Unusual American Protests

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From civil rights, women’s suffrage, and anti-war movements, to the more recent pro-life/choice, LGBTQ, immigration, and women’s rights marches, people have gone to Washington D.C. to exercise their First Amendment right to protest.

As reported in USA Today, August 30th saw one of the more unusual protests, when about 100 “dinosaurs” invaded our nation’s capital to protest the president’s proposed budget cuts to national service programs, such as AmeriCorps. “Even by Washington standards for theatrical protests it was quite a sight,” reporter Deidre Shesgreen wrote.

Starting with the original American protest, the Boston Tea Party, creative protests are a point of pride for Americans:

● One person took on the KKK by playing his sousaphone.
● A Florida man landed his gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn to demand campaign reform
● Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
● Zombie walks are trending, with this group in Houston walking to save the Affordable Care Act.

What creative ways would you use to promote your views?