Active support

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Active support means supporting a movement on an ongoing basis. This includes being present at events of the movement, convincing those around of the aims of the movement and acting independently in one's environment to advance the cause (according to Erica Chenoweth). - Paul and Mark Engler in This is an Uprising

Examples of Active Popular Support [1]

1. Showing up

for rallies, marches, phonebanking, doorknocking, teach-ins, etc.

2. Voting with the movement

the cause (e.g., abortion, climate change, immigration) is the deciding factor in the active supporter’s vote

3. Persuading others

at school, at family gatherings, on social media, at work etc.

4Acting independently within their place of influence

lawyers taking on pro bono cases, teachers using their classrooms, union members using meetings of their local 


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