Five ways to speak up for Peace and be safe

Jacqueline Patiño
Posted September 17, 2018 from Bolivia
Bolivian activist showing the world that she stands for Life, against abortion
Use the power of the internet to show your ideas and defend a cause.

Ever worry that your words in the internet will take you to jail? Stop worrying. Do something. I present you five ways to get involved, create new conversations, and get away with it being secure! World Pulse is a platform that gives us a lot of safe spaces to speak up, but when we search for safe spaces locally, there are not many such spaces, but we can create them. Keep reading.

 

1. Your local voice

Your international and your local voices may have different languages and different approaches. What they have in common is that both instances need to be open and safe. Locally, the use of social media platforms that already have millions of people visiting every day, is the way to go. Being safe at any or all of those social platforms includes a big decision that you will need to make: What idea will you defend, cherish and make blossom? 

Weather it is liberty, democracy, a gender issue, or simply the right of girls to have tampons available, the idea must be crystal clear to you. That being said, it is how you express your idea that will determine two things: the number of followers and people who agree with you, and the number of detractors or trolls you will attract. You must work and be very attentive to get trolls out of the way, and keep fans growing with you.

2. Let us say you are defending democracy. The way you defend this principle of life can make you stronger or weaker to your audiences. Always remember the type of audience you have and be trrthful, honest and caring. If to defend democracy you need to insult people, something is very wrong. Think again, Use words wisely. Do not intimidate with your truths. Make your truths desirable instead. The good things of life are seen as better when they are presented beautifully. Read these two phrases:

a) A dictator is full of crap in his head

b) A dictator will make your life hard through ideas that make you a slave, without you knowing it.

You can use both, but by using phrase a you will become the easy prey of trolls sent by the government to disqualify you as a person, and you will soon be involved in endless fights over persons, not ideas. That is not what you need if you want to be safe in the internet.

Use phrase b instead, and you will find yourself leading conversations about ideas, not people. Conversations about your ideas, not about you, and about how democracy is the right bet, and not about how mean and hateful the dictator is. Much safer for you.

3. Make people think about your ideas by asking questions and openning the conversation about them. You can ask, for instance:

"What is better for us, a country full of opportunities for people to work, or a country full of endless laws that no one can keep up with and where opportunities are only available to people in tune with the dictator´s will?"

With such a question you will surely make people think about the subject of your interest, but you will not be a target from weird justice led by the dictator´s people.

4. Present many pictures. Be attentive in the streets and be ready to take pictures of situations that show the naked truth. Present your pictures with questions about them. Let the people make their own conclusions about what others are saying about the specific situation presented by your work. This is the safe way of making people see the truth for themselves, and you can relax because you are challenging the power, but you are not becoming prey. Do not worry about how many likes or opinions you get. Remember that you are working for a cause, not for popularity. 

5. Always give likes, hearts and such to all your like minded friends and praise their work all the time. This is the way to build your community and be safe, because you will have a lot of people taking care of you, as they will be sure that you take care of them too.

Relationships in the internet, in my experience, are very nice and fruitful when made with a purpose. A good purpose, such as working for a cause. I do not advice people to get together just for fun in the internet, as this is such a wonderful means of making your ideas travel, that using it just for fun, is loosing a big part of your time in nonsense activities that take valuable time from your family.

Make yourself be known for your ideas in any subject, for defending something bigger than us, for being a person who cares for the community. Then come to World Pulse and share with us the results of your local work. This is a community filled up with leaders that will help you round up your work.

Are you willing to share with me the challenges that you have found in your work as an activist? Go ahead and tell us in the commments, so that we will try to help you and make you go one step forward. Always forward.

 

Love,

 

Jackie

 

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Jill Langhus
Sep 17, 2018
Sep 17, 2018

Hi Jackie,

Thanks for your hands-on advice on how to be a successful social media activist. I thought your points were really helpful for how to stay out of trouble with trolls and legalities.

I personally think that social media can be used for multiple purposes, though, such as networking, sharing with your tribe, activism, and looking at cute/humorous videos, inspirational photos. I agree, however, that it can become a time waster, if not monitored well.

As far as challenges as an activist, I would say worrying about what others will think has been one of my biggest/longest challenges. Not only what people do say, but also what you think they will say. And, crickets can also be worse that both of those. If you post something that you're super passionate about, and get crickets, then you wonder if you're the only one with the same passion and if it's worth pursuing.

You may want to consider submitting your story for the current call for stories, and fill out the corresponding survey about security, called "The Future of Security is Women:"
https://www.worldpulse.com/en/voices-rising/story-awards/88510

Hope you're doing well.

Have a great day!

Jacqueline Patiño
Mar 22
Mar 22

Hi J,

Sorry I did not answer before. It is because I did not see the notification for comments before, so I thought there were no comments on my posts! Hahaha

About your comment:

Please do not give up your voice because of crickets or bullying in any form.

Remember that what the bullies do needs to be pointed out to make them feel bad about it, besides making them leave social networks by denouncing their behavior to the network itself.

Love,

Jackie

Jill Langhus
Mar 22
Mar 22

Hi Jackie,

How are you doing? Yes, it can be a problem. Do feel free to submit a "feedback" ticket on the lower-right of the screen, when you notice this occurring so that the IT staff will be alerted to fix it.

Thanks for the encouragement on being bullied or crickets. It's a process, but I'm getting there:-)

Hope you're having a great day!

XX

Jacqueline Patiño
Mar 22
Mar 22

Hi J,

I just noticed today that I had comments on this post. I will follow your advice and click on the feedback line.

Hugs,

Jackie

Jill Langhus
Mar 22
Mar 22

Great!

Have a good one:-)

Beth Lacey
Dec 14, 2018
Dec 14, 2018

Jackie, your articles are always so helpful. I enjoy reading them.
Beth

Jacqueline Patiño
Mar 22
Mar 22

Hi Beth,

I am glad to be helpful to you. Thanks for reading and following my write ups.

Love,

Jackie

Lisbeth
Dec 14, 2018
Dec 14, 2018

Hi Jackie,
Its a nice piece for us. How to speak up and yet be safe. Points noted.
Thanks for sharing.
Regards

Jacqueline Patiño
Mar 22
Mar 22

Hi Salifu,

Thank you for noting every point. Please feel free to share.

Love,

Jackie

Urmila Chanam
Jan 18
Jan 18

Dear Jackie,

How much I have loved reading your best practices and honest advice of how internet is like a two edged knife, while it can do great work when used for the wrong purpose can waste our precious time away from the family. Thanks for elaborating safe spaces and choosing to carry on our cause and motive in such a manner as to be able to navigate through blocks. The biggest challenge is abuse online from people who oppose you vision due to religious bias, hatred for women who have an opinion and men who defend patriarchy and social norms. Thanks for sharing these tips.

Love always,
Urmila Chanam,
India
urmila.chanam@gmail.com

Jacqueline Patiño
Mar 22
Mar 22

Hi Urmila,

Yes, you are right. It happens a lot to opinionated women. That is why we should be careful, but at the same time never loose the stamina necessary to make our voices be heard.

I cherish your voice very much. :)

Love,

Jackie

SanPatagonia
Jan 20
Jan 20

Hi Jackie,
Networking and sharing ideas in freedom are challeging issues these days. As you point out, this is a safe community to engage and share experiences, and learn one from another no matter geographical distances or different backgrounds and contexts.
Last year I found some info by Amnnesty International about women and online safety, and it said that women who were digitally bullied or harassed decided to walk away from public debate or censor themselves to preserve their privacy and safety. So, I agree with you about freedom and thinking in the cause we choose to believe in and work for, but I also encourage every sister to seek for advise, safe practices both online and offline, and find the healthiest and safest ways to express their ideas in a public forum so that her voice will endure. The world society we live in -particularly the digital one- is not so democratic and respectful sometimes.
Keep on sharing your thoughts! Always a welcome reading in WP.

Jacqueline Patiño
Mar 22
Mar 22

Hi San,

You are totally right. Women should always be specially careful and look for advice on how to be safe online.

But (and this is the most important issue), never ever stop raising your voice. Even in the worst bullying, we should not stop speaking up.

Make the bullies feel ashamed instead. That is the key. Make them either leave the space, or be sorry they bullied you because of your core values.

Remember that many times they will not feel sorry, and they will not rectify because they are getting paid to bully opposition people. In that case block them. Denounce their posts. But keep speaking up.

People will see that there is value on what you are doing and will stand by you.

Love,

Jackie

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Feb 23
Feb 23

Hi Jackie
Thanks for telling us about peace and how thoughtful you could bring out the ways to talk about peace.I Cameroon now,peace is what we need.I hope some of my Cameroonian brothers and sisters read this inspirational write-up
Thanks
Veronica
Cameroon

Jacqueline Patiño
Mar 22
Mar 22

Hi Veronica,

Thanks for being here, for reading my write up, and making your space safe.

Please feel free to share. :)

Love,

Jackie

leila Kigha
Mar 21
Mar 21

Thank You Jackie for this inspiring write up. It’s very timely for us especially at this moment when we are facing serious crisis in our country.
W need wisdom to speak up.
Thank you

Jacqueline Patiño
Mar 22
Mar 22

Hi Leila,

Yes! We need wisdom and resilience to speak up safely.

Please feel free to share.

Love,

Jackie