I'm reconsidering some of my prior beliefs after reading this post - especially as someone who is more familiar with the "organize protests" form of political activism rather than the "build relationships" form.

I can't help but think about cases in which electeds are strongly against a particular course of action. For example, Southern segregationists against integration, suburban NIMBYs against more housing. I'd like to believe that you can leverage political capital to change their views - but I feel doubtful that one could ever assemble enough capital to overcome entrenched power interests. For example, desegregation required 10 years of non-violent protest that certainly did not involve building strong relationships with those in power.

Do you have specific examples where this approach works? Am I understanding this correctly?

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