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Date of Award
WSU Access Only Honors Thesis
Dr. Ronald Brown
Since the November 2016 election, conversations about activism and the sustainability of status quo practices are on the rise. With the mainstream prominence of numerous movements in response to political phenomenon seen in a post-Trump world, political activists are now tasked with jobs that go above and beyond the call of duty. These tasks are often extra responsibilities on top of being paid little, working long hours, and often not receiving comprehensive benefits, which results in high-levels of burnout and prominence of stress-related illnesses. This paper seeks to define what this health crisis via burnout looks like in the City of Detroit, and seeks to find solutions for local community activists through a programmatic review of self-care micro grants awarded through the Detroit Self-Care Project as a tool to alleviate burnout by investing in self-care. Finally, this paper argues that the decline in the health of activism, and the prominence of burnout, contributes to the decline of the health of democracy.
Curtiss, Kristina, "The Health of a Democracy: Understanding Activist Burnout and its Remedial Strategies in Detroit Since the 2016 Presidential Election" (2020). Honors College Theses. 70.