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A Modern-Day Debtors’ Prison? Judges Push Back Against the South’s Privatization Wave
by Daniel Rossposted Jun 04, 2014
- In Southern states, small-town courts have outsourced probation management to for-profit companies charging fees out of reach to the country's poorest residents. Many people end up in jail for nonpayment. These judges want private companies out of their courts.
Language Matters: How #YesAllWomen Named a Problem With No Name
by Rebecca Solnitposted Jun 04, 2014
- If you lack words for a phenomenon, an emotion, a situation, you can’t talk about it—which means that you can’t come together to change it.
Bangkok Protestors Strike Back at Coup—With Forbidden Hunger Games Salute
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Jun 03, 2014
- Thai protestors borrow a sign of solidarity from Hollywood's silver screen to fight new national curfew and banned public gatherings.
Seattle Wins $15 Minimum Wage—Will Your Town Be Next?
by YES! Editorsposted Jun 03, 2014
- Activists built support for the ordinance by demonstrating that it would reduce poverty in the city.
Game Changer: EPA to Regulate Carbon Emissions from Power Plants
by Brandon Bakerposted Jun 02, 2014
- Coal-fired power plants are responsible for about 40 percent of United States' carbon emissions. That pollution would be regulated for the first time under the new proposed rules.
"Look Mom, No Bus!"—Walking to School Helps Kids Stay Fit and Have Fun
by Molly Ruskposted Jun 02, 2014
- A program called the Walking School Bus provides kids an easy way to get regular exercise while getting to know their neighborhood.
“Closing Down the Mine Brought Our Community Back Together”: How a Small Pacific Island Stood Up to a Transnational Company
posted Jun 01, 2014
- Clive Porabou was born on the Pacific island of Bougainville. Transnational mining company Rio Tinto was beginning to dig the world’s largest open-pit copper mine, displacing native residents. Armed conflict started even before excavation began.
“In 10 Years, I Want to Walk Again”: How a Worker Making Circuit Boards Got Sick—and Is Holding Samsung Accountable
by Hye-kyeong Hanposted Jun 01, 2014
- While manufacturing circuit boards for Samsung, Hye-kyeong Han was diagnosed with a brain tumor, leading her to undergo a number of surgeries and radiation treatments. She was just 26 years old.
“Now They Can’t Get Me to Stop Talking”: How a Teenage Tobacco Farmworker in North Carolina Found Her Voice
by Neftali Cuelloposted Jun 01, 2014
- In North Carolina, when school gets out each summer, a stream of young people—nearly all Latino—head into the fields to help bring in the state’s most profitable crop: tobacco. Neftali Cuello was twelve years old when she first accompanied her family into the fields.
We Went Behind the Scenes of the Global Economy to Bring Back Workers’ Stories
by Corinne Goriaposted Jun 01, 2014
- After dozens of interviews, the guiding question of this oral history project shifted from, “Who are the people in the factories?” to, “How are workers and communities putting their futures at risk when they demand something better?”
The Boomers "Failed" Us: Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher on Anger, Love, and Sacrifice
by Sarah van Gelderposted May 30, 2014
- First the anger, then the love—overcoming generational anger to find the courage required for the difficult work ahead.
Portland's E. Coli Scare: How Mushrooms Could Have Helped Prevent It
by James Trimarcoposted May 30, 2014
- Filters that contain fungi with powerful antibiotic properties can help remove harmful bacteria from water.
Tennessee Tied Teachers' Jobs to Standardized Test Scores. Here's How They Pushed Back—And Won.
by Molly Ruskposted May 30, 2014
- The teachers found their careers at risk when an erratic statistical tool became a key measure of their success.
"Black Women’s Blueprint" Helps Low-Income Women Get By—Through Bartering
by Laura Flandersposted May 30, 2014
- Farah Tanis learned that, of the women in poverty she worked with, 9 out of 10 had experienced violence—so she started a bartering network to help them survive.
Remembering Maya Angelou: Fiery Poet of Peace
posted May 28, 2014
- In Angelou's poem "A Brave and Startling Truth," we can sense the poet's yearning for a more peaceful and loving future.