Here Are the Top 100 Political Activists of Resistance Twitter (Part 1)

| AUG 15, 2017 | 7:37 PM

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This is a frightening time for our country. People are angry, frustrated, apprehensive, no longer willing to tolerate the intolerable. Twitter has become a hub for uniting people of varied affiliations in their common goal of stopping Trump. Social media naturally lends itself to advocacy, and an entire subculture has emerged around citizens and activists using Twitter for organizing, messaging, networking, collaboration, and recruiting. Political Twitter facilitates connections among operatives, advocates in various fields, elected officials, and other interested parties.

The Resistance movement is post-partisan and multicultural, and Twitter is the great equalizer. Anyone can participate — regardless of gender or experience. Political Twitter blends the experience of accomplished political veterans with the energy and enthusiasm of those just getting started.

We’ve identified the Top 100 Political Activists using Twitter to reinforce their real life advocacy. In this section, we've identified the accounts with more than 10,000 followers and included their top tweets and respective Klout scores, as well as exclusive quotes from selected users. This is an excellent place to begin if you'd like to engage with smart and active members of the Resistance:

Follower Count: 1487k

Klout Score: 80

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Klout Score: 81

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Klout Score: 81

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Klout Score: 79

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Klout Score: 79

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Klout Score: 82

Follower Count: 251K

Klout Score: 82

Besides giving money and time to causes, Twitter is really useful for my political activism. I have at any given moment a cross-section of people worldwide who I might not interact with daily IRL. It keeps my feminism intersectional, and, sadly, it has brought to my attention things en masse that are happening, like millennial men rejecting feminism. I use Twitter to speak to the most people I can speak to in a day. This is where I can hopefully inspire followers to get more active or to not feel alone in how bleak it can seem. And I always want to use Twitter to encourage girls and women to never shut up. — Jen Kirkman

Follower Count: 213K

Klout Score: 72

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Klout Score: 79

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Klout Score: 80

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Klout Score: 81

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Klout Score: 80

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Klout Score: 78

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Klout Score: 72

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Klout Score: 78

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Klout Score: 78

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Klout Score: 80

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Klout Score: 72

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Klout Score: 78

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Klout Score: 70

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Klout Score: 79

I don't really consider myself an activist because I haven't been really doing ground work like a lot of folks out there, but for me Twitter is a way to basically get folks together around issues that might not get a lot of attention and maybe get resources to people and organizations who might need it....I'm looking at a bunch of local stuff and want to find like one big issue that I can be effective with helping with…[Twitter makes it] easier to make a difference when I see a cause that may not be getting a lot of attention. — Black Aziz Ansari

Follower Count: 40K

Klout Score: 79

Follower Count: 38K

Klout Score: 70

Twitter is a powerful communication tool because with one tweet it can reach people world wide and in a matter of seconds. I use Twitter in my personal and professional activism because it allows you to personally engage in current events, it allow you to be as straightforward, it also allow you to connect with political leaders and political commentators personally, I have a few people from soledad obrien, joy Reid, Cory Booker to even Brandy who follows me. Personally I stay on my wall at least 99% of the time. I don't try to follow trends, or follow hashtags, I'm a sociologist by education and counselor by profession, I've learned every incident deserves a perspective analysis of the situation at hand. I will use a hashtag here and there. As a community I like to remove myself from the situation or community and observe from a different lens. I'm a proud gay black man, but I'm known for calling all demographics out because logic doesn't have a face. — Mr. Weeks

Follower Count: 35K

Klout Score: 79

Follower Count: 33K

Klout Score: 70

I would say from a time investment standpoint, about 85 percent of my activism is offline. The remaining 15 percent is on twitter, but that 15 percent is absolutely essential. Twitter allows me to reach a much larger and broader audience with info about local and national events, call scripts and action items to fight whatever's going on in real time, and dissemination of information and perspectives that I think are really important to share.

I guess just that it's important to think of Twitter/digital activism as an important tool in our resistance toolboxes rather than the entire toolbox. Political Twitter can get pretty insular in terms of fighting the same fights again and again with the same people, and it's so critical that politically active people are out in their communities as much as or more than they're on Twitter — because people are often having very different conversations offline. Funnily enough, though, Twitter is a great place to remind people of that. I've recruited tons of local volunteers to come knock doors on weekends just by talking about doing so on Twitter. — The Resisterhood

Follower Count: 31k

Klout Score: 64

As horrible as Twitter can be, and it really can be horrible — like “Lord of the Flies” times a thousand — it offers me an open platform to amplify things and ideas I believe matter.

It's great to find a hive of like-minded people because otherwise it can be overwhelming in [the] amount of bullying that goes on. You definitely need a solid core of support or it will destroy you. I always try to remember that there are people on the other end of their tweets and in real life they're probably super nice, doing yoga, vegan bakers. One time I was in Trader Joe's and there was a guy with a Bernie 2016 T-shirt on and the[y] we were rummaging through the heirloom tomatoes, and I was thinking: I've probably blocked this guy on Twitter. He's probably written a smug, sanctimonious, self-righteous tweet about me to his 725 followers. So probably real life is the way to go — but a debate of this magnitude can really only happen online. Does it hurt or help the causes I care about? I honestly don't know. I think we're all making it up as we go. — Sasha Stone

Follower Count: 30K

Klout Score: 79

As horrible as Twitter can be for women, it makes me a better feminist and activist because I'm exposed to a wide variety of people and ideas. And it has helped me [home] in on my own voice. — Sarah Lerner

Follower Count: 29K

Klout Score: 70

Follower Count: 29K

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Klout Score: 70

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Klout Score: 70

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Klout Score: 63

Follower Count: 21K

Klout Score: 73

I've never thought of myself as an activist. Perhaps I could be classified as one now, but that was never my intention. I still don't see myself as an activist; I've never had a burning urge to proselytize a specific ideology. I'm just a gal who likes to read and learn, and that spurs new ideas that I need to bounce off of people — the sooner the better! Everything I post on Twitter is just me thinking aloud. — Kara Calavera

Follower Count: 18K

Klout Score: 66

Follower Count: 18K

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Klout Score: 73

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Klout Score: 68

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Klout Score: 65

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Klout Score: 61

Part 2 of our list will feature accounts with fewer than 10,000 followers, but with just as much Resistance!

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.