civil disobedience http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Activists gather in St. Louis for Occupy Midwest conference http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/activists-gather-st-louis-occupy-midwest-conference <p>Occupy movements from across the country are gathering this week in St. Louis to revive their populist protests against banks, corporations and government.</p><p>Rachael Perrotta, a media coordinator from Occupy Chicago said the regional conference will stage at least four non-violent group actions in St. Louis against various companies including Monsanto.</p><p>&ldquo;Welcome to the American Spring,&quot;&nbsp;Perrotta&nbsp;said. &quot;Our movement is expanding. We&#39;re growing. Winter was the time for internal organizing. Spring is the time to get back into the streets.&quot;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:55:54 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3269 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Activists gather in St. Louis for Occupy Midwest conference