The Power of Protest
"PEOPLE HAVE BEEN USED TO TRUSTING THE PAST AS A GUIDE, BUT THE PAST HAS ALMOST CEASED TO BE A GUIDE, THE WORLD IS SO UTTERLY DIFFERENT SUDDENLY.” THE SOCIAL PHILOSOPHER RICHARD GREGG WROTE THESE FORESIGHTED WORDS IN “THE POWER OF NON-VIOLENCE,” FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1934, THE YEAR HITLER BECAME FUHRER. TODAY, GREGG’S WORDS REVERBERATE WITH INCREASING URGENCY. RATHER THAN A GUIDE, THEY REMIND US, HISTORY IS A WARNING, A MAP OF WHERE NOT TO TREAD.
On January 20, 2017, the world once again entered uncharted, perilous territory. On January 21, it confirmed that it would not accept an outdated playbook. Instead, more than five million marchers around the globe inaugurated a revolution of love and unification. Taking cues from Gregg’s treatise, the resistance embraces new navigational tools to activate our most powerful compass: human connections. As protests around the world prove, and as the below photos and videos illustrate, it is collective resistance, rather than bigotry and ignorance, that will lead us to into the future. It is these individuals, of all races, cultures, nationalities, sexualities, genders and generations, who remind us that the only way to ignite a revolution is to become a revolutionary.
"God may be in the details, but the goddess is in connections. We are linked. We are not ranked. And this is a day that will change us forever because we are together. Each of us individually and collectively will never be the same again." – Gloria Steinem
“You want to talk about women's issues? Let's talk about national security... education, healthcare, climate change." – Senator Kamala Harris
"A movement is much more than a march. A movement is that different space, our reality and our vision. Our liberation depends on all of us.” – Janet Mock