Nonviolent direct action remains crucial in the contemporary world for exposing atrocities, for example corruption, committed by those in public offices. People can engage in direct nonviolent action to demand change and public accountability on part of leaders.
In the case Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court invalidated the Texas law prohibiting abortion by a 7-2 vote. The court argued that no state was legally empowered to restrict abortions during a pregnancy’s trimester or the initial three months. States were only allowed to implement restraining abortion laws respecting the health of mother in the second trimester and the state laws had to be made in accordance with the ruling in Roe v. Wade. The decision of the court triggered lobby groups with emergence of “pro-life” camp championing for Constitutional Amendment (Right-to-Life Amendment) against the “pro-choice” camp that supported the 1973 Supreme Court ruling. The American society before Roe v. Wade was marred with illegal abortions.
The Haymarket protest was arranged by labor radicals on May 4, 1886 to protest the murders and injuries inflicted on many workers by the Chicago police in a previous day’s strike at the McCormick Reaper Works’. Violence erupted when someone threw a bond at the police who came to disperse the protesting workers. Some seven protestors were arrested in connection with the bomb and sentenced to death despite no evidence held against them. This affair portrays historical injustices that greatly embedded in the workplace as well as the American justice system. The aftermath of the Haymarket affair was divided public opinion on how the court handled the case of the men incarcerated. The men were believed to have been unfairly convicted, which triggered the implementation of Bill of Rights via the Fourteenth Amendment.
According to Martin Luther King, Jr., economic justice, racism, war, and militarism are all interconnected as they are