The Great Rural Activism in Rural America

Protests aren’t an urban occurrence only

Rural areas were part of a year that saw widespread protests and demonstrations across the U.S.

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Between May 24, 2020, the day before George Floyd’s murder, until August 22, 2020, more than 10,600 demonstrations took place across America. Source: Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project

Protesters demanded the closure of the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas, where Immigration and Customs Enforcement house 500 migrant women. The courthouse grounds in Ionia, Michigan, were covered with signs protesting against a proposed ICE facility. The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) tracked nearly 22,900 demonstrations and protests in 2020 in the U.S., with events in areas ranging from North Dakota, Louisiana and Nevada involving issues from election protests to demonstrations about immigration policy and issues of race. 

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Julia Robinson is an independent photojournalist based in Austin, Texas. She began as a staff photographer for large metropolitan dailies and small-town newspapers across the US covering everything from house fires to professional sports. She returned to her hometown in 2009 and covers the great state of Texas for clients including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

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