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The movements included in this study demonstrate the point. The trajectory of the abolitionist movement is the most neatly linear. The goal of immediate abolition of slavery with full political rights for slaves emerged as a consensus goal out of years of debate between various alternatives. Once abolitionism took off, over the next thirty years it enjoyed a relatively steady increase in its number of adherents, who were increasingly militant and vocal. The goal of woman suffrage likewise emerged out of a variety of ideas for the advancement of women’s rights, accompanied by an upsurge of militant activity.

The role of Radical Reference Radical Reference (RR) was launched in early 2004 to assist and support the activists and activist organizations in protest at the 2004 Republican National Convention (RNC) in New York city. As you remember, a half million people came out on the street to protest the Bush administration, its many destructive policies, and the Iraq war. This weekend of mass mobilization was due to the energies, commitment, and collaboration of many grassroots organizations across the political spectrum, including RR.

Street Reffies” prepared and were armed with in-depth reference kits of maps, emergency health and legal information, restaurant guides, lists of places to access free wi-fi, and more. In addition, teams of home support volunteers were on call for questions that could not be readily answered with the information on hand. Home support volunteers also acted as a virtual affinity group by monitoring local mainstream and alternative media to keep Street Reffies informed about various events and police activities.

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