The pro-public union protests in Wisconsin over the past month have marked a major turning point in the American political debate over an elite-backed austerity agenda, declares Frances Fox Piven, perhaps America’s foremost authority on social protest movements.

    “We are on the cusp of a great movement to resist and roll back that corporate domination by banks, energy companies and war profiteers,” Piven and fellow activist/academic Professor Cornell West write in The Nation. They believe that the Wisconsin model of resistance against the elite agenda of endless cutbacks for working people, undertaken in the name of balancing the budget, must be spread across the nation. To help that happen, Piven and West are promoting anational teach-in April 5 on fighting the austerity agenda that will be conducted on dozens of campuses. read more

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