Actions taken over a long period of time towards a single cause for economic, political, or social change.
Great Facebook post by my friend Jeff Freeman, a global health activist:
"I find myself looking down far too often these days unwilling to look back up and out of the window of our diplomatic vehicles as they roll through town after town. I find myself no longer willing to look upon the abject poverty, hunger, and disease that is all too common here in Haiti. At first, like any new experience, it was interesting, even motivating knowing that I might have an opportunity to improve the lives of some of the Haitian people, but I find myself feeling sad and upset more than anything else of late. I cannot manage to fool myself any further into believing that this is all part of some bigger grander plan of the universe for I know far too much about the policies and decisions made across our globe that lead to the creation and persistence of suffering. Poverty is not an accident, though many may choose to believe it is, but that misguided belief brings no peace to my mind. Poverty and suffering is not God's plan, it is a direct result of Man's inhumanity to Man. It has nothing to do with divine power or the cosmos and instead everything to do with us. It is the product of human apathy and greed, the product of governmental systems and economic policies that allow a rare few to amass great wealth while hundreds of millions go to bed hungry at night and billions more suffer through poverty and disease. But I do find solace in one thing: the knowledge that poverty was created by our actions reminds me that it can also be solved by our actions, and for that I am hopeful, for that I pick my head back up and look again, because it's important to see what we can change. But now we must endeavor to change it."