Vital Lessons from the past – the LA Riots

Riots, Protest and Organizing: Lessons From the 20th Anniversary of the LA Riots

The 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots have triggered a number of fascinating reports examining the underlying causes of the unrest and the changes (in attitudes and actions) that have taken place in the past two decades. In my latest Huffington Post article, “Riots, Protest, and Organizing,” I discuss some lessons from the effective grassroots organizing in LA over that period, and compare it with the history of progressive activism that I discuss in my new book — from the women’s suffrage movement, to the Depression-era sit-down strikes, to Occupy Wall Street.

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