Resistance In the Streets Persists

On the one year anniversary of the Women’s March, (which took place on the anniversary of the Inauguration of Donald Trump and on the morning after the government shutdown), people took to the streets around the country once again.  Over 235 marches were scheduled to take place on the anniversary of the march this weekend.  Based on photos of these events and my experiences in Washington, DC, turnout was impressive.  Attached Chapter 2, which summarizes Resistance in the Streets over its first year.

Stay tuned for a summary of the data we collected from a random sample of 204 participants at the Women’s March today!

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Talking About what Drives People to Engage

I had the pleasure of speaking at the Arab American Institute’s Generation Event last night to discuss social change in America. It was a wonderful opportunity to talk with people who are thinking about civic participation in America today and to share the results of my work on the Resistance.

Chapter 2: Resistance in the Streets goes live this weekend.  I plan to post it on Saturday morning before I head out to survey participants at the Women’s March on Washington 2018.  Although the event in DC won’t turn out the huge crowds we saw last year, I am heartened to see that people are planning to march this year in their own communities.  More than 250 events have been scheduled to take place around the US to commemorate the anniversary of the Women’s March.





Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy

My 6 year-old son came home from Kindergarten yesterday and asked me why Dr. King marched in the streets and why he went to jail.  In the wake of the President’s hateful comments, I tried hard to explain the history of race-relations in America and highlight the progress that has been made.  Quickly, however, the conversation with my kids turned into a discussion of how America is a living and breathing experiment in democracy and that we still have much work to do.

MLK Day on Monday falls a week before the anniversary of the Women’s March–the largest protest in America’s history and the spark that ignited the Resistance. Chapter 2:  Resistance in the Streets goes live on that anniversary next week.  In the meantime,  as we celebrate , remember that Dr. King’s legacy lives on in right here and right now.


Protests Resume in 2018

Happy 2018!

As the new year gets rolling, a number of marches have been scheduled around the US.  Although the organizers of the Women’s March are focusing their #PowerToThePolls in Nevada, events are scheduled around the country to commemorate the anniversary of the Women’s March on the weekend of January 20-21st.  The following weekend–on January 27th–the People’s March on Washington has been called.  It will be interesting to see if this new wave of events grows as we move towards the Mid-term elections and if the 2018 events turn out larger crowds than the marches that took place during the later part of 2017.  For all large marches in DC (with more than 50,000 people expected), I intend to field a research team to collect data to add to my Resistance in the Streets dataset.

Speaking of Chapter 2: Resistance in the Streets, the chapter goes live on this site on the anniversary of the Women’s March (21 January 2018).  In the meantime, I’m spending much of my January interviewing people involved in the Resistance in the Districts, which is chapter 3 of the book.

Updated Resistance Timeline and #MeToo

Today I finished chapter 2 on Resistance in the Streets. I am hoping that it will be through peer-review to be posted by the 1-year anniversary of the Women’s March in January so stay tuned…

Here is an updated timeline of Resistance in the Streets.  I’ve added in #TakeAKnee, which has clearly responded to the actions of the President.

It’s not yet clear if #MeToo belongs up on this timeline but I am monitoring it. We will have to see the degree to which it joins the Resistance in terms of its focus on the Trump Administration and its policies.


Scientists in The Resistance

Today my piece specifically focused on the March for Science was published at Sociological Forum.  The article is part of a “Forum” on science and activism

In the piece, I analyze how participants at the March for Science compare to a broader sample of participants in the Resistance. Although they have some unique characteristics, my findings show that there are few statistically significant differences between participants in the March for Science and others participating in the Resistance. Also, in contrast to what some might expect, participants in the March for Science were no more educated than participants at the other two marches. In fact, participants in the Women’s March in January 2017 had the highest levels of educational attainment of all with 87% of participants holding a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Although they aren’t statistically significant, when we compare across protest events, we see clear evidence that protesters in the streets are also engaging in other forms of civic engagement.  Looking at two actions that have been encouraged by many groups in the Resistance—contacting an elected official or attending a town hall meeting—participation was high: 63% reported contacting an elected official in the past year and 43% reported attending a town hall meeting.  This figure from the article shows how these rates are going up.ScientistsInTheResistance

Mapping Resistance in the Streets

While working on Chapter 2, which focuses on Resistance in the Streets,  I realized there’s a real need for a Resistance Timeline.  Here is my first attempt to map Resistance in the Streets since the inauguration.  It includes the largest and most politically salient protests since the Inauguration of Donald Trump.


When we look specifically at the frequency and turnout of marches, this timeline indicates that the Resistance in the Streets is dying down.  However, there are a number of questions that need to be answered to interpret it:  Are Americans experiencing protest fatigue? Are they channeling their efforts into other types of Resistance?  Or, have they given up the fight?

As I continue to write while collecting data on the many forms of American Resistance, it is my intention to answer these questions.

Chapter 1: How Did We Get Here

In honor of the 2017 election results, which some have called a Tsunami for the Resistance, I am posting chapter 1 today.  This chapter catalogues the emergence of the Resistance, which is America’s response to an out-of-touch Democratic Party, a President who shows no interest in compromise, and the reach of conservative donors’ usage of Dark Money.  It is still going through peer-review.  I will post a revised peer-reviewed draft when reviews are back and I have responded to them.


#Manafort Monday Update

On this Monday that may live in infamy, I write with an update.  Chapter 1 is almost complete and will be going out for peer-review later this week.  I realize it will be posted later than originally scheduled, but life got in the way.  My family and I had to return from sabbatical in Sweden early due to our parents’ health issues.

It’s a great day to be settling back into the DC Area and to be putting the final touches on Chapter 1: How Did we Get Here.  I have adjusted the schedule on my previous post to accommodate for these changes.  More Soon!