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Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with "The End of Nature" in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. The group he founded, 350.org, has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. The Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country’s most important environmentalist."
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Posted April 4, 2012
Interview with John Cavanagh, director of the Institute for Policy Studies, conducted by Scott Harris
The nation’s first Occupy Wall Street protest encampment in New York City’s Zuccotti Park last September had a dramatic effect both on the morale of progressive activists and on the focus of America’s national debate. The actions of a small number of mostly young people who decided that a prolonged protest camp was the only way to communicate their message calling attention to the nation’s growing income inequality and a failed and corrupt political system, struck a chord with millions of Americans reeling from the Great Recession and decades of declining economic fortunes.
The new movement’s slogan, “We Are the 99%,” immediately caught on, inspiring the establishment of hundreds of protest camps across the U.S. and internationally. As activists in the camps faced police crackdowns and evictions, important elements of the new movement organized elsewhere, preparing for a springtime of renewed protests and campaigns. The Occupy movement has called for a national general strike on May 1st.
The success of the Occupy Wall Street movement’s ability to communicate what needed fixing in America inspired other long established progressive groups to think outside the box, seeking more effective tools to advocate for economic and political change. The 99% Spring movement, a coalition of progressive labor unions, political action organizations, and student and environmental groups founded in February, has set a goal of recruiting and training 100,000 people from April 9 to 15, to participate in nonviolent civil disobedience protests this spring. Their targets will include big banks and other corporations that they view as advocating a regressive agenda for the nation. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with John Cavanagh, executive director of the Institute for Policy Studies, one of the original members of the 99% Spring coalition. He talks about the goals of the coalition’s planned protests and the relationship with the more grassroots Occupy Wall Street movement.
Find more information about Institute for Policy Studies and the 99% Spring coalition at www.ips-dc.org.