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ELIC 140 - Luman - Civic Engagement

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Persuasion and power strategies

Overview of the Largest Protests in History

The main source for the statistics in the video below is Wikipedia, and the numbers are estimates, but the video gives an overwiew of some of the largest and most impactful protests in history as of November 2020. It's here to provide possible topic ideas.

Current movements

BLACK LIVES MATTER (movement in response to police brutality)

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES / #NeverAgain (movement in response to school shootings)

STANDING ROCK PROTESTS / #NoDAPL (movement in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline)

DREAMER MOVEMENT (movement in response to American immigration laws)

WOMEN'S MOVEMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST

CHILD LABOR / SLAVERY IN THE CHOCOLATE INDUSTRY (consumer movement to change labor practices)

PROTESTS IN SUDAN (movement for economic and political reforms)

#ME TOO MOVEMENT (movement to expose and stop sexual assault and harassment)

HONG KONG PROTESTS (ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong)

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AROUND IMMIGRANT DETENTION (movement to change the US policy of detaining immigrants and asylum seekers)

CHILD DETENTION AND FAMILY SEPARATION (movement to change U. S. immigration policy)

CLIMATE ACTIVISM (movement to reverse climate change)

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN LATIN AMERICA 

REVOLUTION IN BELARUS

PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTESTS IN THAILAND

Riot Police Fire Water Cannons at Thai Protesters, video from Reuters and posted by the NY Times, October 16, 2020

PRO FARMERS PROTEST IN INDIA

PROTESTS AGAINST MILITARY COUP IN MYANMAR

GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE 

DISABILITY RIGHTS MOVEMENTS--After reading some background articles (see below), you should focus your research on a particular country or a particular type of disability.

Past movements

PELICAN BAY PRISON STRIKES (2013 movement in response to solitary confinement and inhumane treatment in prison)

OCCUPY WALL STREET (2011-12 movement in response to corporate power)

TIANANMEN SQUARE PROTESTS / STUDENT MOVEMENT (1989 protest of government censorship)

ANTI-APARTHEID MOVEMENT (approx.1950-1990)

UNITED FARM WORKERS (UFW) (most active in the 1960s and 1970s)