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Online Organizing Against the Bailout from the Left

BY Zephyr Teachout | Tuesday, March 17 2009

There's a new group trying to organize protests in every city on April 11.

http://www.anewwayforward.org/demonstrations/

It involves many people from the participatory culture foundation, and some others I don't recognize. They tend to be very creative. It will be really interesting to watch, as its the first (that I know of! I'm happy to be corrected) national effort to protest the bailouts from the left, with a new vision of what anti-trust policy should be. Its a return, as I understand it, to a more traditional understanding of political economy, where scale matters, and large institutions who are given a charter by state or federal governments must be highly regulated or broken up, lest they overtake the political process.

What I think will be especially interesting to watch is how, and if, they use the Organizing for America networks to find local organizers around the country, leveraging the openness of the Obama network for their own, slightly different, purposes.

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