tell your story - change the world!
I'm really getting into hearing stories about how personal stories have had an impact on opening other peoples eyes!
Molly used her story to lobby (successfully) for recognition of non-bio parents on birth certificates in Queensland recently...
And Bronwen is making another story for use in the Same Sex Parliamentary Inquiry...
Anyone else got examples of how they think their 'everyday', 'casual' activism has helped change the world in some small way?
Sophie has given me permission to post her response from the Pink Parents site:
Thanks for your comments and the links, I hadn't come across those before :-)
I think you have to use personal stories as that is the strongest way to connect with politicians and others. It's the way we relate to each other in real life....we meet and we tell each other about our lives. Even more powerful is being able to relate those personal stories face to face. Jamie Briggs now has a mental picture of a same-sex family, he now knows we are real and that our daughter and our family exists within his electorate. By meeting face to face we have an opportunity to change mental constructs that people have built up around what same-sex couples and families are like.
It's funny you use the term everyday activism as I also act as an advocate in my professional life. I often use the term quiet activism and my favorite quote is:
Ha! And just found GetUp! marriage equality video. An example of Digital Storytelling as an 'advertisement' for a social cause?
Last night we took our neighbourhood into our own hands. Here is a blog post about what happened. http://mersigns.blogspot.com/2011/04/mitzrayim-in-kilburn.html