Protest in a Time of Political Polarization

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Protesters walk during the Women's March on Washington, with the U.S. Capitol in the background, on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Large crowds are attending the anti-Trump rally a day after U.S. President Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Women’s March broke records as one of the largest protests in U.S. history, with approximately 3 to 4 million participants. But what happened to the momentum after that? We discuss what makes an effective, sustainable protest movement today… and draw lessons from past movements by talking to longtime activists and influencers from AIDS advocacy, Black Lives Matter, the Tea Party movement, the Grab Your Wallet boycott and more.


Shannon Coulter, co-founder, Grab Your Wallet

Avram Finkelstein, artist, writer and activist

L.A. Kauffman, organizer and protest movement historian; author, ""Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism"

Brendan Steinhauser, co-founder & partner, Steinhauser Strategies

Mark-Anthony Johnson, director of Health and Wellness, Dignity and Power Now