Some Americans are drawing connections between these protests and showing support for protesters in the Midwest and worldwide. A coalition of progressive groups planned solidarity rallies with Wisconsin workers in all 50 state capitols for Saturday, Feb. 26. In Salem, hundreds of people demonstrated. Counter-demonstrations were planned in some states.
It’s debatable how directly the protests abroad have influenced Americans to protest, but some say they are inspired by the changes they’ve seen in the Mideast brought by recent populist movements.
Have you participated in a protest? What would it take for you to publicly rally? What connections are you making between protests in Wisconsin and other parts of the world? What role do protests play in existing and emerging democracies?
- Becky Little: Member of Teamsters Local 117
- Jeffery Reynolds: Chairman of Multnomah County Republican Party
- Kelley Strawn: Assistant Professor of Sociology at Willamette University
- Mohamed Ben Slama: Translator and Professor at the Mediterranean School of Business in Tunisia
- Jeff Green: Assistant Professor of Political Science at Pennsylvania State University