Social Change: Who Truly Wants It For The People?

August 14, 2016 — As the United States continues to represent in competition in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, the country faces domestic issues stemming from the tragic events of police brutality shootings and hate crimes across the nation.

At the forefront, supporters of Black Lives Matter continue to fight for social justice, which often result in violent results between the police force and the protestors in the streets, such as the riots in Milwaukee and Baton Rouge that happened recently. Even though these events result in a huge divide within the nation between supporters of minority communities and the supporters of the police officers on duty daily, many individuals across the nation work tirelessly to refocus the mission of the fight for social justice to a more peaceful front.

Brendan Orsinger, an activist in Washington D.C., speaks avidly about the importance of democracy in America today. During this year alone, Orsinger stood at the forefront of many protests in front of the White House and other locations, fighting for rights on civil issues, LGBT rights, racial equality, and so on. He even quit his job at the Pentagon to join in the movement, feeling that social change in America is long overdue.

“They’re [social issues] all slowed, stalled, or completely stopped from any progress because of money in politics.” Orsinger stated to Ben & Jerry’s on their blog earlier this year. “We don’t have a voice because money talks and politicians listen to their contributors more than they do their constituents.”

He is a consistent supporter and spokesperson for Democracy Spring, a coalition of over 100 organizations working hard to bring change towards the voting process in actually bringing more power back to the people on social issues around the nation and removing the influence of money on politics.

Not only has social change been important for individuals outside of those oppressed this year, such as African-Americans and Muslim-Americans, but also those within the fight for social justice have made tremendous leaps in helping to educate those of the positive impact it can have on our future. Many feel the key  to developing social change within the communities is education.

Linda Sarsour is one of those individuals.

Sarsour, an Arab-American writer and activist from New York, is the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York. She often contributes her work towards speaking all across the country on social change and ending racism and discrimination within America, starting with the political platform. The Obama administration even coined her as a “champion of change” for her tireless work towards building civil rights for all people within the country.

Her work includes building understanding and education towards the Muslim and LGBT communities after the tragic Pulse shooting in Orlando. She also fully supported Bernie Sanders during his Presidential primary campaign early in 2016. Now, in an effort to building education within the media, she is working towards producing her own media platform online called the Linda Sarsour Show in an effort to help bring awareness to various social and political issues around the nation and the world.

“I feel like I’ve been able to bring a voice to this community they’ve never heard before,” Sarsour told The New York Times last year.

The organizations and campaigns surrounding social justice have been a primary focus during this election year, but the individuals working hard to build education of social change are very few. These individuals and more are slowly growing by the numbers as the domestic issues within the nation increase and they all say the same thing:

It’s time to build a platform of change in which the people, the true democracy, has the power to build the nation in which all people live together and united as one.

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