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If you've been around the internet the last few days, you've heard about the amazing work progressives in Wisconsin are doing to STAND UP for the middle class and American citizen's right to collectively bargain. The unions built the American middle class and by seeking to destroy unions, Gov Walker and the GOP is seeking to destroy the American middle class (to the benefit of their base, 8-figure earning executives).

And if you happened to be reading the Cheddarsphere (as the Wisconsin blogosphere calls itself), than you knew first when this started happening and have watched all week as the protests grow and blossom with their outstanding coverage.

Let's highlight some of that coverage and give the Cheddarsphere their due in helping to keep the protests going and to make the story a national one.

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Bloggers and activists just like you are working every day in their own communities to change the face of progressive politics. Grassroots organizing is happening in neighborhoods across the country, in states red, blue and on the fence.

And this year’s gathering at Netroots Nation will be the most energized yet. To help everyone get there, we're thrilled partner with Democracy for America to offer scholarships to bring some of those activists to Austin to network with fellow progressives just like them.

Click here to apply for your scholarship now.

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We couldn't be happier to have one of our heroes join us down in Austin.

The conference is July 17-20. If you haven't registered yet, now's the time...

We just sent out the email below:

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Lawrence Lessig to Deliver Netroots Nation Keynote

Great news! Netroots Nation is proud to announce Lawrence Lessig as
one of our keynote speakers for this year's conference.

Professor Lessig, who has been called one of the "leading minds in
tech" and open-source democracy by the American Prospect, is the
founder of Creative Commons, and spent years working to make sure that
as the rules of the Internet got written, they were written in a way
that put power in the hands of regular people. He advanced his ideas
through numerous books, articles and blog posts. Respected worldwide,
he is one of the true luminaries of the Internet.

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Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 12:41 PM PDT

Netroots Nation Goes Local

by Netroots Nation

Activists across the country are changing the face of progressive politics. But even in the heat of a Presidential election year, progressives are working locally -- doing everything they can to take their country back from the bottom-up, even in the most historically conservative states.  Texas progressives and the Texas blogosphere provide a great example of this kind of activism....

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