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Does the U.S. Have a Legal Responsibility to Stop Climate Change? Does the U.S. Have a Legal Responsibility to Stop Climate Change?
by Lindsay Kucera
Seven teenagers think so—and they’re taking the federal government to court.
Organic Farmers Take Monsanto to Court Organic Farmers Take Monsanto to Court
by April Dávila
Why hundreds of thousands are seeking protection from the seed giant.
In Florida, a “People’s Plan” for Change In Florida, a “People’s Plan” for Change
by Jennifer Kaye
Occupiers across the state convened for the first time to draft a legislative plan that serves the 99 percent.
“Govern As If Our Future Matters” “Govern As If Our Future Matters”
by Lindsay Kucera
To jumpstart much-needed climate action, Alec Loorz and other teenagers are taking the federal government to court.
Hope for Salmon as Dams Come Down Hope for Salmon as Dams Come Down
by Jennifer Kaye
The destruction of two Washington State dams will restore depleted fisheries, create jobs, and maybe even change how we manage our rivers.
New Rights for California’s Undocumented New Rights for California’s Undocumented
by Jen Horton
A handful of new laws this autumn will strengthen civil rights, improve access to education, and protect jobs for the state’s undocumented immigrants.
Extreme Weather Research Makeover Extreme Weather Research Makeover
by Sarah Kuck
Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and droughts: A new coalition to investigate the impact of climate change on weather.
A Sit-In to Save a Sacred Site A Sit-In to Save a Sacred Site
by Lily Hicks
How local tribes stopped a Bay Area burial ground from becoming a parking lot.
The Coming of the Coal-Free Campus The Coming of the Coal-Free Campus
by Jen Horton
Why students across the country are asking schools to clean up their act.
Paid Sick Leave for All Paid Sick Leave for All
by Rebecca Leisher
Nearly 40 percent of all U.S. private sector workers get no paid sick days—but Connecticut is leading the way to change that.
From Farm to Corner Store From Farm to Corner Store
by Lily Hicks
Getting healthy food on the shelves of convenience stores could be the first step toward replenishing food deserts.
Communities Push Back on Fracking Communities Push Back on Fracking
by James Trimarco
Gaining ground in the fight against controversial natural gas extraction.
Farming Careers for Young Veterans Farming Careers for Young Veterans
by Robert Mellinger
Soldiers returning to a bleak job market grow a new set of skills.
Closing Down Coal Plants Closing Down Coal Plants
by Sarah Kuck
Why shutting down 20 boilers nationwide could herald big changes for our energy future.
Census Data Shows More Multiracial Americans Census Data Shows More Multiracial Americans
by Oliver Lazenby
With nine million multiracial Americans, the nation has come a long way.
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