Sociologist David S. Meyer, from the University of California at Irvine, has an Op/Ed column in the Washington Post reflecting on recent political protests around the world and the relative lack of such protests in the United States. The title of the article is, “Americans Are Angry. Why Aren’t They Protesting?” In it he points to the importance of organizers and he writes:

People protest when they believe that something is wrong, that it
could be otherwise, and that their efforts are both necessary and
potentially effective.

They rarely make these calculations by
themselves. Rather, they respond to those around them. Ostensibly
spontaneous eruptions of political protest reflect the hard work and
investment of organizers who cultivate grass-roots activism.

He goes on to look at past and recent organized protests in the U.S.

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