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Since Donald Trump’s first day in office, a large and energetic grassroots “Resistance” has taken to the streets to protest his administration’s plans for the United States.
Who are the millions of people marching against the Trump administration, how are they connected to the Blue Wave that washed over the U.S. Congress in 2018—and what does it all mean for the future of American democracy?
Dana R. Fisher will analyse how Resistance groups have channelled outrage into activism, using distributed organising to make activism possible by anyone from anywhere, whenever and wherever. Beginning with the first Women’s March and following the movement through the 2018 midterms, Fisher will demonstrate how the energy and enthusiasm of the Resistance paid off in a wave of Democratic victories. And she will reveal how the Left rebounded from the 2016 election, lessons for turning grassroots passion into electoral gains, and what comes next.
Dana R. Fisher (@Fisher_DanaR) is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on environmental policy, civic participation and activism more broadly. She has written extensively on activism and protest.
Sarah Banet-Weiser (@sbanetweiser) is a Professor of Media and Communications at LSE.
Sara Salem (@saramsalem) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at LSE.
David Madden (@davidjmadden) is an Associate Professor of Sociology at LSE.
Established in 1904, the Department of Sociology at LSE is committed to empirically rich, conceptually sophisticated, and socially and politically relevant research and scholarship.
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