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college students in New York, newly passionate organizers in Oregon and a former pro-life picketer in Tennessee.

The survey is organized into seven categories: “The Video,” “Into the Streets” (divided into three chronological subcategories), “A History of Violence,” “White People,” “Cops,” “Policy and Politics” and “Hope and Pessimism.” Like the participants in the survey, these categories were not preselected: they emerged out of our conversations and therefore out of the words of the protesters themselves. But we believe that, placed together, they illustrate something about the causes, the breadth, the anxieties and the internal tensions that continue to characterize our political moment.

We would like to thank everyone who spoke with us for this survey, as we know it was not always easy. To our readers, we hope you learn as much from them as we did.

— The Editors


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