What makes protest effective? Conversation with Ricardo Levins Morales [AUDIO]

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How are protests sustained? Why is organizing so important to protest? How can we bring ideas and tactics from historic movements into the present day?

Ricardo Levins Morales

As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to unfold in Minneapolis, I sat down with activist, artist and writer Ricardo Levins Morales to discuss the ways that make protests effective. Morales immigrated to the United States in the late 1960s, and since has been active in social and labor movements such as working with the Black Panthers and Young Lords in Chicago.

“What your opponents want more than anything is for you to disappear, just go away,” Morales said in an interview.

“The important thing is to have tactics. To do something so that people remain engaged in a way that will continue to engage and educate them.”

Listen to the interview along with photos from the Fourth Precinct (by photographers Uche Iroegbu and Patience Zalanga), historical photos and Morales’ illustrations.

 

 

Nekima Levy-Pounds addresses the crowd at the Fourth Precinct.

Patience Zalanga

Photo by Patience Zalanga

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Photo by Patience Zalanga

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Patience Zalanga

Photo by Patience Zalanga

 

 

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Photo by Uche Iroegbu

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Photo by Uche Iroegbu

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Photo by Uche Iroegbu

 

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Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Ella Baker. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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