WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012
THE BLOG OF THE RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK

The 99% Spring

RAN at General Strike in Oakland, CAThis spring, RAN has joined an amazingly ambitious effort to train 100,000 Americans in non-violent direct action and start a movement to take our country back. Please read the call to action below from more than 40 economic and environmental advocacy groups. And then join us in springing into action.
DATE: February 15, 2012 TO: America RE: The 99% Spring Things should never have reached this point. Every day, the American Dream seems a little farther away. More of our grandparents are being thrown from their homes. Our mothers and fathers can’t retire because their pension funds tanked. Our brothers and sisters are burdened by student loan debt. For our children, budget cuts have resulted in crumbling schools, skyrocketing class sizes, and teachers being denied the supports they need to do their best. Our friends and family are being denied collective bargaining rights in their workplaces and are falling further and further behind. Our neighbors are being poisoned by pollution in our air and water. The numbers are staggering: in recent years, millions of jobs have been destroyed, homes foreclosed, and an unconscionable number of children live in poverty. And worst of all: this is no accident. It is a result of rampant greed—the deliberate manipulation of our democracy and our economy by a tiny minority in the 1%, by those who amass ever more wealth and power at our expense. We are at a crossroads as a country. We have a choice to make. Greater wealth for a few or opportunity for many. Tax breaks for the richest or a fair shot for the rest of us. A government that can be bought by the highest bidder, or a democracy that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. The choice is in our hands. This spring, we will act on that choice and rise up in the tradition of our forefathers and foremothers. We will not be complicit with the suffering in our families for another year. We will prepare ourselves for sustained non-violent direct action. From April 9-15 we will gather across America, 100,000 strong, in homes, places of worship, campuses and the streets to join together in the work of reclaiming our country. We will organize trainings to:
  • Tell the story of our economy: how we got here, who’s responsible, what a different future could look like, and what we can do about it
  • Learn the history of non-violent direct action
  • And, get into action on our own campaigns to win change.
This spring we rise! We will reshape our country with our own hands and feet, bodies and hearts. We will take non-violent action in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi to forge a new destiny one block, one neighborhood, one city, one state at a time. We know great change is possible. We inherit a history of everyday people standing up for their own dignity, freedom, and self-determination, shaping our direction as a country. The seamstress in Alabama who launched a bus boycott. The farmers in New England and Virginia who imagined we could be a free nation. The workers in Flint, Michigan who occupied their plant to win collective bargaining rights. The farmworkers in California who liberated our fields. The women in New York who dreamed they could one day speak with equal voice. The mother who stood up in Love Canal to stop the poisoning of her community. And the students who risked their lives during Freedom Summer to register voters. In the last year alone we watched the teachers and fire fighters of Wisconsin stand for the rights of workers. And we joined those who Occupied Wall Street, inspiring us to stand with the 99%. We will rise this spring, because we DO hold these truths to be self evident—that all men and women are created equal, that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Will you rise with us? Can we count on you to join us April 9th to 15th to stand with the 99% for America? Signers: Sarita Gupta Jobs With Justice Bob King United Auto Workers George Goehl National Peoples Action Ai-jen Poo National Domestic Workers Alliance Justin Ruben MoveOn.org Joy Cushman & Judith Freeman New Organizing Institute Liz Butler Movement Strategy Center John Sellers The Other 98% Mary Kay Henry Service Employees International Union Van Jones and Natalie Foster Rebuild the Dream John Wilhelm UNITE-HERE Phil Radford Greenpeace John Cavanaugh Institute for Policy Studies Scott Reed PICO National Network Tracy Van Slyke and Ilana Berger New Bottom Line Leo Gerard United Steel Workers Daniel Cantor Working Families Party Larry Cohen Communications Workers of America Victor Sanchez Jr United States Student Association Becky Tarbotton Rainforest Action Network Randi Weingarten American Federation of Teachers Brian Kettenring Leadership Center for the Common Good Randy Jackson UNITY Saket Soni National Guestworker Alliance Bill McKibben and May Boeve 350.org Sharon Lungo and Megan Swoboda The Ruckus Society Ian Inaba Citizen Engagement Lab Patrick Reinsborough smartMeme Strategy & Training Project Rachel LaForest Right to the City Alliance Brigid Flaherty Pushback Network Tim Carpenter Progressive Democrats of America Bob Callahan Change to Win Michael Leon Guerrero Grassroots Global Justice Alliance Roger Hickey Campaign for America’s Future Aaron Ostrom Fuse Washington Jeff Ordower Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment Karen Scharff Citizen Action of New York Marianne Manilov Engage Bruce Klipple United Electrical Workers Union Pablo Alvarado National Day Laborers Organizing Network LeeAnn Hall Alliance for a Just Society Leslie Moody The Partnership for Working Families

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