How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?

List Rules
Vote up the forms of political self-expression that you think will produce actual changes in the U.S.

Protesting has never been about being liked. Whether peaceful protests were being led by Dr. King, or furious protests were descending into leaderless, lawless riot, they’ve always been about sending a message. But in an age where everyone so desperately wants to be liked, acceptable forms of protest are now something that people are discussing. Running parallel to this is the need to appeal to everyone. How is that possible when the entire point of a protest is to air a grievance in the hope of creating a systemic change?

These days in particular, seemingly every time someone protests - whether it's over racial bias in policing or the right to bear arms - whole swaths of America are offended by the very act of protesting.  So how are Americans protest in order to avoid being immediately written off by the very people they're hoping will rally to their cause?

Vote on the forms of political self-expression that are most likely to have a real impact on policy in America today.

Ranked by
  • Contacting Representatives in Congress
    1

    Contacting Representatives in Congress

  • Boycotting Businesses
    2

    Boycotting Businesses

  • Signing a Mass Petition
    3

    Signing a Mass Petition

  • Holding Round Table Discussions
    4

    Holding Round Table Discussions

  • Writing Op-Eds
    5

    Writing Op-Eds

  • Filing Lawsuits
    6

    Filing Lawsuits

  • Arranging Sit-Ins
    7

    Arranging Sit-Ins

  • Teach-Ins
    8

    Teach-Ins

  • Waving Signs
    9

    Waving Signs

  • Marching Through Populated Areas
    10

    Marching Through Populated Areas

  • All Night Vigils
    11

    All Night Vigils

  • Memes
    12

    Memes

  • Art Installations
    13

    Art Installations

  • Occupying Washington DC
    14

    Occupying Washington DC

  • Linking Arms
    15

    Linking Arms

  • Skywriting
    16

    Skywriting

  • Wearing Black Arm Bands
    17

    Wearing Black Arm Bands

  • Taking a Knee During the National Anthem
    18

    Taking a Knee During the National Anthem

  • Concept Albums
    19

    Concept Albums

  • Hashtags
    20

    Hashtags

  • Disrupting Candidates
    21

    Disrupting Candidates

  • Full Scale Rioting
    22

    Full Scale Rioting

  • Staging Die-Ins
    23

    Staging Die-Ins

  • Flash Mobs
    24

    Flash Mobs

  • Graffiti
    25

    Graffiti