MoveOn Activist Blames the '1 Percent' for Rising Gas and Food Prices

By Susan Jones | April 5, 2012 | 7:07 AM EDT

( - Her name is Kathleen, she lives in Denver, she's a member, and she's training like-minded liberal activists for "spring action," including a "huge protest on Tax Day to demand that the 1% pay their fair share."

"I know just how broken our economy is right now," Kathleen says in an email message to members. "You see, I have been out of work for some time, and as an older person, it is tough to find work at my age.

"I see gas prices spiking, food prices increasing, and there seems to be no end to how difficult the 1% wants to make it for the rest of us. I think it's time to say 'No, we've had enough!'" is planning to conduct "nonviolent direct action training" at 916 gatherings around the country next week.

"At the trainings, we'll discuss how to tell the story of what happened to our economy and learn crucial skills that will help us take effective action," Kathleen says. "Anyone can participate! People from every walk of life, from every community, at any age have a role to play—you don't need any special experience."

The training in Denver will lead to a Tax Day protest: "But I don't want things to end there," Kathleen says. "I hope we're part of a huge national wave -- a true 99% Spring -- of direct action challenging the destructive greed and influence of the 1%."

The goal is to "confront tax-dodging millionaires, greedy Wall Street CEOs, dirty energy polluters, politicians pushing voter suppression in the states, corporations trying to buy our elections, and more."

And yes, there is a connection to the Trayvon Martin case: Kathleen says the "wave of direct action" is already starting to build -- "not only where I live here in Denver, but in places like Sanford, Florida, where students and young people are mobilizing on Monday -- the first day of our nationwide trainings -- to protest the injustice of the killing of Trayvon Martin."