By now, I'm sure many of us have heard the news: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are hosting rival rallies on the D.C. national mall next month. (For those who haven't heard, see here: <a class="postlink" href="http://voices.washingtonpost.com/tvblog/2010/09/-watch-the-jon-stewart.html?hpid=artslot" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://voices.washingtonpost.com/tvblog ... id=artslot</a>.) I think that while most will agree that this will be hilarious, Stewart's rally also acknowledges the fact that most people, while they may feel strongly about a certain topic, do not necessarily have the time and money to fly out to yell and scream for a day. On the other hand, protests and protesters, from Ghandi to Martin Luther King Jr., have played an important part in the development of the US and the world. FOCUS: Has anyone ever attended a truly amazing rally, protest, picket line, etc. that really seemed to make a difference or did you go and it was a waste? Are there any rallies that you wish you could have attended (not just limited to your lifetime or your home country)? Sub-Focus: Share your experiences with annoying or inspiring protesters. Not sure if it's possible, but try to keep politics at a minimum, obnoxious/impressive protesters come from all across the political spectrum.