As you may have noticed, over on the right-hand side of this page Irregular Times maintains a list of upcoming political protest events. Although we occasionally despair at the uphill odds faced by popular protests to overcome the organized machinations of wealth and power, we believe strongly in the right and responsibility of dissent. When people get together to cry “enough!” and we agree with their cries, we’re glad to spread the word.
Sometimes finding out about political protests in advance can be a challenge. After all, people who protest rather than lobby or bribe tend to be dispossessed, resource-poor and outside the dinner party circles of the influential journalists who write about how hard it is to be on top. Social movements come and go, and as they do there are changes in groups and networks through which protest news is shared. While Protest.Net and CodePink4Peace had massively active protest calendars a decade ago, they’re largely empty today. IndyMedia is still active in some areas but is spotty in others — indymedia.us, for instance, hasn’t had a new story for 15 months and still lists 2012 RNC and DNC protests as “upcoming.”
The following are some upcoming protests we’re highlighting…
- Rally to Stop Wage Theft, Tuesday May 6, Washington DC
- Speakback against Police Tasers, Tuesday May 6, Berkeley CA
- Day of Action for Climate Protection Across Canada, Saturday May 10
- Protest Against Superlow Wages in the Fast Food Industry, Thursday May 15, Oakland CA
… but we’d like to share more information than this. We know there are more protests being organized out there, because week after week we stumble across reports of protests after they’ve happened. It’s good that those reports exist, but wouldn’t it be better if people knew about protests before the fact? Help us bring more people to protests, help make those protests matter, help spread the word. Where do you go to find out about rallies and demonstrations on the issues you care about, either where you live or nationally? What are the major, moderate and minor movements we’re missing? Post a comment to this thread to help get the word out and to help us learn how to get the word out better.