Live from Ralph Nader’s “Breaking Through Power” Event in D.C.

By Greg Ruggiero

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Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending Ralph Nader’s 4-day gathering on the importance of mounting a civic insurgency to bring corporate power under greater public control.

Staged in Washington D.C.’s historic Constitution Hall, Nader brought together an impressive array of artists, intellectuals, activists, attorneys, whistleblowers, and progressive media makers.

As Nader named the event after our forthcoming book with him, Breaking Through Power, I couldn’t resist but accept the invitation to attend and present advance copies of the book to conference goers.

Among the highlights was Patti Smith talking about Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, Thomas Paine and William Blake. She told us that long before Ralph ran for President of the United States, her Dad would write his name in on his election ballot. Here is some video I took of her reading Whitman’s homage to New York, “Mannahatta,” as well as more shots of Ralph at the conference.

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To see footage of the gathering, click here.

Also, Ralph is planning a follow-up “Breaking Through Power” event this September. The book, Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than You Think, comes out the same month from City Lights. Stay tuned for details!

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