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This scientist studies protests. And she is seeing something new.

The Resistance

Dana Fisher noted that protesters’ motivations at recent marches were unlike anything she’d seen before. Whenever she surveys demonstrators, she allows them to check off their reasons for protesting from a list of causes: “Women’s rights,” “Environment,” “Racial justice,” “Equality,” “Peace,” “Labor,” “Religion.” Typically, protesters will tend to pick the same, single motivation: the environment at a climate march, LGBTQ rights at a pride parade. 

But at recent marches, “I asked about the issues that mobilized them, and they were just like, ‘All of them. Across the board, I’m here because of all of them’.” 


 

SARAH KAPLAN in “A scientist who studies protest says ‘the resistance’ is not slowing down,” The Washington Post, May 3, 2017.