Peter Dreier & Donald Cohen

Peter Dreier teaches politics and chairs the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His latest book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books, 2012).

Donald Cohen is Executive Director of In the Public Interest.

Recent Articles

Turning the March Into a Movement

Reflections on Saturday’s protest

AP Photo/Alex Brandon
AP Photo/Alex Brandon A crowd fills Independence Avenue during the Women's March on Washington, Saturday, January 21, 2017 in Washington. S aturday’s day of protest—against Donald Trump and for women’s equality—was successful in two significant ways. First, it was the largest one-day protest in American history. Based on news reports from cities around the country, as many as 4.5 million people took to the streets. From 750,000 people in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles to 250,000 in Chicago, 60,000 in Atlanta, 26,000 in Des Moines, and 271 in Morris, Minnesota (with a population of 3,500 and only two stoplights), protesters took over America on Trump’s second day in office. Second, the protest completely dominated the news on a day when a newly elected president normally is basking in good press. This is a real defeat for a thin-skinned man who lives off dominating news cycles. The front-page headlines in most newspapers focused on the marches in their local cities and around the...