Since we started documenting protests reported by local news sources, we've learned that the topics that motivate people to participate in demonstrations vary greatly between communities. For example, in many Kentucky suburbs, turnout for education protests against systemic underfunding tend to eclipse turnout for other national issues such as immigration. In St. Louis, Missouri, people often protest about civil rights violations related to police brutality and racial injustice. In Texas’s 23rd Congressional District, protesters overwhelmingly advocate for more compassionate immigration policies. Local trends such as these lead us to believe that via protests, communities can collectively voice their needs and concerns. To facilitate an exploration of community priorities across the country, we've segmented our protest data below by congressional district and included a few electoral statistics such as each district's Cook PVI partisan lean score.
Because our map relies on a simplified version of congressional district boundaries, protests that occurred near the boundary of one district may be assigned to the adjacent district. Additionally, highly dense metro areas such as New York City show the effects of people traveling to a central location to protest together. To better understand protest activities in these regions, in future explorations, we'll add the ability to examine protests by proximity to a district.