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6 States Where Voters Could Push Democracy Forward in the Midterms
by Kevon Paynter
From raising the minimum wage to enacting police reforms, here are ballot initiatives progressives should watch in 2018.
High School Students Demanding Gun Reform Join Rich History of Teen Resistance
by Lornet Turnbull
As activists, youth have not always been visible. But past social justice movements show how effective they can be.
3 Ways You Can Find More Happiness at Work
by Jill Suttie
The trick to being happy with your job doesn’t necessarily lie in earning more money.
I Was Wrong About the Rural–Urban Divide
by Sarah van Gelder
Wisconsin dairy farmers reminded me not to allow Fox News and the NRA to define groups of people.
Why This Montana Farmer Grows Food Year-Round in Shipping Containers
by Isabelle Morrison
She can control the water, temperature, and light conditions remotely, with an app on her phone. Is this the future of food-growing?
A Digital Map Leads to Reparations for Black and Indigenous Farmers
by Jean Willoughby
The map’s creators envision equitable distribution of land and resources through “people-to-people” reparations.
The Restaurant Where Grandmas Cook to Share Their Cultures
by Shaima Shamdeen
A New York City restaurant does more than serve home cooking from around the world. It prepares each dish with the love that only a grandmother can provide.
Why There Is (Some) Hope for Wall Street
by David Korten
Some CEOs are getting the message that even though the economy is growing, they need to serve their communities, too.
I’m Dreaming About a Modern World That Doesn’t Erase Its Indigenous Intelligence
by Matika Wilbur
In over 80 nations, oppressive domination has been dismantled.
Climate Refugees in Florida Could Change the Politics There for Generations
by Adam Lynch
In Puerto Rico, residents could only watch as Trump rolled back environmental protections while their island boiled. But living in the U.S. mainland, they can vote.
Unstable Stock Market Is a Warning: Treat Your House Like a Home
by Chris Winters
A precarious housing market is no place for homeowners and renters who just want a safe place to live and a community to belong to.
Gun Violence Has Dropped Dramatically in 3 States With Very Different Gun Laws
by Mike Males
To have an honest, nonpartisan discussion about gun violence, we must look at what happened in New York, California, and Texas.
Why Are More Cities Divesting From Big Oil? It’s Moral—and Practical
by Sylvia Chi
Direct divestments and lawsuits that began on the West Coast are spreading, with New York the latest city to pull its funding out of oil and coal.
Reclaiming African Herbalism as an Act of Resistance
by Danielle Dorsey
Plant medicine has been gaining popularity in recent years, but this herbalist wants to decolonize it.
We Are Drowning In Plastic, and Fracking Companies Are Profiting
by Wenonah Hauter
Plastic production wreaks havoc on people and the planet—from fracking wells and pipelines in Pennsylvania, to air pollution from plastic plants in Scotland.