Democracy Works: The Connective Tissue of Democracy

Jan 27, 2020

Dana Fisher
Credit University of Maryland

The Women's March 2020 was held in cities across the country on Jan. 18. What began as a conversation on social media has evolved into a network of groups and organizations that are united in opposition to the Trump administration.

From 2017-2019, Dana Fisher and her research team interviewed participants at Washington, D.C. protests, including the Women's March, March for Our Lives, and the People's Climate March. They asked protesters about their motivations and how marching in the streets translates into longer-term political action. Fisher argues that the groups in the Resistance are the "connective tissue of democracy," bringing together people who are working to make their voices heard and advocate for the environment, reproductive rights, and other causes.

But will the connective tissue hold through the election in November? What about beyond that? Fisher shares her thoughts based on her research on the Resistance and collective organizing more broadly.

Fisher is Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland and author of "American Resistance: From the Women's March to the Blue Wave," which chronicles the birth and growth of the anti-Trump resistance following the 2016 election.