Third Rail Eps 17: Activism 360

February 6th, 2015  |  by Veralyn Williams |  Published in Podcast

Believe it or not, activist are not just battling “the system” day and night. In this episode of Third Rail we discuss how sometimes, we’re fighting our schedules, to squeeze in activism beyond the workplace. And then we talk about the struggle between generations that fundamentally see different solutions to the same issue.


Activism360_thridRailKristen Maye, Policy Associate, Drug Policy Alliance
Mark Winston, Griffith Executive Director, Brooklyn Movement Center


1. Activism beyond the workplace: Being a community organizer can be a full-time job (literally). Some of us, though, already have full-time jobs that have nothing to do with social justice. And for those of us that do movement work full-time, we face hard choices about taking on extracurricular organizing activities. Listen in: we’re talking about the work/play balancing act we do when deciding to be social justice activists.

2. Generational divide: Social change work can often bring together people of different generations. But what happens when those generations see fundamentally different solutions to the same issue? Does conflict undermine the ability to build a cohesive intergenerational?

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