What We Do
Welcome to Protesty, a website designed to help you find protests nearby, start a protest, and organize protests in a simple and easy way. Now more than ever, we the people need to use our collective voice to impact change across the globe and across a range of important issues, and until now no website has addressed this specific need quite like Protesty. Prior to Protesty, the only way to find out about a protest was to follow every single nonprofit organization on Twitter and subscribe to their newsletters, hope that you actually happen to read that tweet or letter, hope that you’re free that day, hope that the event is nearby, and then if you’re fortunate enough to have transportation, you might actually make it to the protest. All that effort was just to attend a protest. To organize a protest yourself… well that was even harder.
Find Protests Near Me
Finally there’s a simple way to find protests. To “find a protest near me” simply enter your search criteria into Protesty, choose your location, choose an issue that matters to you, use keywords to narrow your search down even further, and select how you’d like your results sorted. Search by list view, icon view, or map view to find the protest nearby that you care about.
Not finding a protest near you? Start your own protest! Protesty makes organizing protests easier than ever before. Just click “Start a Protest,” set the time, date, location, and tell us a little about the event. Then choose or upload a photo, click submit and be the first to RSVP! And don’t forget to share the events on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit and in real life.
Make a Difference
We all know that clicking “Like” or sharing a post isn’t the same as protesting with a physical body in a physical space, shouting loud and proud for an end to injustice. That’s why we made Protesty, so that we can all make as big an impact as possible.
Who We Are
Protesty is an American corporation currently applying for nonprofit status. It was founded by an activist and philanthropist from Louisville, KY in order to make civil disobedience and nonviolent noncooperation as easy, fun and frequent as possible. We’ll never give away or sell your data; and we believe that in order to change everything, it’s going to take everyone. In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and Malala Yousafzai, let’s change the world.
From the Iraq War, to Occupy Wall Street, to Black Lives Matter and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, many people have begun to ask the question, “What is the point of protesting?” Then there were the massive Women’s Marches. And yet, we’re still at war over the blunders of the Iraq War, income inequality is higher than ever, and no meaningful legislation has been passed to address police brutality or sexual harassment. So what’s the point of protesting and why do we do it? We know that protesting is a sacred right enshrined in our constitution, and so when public discord reaches a peak, we take to the streets to show our disapproval. In the modern age, organizing was supposed to be easier than ever, but more and more, organizers are boasting their large reach, rather than long-lasting change. Sure it makes us feel good to protest, but does it do any good?
Critics will say that protests are too fleeting, that they ignore how real change is made, and that trying to take complex issues and boil them down to simple slogans is futile. They say we should focus on the mechanisms of change rather than taking to the streets. And to their point, much of the recent protests have had mix success at raising awareness, oftentimes receiving negative press that portrays destruction or violence.
But standing up for our fellow humans and animals does make a difference, even if change doesn’t happen overnight. Registering the national sentiment through protesting helps us shape the history of our nation and our national identity. It shows solidarity for the oppressed and underrepresented, which is important as it makes marginalized people feel heard, seen and no longer alone. When people come together in love, they feel part of something bigger, they feel uplifted, and this alone is meaningful change.
But when we start to view successful protest movements, not as single events but as long term overarching endeavors, we begin to see how each phase led to its own set of successes. The fifties and sixties saw primarily a top-down approach to organizing protests. They had a leader or a group who directed the multitudes on tactics and strategy. The seventies and the end of the Vietnam War gave way to a radically new method, bottom-up, leaderless movements. The multitudes were now in charge, and what mattered was numbers. Now, disparate ideologies and motivations could come together and unite with autonomy. This was effective for gay rights achieving AIDS research legislation and passing LGBTQ protection laws. However, in the end, as seen with the recent antiwar and Occupy movements, this strategy lost leaders, gained in numbers and force, but was failing to achieve tangible victories.
More recently, from Egypt to Turkey, the Arab Spring uprisings utilized modern technology and social media to organize and scale up quickly, but with great speed came a lack of a strong organizational body that could affect and replace the power structures of the region. Technology can gather large crowds quickly, but cannot negotiate complex policies or force the hand of power. Even when governments decided to negotiate, such as the Turkish government during the Gezi Park occupation, they didn’t know who to negotiate with and so they chose they’re own delegation from the crowd. The talks quickly deteriorated as soon as the protests began to dwindle into disorganized discussion groups.
But anyone wondering about what protests can achieve need look no further than the civil rights movement of the fifties and sixities. That sustained effort rolled back segregation, employment discrimination, poll taxes and many more racist policies. Fighting hard against insurmountable odds, day-by-day, the movement marched towards its goals, and showed the world the power of protest.
What modern protests lack, the civil rights movement had in abundance—organizational structures, leadership, and the adaptive means of communication that arise over long periods of sustained effort. This is how the Civil Rights movement was so successful, even without the use of social media. It was controlled, restrained, strategic and focused. Today, we have the advantage of learning from the past and utilizing the technology of today.
Protesty takes protesting to the next level by creating a new hybrid model—a middle-out approach. This model recognizes the need for leadership, while also recognizing the need for autonomy and nimbleness. With Protesty, there is finally a tool that lets every citizen be an organized leader—enabling everyone to share their tactics and strategies with everyone else—while allowing for organizational institutions to lead alongside the masses. By creating a hub for all protests and rallies, activists from different causes can come together and tackle a wide range of problems with organization and clarity. Leaders can rise, supporters can be heard, and coherent strategies can directly effect change.
For successful movements to take hold, it takes a mix of sustained marching, creative theatrics, organization, leadership, restraint, calling and writing to politicians, running for office, and voting! So what are you waiting for? Lets get out there and together we can fulfill the promise of America.