I’m really happy that everyone is posting and reblogging the ‘It Gets Better’ videos from various famous people.
It’s great that tumblr, twitter and Facebook are filled with posts, tweets and groups where people are expressing outrage over the 6 suicides of gay teens last week.
It’s cool that some people came up with a “wear purple day” to commemorate the victims of homophobic harassment/bullying.
But what does all that do? Not a whole lot of anything.
Online activism is fantastic, if something comes of it.
Use Facebook to arrange a meeting at your school, where people can discuss organizing an event, an assembly, a fundraiser, or a conference.
Use twitter to promote the event, to get input from other people and to plan what you’re going to do to help prevent this from happening again.
Use tumblr to get new ideas, to crowdsource media and to give others ideas after your event is over.
It may be overused, but Margaret Mead said it best;
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.