Today's protesting model of strategy + tactical action is missing something critical for success: organization. Protests since Trump's inauguration have done well to mobilize mass amounts of people quicker than ever before, but the lack of 'next step' goals has allowed the intensity of such movements to falter after protesters return to their daily routines. More people getting involved politically on the left hasn't provided progressives the leverage necessary to make peaceful demands of their government; even while social conservatives resort to hate speech and violence behind the loopholes of the first amendment to justify their bigotry.
The counter protests in Boston this past weekend were yet another testament to the power of a majority standing up together against hate in America, but what's the next move? When the president and congress don't lend their ears to the people, history teaches us the only peaceful way forward is 'strategic boycotting'. Look back to the most effective peaceful uprising in American history, the civil rights movement, and you'll find that a series of organized resistance tactics were key in securing rights for black Americans between the mid 1950s and 60s.
For example, Rosa Parks is well known for being arrested because she, like many before her, refused to give up her bus seat to a white man. Her arrest sparked the meticulously organized Montgomery bus boycott between 1955-56, in which blacks refused to ride city buses as long as they remained segregated. Instead of riding city buses, the black community of Montgomery organized an over 300 carpool network for protester's transportation, and the loss of ridership put an economic burden on the city and bus companies — forcing the US Supreme Court to order bus integration.
There is no equivalence between a handmade poster and an unspent dollar bill in America. Without political capital, protesting to a government that places economics before social justices will have little effect if it doesn't hurt Uncle Sam's wallet. Without that leverage, the left won't have a seat at the table and will continue to bark with no bite, like a hound with no teeth.