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How To Be an Effective Dissident

Watch more Political Change videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to be an effective dissident and make your voice heard. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning Depending upon where you live, dissidents can end up in jail--or worse. Get familiar with local laws and be sure you know your rights. Step 1: Hone your message By definition, a dissident disagrees with an established political or belief system. Try to present positive alternatives, and make sure your argument is informed by the specifics of your local situation. Tip Concentrate your dissent on one issue and develop it into a brief manifesto you can circulate via public statements and petitions. Step 2: Read up Look to historical role models. Study the methods of famous dissidents like Martin Luther King Jr., Mohandas Gandhi, and Aung San Suu Kyi. Step 3: Keep documentation Document all human-rights violations and other abuses. Factual, provable information can help your cause. Tip If possible, post documentation on a blog or web site. Step 4: Use the press Figure out your outreach strategy: The more people hear your message, the more influential you'll be. Contact the media--print, radio, television, online--whenever possible to tell your story. Tip If a sympathetic foreign dignitary or organization happens to visit, try to meet with them, or organize a protest to coincide with their arrival, which can get you some international press attention. Step 5: Form influential alliances Seek out influential alliances--human-rights foundations, opposition groups, writers, and religious leaders--who can lend legitimacy, advice, and moral gravity. Certain organizations--and even some democratic governments--may offer funding for your efforts, or legal representation, if necessary. Step 6: Contact expats and exiles Fellow countrymen and women living abroad either in exile or by choice may be able to publicize your cause internationally. They are also a possible source of funding. Tip Before reaching out, keep in mind that collaboration with the exile community can be a sensitive issue. They may be perceived as out of touch, or linked to unpopular leaders. Step 7: Be careful where you talk In repressive societies, always assume someone is listening. Avoid delicate conversations in your home and on the phone due to the possibility of bugs and wiretaps. Use disposable cell phones and change them every month or so. Step 8: Don't resort to violence The regime you're opposing may attempt to provoke you into violence. Do not give in! You'll gain more respect, and in the end be more effective by keeping your dissent nonviolent. Step 9: Be daring Being a dissident takes courage. Never lose faith in the justice of your actions. Did You Know? Famed South African dissident Nelson Mandela spent 28 years in prison. After his release, he became the country's first democratically elected president.
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