Lacy MacAuley

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what is “protest”?

Reclaiming space is "protesting." This woman's drumming troupe took over a plaza in my neighborhood a few months ago, in my view a small, everyday act of "protest."

I tend to think of “protest” as anything that reclaims space from oppressors. It is not necessarily “violent,” though it can be. “Protest” to me means asserting my right to be here, to be free, to be connected to people and earth, and to be different than our oppressors tell us we should be. For example: Indigenous people in the Amazon holding onto their language even as the state tells them to assimilate, bold people in Detroit reclaiming a vacant lot for a community garden, a queer person in rural Kansas dressing exactly the way he/she/etc feels, these are also forms of protest against the dominant, oppressive order.

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