Supporting the Cause: Ways You Can Help
On Social Media
- Get informed. Learn about the causes that matter to you. Make sure to use reputable information, ideally from a variety of sources, and be ready to answer questions and challenges you may receive.
- Follow relevant pages. You'll stay updated on local events and ways to participate. Check out Princeton Advocates for Justice's Facebook page here.
- Encourage others. Reach out to your friends and followers; invite them to like pages and attend events that will help your cause.
- Remain professional. Facts, reasoning, and legitimate arguments are more persuasive than hasty words. Focus on your cause.
- Use online activity to bring about tangible, real-life change. While expressing support with a hashtag is valuable in terms of solidarity, there's often a lot more that you can do to help ameliorate the problem.
- Get involved with campus groups. It's virtually certain that there's all sorts of volunteering and activism networks on your campus. Join them. If they don't exist or they don't address a cause you're passionate for, create your own.
- Start a Day of Action or other campus-wide mission. Often, many groups and individuals on campus will feel strongly about a cause. Unite them in a Day of Action, or start campaigning for another event across campus. See Princeton Advocates for Justice's own Immigration Day of Action battle plan and suggestions here.
- Make noise. Organize a protest (check with your school for details), make posters, distribute materials, and so forth. Assert your presence.
- Princeton students: Join Princeton Advocates for Justice! Inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or simply use our Contact form. You can also check out our list of partner organizations here.
- Be a good example. Inspire others by acting in a way consistent with your cause.
- Listen. It's important to listen to other voices, whether they are from a cause you are involved in or from dissenting opinions. Make sure you're listening to the conversation and not just delivering a monologue.
- Be a part of something bigger. Connect to others with similar aims and mobilize. This could be achieved through on-campus groups, over the Internet, and many other ways.
- Engage! There's lots of activist movements already out there with plenty of good advice. Check out some suggestions here, and consult with other sources.
- Donate. Whether it's your time or your money, there are many ways to support causes. Many, many causes benefit from funding to the appropriate charities and groups, and donating your money is an effective way to ensure their survival.
- Don't give up. It's easy to become discouraged when setbacks inevitably occur; however, just because progress isn't easy or fast doesn't mean it's not being made. You may not end the injustices of the world singlehandedly, but there are still many meaningful ways you can help.