Activism and Kids

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How open are you to teaching your kids about activism?

Activism, after all, is not confined to the streets. It comes from the word "active", hence, it is more about being pro-active on issues you care about. It is not confined exclusively to political participation in the streets. It can also be about your concern with the environment, health, education, gender, etc. Participation can range from joining rallies to the small but important tasks, like segregating trash at home.

My kids grew up seeing me joining rallies and pickets.

I've come a long way from my first ever rally in Baguio when I was a college freshman. I think the issue then was the rollback of oil prices. I enjoyed that rally. I was at the end of the line, goofily shouting "i-rollback, -irollback presyo ng San Miguel (Beer)!" Hahaha... the grim and determineds would've shook their heads if they heard.

12 year old, time and again, has asked if he could come with me to rallies. Of course, I wouldn't let him since there is always the risk of a rally becoming violent.

At least, not yet.

Although it would be pretty useful to have him around a jam-packed place. You can actually bring him to Divisoria on a busy day if you want to be able to pass through. People actually GIVE WAY to this mini-hurricane as he "strolled" through 168 while I was practically jogging behind him, enjoying the opening space a meter at a time ahead of me.

These days, I'm taking a break from rallies. But when I think about it, I can't really keep myself and my boys away from activism. It is, after all, about caring and being pro-active. These are traits I want my boys to live out through their lives. For now, I'm making care for the environment, gender, education and a little politics a default setting in their consciousness.

In a few years, maybe I'll take 12 year old to his first rally -- just to feed him squidballs. :-p

Originally posted 29 February 2008