How Anyone Can Be An Activist


“Every person counts in this movement; every dollar counts in this movement; every hour you volunteer counts.”

When we asked Colin Kaepernick to be on the cover of GQ’s December issue, he gave us one condition: that the people who’ve shaped his activism and his beliefs could do the talking for him in our cover story, sharing some practical advice on how everyday Americans can fight injustice.

One of the people Kap identified as a mentor and friend was Linda Sarsour, a 37-year-old New York native whose activist work on behalf of Arab-Americans and Black Lives Matter, as well as her position as co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, have made her one of the most recognizable faces of protest in 2017. Here is how anyone can be an activist, in her words:

Let’s say you’re particularly bothered by one certain kind of injustice in the world. Once you’ve identified that passion, that thing that you care about, find a local organization that works on that particular issue. And find an hour of your time—even if it's an hour a month, two hours a month, four, depending on what you can give—that you actually make it a priority to go meet people at this institution, have some conversations. That’s the first thing, just being connected to an institution or an organization helps you stay convicted and makes you feel like you're a part of something.

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