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Power to the polls: why the Women’s Marches could be a massive catalyst for change

Great little article in the Guardian: Donald Trump came to power on the heels of a rightwing movement rooted in the Tea Party protests. The Women’s March could pull off a similar feat.

Here are three reasons why The Women’s Marches could mobilize voters and result in progressive political reform. From the article:

  1. First, the sheer size of the Women’s March is impressive. The Tea Party had its largest day of single-day demonstrations on 15 April 2009, where between 440,000 and 810,000 participants turned out in 542 rallies nationwide, with a mean attendance of 815 people per protest. In contrast, in the Women’s March of 2017, we estimated between 3.2m and 5.2 million marchers across 654 events.
  2. Second, participation in the first two Women’s Marches has been much more durable than in the first two years of the Tea Party rallies….although last weekend’s mobilizations were half the size of the Women’s Marches of 2017, they were still six to 10 times larger than the largest Tea Party protests on Tax Day in 2009. This suggests a certain durability and commitment among Women’s March participants that may indicate more dramatic political outcomes.
  3. Third, the Women’s Marches have been part of a much broader, persistent, and enduring resistance to Donald Trump and his policies in the United States. Far from existing in isolation, the Women’s Marches seem to provide an opportunity for many different progressive groups to come together in collective action – an important step in broadening participation and coalition-building. Although such efforts always come with their own tensions, successfully navigating them creates opportunities for expanding and leveraging political power in the streets as well as at the ballot box.

Source: The Guardian, The Women’s March could change politics like the Tea Party did

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