Identify an Issue 
Research the Facts
Begin Networking 
Define your Agenda 
Contact the Power Brokers 
Launch the Electronic Crusade 
Generate Online Publicity 
Celebrate the Potential for Cyber-Change
Main Index of Cyber Activist Web Site 
Take an Interactive Quiz to determine your Potential as a Cyber Activist 
Gain inspiration from Case Studies of how other Cyber Activists achieved victory 
Tour other web sites devoted to political activism 
Too many issues and too little time? We can help you brainstorm which priority issue to tackle first 
View current legislative alerts on burning issues 
Share your opinions and accomplishments via our Guestbook Survey (link to remote host) 
Easy ways to contact elected officials online 
Tips on how we created this site. Plus source credits. 
Visit the main web site for co-author Sherri Andersen 
Visit the main web site for co-author Elizabeth Brunner 
STEP FOUR:  Define Your Agenda.  Tread that fine line between the realistic and the possible. Perhaps identify both a dream goal and a compromise position so that room for negotiation remains. Narrow the focus so that your local community and your personal network of friends can offer a starting point. Do enough research to make sure that your actions do not simply duplicate or -- even worse -- interfere with the campaign of another political organization. 
Example During the mid-1980s, students from across the nation were deeply disturbed by apartheid in South Africa.  But how could they impact ugly racism and brutality on a distant continent?  Student groups focused on their own university's investment policies and began demanding devesture of all South African stock holdings. Through sit-ins, speak-outs, and resolutions, students managed to change university financial practices on many campuses.  This narrowed focus generated intense media coverage and pushed other institutions to re-examine investment policies. 
How can I narrow my focus
Step Five: Contact the Power Brokers 
Created by Sherri Andersen & Elizabeth Brunner
For Dr. Doug Smith's English 511 at Cal Poly
Updated on February 21, 1999