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This Changes Everything by Sarah van Gelder

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CHAPTER 14GOING TO THE STREETS TO GET THINGS DONE

RALPH NADER

What took them so long—these jobless, poor, voiceless, excluded, defrauded, disrespected, fed up thousands, who are learning that half of what democracy means is showing up and staying—in this case—in the parks and the streets? Isn’t that the lesson of American history?

The plutocrats of Wall Street and the oligarchs who serve them in Washington, DC, always sweat a little when people are in the streets. That is what happened during the drive to get women the right to vote, and the great challenges from organized demonstrators of farmers and workers in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Later it was the marches and rallies that sent the message of restraint and retreat to the ...

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