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How Social Movements for Regional Equity are Reshaping Metropolitan America

10:24 AM PDT on April 14, 2009

For nearly two
decades, progressives have been dismayed by the steady rise of the
right in U.S. politics. Often lost in the gloom and doom about American
politics is a striking and sometimes under analyzed phenomenon: the
resurgence of progressive politics and movements at a local level.
Emphasizing "regional equity," unusual alliances of labor, community
and even business groups have been built around issues of community
benefits, housing affordability, and access to transit.  Drawing on a
wealth of case studies as well as their own experience in the field,
Pastor, Benner, and Matsuoka point out the promise and pitfalls of this
new approach and argue that what they term social movement regionalism
can offer an important contribution to the revitalization of
progressive politics in America.

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