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Have you ever been to a protest/demonstration/rally/march?

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by cynthetiq, Jun 10, 2020.

  1. cynthetiq

    cynthetiq Administrator Staff Member Donor

    Location:
    New York City
    Currently, there are protests around the world because of the death of George Floyd.

    Have you ever been to a protest/demonstration/rally/march?
    What was the first one?
    Why did you go?
    Did meaningful change happen?
    How many have you been to?

    Before moving to NYC, the protests were just something that I saw on TV or read in the newspaper. Since moving to NYC, I saw them closer to me, meaning they were in spaces that I would walk through or were nearby. I still didn't attend or participate. Maybe I wanted to go but work obligations stopped me.

    The first one I went to was Trayvon Martin. Of all the reasons that connected me to it was, I had just started wearing hoodies. I normally never wore them because I didn't like the pullovers, but I found some zippered ones and started wearing them as a layer. The simple part of it was that suddenly I realized I could be considered a thug and shot and killed. I attended the rally in Union Square and listened to the parents of Trayvon describe their feelings of losing their son.

    After that, I paid more attention to them. I would start to notice the flyers that were put up on streetlights and lamp posts. I'd hear more about them via Facebook.

    The next one I attended was Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park. I went there during work one day and walked the encampment. I listened to the speakers and their disenfranchised stories. It really didn't connect with me. I didn't understand the inequities that they were talking about because there was no focus. It was like a laundry list of grievances instead of honing down to just a few to one.

    After Trump was elected and he enacted an immigration ban that had put legal green card holders in limbo at area airports. I attended the demonstration at Battery Park in January of 2017 because as the son of first-generation immigrants I was always fearful of my parents not coming home either from an accident or from immigration police. Sure they came in legally and had green cards. But that doesn't mean shit when some racist officer of the law wants to flex how big his balls are that day. My parents thought I was crazy for attending.

    One of the daughters of a neighbor organized a protest march for BLM at the park across the street from our apartment building. I didn't need to do anything but just wake up and cross the street. Over the past decade, I have been reminded constantly that I'm not white and that my privileges and rights can be revoked at a moment's notice by someone law authority. Again, my parents think I'm paranoid about it, but they fail to remember that I'm in a mixed-race, mixed religion marriage. I'm not white enough nor am I Asian enough.

    So far change is little. Immigration is still a challenge for many, but legal green card holders who pay taxes get little back for such things. Today I heard they repealed Title 50A which was being used by police departments in NY to not report disciplinary actions for police officers.

    This is more of a movement now, let's see what changes actually happen.
     
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  2. ASU2003

    ASU2003 Very Tilted Donor

    Location:
    Where ever I roam
    I have been to a lot of them. I got tear gassed at the last one, even though I wasn't the target, the wind took it towards me. Dave Chappelle told me on Sunday that his son was in the group that got tear gassed there.

    I protest for a lot of causes, basically because I wish they would show up for the causes that impact me.

    Let's start a list:
    BLM
    Women's March
    New Zealand Muslim Memorial March
    Immigration Bans
    Healthcare For All
    March for Science
    The police shooting of a local black individual
    Pipeline protests
    Earth Day (it kind of counts I think)

    I met some people I know now at the Occupy Wall St. protest locally, but I agree that the 24 hour thing and the lack of focus/reforms/or creation of an alternative system made it unlikely to go anywhere. The opposition can't assassinate a leader if there is none, but it also doesn't have a single voice and strategy. The lack of a media organization that would help spin their narrative, or even give some historical and demographic data about how Wall St. wasn't helping many people (something like 80% of people had no stocks, but the government was giving their tax money to them and devaluing the dollar).

    I didn't protest much in college. Only a few local issues and school policy things were disliked.

    And my hometown had it's first big protest over the weekend since before I was born. If they are protesting in the streets there with large numbers of people, something is really wrong.
     
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  3. ASU2003

    ASU2003 Very Tilted Donor

    Location:
    Where ever I roam
    Oh, I forgot about Greta's Climate/School Strike. It was only once or twice that the event happened near me, not every Friday.

    Protesting the kids in cages at immigration detention centers was a protest too.
     
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  4. redravin

    redravin Cynical Optimist Donor

    Location:
    North
    I've been going to protests since I was a little kid.
    My mom took me to peace protests and civil rights protests.
    I've marched against Reagan and Exxon.
    Been in big ones by Alaskan standards of thousands and small of a few dozen.
    Went out with my kiddo on Saturday to the BLM march here.
     
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  5. ralphie250

    ralphie250 Fully Erect Donor

    Location:
    Jonesboro ga
    I have never been in one nor have I ever participated in one no particular reason I just never have. I have been invited to some before and I know the last one I was invited to I did not go because I chose to go to work what is that is right or wrong does not matter or maybe it does but no I have not maybe I should

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