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4 Key Ways To Become A Leader and Make A Difference

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Regardless of where you stand on issues of gun regulation and climate change, the fact remains is that conversations can be divisive and can cause people to become activists. And, today’s youth are more active than ever when it comes to things they feel strongly about.

It was first seen in 2018 after the Parkland Shooting and has snowballed from there into marches and rallies for climate change. In September, students from all around the world skipped school with over 3,900 FridaysForFuture protests being held. It’s all a part of an increasing youth-led movement that wants today’s leaders to take real action on climate change. 

And, it was all inspired by a 16-year-old Sweden girl – Greta Thunberg – who stood outside every Friday of the Swedish Parliament building in Stockholm. From there, other youth got involved and today’s youth are organizing marches to highlight the need for action. 

As a leader, they inspire people to stand up for what they believe in – usually a common cause – to speak out and show their character’s strength and vision. Leaders actually help to create other leaders (not followers). And, thanks to social media, it’s easier than ever to lead people in an informal way. Leaders will use their passion to cause action. They typically don’t back away from something even in fear repercussions. 

With that in mind, there are four things prospective leaders can learn from these actual leaders, such as:

Be Ready To Argue Your Point

Always have evidence that supports your theory on why others need to care about it.  For example, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez spoke at a March 2018 Washington D.C. rally using facts and data she had researched to justify her argument.  Greta Thunberg also used science on climate change to highlight the imminent danger facing the planet and humans. 

Don’t Fear Judgements

Judgments are made every day on controversial and non-controversial topics. After all, people tend to feel strongly about the things that bother them. Leaders tend to face this quite often, but still feel they have a right to share their beliefs with others. This will test your faith when you come across tough opposition, but don’t let it rule you and stand your ground. 

Share The Passion With Listeners

Leaders, in spite of opposition, will share their views with anybody who wants to listen.  The key is not to lose sight of the passion you feel so strongly about. If you repeat your actions and words, people will sit up and take notice. 

Avoid Being Political 

Stick to the things you’re passionate about; if you become political, you’re no longer authentic. Becoming political leads to guardedness, and it can cause you to lose the loyalty of those who followed you in the first place. 


Greta Thunberg said it best that there were all kinds of ways in which a person can make a difference.  Become a leader in what you’re passionate about.

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U.S. Activist Living In Germany Receives Dire Warning From Government Officials

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A U.S. activist living in Germany learned from the U.S authorities that Atomwaffen Division, a neo-Nazi terror group, threatened her life. 

She moved to the country after receiving threats from the U.S. far-right. However, in November 2018, U.S. federal authorities warned the German Federal Criminal Police that an AWD member had arrived in Germany with the purpose of doing her harm. 

The activist, whose name is not being held back for her safety, was given a few measures on how to best protect herself, such as erasing her address from official government records and be vigilant when going out at night. She has been an extremely vocal far-right critic and has taken part in numerous well-known anti-fascist protests. 

In the German police messages, she was urged to call them immediately. The transnational warning, which was first reported on by Der Spiegel, corroborated her account. 

According to the activist, she feels the international concerns were concerned when the person gained entrance into the country. German police informed her they knew who the person was, who he was meeting with and the person behind the threats. They couldn’t, however, tell her where this person was. 

Recently, a suspected American AWD member was denied entrance into the country. 

The activist opted to go public with her story with the rising incidents of death threats and assassinations extremist groups happening by extremist groups in the country and the operational growth of the accelerationist neo-Nazi group.

Atomwaffen Division Deutschland allegedly emailed German Green politicians Claudia Roth and Cem Ozdemir death threats. The group alleged it had a list of people targeted for assassination. The group also reportedly put up flyers on German university campuses and homes throughout one Turkish neighborhood. 

A far-right extremist admitted to killing Walter Lubcke, a pro-refugee Christian Democrat politician. 

Another neo-Nazi group in Germany, Nordkreuz, was found, in June, to be in possession in a “kill list,” containing names of politicians they saw as pro-refugee. 

A far-right anti-Semite group carried out an attack in October on a Halle synagogue, using homemade explosives and guns. 

The AWD group has been tied to about five U.S. murders, with members facing a plethora of charges from alleged bomb plots and weapons offenses. AWD members are not permitted to travel to Germany and Canada. 

AWD started in the U.S. as part of the neo-Nazi subculture, which grew out of the Iron March forum. Anonymous activists leaked the whole Iron March archive, which revealed the website was a glue for a worldwide network of extremists. 

The Anti-Defamation League said group members have embraced the accelerationism idealism, which operates on the premise of using violence to speed up society’s collapse. The man charged in the 51 deaths of Christchurch in March subscribed to that philosophy. 

The activist has urged the U.S. government and authorities to treat all terroristic threatening crimes as international terrorism.

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Multiple Groups Plea With USDA To Leave SNAP Alone

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Elle Simone Scott was just a child when her family needed food stamps and the free lunch school program to take care of the family. 

She said there were several times in her life when the free lunch was when it was needed the most; so beneficial to her. She said it was often the most complete meal of her day. 

Scott, a TV host of America’s Test Kitchen and chef, has joined in on the fight to save the Food Stamp program from a suggested rule change the Trump Administration has brought forth. She was one of several dozen individuals – local activists, students, parents and anti-hunger groups that held a lunch-in outside the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They came with petitions that included 1.5 million signatures pleading with the agency to not go with the proposed rule change.

The change, which was announced during the summer, would cut off SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits to over three million people with the elimination of the broad-based categorical eligibility. This category gives states the flexibility to waive some income and asset limits for households that get welfare benefits as well as SNAP.

According to NPR Pam Fessler, the majority of states use these waivers because it’s easier to carry out safety-net programs that have different eligibility requirements.

The USDA recently released a report that showed changing this would deem about one million kids ineligible for the free lunch program. The agency said the change would affect just half those kids because they could still be eligible if they applied for the program another way. Again, that means more paperwork, which puts more burden on families already having issues meeting their needs. 

According to D.C. parent and local activist with PAVE (Parents Amplifying Voices in Education), Dionna Howard, it’s a lot to go through to get the little given to families. Howard said her mother is still reliant on food stamps.

The report from the USDA shows that 51 percent of affected kids could be eligible for reduced-prices, with another four percent losing free lunch completely due to exceeding income eligibility limits. 

Agriculture Secretary Sunny Perdue said the change would lead to a $2.5 billion a year savings for SNAP. However, anti-hunger non-profit DC Central Kitchen CEO Mike Curtin said SNAP is one of the least abused government programs, and leaders need to look at how they can expand it rather than limiting access to it. 

 He said the country is always talking about how the kids are the future, which means they need to have lunch to be that future. 

While the public comment section for the SNAP change was closed on Nov. 1, ParentsTogether co-founder Bethany Robertson hopes the petition will spur lawmakers into taking action against the rule change. 

Robertson said they anticipate other petitions will come forward and motivate some of them to say no thanks and come up with something else.

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Employee Activism Changes Google’s Meetings Format

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Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, recently announced in an internal email that employees would no longer need to do biweekly town hall meetings in response to the activism among Google employees.

 Instead, the TGIF meetings will be held once a month and focus mainly on business and product strategy instead of internal politics. Pichai said TGIF typically offered a place to come together, ask questions, share what’s going on and more. However, in the present format, it’s not working.  

Based on the letter, it seems Google wants something different to come from the meetings. Some people want attention on product launches or business strategies while others want to learn some answers about other things. 

According to Pichai, Google realizes there has been an organized effort to provide the outside world with conversations going on with the company. He said the activism among the employees has led the company to hold town halls focused on workplace issues along with social TGIFs.

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