Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

Protests rss

One Gas Leak Too Many

It’s fair to ask: ‘Can we just stop fracking, already?’

Claiming Our Victories

Despite the cynics, social movement uprisings are producing some remarkable wins.

In Praise of Impractical Movements

Three Times When the World Broke Open– and Two When it Might Again

The Massive Immigrants Rights Protests of 2006 Are Still Changing Politics

Popular uprising have ramifications that go beyond immediate legislative results, and they can alter the climate of political debate.

Martin Luther King Jr. Was a Disruptor Not a Peacemaker

Like those of Black Lives Matter activists today, King’s methods were widely criticized— even when they were effective.

Why MLK Chose Not to Run for President

Like Bernie Sanders today, Martin Luther King, Jr. considered launching a presidential campaign to oppose military interventionism and promote democratic socialism. Here’s why he decided against it.

A Good Moment to Make a Scene

Protests work when they escalate, refusing to be silenced. And right now, urgent cries for racial justice must not go unheard.

#ShellNo: The Triumph of the Kayaktivists

Sometimes those who are creative and daring – those who paddle hard and bring enough friends – prevail in spite of cynics and detractors.

Act Against Amazon!

Some have asked whether it’s finally ‘time to break up with Amazon’.

What makes nonviolent movements explode?

Despite the demonstrated power of sacrifice and disruption, it is rare that groups risk either in significant measure — and even rarer that the two are combined in thoughtful and creative ways