Glimpses of Our Power – NationofChange

Research over the last 100 years of resistance movements shows that when just 3.5% of the public mobilizes to support a movement for social, economic or environmental justice, it always wins. Many win with a smaller percentage, but no government can withstand 3.5% of the population working for transformative change.One way to look at the movement is like an archery target, a series of concentric circles. At the center is the core group of people who feel strongly about a particular issue, often those directly affected. There are many who have been working on police abuse, racial injustice and militarization of police long before Ferguson, just as there have been Michael Brown-like incidents across the country. There are many Ferguson’s throughout the United States. With Ferguson, a whole new group of people joined, the circle grew as people were horrified that an unarmed teenager could be killed by police and his body left lying in the road for 4.5 hours. As publicity about the case grew, more people joined the circle of concern seeking Justice for Mike Brown.  Then, there were more police killings in additional cities throughout the country and the circles grew larger; and after the grand jury reached its decision, more people joined. When people heard of the grand jury decision, and now as they learn about how the grand jury was manipulated to protect the killer of Mike Brown, more joined.

via Glimpses of Our Power – NationofChange.

Author: Makere

A Maori/Scots New Zealander transplanted to Canada. Grandmother, academic, indigenous scholar, sometime singer, sometime activist, who cares passionately about our world.

2 thoughts on “Glimpses of Our Power – NationofChange”

  1. Great question. When I follow the links provided in the article posted on Nation of Change, it takes me to this quote, “Erica Chenoweth says that in her review of resistance movements the number of people that need to be actively involved is even smaller. She says that in the last one hundred years, every movement where 3.5 percent of the population was active has won.” from https://www.popularresistance.org/history-teaches-that-we-have-the-power-to-transform-the-nation-heres-how/
    There is another link embedded in that article which would be worth following up also.
    I agree it is inspiring. Information like this provides the much needed energy to continue the struggle for change.

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  2. I definitely did not know this, but it is very inspiring. Thank you for posting! I wonder if the 3.5% figure is true for all “trends” or if it is more specifically related to activism. Do you have a source?

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