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With the current political climate of America in mind, many turn to social media for answers and knowledge. Activism on social media allows for the amplification of voices to be heard on matters on inequality and injustices that occur every day. Activists hold power in their words and can spark change through just an Instagram post. It is important now more than ever to use social media activism as a tool spreading awareness, resources, and knowledge to inspire action. Here are the top activists on social media today.
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1. Greta Thunberg
- 10.3M followers
Greta Thunberg is a 17-year-old climate and environmental activist with Asperger’s. Her work in bringing awareness to climate change by using her social media platform has caught not only Swedish attention (where she is from), but attention from celebrities, activists, political leaders, and organizations worldwide. In her race to save the planet, Thunberg has raised money alongside UNICEF, attended climate strikes worldwide, spoken at mass forums and assemblies, and was named Time’s Person of the Year in 2019. Based on her activism on social media, it is clear her work isn’t done and at only 17 years old, it is clear there is no one that is going to stand in her way.
Greta Thunberg’s Top Accomplishments:
- Time’s Person of the Year (2019)
- Friday’s For Future (Climate Strike)
- United Nations General Assembly (Speaker)
- Key to the city of Montréal
- No One is Too Small to Make a Difference (Book)
- World Economic Forum (Speaker)
- GQ’s Game Changer of the Year (2019)
2. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
- 4.6M Followers
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According to ROC, 1 in 10 NYCers work in the restaurant industry. 1 in 2 Americans will work in hospitality at some point in their lives. . I’ve always found the detractors who say they’re going to “send me back to bartending” fascinating – after all, what is so wrong with making an honest living? Service workers of all stripes – nail salon, restaurant, car wash workers & more – are some of the hardest working people in the country; and these industries are only growing. . It’s time to #RaiseTheWage to $15 an hour nationally, no exceptions, #TipsOnTop. It’s far too easy to exploit tipped workers otherwise – which is why sexual harassment and labor violations run rampant in an industry that is up to 70% women and 40% single mothers. . #RaiseTheWage will help countless people and families worry a little less and live more dignified lives. Let’s get it done.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, best known as AOC, is so much more than a Congresswoman in New York. Despite that already prestigious title, her role as an activist on social media is where she really showcases her work in politics. AOC’s tenacity and fearlessness in every realm of political activism can be seen in how she fights for people. As a young, Hispanic woman of color who has grown up in the working class, she not only understands the struggles of everyday people, but she is willing to represent them. Her platform is built on human rights and when she is not working as Congresswoman or using her voice on social media, she is on the front lines of protests, rallies, and more fighting alongside the people.
3. Laverne Cox
- 4.1M Followers
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We are so proud to present to you your first look at our labor of love to trans folks and our history on screen. So many brilliant trans creatives contributed their time, talent and expertise both in front of and behind the camera to make this film possible. My heart is filled with so much love and gratitude for each of you. Thank you to our brilliant director @samfeder_1 for graciously allowing me to be a part of uncompromising vision. @disclosuredoc premieres June 19 on @netflix
Laverne Cox is a Black Trans Lives Matter activist on both social media and mainstream media. Her role in both the black community and LGBTQ+ community has shown her two different sides of adversity and injustice, however, she has shown strength in using it as a way to showcase her voice. On social media, Cox has used her platform to share stories of black and trans people and advocate for change. She is also promoting her new film, Disclosure, coming to Netflix on June 19th. Disclosure is a documentary film that lets trans men and women share their own stories and take control of the narrative for the whole world to see.
Laverne Cox’s Top Movies/TV Experience:
- Orange Is the New Black (2013-2019)
- Disclosure (2020)
- Can You Keep A Secret? (2019)
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show (2016)
4. Colin Kaepernick
- 3.8M Followers
Colin Kaepernick is a Black Lives Matter activist who used his platform as an NFL star to spark change within the country. Back in 2016, Kaepernick’s choice to kneel during the national anthem at a preseason game caused a wave of both backlash and activism on social media. This very public protest was Kaepernick’s first step in bringing attention to the many injustices happening in America. Since his kneel, his football career has been retired and he has founded the Know Your Rights Camp, a legal defense initiative to provide legal resources to those in need.
5. Jameela Jamil
- 3M Followers
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This international women’s day, if you do not have a medical condition that requires you to monitor your weight, please THROW OUT YOUR SCALE. Do not be imprisoned by numbers that dictate your mood and worth for the day every morning. Your value cannot be measured on a scale. You deserve so much better than this. I threw mine out two years ago and reclaimed my autonomy. I thought weighing myself helped me control my life, but it controlled me, and stole so much joy and spontaneity from me. It’s not worth it. It changes nothing. It’s bad for your mental health. Head to @i_weigh to join my movement of people DONE with being reduced to how little space we take up in this world… love you. I know this is hard but I’m in it with you. ❤️
Jameela Jamil is primarily a feminism activist on social media, however, her platform has expanded to showcase activism in LGBTQ+, BLM, and more. Jamil is an actress and podcast host for I Weigh. I Weigh, founded and hosted by Jameela Jamil, is a podcast (and Instagram account) dedicated to amplifying voices who advocate for body positivity and inclusivity in their field. Her ability to navigate all social issues on her platforms has allowed for her to actively use her voice and the voices of others for change.
I Weigh Platforms:
|Podcast||4.7 Stars||Podcast dedicated to radical inclusivity and amplifying voices on different social issues.|
|1.1M Followers||Quotes, resources, and stories shared in line with promoting inclusivity.|
|YouTube||27.4k Subscribers||Visual recording of I Weigh podcast episodes.|
|Book Club||5 Stars||List of books as additional resources that discuss body positivity and inclusivity.|
6. Amber Tamblyn
- 371k Followers
Amber Tamblyn is a social media activist and co-founder of the Time’s Up Movement. Tamblyn’s voice on female empowerment and sexual harassment has led to a storm of voices telling their stories in the entertainment industry. In her most recent book, Era of Ignition, Tamblyn discusses enacting equality, how to be an ally, and what it means and feels like to be a woman. Her voice on these matters has taken over her social media while amplifying her stance on equal rights.
7. Shirien Creates
- 288k Followers
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Yesterday, in yet another act of anti-black police violence causing mass outrage, George Floyd yelled “I can’t breathe” and pleaded for his life as a white Minneapolis police officer violently pinned him down with his knee on his neck. George died after. He was murdered in broad daylight. His death is reminiscent of the death of Eric Garner. Even with a crowd yelling at him to stop and while folks filmed the murder, the cop did it anyway, showing the massive injustice, zero accountability and white supremacy embedded in the “criminal justice” system. Heartbroken, angry and disgusted. This must end. Much love and solidarity to Black communities grieving another beautiful life lost. May George Floyd Rest in Power. Text ‘Floyd’ to 55156 to demand the officers be charged with murder. You can also call Mayor Jacob Frey at (612)-673-2100, DA Mike Freeman at (612)-348-5550 and demand justice. #blacklivesmatter #georgefloyd #icantbreathe #justiceforgeorgefloyd
Shirien is a social media activist who uses her artistic talents in graphic design to amplify social issues. Her work has spread all over social media by people reposting her content worldwide. Her account has dedicated posts to victims of police brutality, such as George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, while also using her art to speak to movements such as BLM protests, supporting healthcare workers facing COVID-19, self-love affirmations, and more. Her work resonates with people and has the ability to bring people together in times of uncertainty.
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Other Notable Social Media Activists:
|@iamderay||213k||Black Lives Matter|
|@chasinggarza||195k||Black Lives Matter|
For more information on social media activism, check out our blogs on the 15 African American Influencers You Should Be Following and Activism on Social Media: BLM. You can also download our complete Resource Guide for the Black Lives Matter Movement.