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RiseUp Panel: Making Protest Matter

How do you hold on to progress and make it last? Are there ways to change the system from within? Conversation in the round with experts from the worlds of advocacy, journalism and government, focusing on the best ways to lock down gains and push a movement forward.

Speakers
Dante Barry, Executive Director, Million Hoodies Movement
Michael Tubbs, Stockton Council Member
Maria Ressa, CEO, Rappler
David Burstein, Founder, Run for America
Paula Recart, North America Leader, Ashoka
Moderator – Nando Vila, Fusion

Recent protests — the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, the Umbrella Movement — all seemed to start in a flash. But maintaining the momentum can be difficult.

“It’s easier now than it even has been in the past to get people really jazzed up about something,” said Fusion’s Nando Vila. “But in a way, that might have made real progress in a social movement a little more difficult…Sometimes we can get a little frustrated by how quickly the disillusionment sets in.”

It’s not an entirely new problem. Paula Recart said she was in Chile when the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship ended 1990. She felt like it was a victory, but the political change she expected took decades to materialize. “What happens after is the most important measure,” she said.

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