects of premature death from AIDS. She became the founder of African Americans Against Aids In Africa. 

Dr. Claud Anderson responded to the economic conditions of Americans of African descent by developing a national movement for social and economic reform. 

Ruby Bridges was 6 years old in 1960. She became the first African American student to attend a predominantly European American elementary school in her New Orleans neighborhood. She had to be escorted to school by federal marshals deployed to protect her from the angry mobs of segregationist. When Bridges grew up she founded the Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote tolerance, respect and appreciation of all differences.

Rebiya Kadeer was so moved by her imprisonment and the crackdowns that were carried out by Chinese authorities in her homeland Uyghur that she moved to the United States. She became the head of the World Uyghur Congress based in Washington D.C. and has become an articulating voice for the plight of the Uighur people who primarily live and work in the northwestern region of China.

Tina Meier was so encompassed by the suicide of her daughter megan who was an apparent victim of internet based bullying that she became an activist force to educate the public about online bullying and (aka) cyberbulling. 

Marva Collins had the belief that every child can be educated adequately, and she passionately went about the business of proving that belief to be true. 

Mr. James Grey was wrongly arrested and spent considerable time in jail; he now compiles the experiences of former inmates and puts them in to a database gathered from the exit polling and interviewing of formerly incarcerated people.

Damon Ramsey was driving down his neighborhood street and witnessed a vehicle becoming submerged in a collapsed street with water filling up the vehicle, and he became a spontaneous volunteer, and helped to bring two people out to safety.

Glen Wash of Detroit experienced having his industry being administratively governed by individuals with no practical or educational experience in his industry. He became an activist to create public awareness of the issue.

Vivian experienced a strong desire to help the homeless, so she founded a non-profit corporation to develop services for that cause. She says we can help by volunteering to assist her as she develops her Detroit based effort. Her current goal is to make improvements to a commercial property she has acquired. 

In response to extreme racism and white backlash, Martin R. Delany (May 6, 1812-Jan. 24, 1885) became the father of Black Nationalism based activism while achieving numerous academic and professional accomplishments.

Mario collected several personal experiences from individuals that had been in situations where they needed public support and independent advocacy for a better chance of getting justice; he found that it was unnecessarily burdensome and time consuming to make contact with experts, popular advocates, organizers, media personalities, and justice fighters for the average person. So Mario became a promoter of an on-call list of people to be notified when specific types of experiences happen to an individual. 

Judge Wendell Griffen experienced passionately believing in strongly opposing the State of Arkansas death penalty, He responded by halting the execution of several people in protest. He did a media campaign and protested by sleeping on a cot to dramatize the death penalty process in the state.

Attorney Dobbs experienced an abundance of Americans of African Descent that did not appreciate the virtues of American capitalism. As a result of his experiences, Mr. Dobbs became an activist for encouraging individuals to start businesses as the counter-offensive to bad capitalism. He’s also the founder of “Empada” a socio-economic solution that represents his thesis on the subject.

John Olumba was a freshman Democratic State Representative in Michigan that became aware of potential wrong doing on the part of his fellow democrats on the county level. He stood alone to request an official investigation in to the wrong doing even though the investigation would be on same political party affiliations.             Later some citizens demanded what’s known as the “Olumba Provision” that called for legislation that would encourage independent request to investigate the internal operations of same party affiliations without co-authors to the legislation or request.

Maureen Taylor a co-founder of a grass-root campaign called Welfare Rights became so disenchanted by the ways that the State of Michigan was treating recipients of aid for the needy, that she has contributed years of advocacy service to fight for their rights and their fair treatment.

Chen Guangcheng felt so strongly about forced abortions in his home country of China. He became an activist against the mandated abortions and forced sterilizations being practiced as part of China’s one-child policy. 

Darius Sledge was inspired by his membership in the “Dads and Son’s Club” founded by Mr. Larry Meeks of Detroit.  Today Darius has become an activist for inspiring other young men. 

Todd Bol desired to establish a memorial for his mother so he founded the Little Free Libraries movement. His free libraries are erected in public places and filled with donated books; passersby are urged to take one or leave one.

Marilyn Hollinquest and  Anayvette Martinez were dismayed by the lack of political consciousness being taught in the social  groups for young females, so the pair founded the Radical Brownies a group for young girls to gain a class-based understanding of politics. 

Ron Scott of Detroit, Michigan became so repulsed by police brutality that he co-founded an organization against police brutality and donated hundreds of hours to that cause. (deceased-2015)

Delores Bennett became frustrated by the lack of concern for the needs of young people in her north-end Detroit neighborhood. She responded by working to help as many in need as she could (deceased-2017).  

Liu Xiaobo was so inspired by the concept of democracy and those that challenged democracy that he became a pro-democracy based activist. This famed Chinese dissident won the Nobel Peace Prize while jailed for his pro-democracy writings. (Liu was born Dec. 28, 1955 – July-2017).




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