Why you should care

There’s a lot more to resistance than pussy hats.

OZY's Future of Resistance series explores how people are fighting for their rights. From Tanzania to the Netherlands, OZY's Future of Resistance series explores how people are fighting for their rights.

This is an OZY Special Briefing, an extension of the Presidential Daily Brief. The Special Briefing tells you what you need to know about an important issue, individual or story that is making news. Each one serves up an interesting selection of facts, opinions, images and videos in order to catch you up and vault you ahead.

WHAT HAPPENED

There’s an allure to being the underdog. With everyone from lefty anti-Trump protesters to hard-right Alex Jones supporters calling themselves the resistance, it’s key to remember that this isn’t just academic. Around the world, people are resisting oppressive forces — whether by organizing protests via smartphone or creatively designing better public toilets.

This exclusive OZY series offers you a global look at the next phase of fighting back against oppressive laws, big companies and ingrained societal prejudice. Welcome to the Future of Resistance.

HOW TO THINK ABOUT IT 

Getting your digits. There’s an app for everything, even protest. Apps like Hustle and networks like Ragtag allow political movements on both sides of the aisle to organize volunteers and increase voter turnout. This is way beyond Facebook organizing: The tech is more focused when it comes to grassroots mobilization, while simultaneously focusing on ethics and protecting users’ privacy in an age when personal data is on everyone’s minds. 

Body politic. Who knows best about a woman’s body? The answer seems obvious. Yet men have long been in control of the products that enter women’s bodies, such as tampons and condoms. Now, though, female company founders and inventors are increasingly taking control, focusing on the development of all natural products, and attempting to protect both women and the environment at the same time. 

Persistence pays. Nigerian politics, like politics in most places, like politics in most places, has long been dominated by men. But three female candidates will run in February’s presidential elections (the previous record was one), and support by the African Women’s Development Fund has increased from $15,000 in 2015 to $138,800 this year, giving women a real chance to compete. 

Pissed off. Who gets to pee in public? In Amsterdam, it’s usually not women. The city’s few public toilets are designed only for men. So when a woman was fined for peeing in a canal after dark, and the fine was upheld by a judge, the country’s design whizzes decided to fight back by coming up with better public toilets, ones that women could also use. Meanwhile, apps to help find places to pee — and public ridicule of existing laws — have started to change city culture already. 

People power. Give corporations an inch and they’ll take an acre. In Tanzania, villages and communities have seen big companies attempt to snatch their land — which often isn’t clearly deeded or even mapped. But now they’re fighting back with digital tech, skillful legal wrangling and good old-fashioned help from their elected politicians, and they’re starting to win big victories.

WHAT TO READ

Yellow Vest Protests Spread to Canada, Criticizing Illegal Immigration, Taxes in CTV
“Originally starting in France, yellow vest protests have moved to Canada. Many were held Saturday across the country criticizing the tax and immigration policies of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government.”

How the Town of Whitefish Defeated Its Neo-Nazi Trolls, by Andrew Romano atYahoo News
“The fact that hundreds of their non-Jewish neighbors stood in the crippling cold to cheer them on was a powerful reminder — to the world outside, and to the Nazis themselves — of how marginal the haters really were.”

WHAT TO WATCH 

Woman Climbs Statue of Liberty to Protest Family Separations

“It’s a vertical climb and there’s not many footholds or anything, so she had either some good skills or some dumb luck.” 

Watch on CBS on YouTube:

Meet the Face of the Millennial Anti-Abortion Movement

“The popular narrative has been that abortion is somehow going to empower women when we know that it’s an act of violence against our children.” 

Watch on The Atlantic on YouTube:

WHAT TO SAY AT THE WATERCOOLER

Long line. Resistance never arises spontaneously. In fact, you can trace Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest straight back to Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and Leo Tolstoy … which is exactly what OZY did in its hit podcast, The Thread, earlier this year. Take a listen to find out about an international history of nonviolent protest — how it developed and where it’s going.

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