Activism That Works
These two opening paragraphs from a recent email capture why I love the Best Friends group so much:
“Dear Members and Friends,
When bad things happen to homeless pets, there are two choices: focus on what’s wrong … or on how to make things right.
At Best Friends, it’s about how to make things right. Because it’s what you want for the animals – and it’s what we want too. Here are a few ways we’re doing just that:”
The article goes on to share news of latest developments at the Sanctuary. Each one I read makes my heart grow bigger!
I used to be an active member and contributor to PETA, but over time found their mails more and more difficult to read. The newsletters would sit on my counter for days and sometimes weeks before I could bring myself to pick them up. Their letter-writing campaigns were often critical and negative-based, and their most public campaigns usually included chains and fake blood or something along those lines.
Not that they didn’t share good news and tell about things going right, but a lot of the material included horrific photos and a strong focus on what’s gone wrong.
(You can even sense totally different vibes just from looking at the two different sites.)
In fact, I wrote about this topic not too long ago for Catalyst Magazine (page 34).
I’d love to hear from you resources and groups you know of committed to making positive change, and doing it without scare tactics or inflamed horror stories. Whether it’s an environmental, human rights, political, or animal rights group, let’s get more acquainted with organizations committed to activism that works. (I know it’s not just Best Friends who is diligent about the vibe they create!)
Thanks in advance for the resources you highlight with your comments!
PS – having said all that, I just want to say I have tremendous respect for the work PETA does. Especially their undercover efforts. Bless them all!