“In 1886, 300,000 workers, a great number of them immigrants and anarchists, went on general strike across the United States. That day, they took another step in the long march toward an eight-hour workday that had started in the 1860’s and didn’t end until well into the 20th century,” (David Zlutnick, Rinku Sen, Yvonne Yen Liu). Strikes, protests, and movements. Movements have been useful in changing the course of history and various laws since the beginning of time (may or may not be true, don’t quote me on that lol), but they sure have had a great influence on many of the recent political and social movements that have emerged, such as Occupy Wall Street, and immigrant rights movements, that have changed laws and made a difference. It was a strike and social movement that created the enforcement of our current eight hour work day. It was the Black Lives Matter protest’s that shed light onto the unfair treatment of black people in America, and it was Martin Luther King who created social change and gave his famous “I Had A Dream” speech that has left a lasting impression on American history. Its interesting to see now, compared to prior movements, strikes, and protests, that social media and technology actually makes such a huge difference. Just imagine some of the most famous historical movements and if they could have had access to technology. Imagine an online petition and hashtag for the bringing about of the eight hour work day. Perhaps it would have been easier to achieve the movements goals?
Along with that, I cant help but think of the movement that I am currently following and studying; consumer boycotts. Similar to the previously mentioned movements, consumer boycotts are often in forms of strikes or protests as well as online social movements on Twitter or Facebook that result in (sometimes) a lasting effect and having their goal met. Other times, not so much, but either way the movement usually gains some publicity and makes some sort of difference- at least in the minds of onlookers.
Zlutnick,, D., Sen, R., & Yen Liu, Y. (2012). Where’s the Color in the Occupy Movement? Wherever We Put It. Colorlines. Retrieved October 16, 2017.