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Erica Chenoweth is a Professor at Harvard Kennedy School and a Susan and Kenneth Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She also blogs at Rational Insurgent and co-hosts the award-winning blog Political Violence @ a Glance.
This kind of activism could matter in 2020.
We found these three likely reasons.
For the third year in a row, hundreds of thousands of people turned out in the January cold to protest President Trump.
August saw a dip — likely because Americans were campaigning instead of protesting or marching.
Rallies called by Abolish ICE, Black Lives Matter, and Stop Kavanaugh went on as well.
Held from Homer, Alaska, to Brownsville, Tex., the scores of LGBTQ Pride and Families Belong Together marches pushed up the totals dramatically.
The mass mobilization we've seen since Trump's inauguration continues.
In March, the student walkouts protesting gun violence involved the largest number of recorded locations in a single-day protest in U.S. history.
It was the 3rd-largest demonstration in the past 15 months — and probably in U.S. history.
And this is before the March for Our Lives.