Protest Movements That Work

I chatted recently with Fabio Rojas of Indiana University about how protest movements go from anger to concrete change.

The bottom line for Rojas is this: However justified violence might be, it doesn’t tend to produce the policy change that earnest protestors would want.

In my limited experience, it takes days or week for protestors to even begin thinking about transferring righteous anger into demands for policy change. As we continue to wait for the Supreme Court to decide if they’ll take a case involving “qualified immunity,” it seems fitting that protestors might demand a federal legislative fix to the court-invented doctrine.