A scientist who studies protests said this week that the resistance to President Donald Trump is building momentum, not losing it, and the movement’s continued existence could be a signal that Americans are changing how they participate in democracy.
Sociologist Dana Fisher told the Washington Post in an interview published Wednesday that she hadn’t seen major protests in the nation’s capital in the five years she’d lived in the area, but that demonstrations have now become an almost-weekly occurrence.
Few of her students at the University of Maryland used to participate in activism, but these days “everybody has to get out of class to go downtown because they’re chaining themselves to something or they’re marching,” she told the Post‘s Sarah Kaplan.
Fisher found that there was a lot of crossover between events, with 70 percent of participants at the recent Peoples Climate March having also come out for the Women’s March in January. She also found that reports of “resistance fatigue” have been exaggerated.
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