Yesterday evening, this happened:
That’s some protestors shutting down D.C’s Dupont Circle over the Eric Garner grand jury dismissal (I think. There was also some raised hands/’Don’t Shoot’/Ferguson stuff going on). Even though the protest lasted for about thirty minutes, traffic in this area at about ~7:15pm is such a nightmare, so even after the protestors left, traffic was backed up for blocks in every direction–four major roads all pass through the circle.
For relatively little effort–agreeing to stand in crosswalks for thirty minutes–protestors were able to cause a major disruption. The irony is that those who are the maddest about the inconvenience are often those who oppose transit and traffic upgrades.
I have no idea if this makes people more or less sympathetic to the cause. Then again, being civil doesn’t really seem to be having much of an effect, so who cares?