What's to Come for the "99% Spring"
During the week of April 9-15, more than 60 progressive groups throughout the country are converging to host the "99% Spring," where they plan to train 100,000 young activists in non-violent direct action and civil disobedience. The goal of the trainings is to give young activists from across the country tools to organize actions that continue and build upon the recent progressive organizing and successes of the Wisconsin uprisings, the Keystone XL Pipeline resistance, and Occupy Wall Street.
"Though many young activists may have read about leaders like Cesar Chavez or the civil rights movement, many have never been formally trained in non-violent direct action. We see this as an opportunity to train young leaders to organize and take back our country," co-cordinator Liz Butler mentioned.
After the trainings, a series of actions -- collectively referred to as the "Shareholder's Spring" -- will be held to disrupt the shareholder meetings of over forty corporations, including but not limited to Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Exxon Mobil, and Chevron. In addition to these actions specifically targeting corporate power, the 99% Spring plans to organize anti-foreclosure home occupations and a series of student-lead actions against Sallie Mae and other corporations that have rigged and grossly profited off of the student debt crisis.
Though there are many ideological overlaps and alliances between the 99% Spring and Occupy Wall Street -- the name notwithstanding -- the 99% Spring is not a brainchild of the occupy movement. It is an effort by organizations such as Jobs With Justice, Move On, New Organizing Institute, Communication Workers Alliance, National People's Action and several other progressive groups to coalesce community organizations with organized labor to organize a series of direct actions that add to the progressive fervor of the Spring to come.
Over 700 trainings will be held in 48 states. Visit http://www.the99springs.com to sign up to lead, host or attend a training and learn more about the actions to come.