In my case, I can’t do anything involving lots of standing or jostling crowds. If I’m taking the wheelchair, I most likely would need a helper. If I bring a lawn chair, their must be handicapped parking close by. Big protests are impossible due to there not being enough close parking and the real danger of me getting knocked down and possibly very badly injured. As a result the last protest I went to was a small counter protest against people trying to shut down Planned Parenthood, as the PP folks let us us their parking lot and I could use a lawn chair. There was no chance of jostling as we were strung out in a line. I have limited energy and so much of it goes to things that are not optional, like subsistence, or Doctor’s appointments, etc.. I must pick my rare public appearances at events carefully.
Marches are right out. Crowded chaotic things like PRIDE are out. (I have been knocked down by toddlers at the grocery store.) Long events, especially that start early in the morning are out. Events with lots of unattended children running around are out. Events where chance of stampede from either police action or violent opposition protesters are out. (Last bad fall I took laid me up for two months and ruined the better of my legs, so that it is now by far more likely to give out).
It is not that I don’t care, but that I’m trying to keep what mobility I still have.
That “Slacktivist” label is so often ablest or classist. It assumes one is able bodied and doesn’t have a mental illness that makes crowds difficult or impossible to handle (I’ve known quite a few people over the years in both categories). It assumes people can afford to take a day off of work and that one can afford transportation.