As the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. frequently plays host to protesters eager to take their concerns directly to the seat of power.
Over the past year, Fusion has been on the ground documenting demonstrations from some of the most pressing issues facing our generation.
In October, pro-democracy protesters gathered in front of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Institute to join in solidarity with the Umbrella Revolution that was taking place on the streets of Hong Kong.
In September, young activists gathered in front of the White House to push the president to act deportation relief and raise awareness about the LGBTQ immigrant community.
In May, consumer advocates rallied outside the Federal Communications Commission and disrupted a meeting on the new net neutrality rules. They opposed the ruling, insisting that all online traffic should be treated equally.
Demonstrators protest outside Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the commission is about to meet to receive public comment on proposed open Internet notice of proposed rulemaking and spectrum auctions.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)
In March, young people were divided over the birth control mandate, as the Supreme Court heard arguments in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case.
“I think that there is a resurgence of the super, super conservative movement in the country among young people,” Kirin Gupta, a 20-year-old Advocates for Youth member and opponent of Hobby Lobby’s stance, said.
And late last year, immigration activists resolved to get Congress to pass immigration reform. The group set up tents on the National Mall and went on a hunger strike for 22 days during the “Fast for Families.”
“It forces the country to look at the issue. To see the faces of the issue. To see the diversity of people it’s affecting. It’s affecting the national conversation,” Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) told Fusion outside the tent.