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From the Tea Party to Occupy

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Road to the White House

How Populist Movements Shape American Politics

Tea Partiers and Occupiers are at opposite ends of the political spectrum, yet they both embrace the politics “of the people.” What effect will these populist movements have on the upcoming state, congressional and presidential races? Could they fracture America’s current two-party system and reshape our political landscape? Will protesters’ issues occupy the focus of the 2012 election? Will the Tea Party reemerge and shape political decisions similarly to 2010? Join a panel of experts and student leaders as they break down the similarities and differences of populist movements in America.


  • Jon Fleischman, Founder and Publisher,
  • Larry Eason, Founder and President,
  • Alex Yebri, Vice President, College Republicans
  • Fritz Pielstick, College Democrats

Co-Moderated By:

  • Dan Schnur, Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics
  • Rachel Bracker, News Editor, Daily Trojan

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