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Rectifying Injustice: The Purpose & Impact of Protesting in America

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Hundreds of students at high schools in Des Moines staged a walk out the morning after Election Day to voice their concerns about the election outcome and express their support for each other.

There have been many protests in the United States recently. 

After Election Day, protests sprung up across the nation, the Black Lives Matter protests have been going on since 2013, and tensions have escalated at the Standing Rock Indian reservation in North Dakota, where protesters stand against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline project.

This hour on River to River, Ben Kieffer hosts a discussion on protesting in America, from past to present.

“The whole protest movement has its roots in the fundamental nature of the American experience, going back to the Stamp Act protest in 1765, to the Boston Tea Party in 1773, and on,” says historian Tim Walch.

Kieffer also talks with Christine Nobiss, founder and co-chair of Indigenous Iowa, who joins the show live from the Standing Rock Reservation; Boone County Sheriff Gregg Elsberry; historian and Graceland University teacher Tom Morain; and Betty Andrews, president of the Iowa-Nebraska State Conference of the NAACP.

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River