Activism is not issue-specific.
It’s a moral posture that, steady state,
propels you forward, from one hard
hour to the next.
Believing that you can do something
to make things better, you do
something, rather than nothing.
You assume responsibility for the
privilege of your abilities.
You do whatever you can.
You reach beyond yourself in your
imagination, and in your wish for
understanding, and for change.
You admit the limitations of individual
You trust somebody else.
You do not turn away.
This poem originally appeared in the February 1999 issue of The Progressive. It is reprinted here with permission from The June M. Jordan Literary Trust.