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Mon April 2, 2012
Spring has sprung; 99% spring events are coming
Earlier this year, we told you about The 99% Spring, the protest movement sponsored by a variety of political and labor groups including MoveOn.org, the United Auto Workers and the Teamsters Union.
It’s part of a fresh wave of protests that are taking place across the country, in the wake of the Occupy movement.
Starting next week, 99% Spring events will be kicking off across the United States, and especially in the Midwest.
Supporters are vowing to train 100,000 people to “to tell the story of what happened to our economy, learn the history of non-violent direct action, and use that knowledge to take action on our own campaigns to win change.”
Over the weekend, the UAW sent an email to its members, encouraging them to take part.
“We are at a crucial point in America where if we continue to ignore the opportunity to rebuild this great country, then we risk losing the very essence of what has made this country great,” the email said.
Some 918 events have been scheduled thus far. MoveOn.org, which is associated with the Democratic Party, has a locator for events, where you can put in your zip code and find those closest to you.
Here are the ones for the Detroit area, Chicago and Milwaukee, and Cleveland. To be sure, the 99% Spring movement hasn’t said what will happen once people are trained, but given the training events, it’s pretty clear it will meet its goal of training 100,000 people.
Are you planning to take part in 99% Spring? Let us know where and when.