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Policing Protest From Stonewall to Ferguson

2 movements. 2 landmark stories of community uprising. We examine the impact of privilege, police militarization and the media on the effectiveness and response to the LGBT movement juxtaposed with #BlackLivesMatter. From the Stonewall Riots in 1969, a violent demonstration in response to police brutality, to legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015, the LGBT movement was on a relative fast track. We explore the special sauce that led to this success. In Ferguson, Staten Island, Baltimore, etc etc etc, police actions were subject to accountability by a powerful hashtag and maybe a smartphone, but those demonstrations experienced a very different reception from media and legislators.

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  1. The Stonewall riots were a launching pad for the LGBT movement. What were the circumstances and how did that anger become a successful campaign?
  2. How has the LGBT movement used social media tools to react to atrocities or calls to action? Are there differences between them and other movements?
  3. Because of new technology and new media, the public is now policing the police. Has this changed their relationship with disenfranchised communities?



Francella Chinchilla, Dir, The Raben Group

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