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.
The table below displays event counts after expanding congressional district boundaries to better account for participation in highly dense metro areas (for example, see NY10, a district that partially includes neighborhoods in Manhattan, New York). Boundary expansion is inversely related to each district's land area and bounded by state borders.