Do Protests Matter? What the Tea Party Movement Can Teach the Trump Resistance

Source: Kaya Axelsson, Yes! Magazine, January 29, 2018

….Does protesting really matter?

People who care about grassroots social change might be afraid to ask this question, but it doesn’t mean we aren’t all thinking it. The answer can compel us to use our collective power, or it can spread a culture of defeat and apathy. A close look at the research on the success of past protests gives us reason for optimism. There are lessons we can learn about how these rallies grew into movements, and about their inherent power to bring about change. But they’ll take us to some uncomfortable places…..