Protest or peaceful marches have been taken place in the U.S. since the latter part of the 1800s. Marches are formed to bring attention to some form of injustice to individuals, a group, or an organization. Annual protest marches are formed to keep the memory of past protest leaders and the memory of past unresolved injustices fresh in the public’s mind. Further goals to mobilize people include taking action through a mass situation and to bring attention or publicity to a cause or an organization which is perceived as causing physical, mental, or social harm.

Mass marches give society an opportunity to network and to build upon continued actions for the cause. Public marches appear to fuel society and to inspire them to prolong their interests in keeping their cause in focus, to help make a difference. Peace marches are a global phenomenon that help activists feel empowered, to vent and is a rallying cry for help. Modern protest marches involve the use of today’s popular social networking websites and web pages to organize and rally supporters.

To increase the legitimacy of a planned march, organizers will be required apply for a permit through their city officials and also to contact their local police department. A march permit is issued after a registration form has been filled out noting the purpose of the march, the location, and the time. However, there have been unorganized marches that came together through modern technology, that include texting with the aid of smartphones, iPhones, and the availability of local news programs.

Walking together as part of a non-violent protest is a socioeconomic action that continues to be discussed as to whether they are effective or not. Non-violent marches, in conjunction with other efforts, tend to help educate the public and the world, by bringing attention to a wrong that should not continue and to invite change. Planned marching campaigns generally draws a large number of people, which can’t help but to capture the attention of the intended wrongdoer to bring about a better solution.

To march in support of a cause is a call to action, a call to be responsible for being human and caring about more than ourselves. Marches prove that we are a family of man and that we will come together in support of the clarion call of justice and humanitarian rights. Non-violent marches are a high spirited infusement of friendship, camaraderie for the same cause and rights, as well as yelling quietly, “we the people unite.”

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Also check out The Politics of Nonviolent Action Part One / Part Two / Part Three.

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