Yesterday was the annual May Day protests across the United States. I stumbled upon the Portland, Oregon, May Day protest parade on my way to meet with the panel members for the WordPress Theme Panel at WebVisions 2012.
The power of the blog is the ability to have your say. A blog doesn’t guarantee the right to have that say, but it is a vehicle millions use around the world to let their voice be heard.
With the power of web publishing and social media to let your voice be heard, to defend your right, stand on a soap box, and blow some whistles, clearly the past two years have shown us that physically visible protests continue to carry weight when it comes to changing the world, or at least being heard.
The three block long protest march was small compared to other cities and past marches, but the passion was still present. Representatives from unions, immigrants, and workers of all types along with Occupy members peacefully, and slowly, moved through downtown Portland with an amazing array of police escorts and aerial surveillance. I spotted three helicopters and two airplanes circling over the heads of the sign carrying crowd.
If you want to be heard, use the web. It is a powerful vehicle. However, never forget that your physical presence in protest can speak much louder, especially when joined by like minds walking arm in arm.