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Remember When We Toppled SOPA/PIPA in Just 24 Hours? How the People Can Still Win on Net Neutrality Remember When We Toppled SOPA/PIPA in Just 24 Hours? How the People Can Still Win on Net Neutrality
by Josh Levy and Hannah Sassaman
When it comes to limiting digital rights, big companies are in cahoots with governments like never before. But the belief that everyone deserves safe, affordable, and private access to the Internet is taking off.
Marriage Equality Victories Show How Change Happens, One Step at a Time Marriage Equality Victories Show How Change Happens, One Step at a Time
by Gar Alperovitz
Before 2004, no state allowed same-sex marriage. Today, it's legal in 12 states and the District of Columbia. If you want to see how political progress is made, look to the local level.
Why the TransPacific Partnership is a Scary Big (Trade) Deal Why the TransPacific Partnership is a Scary Big (Trade) Deal
by Kristen Beifus
A super-sized NAFTA, the TPP gives foreign corporations privileges that can override domestic laws on environmental health and citizens’ rights. Here’s why we shouldn’t let it pass without a fight.
From the Culture of Aloha, a Path Out of Gun Violence From the Culture of Aloha, a Path Out of Gun Violence
by Poka Laenui
Beneath mainstream culture runs a current of domination, individualism, and exclusion that is harming our children. We assume this is normal—but is it really?
Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo: Time to Stand Against Big Oil in the Arctic Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo: Time to Stand Against Big Oil in the Arctic
by Kumi Naidoo
Oil companies—and many of our political leaders—see melting sea ice as an opportunity to drill deeper. Fortunately, you don’t have to occupy an Arctic drilling platform to join the growing movement of people who are putting themselves on the line for our planet’s future.
How Voter Suppression Could Swing the Election How Voter Suppression Could Swing the Election
by Greg Palast
It won’t be easy to protect our votes from being sidelined and stolen this year, but here are a few simple things we can do.
Creating Change is the People’s Job Creating Change is the People’s Job
by Deepak Bhargava
We—not just the president—have to be the agents of change in our society. How do we extend our electoral organizing beyond the elections?
Now, Let’s Occupy the Ballot Now, Let’s Occupy the Ballot
by Van Jones
During election season, all eyes turn to politics. How do we ensure that the interests of the 99 percent are represented in the halls of power?
Change Now, Vote Later Change Now, Vote Later
by Nathan Schneider
Political answers will come when we build a network of solidarity and action that pushes on all fronts for a true democracy.
Prevent a Tar Sands Disaster Prevent a Tar Sands Disaster
by Nellis Kennedy-Howard
Why developing the tarsands has been called "world's most destructive project."
Two Points for the Tea Party. Now What? Two Points for the Tea Party. Now What?
by David Korten
We can all agree that we've got deficit and spending problems. But where do we go from here?
Young Voters: Don’t Write Them Off Young Voters: Don’t Write Them Off
by Rob "Biko" Baker
Why anyone who believes that under-30 Americans aren’t tuned in to the future and ready to act is fooling themselves.
Legal Pros Say No to Citizens United Legal Pros Say No to Citizens United
by Jeffrey D. Clements and Ben T. Clements
Experts call for Constitutional amendment to take back democracy from corporations.
Clear Act: A Climate Bill That Can Pass Clear Act: A Climate Bill That Can Pass
by Peter Barnes
How the cap-and-cash-back bill can clear a deadlocked Senate–and make most Americans better off.
A Personal Invitation to the US Social Forum A Personal Invitation to the US Social Forum
by Adrienne Maree Brown
The national coordinator of the US Social Forum, Adrienne Maree Brown offers her brief, heartfelt list of reasons to come to Detroit to participate in the 2010 USSF.
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