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Wake-Up Call: Do Public Demonstrations Actually Effect Policy Change?

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The focus of today's WBAA Wake-Up Call is on the increasing number of rallies and demonstrations organized by local people who want to shine a light on a particular issue.

The question is, do these public events simply provide a short-term forum, or do the gatherings inspire individuals to transform their behaviors, take action, and work for change in government and social policy?

Amy Austin, of West Lafayette, is spearheading the March for Science from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Riehle Plaza in downtown Lafayette. 

We asked Austin to explain what motivated her to add "community activist" to her existing roles of wife, mother and business co-owner.