I originally got wind of this at Feministe :
Nonviolent mass activism is scary, I suppose, when your main interest in life is protecting the interests of those who are already doing just fine. And when you’d done a fairly good job of convincing people who have been struggling that you’re on their side already, you might as well spend a bit of time demonizing your opponents and consolidating your own power.
so i checked out the Nation article
We are on the cusp of a great movement to resist and roll back that corporate domination by banks, energy companies and war profiteers. To join that movement and escalate the activism planned in the days, weeks and months ahead we are organizing a “National Teach-in on Debt, Austerity and How People Are Fighting Back.” The live web-streamed teach-in will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at the Judson Memorial Church in New York City, beginning at 2 pm (EST). Admission is free. Speakers from schools and communities around the country will be hosted by moderators Frances Fox Piven and Cornel West in New York City through a live webcast that you can join by organizing a teach-in on your own campus.
I’ve been brainstorming ways to help the movement and continue this momentum as well. This is brilliant and I hope it catches fire and spreads.