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Charlotte Talks: The Science Behind Political Organizing

Women's March attendees at Romare Bearden Park
Nick de la Canal

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

This past weekend saw the second women’s marchin Charlotte with about 5,000 people filling the streets. That work was the work of organizers. This is difficult work, a fact sometimes overlooked even by those who advocate for change. Mike talks with those who are interested in making that political change happen.

Protests, community organizing, and marches were defining elements of 2017. This is spilling over into the new year. These events don't just happen by themselves. It is the hard work of organizers, people behind-the-scenes planning and balancing the ambitions of those in the movement with the goal of lasting change that makes them happen.  

How do you achieve the goal of making change while focusing on bringing people together? What makes a march evolve into a movement?


Braxton Winston,  Charlotte City Council Member

Jan Anderson, president and coordinator of the Charlotte Women's March.

Judy Schindler , Director of the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University, and contributor to the Charlotte Observer

Farah Stockman, reporter, New York Times

Highlights from today's show:

Braxton Winston on how to be an effective organizer:


Farah Stockman on the progress the Women's Movement has made:


Judy Schindler on roadblocks and what is to gain:


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