Activism activities in peace making and peace building

The activities of activism track fall under six main categories; protest, education, organizing, support, and witnessing. The tools for protest are many and include rallies, demonstrations, marches, vigils, hunger strikes, boycotts, and local or national campaigns. Educationally, activist groups may sponsor teach-ins, seminars, conferences, forums, meetings, training, research, and tabling (the setting up of tables at local events with literature and people available to discuss the issues with passerby). To advocate certain positions, activist groups mount petition drives and letter-writing campaigns, lobby decision makers, do media education and commentary, mobilize mass citizen actions, and activate legislative alerts.

The system also knows how to work with the elite, those who make the decisiona and those who influence the opinions of policy makers and the public. Sophisticated methodologies exist in this track for one-on-one relationship building and networking. All the major organizations in the field have, like the think tanks, their key contacts in the government, the media, and other high places and know how to work the system to maximize their influence. Sometimes, especially in the case of those activist organizations that are international in scope, this leads to quiet, behind-the-scenes citizen diplomacy, which can play a significant role in peace making or peace building, particularly during a crisis.

[Multi Track Diplomacy: A systems approach to peace. Edisi ketiga. Oleh: Dr. Louise Diamond dan John McDonald]

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