Campaign Update

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 Democracy, with respect of the Vote.
#21F is a way of expressing that Bolivians voted against the re election of dictator Morales, and we need him to respect our sobereign vote. This activist posted her photo showing her support to Democracy and for stopping judges over ruling the Vote of the People.
Taking pictures and loading them in your social media pages is esential
Taking pictures and loading them in your social media pages is esential: People are making their statement in the streets. They take pictures and show them in their social media accounts, and become activists for Democracy and the respect of the Vote of the People who said NO to the re election of the dictator Evo, who made his judges over rule the voting because he has a human right to be re elected. (1/1)

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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Beth Lacey
Sep 17, 2018
Sep 17, 2018

Jackie, your advice is very compelling.  Thanks for sharing

Beth

Jacqueline Patiño
Sep 17, 2018
Sep 17, 2018

Hi Beth,

Thank you for reading and sharing, so that more of us can be aware of how important it is to become safe activists.

Love,

Jackie

jlanghus
Sep 17, 2018
Sep 17, 2018

Hi Jackie,

Thanks for sharing this strong example of how social media is making a positive impact and helping the sometimes voiceless or perceived voiceless a chance to speak out.

Jacqueline Patiño
Sep 17, 2018
Sep 17, 2018

Hi J,

I know, like all of us, that Facebook, Twitter and the rest were developed for marketing purposes. We just happen to be caring people who have one big power: Our voices. 

So we learned how to use a marketing tool, to make the world a better place. We need a lot of help, though.

Love, 

Jackie

jlanghus
Sep 18, 2018
Sep 18, 2018

Yes. It would be great if everyone came together. Have a great day!

Juliet Acom
Sep 17, 2018
Sep 17, 2018

Hi Jackie,

Thanks for sharing. This is very encouraging

Jacqueline Patiño
Sep 18, 2018
Sep 18, 2018

You are very welcome. Hope it helps.

Love, 

Jackie

Jane Frances Mufua
Sep 18, 2018
Sep 18, 2018

 Jackie,

Thanks for this thought provoking article. With the current socio- economic crisis going on in the Northwest Region of Cameroon where I come from, many of us activist will identify with this article either for doing too little or nothing at all for fear of not only being jailed but to be killed. Thanks for this tips.

Jacqueline Patiño
Sep 18, 2018
Sep 18, 2018

Hi Jane,

There is more to come. Please feel free to share with all the activists you know. It might help.

Love,

Jackie

SanPatagonia
Sep 23, 2018
Sep 23, 2018

Hola Jacqueline! I've read your post and I think democracy is re-defining itself in South America these days. I welcome that revision movement and the way local voices -as you name them- are finding the ways to be present and heard in the debate. Social media is a very important tool for setting a new public agenda, "when made with a purpose" as you wisely remark. I hope we can create that sense of security and healthy civic participation for the rising voices!

Always forward!

Adanna
Sep 25, 2018
Sep 25, 2018

Hi Jackie,

Well done, sound advice. 

Love,

Adanna

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 26, 2018
Sep 26, 2018

Thanks for sharing this. Please continue the good work

Ngwa Damaris
Sep 27, 2018
Sep 27, 2018

Thanks for the knowledge.I will definitely get back to you for more updates as I am a community activist with much I have to offer but I am scared of being intimidated by my dictator government.Thanks again for the insight:)

Ngala Nadege
Sep 28, 2018
Sep 28, 2018

Hello sister ,thanks for the advice .

Feka
Sep 30, 2018
Sep 30, 2018

Thank you for sharing these great social media tips

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 30, 2018
Sep 30, 2018

Hi Jackie,

This is some wise and helpful advice. We have this internet now which is such an amazing tool for social change and communicating with each other. And here within WorldPulse there is so much powerful connecting going on. Your words add to how it can be used well, or squandered. I like your description of a not effective description of a dictator compared to one turned into an open concept. It is so good to know that you are there, wise and unceasingly determined to create good change.

With love in sisterhood,

Tam

Fosah Frinwie Loveline Muma
Oct 07, 2018
Oct 07, 2018

Thank you for this wonderful write up.  It's so inspiring.

Bim Adegbite
Oct 18, 2018
Oct 18, 2018

thanks for sharing

Mercy Kusi
Feb 03
Feb 03

Thanks for the tips Jacqueline