Dancing: Direct Action in Disguise

New Strategies for Street Protest

Nick Farr

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Why do we demonstrate? Why do we go out into the streets and march for what we believe in? Marching in solidarity for your beliefs is a powerful personal experience. However, as a method of communicating an outward message, it is frequently twisted and manipulated against the purposes direct action seeks to advocate. Peaceful demonstrations in the US occasionally fall prey to provocateurs, devolve into riots or become targets for illegal detention. What to do about it? Dance!