Do Marches and Protests Really Matter?

Do Marches and Protests Really Matter? January 28, 2017

It was reported that at least 3.2 million people marched in solidarity for women the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. Hundreds of thousands filled the streets and sidewalks of Washington DC, with similar rallies in cities across the nation. There were even concurrent marches for women in countries around the world. The anger, tension and need to be heard was palpable.

But did anything change?

We took time to chat with Dan Koch, host of the Depolarize Podcast and Jessica Hecox, member of Pantsuit Nation and participant in the recent marches, to try and answer this. Are such demonstrations necessary to advance cause? Do we need them as part of our own catharsis and feeling of not being alone? And can we do better, more, especially as people with some spiritual pursuit?

I also chatted with Aric Clark, Presbyterian pastor, writer, cohost of the Two Friars and a Fool Podcast and host on the LectionAric Youtube channel who spent a week at the protest site on native lands where the Dakota Access pipeline had been proposed. Though the development of the pipeline was delayed temporarily, it appears that the new administration in the White House has other intentions.

So what do we do now? What can we learn from that gathering of activists? Listen in and tell us what you think!

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