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Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment

Summary

According to research conducted by Erica Chenoweth and the Crowd Sourcing Consortium, 15 million to 26 million people in the U.S. have participated in George Floyd protests. 

Recent research conducted by the Crowd Sourcing Consortium revealed that 15 million to 26 million people in the United States have participated in George Floyd protests. Teams of crowd counters are noting the numbers they are recording are unprecedented. For example, on June 6th, at least 50,000 people showed up in Philadelphia to protest, 20,000 in Chicago's Union Park, and 10,000 on the Golden Gate Bridge. Furthermore, there has been an average of 140 protests per day across the United States since May 26. “The geographic spread of protest is a really important characteristic and helps signal the depth and breadth of a movement’s support,” said Kenneth Andrews, a sociology professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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