It all started in August, 1995 when Texas Observer founding editor Ronnie Dugger wrote a piece for the Nation magazine called “Real Populists Please Stand Up.” The column called for citizens to rekindle a progressive populist movement in this country to challenge corporate power and reclaim democracy. Thousands of people responded to Dugger’s call and so began the Alliance, a network of grassroots discussion, strategy and action groups around the U.S. This weekend, hundreds of Alliance members are gathering on a ranch outside San Antonio Texas for their founding convention. Pacifica National Affairs Correspondent Larry Bensky is there and he joins us now by telephone, along with Ronnie Dugger.
StoryJan 16, 2018