Activist Law and Legal Definition

An activist is a person who intentionally performs acts to bring about civic, cultural, economic, political, or social change. They also campaign for bringing about changes in occupational and professional functions. There are many kinds of activists. For example, an animal rights activist may work for the stoppage of the fur industry, a women's rights activist works for the protection of woman against exploitation, a consumer rights activist works for the protection of consumer rights.

The method adopted by activists to support their cause can be either peaceful or violent. Peaceful methods include holding rallies, holding placards with slogans, and making statements to the media. Violent methods include destruction of public property and rioting.