Do Protests Still Matter?

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When you don't have a voice, when you feel like lawmakers just won't listen to you, protest is one way of capturing the world's attention. From Selma to Ferguson, Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park, political demonstrations have made history. But have they worked? This hour we explore the effectiveness of political protest.

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Occupy Wall Street co-creator says activists are following an outdated script.More

Barney Frank
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Former Congressman Barney Frank believes that if you want to see political change, don't go to a demonstration. Instead, lobby your local representatives and vote.More

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Activist Cat Brooks on protesting the police.More

Joe Scheidler
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Joseph Scheidler on his decades-long career as an anti-abortion protester.More

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Journalist Mark Engler explains why some protests flourish whereas others fail.More

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Writer Basma Abdel Aziz on the transformative effect of the Egyptian uprisingMore

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