This week seems to be shaping up to have a lot of protest marches around the country, and in Washington. There will be a large women's protest march in Washington and in many cities around the country this week. Immigrants are marching and there are civil rights marches. During the 60s there were many Vietnam War protest marches. There's a long history of protest marches for Civil Rights.
The year was 1917 when 12 women silently sparked a protest that would later contribute to granting women the right to vote, a protest that included the first picket line to ever take place at the White House. Over 500 women were arrested between 1917 and 1919 for picketing across the nation.
On January 9, 1918 President Wilson publicly claimed support for the suffrage movement - pushing Congress to grant women the right to vote.
My question is, how do you feel about protest marches today? Do you think they're effective? Are they more likely to affect the opinion of the White House or Congress?
Has violence always been a part of protest marches? After the election the first night of the protest march in Portland was peaceful. By the second night troublemakers arrived and there was violence. Is it possible to have peaceful protests anymore?