Thinking on peaceful protest and how to make it work.
You don't achieve political change with witty street theatre. That doesn't work, and never has. Meaningful protest in a spot like this isn't about PR; it's about preventing the continuation of business as usual until the issue is resolved.
That doesn't require violence. Violence is unnecessary and counterproductive. But non-violent doesn't mean polite. If you've got traffic marshals and a permit from the government, you're missing the point.
If the protest isn't disruptive, it's irrelevant. But again, disruptive does not mean destructive. It isn't about smashing up a Starbucks, it's about blocking the streets and making noise. No violence or destruction required, but you are required to get in people's way and fuck up their day.
Non-violence from the protesters does not magically create non-violence from the police. At some point, the batons and tear gas are going to come out.
Non-violence does not require martyrdom. If they start breaking heads, run. Ain't nothing wrong with a tactical retreat. But don't run forever. Get clear of the police violence, stop, turn around, and do it again.
The whole point is to shut down the street; a street full of tear gas and riot cops is shut down just as thoroughly as one full of protesters. Every time that the cops attack is a win for the protesters; they're expanding the area of disruption. If you can get them to chase you across the city, you shut the entire city down.
The key is persistence.
The US situation is complicated by the demographics. The Trumpeters are in the suburbs, the cities are populated by the left. But the flashy bits of the cities are owned by the 0.01%, including Trump and his cronies. So it'd be good to keep the focus on those, and try to avoid the cheap end of town.
What else? A need to protest is never a good situation, but what can be done to make it work and minimise the suck?