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Keep Up the Good Work: Pushing Back is Having an Effect

This OTYCD entry originally posted in March 2017.

One of the most welcome bits of news to arise from the Trump administration was the huge and immediate resistance movement that sprung up.

This is a landing page for good news about protesting, and other push-backs that got results, and stories that show that such efforts are effective.


Between 3.3 million and 4.6 million people marched in the January 21 Women’s March on Washington or one of its sister marches in America, making it the largest protest in the country’s history.


According to this TEDX talk, it might take as little as 3.5 percent of a country’s population to engage in successful civil resistance against a brutal dictator. In case you’re wondering: The population of the U.S. is 319 million, and 3.5 percent of that would be 11.1 million.

My Talk at TEDxBoulder: Civil Resistance and the “3.5% Rule”



Read this February 6, 2017 Vox piece that recounts the first two weeks of Trump’s term and shows how pushback from the public slowed his roll:


The straightforwardly-titled What Calling Congress Achieves, from The New Yorker, is a heartening and nuanced look at the history of constituents calling their Congressfolk and bringing us up to the present crush of activity, and how effective it has been. (Spoiler alert: Very!)





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