Think back about …

Protests

Protests were a part of our lives in the '60s and '70s, whether we participated in them or not. Civil rights and Vietnam were the issues back then. For the last three years there have been protests against the current government. Now there are protests by Black Lives Matter and allies, because of the police killing of Black people, catalyzed by the murder of George Floyd caught on witness video. Think back . . . Did you protest in your teens or twenties? Why or why not? What is your take on the current wave of protests? Share your protests stories forward.

Stories on This Week's Writing Prompt

Featured Story

Takin’ It To The Streets
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Marching with thousands of other people, chanting "This is what democracy looks like!" at the top of our lungs, felt great!

Readers’ Choice

Listen, Learn, Change
I have watched the coverage over the past several weeks with fury and outrage. I don’t take to the streets for many [...]
Embracing Sarah Bernhardt
As I grew older, I learned to embrace the Sarah Bernhardt in me. I came to see it as having the courage of my convictions and [...]
From Conservative Cal Poly to San Jose State
My protests at San Jose State. After two years at California’s very conservative college, Cal Poly SLO, I went to San Jose [...]
Outside Agitators — showbiz goes to the demo
Mao Tse Tung, Uncle Ho / Dow chemical has got to go
Waist Deep in the Big Muddy, Yet Again
This piece originally appeared in 2018 for the Student Activism prompt. Now in 2020, once again young activists are taking a [...]
Getting Woke
My folks, and my uncles and aunts were always politically active and die-hard liberals ,  and as children my sister and I and [...]
Candlelight and cops
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What was most unnerving? The police presence. While they weren't in riot gear, rows of cops stood their ground, clubs at the [...]
A Life Devoted to Protesting for Justice: Marcy Wiersch Johnson
They were marching partly as a tribute to Marcy, a woman whose life embodied so much of what protests and activism had [...]
I Protest!
I'll let their stories speak for themselves, and for me.
My Little Bit for the Movement
Not surprisingly, I can check the boxes in terms of attending the Vietnam protest marches during our college years: the rally [...]
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?
When our son was young he asked us if we were at Woodstock.  We had to say No,  but we didn’t have an answer when he [...]
The Conservative
Joe's hat sported not only a Nixon-Agnew campaign button but, beside it, a Goldwater button from four years earlier.

Stories from the Previous Prompt

My Hometown

My Second Hometown
The Hollywood Hills in relief against a wide swath of sky made for an ever-changing Technicolor backdrop to the north. From [...]
Sunday Morning at the Monarch Diner
You can't go home again... or can you?

Other Recent Stories

It Was Meant 2 B
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This chance encounter in September 1974 didn't change my life, but it certainly changed the lives of the other two people [...]
Prompted By Chance Encounters
Hyper-lucky
Although there are many authorities in the field of autism, the two individuals who helped me the most were parents, who just [...]
Prompted By Chance Encounters

Think back about …

Protests

Protests were a part of our lives in the '60s and '70s, whether we participated in them or not. Civil rights and Vietnam were the issues back then. For the last three years there have been protests against the current government. Now there are protests by Black Lives Matter and allies, because of the police killing of Black people, catalyzed by the murder of George Floyd caught on witness video. Think back . . . Did you protest in your teens or twenties? Why or why not? What is your take on the current wave of protests? Share your protests stories forward.

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