According to a USA Today article, many large protests in D.C. history included the 500-600k protesters who demonstrated against the Vietnam War in 1969. In 1963, the Jobs and Freedom protest drew about 250,000 people to D.C., where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech. Most recently, the March for our Lives, which took place on March 24th, 2018, drew a crowd of about 800,000 protesters. On this episode, we reflect on some of the social differences of previous protesters in comparison to today’s, in order to answer the question - what is unique about today’s social movements and its participants?
According to a New York Times article published this month, following the violent protest that erupted in Charlottesville Virginia, statues around the country, which represent eras of the Confederacy have been coming down. From Los Angeles, to Brooklyn, monuments and statues have come down, with many other cities proposing removal of theirs. On today’s episode, we discuss the implications and social significance of the removal of monuments.