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Hey, Trump: Navajo Elders Aren’t Your Political Props
by Jacqueline Keeler
This week, Trump is using Natives to target the Bears Ears National Monument. Last week, it was Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Kindergartners Get Little Time to Play. Here’s Why That’s a Problem
by Christopher Brown
Kids deprived of recess don’t have time to recharge, learn social skills, or solve their own problems.
The Defiant, Refugee-Loving History of New Mexico
by Michael Dax
How the state’s unique and open relationship with Mexico is overshadowing Trump’s immigration policies.
What It Takes to Change Hearts and Minds
by Colin Beavan
To get someone’s support, you need more than just facts.
Nader Calls for a Different 1 Percent
by Andy Lee Roth
Author and activist Ralph Nader wants to create a new 1 percent—one that will expose “conditions of deprivation and abuse” and champion “basic fair play.”
What’s Up, Pussy Hat? Knitting Activists Cause Shortages of Pink Yarn
by Jennifer Luxton
In the weeks leading up to Inauguration Day and the Women’s March on Washington, a furious knitting revolution is sweeping craft baskets across the country.
Worried About Rent Hikes, 301 Families Came Together to Buy Their Mobile Home Park
by Olivia Anderson, Araz Hachadourian, Christa Hillstrom
And five other creative ways Americans are stepping up to build strong local economies.
How Community Land Trusts Can Fix Detroit’s Foreclosure Mess
by Abigail Savitch-Lew
Nearly 1 in 6 properties across the city faced tax foreclosure last year. Land trusts are one way to keep buildings—whether housing or businesses—permanently affordable.
The Fix-It Shop Where Neighbors Repair Your Clothes and Electronics
by Araz Hachadourian
Three years ago, they started a program to keep salvageable goods from landfills by harnessing the community’s collective skills to fix them.
6 Solutions That Support Native Sovereignty—From Tribal Schooling to Bison Herds
by Araz Hachadourian, Christa Hillstrom
Florida’s Miccosukee is the first tribe allowed to run its own school, where students fully participate in family and cultural activities.
In One of the Nation’s Unhealthiest Places, This Hospital Prescribes Fresh Food From Its Own Farm
by Liza Bayless
In an industry usually focused on medicine and procedures, a Philadelphia-area hospital decided what its patients needed was a farm and advice about food.
In Conservative States, 2 Cities (and a Church) Helped LGBT Rights Gain Ground
by Liza Bayless, Araz Hachadourian
From Idaho to Georgia, people found ways to offer sanctuary and legal protection.
8 Strategies for Confronting Hate (That Don’t Involve a Safety Pin)
by Elizabeth Svoboda
Everyday heroism like standing up for someone in trouble means pushing past your own fear. Here's how to do so with caution and courage.
How Creative Repurposing of Industrial Scrap Is Holding Off a Neighborhood’s Gentrification
by Amanda Abrams
25-year old Scrap Exchange partners with Durham, North Carolina, residents to build an innovative arts district.
How to Attempt Racial Healing—Even During a Trump Presidency
by Zenobia Jeffries
America’s past truth and reconciliation processes show us what works.