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English: Past Issue: Youth Activism

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What is activism?

Activism is the use of direct and noticeable action to achieve a result, usually a political or social one (source); or the process of campaigning in public or working for an organization in order to bring about political or social change (source).

Video: Four Corners: Tremble and Obey

How the Chinese Communist Party crushed democracy. 30 years ago millions of students and citizens protested in Tiananmen Square calling for democracy. A trove of vision and audio reveals how the shocking events unfolded.

Production Year: 2019

Duration: 48:49

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Video: The Feed: Vegans: Activist or Terrorist

The vegan activist who stole livestock, got a $1 fine for her crimes, and then feared for her life. She was publicly outed, got death threats, and stalked in her private home. Who is in the right?

Production Year: 2019

Relevant section starts at 2:13

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Video: Fighting the System

Meet the environmental activists taking over a power station, the feminists confronting Rupert Murdoch and his entourage, & the animal rights champions invading high street stores.

Production Year: 2015

Duration: 55:13 

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Video: 60 Minutes: Children of the Revolution

These days that old saying, “Children should be seen and not heard”, is just that: old. Young people have had enough of the way the adults are running the world and they want everyone to know they can do better. The latest global protest phenomenon has school kids going on strike, abandoning the classroom and taking to the streets to demand action on climate change. It’s a campaign that started with one teenager in Sweden, and it has grown to include 1.4 million angry and noisy students from 125 countries. And they’re not just loud, they’re also very smart. So perhaps we all need to be reminded that the times really are a-changin’.

Production Year: 2019

Relevant section starts at: 20:58

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See resources about activism centred around The #MeToo movement.

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