Washington Center

Activism, Protest, and the Politics of Change in Washington

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Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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January 8 - March 12, 2019
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UCLA Sponsored: Political Science 149
Quarter Elective

How does social and political change happen in Washington? What strategies and techniques do underdogs use to take on entrenched and established powers in the nation’s capital? Making real change is difficult. Yet, there are several examples of successful social movements in American history and politics that came to Washington and effectively changed the course of the nation's politics and history. This class will explore the history and stories of grassroots mobilization and advocacy on the national stage. By interacting with guest speakers and visiting sites where events took place, students will learn about the successes—and failures—of social groups’ efforts to make lasting change in American politics and society.


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