By Randy Deabay
This Nation, under God, shall have a new rebirth of Freedom. That government shall be of the people, by the people, and controlled by the people. This country, this Government shall not perish from the earth with the protection by the hand of God.
To unify in protest, one must have a strong cause and not a strong person who verbally abuses by singing those words that many want to hear. America does not need to divide by race, religion, immigration status, or wealth, but to unify in protest against this overzealous, non-representing government of today.
Approximately 250,000 people participated in this 1963 civil rights march in DC, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I have a Dream” speech.
In total, the women’s march involved between 3,267,134 and 5,246,670 people in the United States. This still was only 1.6 percent of the total American population. The count revealed that the women’s march took place in areas that were urban and rural, red and blue. About 68 percent of the marchers had 1,000 or fewer participants. Overall, there were 297 marches in states Trump carried in the election.
Between 500,000 and 600,000 people demonstrated against the Vietnam War in DC, which had led to thousands of deaths by 1969. Coalitions started organizing smaller rallies in 1967, eventually leading up to the large anti-Vietnam march two years later. This was more a robust and violent protest compared to MLK’s peaceful rally. In 1982, around a million protestors filled Central Park to protest nuclear weapons during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. In 1995, Washington, DC’s Million Man March took place with a stated aim to unite the Black community. Estimates for the number of attendees vary from 400,000 to 1.1 million people. In 1997, two years after the Million Man March, anywhere from 500,000 to 2 million people convened for the Million Woman March. The event, which was held on a rainy Saturday in 1997, included prayer, musical performances, and speeches by local organizers and civil rights activists. and Americans can go on with other high-profile marches. How did these marches end? Was there a true difference after these protests?
Today, Americans not only have the right but the duty to protest that with which they do not agree. Whether it is the unapproved by Congress attack on Syria, the illegal immigration rules, or just the POTUS as one who is incapable of raising respect for his false leadership, Americans have the right and the ability to protest. Millions, over ninety million, did not support Donald Trump for President, and there are many days that they just spew out their frustration and anger. One voice in a forest will never be heard, until the many starts to yell…
Find your voice America. It is no longer acceptable to sit silently on the sidelines as the American Constitution, The Liberty Bell, The Lady Liberty, and Old Ironsides along with Old Glory and The Bald Eagle will lose its place in history and esteem throughout the world. America has a proud heritage, though not always the most admirable decisions, and at this time America is bleeding red, white, and blue due to an administration and cabinet that does not reflect the American citizen that the founding fathers wrote the liberty papers and Constitution for.
Never would the American people accept violence and destruction as a force to agree with. With these words as a cornerstone, let America forge ahead in protest of the failures of big business, big politics, and big government. Understand that protests are unpredictable. No matter what you’re protesting, there will be people who strongly disagree with your point of view. You may even encounter a separate group of protesters protesting the opposite side of the issue. At larger protests, police may be present to control the crowd and make sure things don’t get too out of hand. With all these different forces butting heads, be prepared for unpredictable things to happen. In today’s environment, keep in mind that the government is as much the aggressor as any other prevailing protester from the opposite side. Be respectful at all times. A protest can be a very effective way to exercise free speech, make your voice heard and bring about change. However, being disrespectful to those against whom you’re protesting can undermine your group’s reputation and hurt the cause. Your arguments won’t be taken as seriously if disrespectful actions are taken. Avoid the following (and encourage fellow protesters to do the same):
- Yelling insults at people who disagree with you
- Vandalizing public or private property
- Spitting or throwing water
- Resorting to violence of any kind
America has the tools, has the voice, and has the disillusionment of leadership that can fuel a more significant protest. Bring an organizing group to one central location to organize and promote, and attempt these protests throughout the whole country. Again America must encroach upon a revitalized revolution. Americans must stand for Old Glory, the Red White and Blue, the Constitution, unity, and respect for all. IT is up to each American personally to start with their protest, whether it be tossing of tea bags on a capitals steps or a march of millions. America must protest the power and disrespect for citizens by a Federal government that has lost its way, especially in the last eighty days.