Libero Della Piana: When Protests Are Powerful, The Powerful Punish Protest

Excellent piece!

Vox Populi

We are likely to see more State laws aimed at curbing protest. But we are going to see a lot more protest too. It’s our only option.

When people feel powerless – locked out of decision-making, bypassed by real governance – they turn to protest. Especially for the disenfranchised and oppressed, protest is often the only way to exert power and affect policies and practices that impact their lives and communities.

With Donald Trump in the White House and the Republican Party in control of both houses of Congress and a majority of statehouses around the country, protest is now a key avenue of resistance.

We can’t expect an agenda that puts people and planet first to come from above, so people are taking to the streets. The first hundred days of the new administration have been marked as much by protest as by Trump’s demagoguery and appeals to hate and fear.

So it…

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