Hundreds of thousands of protesters took the to the streets on Saturday for a historic Women’s March on Washington. Following Friday’s Inauguration protests throughout the Downtown area of Washington D.C., Saturday morning saw the crowd of protesters growing by the thousands into the afternoon. The Women’s March successfully shut down multiple streets, include the area surrounding the Washington Monument.
Following several days of protest that sometimes erupted into violence and property destruction, the mayor of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina has imposed an indefinite midnight-to-six-a.m. curfew.
The political climate in Brazil has many questioning the wisdom of holding this year’s Summer Olympics in Rio. Between the country’simpeachment of the president, poor infrastructure, terrible recession,sea pollution, and the Zika virus, Brazil is in the midst of chaos and turmoil. As the Olympics torch arrived in Rio De Janeiro, protests over the high cost of the games marred the ceremony. Police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd of hundreds of demonstrators.
The right to protest is one of the most crucial human rights in existence. While there are plenty of ways to protest—some moresymbolic than others—the right to do so helps us maintain agency in the most upsetting of situations. We’ve seen all the horrible things that can happen to Trump protestors, for example. These acts are seriously unfortunate but simultaneously illustrate the courage protesting requires. That brings us to one very brave black woman named Tess Asplund, who protested a neo-Nazi march in Sweden by raising her fist among hundreds of white supremacists—a powerful image that has since gone viral.
LET’S START WITH the fundamental paradox: Our personal technology in the 21st century—our laptops and smartphones, our browsers and apps—does everything it can to keep us out of crowds.