We’re a nation of fighters. Young and old, big and small, we come in all shapes, creeds, and ethnicities. When we can utilize our right to protest, many of us will. Others won’t. But choice is what it’s all about. Here’s the thing: not everyone who wants to protest can actually get out there to do it. For example, lots of young people want to be on the streets every day of the week — but they need to attend school instead. And then there are plenty of disabled folk who simply can’t make it out of the house to protest.
Disability law firm attorney Samantha Damascus said, “You might think the police would show crowd-control restraint when disabled vets in wheelchairs are among those protesting, but that’s not always how it goes. Sometimes the strong guys see weakness and pounce. We specialize in social security disability, but we sit down to hear their stories. Some of these guys are real heroes trying to effect change — and they’re treated like no one cares.”
The fact is this: protests should be viewed from the perspective of how many participate, and now how many actually attend. For example, not being able to attend a protest doesn’t mean you can’t set aside some time at home in the evening to draw fliers or make picket signs. It doesn’t mean you can’t share social media posts from the big events. It’s all about making your voice heard. And there’s more than one way to do that.
Remember the record-setting Women’s March on Washington? Well, there was an online component called the Disability March.
There are other ways to participate. One of the key components of any issue is the lack of education. First, learn all you can about a topic. Share the information you learn with everyone in your circle or others any way you can. If you’re stuck at home, this might mean asking everyone over for an indoors night of protest — but ask people who don’t share your viewpoint to come exchange information with you. Learning about the other side and what makes them get up in the morning is never a bad idea.
If you’re not the social butterfly that your friends are, try to email the protest coordinators to see if there’s a way to help through social media or email lists. Someone writes those emails and letters, you know.
Last but not least, follow the protest live from home. Let friends and family know what you’re doing. Maybe someone you know will offer a solution that will get you to the protest — or offer their company for a day. Protests are serious, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun while we make our voices heard.