Anyone who has ever wanted to be active on a social issue, but has not felt that they are capable or the ‘right type of person,’ can take a massive dose of inspiration from the BACA. B.A.C.A., or Bikers Against Child Abuse International, is active to empower children not to feel afraid of the world they live in, wearing the motto: “no child deserves to live in fear.” The bikers will hold night-watch over a child who has nightmares, take a child to school ensuring he/she is safe inside or take up the first row of seats in court when a child has to testify against his/her abuser.
Not only is this an example of some brilliant activism. But it also demonstrates that any characteristic or skill which you possess (such as being tough and pretty intimidating) can be utilized to further an issue you are passionate about. In addition, the BACA show that the main components of activism are understanding what role an activist should (or should not) take and getting organized.
A central contact person in the BACA will take calls from referring agencies and individuals. This person will contact the entire biker group to drive past the child in order to introduce themselves and welcome the child to the ‘biker family.’ After the introduction the child is given the name and number of two BACA members who live closest to him, which he/she can call at all time to be of assistance. What is more as the bikers want to avoid getting emotionally involved with the abused child their super visor will remind them: “Remember why we’re here: to empower the child. If you can’t handle it, keep your shades on.”
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