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Our Protest Tradition – And Why Now More Than Ever We Must Cherish It


Our Protest Tradition – And Why Now More Than Ever We Must Cherish It

Janice 'Jay' Johnson

As this election season comes to full boil, we should remember the importance of civil disobedience to our history. It is one of the few tools ordinary people still have to organize for change. With corporations spending unlimited campaign cash, and states requiring photo ID at voting booths, it’s through protest that we loudly proclaim that we won’t be silenced.


It is important to call out the racism of Trump, but it's also important to protest what others stand for and say.

The Libertarian economic philosophy, laissez-faire or unregulated Capitalism, is antithetical to every Progressive principle.
How anyone who identifies with the Left could even entertain the idea of voting for Johnson/Weld is incomprehensible.

And another example:
Last week Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minn. said that anyone who questions Hillary's health is a "sexist."

We need to protest the 'political speak' and nonsensical policies coming from every candidate.


I've had the honor of meeting Ms Johnson via Virginia Organizing -- she is a real dynamo and an example of mature dedicated activism.


You are very to-the-point here. What's more, Trump and Clinton are ultimately allies of each other. Pictures exist to prove that they are both from the same club. The election is just to see who gets to be chairperson of that club, and to dress that up as giving the public some sort of choice... choose your poison.


Depends on how one defines "ordinary people." Those who are fortunate enough to still be gainfully employed, and dare to speak up, are heard to some degree. The rest don't have the public microphone, and even liberal media (with very rare exception) rarely mention the protests of the poor. I did come across one brief item over the last year about one of the Poor People's Campaign protests. It was essentially treated as a black issue, even though the great majority of US poor are white.

The US shipped out a huge share of our jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare in the 1990s, and pretends there are no consequences. Not everyone can work, and the last I heard, there are 7 jobs for every 10 jobless people who still have the means to pursue one (home address, phone, etc.). The poor ask what the point of peaceful protest is, if no one hears them.


These incidents don't reach the evening news, and liberal media went all out through last years to sell Clinton -- with her long record of support for the hard-right agenda -- as a "bold progressive." Media have a powerful impact on public perceptions.