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— Sherer sympathizes with those people who are reluctant to take action. "There's a lot of fear," she says. "There's a lot of police brutality in this country. Some people think that breaking windows is the only tactic, and we try to show them other methods. We let them know they have a right to be in the street, that we do have legal counsel for them if they're arrested."

Puppets, she adds, are wonderful symbols for activists. "We don't have access to television. Even if we had the money, we wouldn't be allowed to put ads on television. Puppets are a way of bringing a political message in universal symbols and art that anyone can glimpse. The whole art side of the political realm is a place where we aren't in our head. Sometimes things can't be explained."

Listening to Sherer deconstruct tactics and puppets calls to mind what author Naomi Klein said in The Nation recently about activism. "Protest," she wrote, "has gone postmodern: less about the issues than the tactics, the permits, the police response, the trials afterward -- protesting about protesting itself."

Well, yes and no. Today's young people do seem to spend a great deal of time pondering the methods of activism, but Seattle's reverberations are prompting action, even here in San Diego. While Sherer and I are talking, she has to excuse herself every several minutes. She's busy planning San Diego's version of the International Day of Action against Citigroup, that "big boy of Wall Street" that finances the global economy. She's looking for the face of what many young people call the enemy. When she finds it, she gets in it.

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