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Military Families Say "Bring Them Home Now"

In Fayetteville, North Carolina, a protest led by veterans and military families drew 4,000 people to the largest demonstration ever held in that military city.

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A Classroom in the Forest

Children learn lessons from slugs and hemlocks, and would-be MBAs from Bainbridge Graduate Institute attend class in a treehouse

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Art in the Village

From abandoned to beautiful: Lily Yeh partnered with the youth of North Philadelphia to transform a neighborhood.

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Two Crises, One Solution

We face devastation of the natural world and violence in human communities. There's a way to solve both these crises. A reverence movement would anchor a different economics, a restorative economics. Working with nature, we can create wealth sustainably and spread it more equitably. Solution-based, investment-driven environmentalism.

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In Brazil: Creating a New Reality

A poor-people's movement settles thousands of aspiring farmers on unused land - and now they have some really big plans.

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Seven Great Ideas for Movement Builders

Movement building is not just about winning on a particular issue, says Grace Lee Boggs. It is about advancing the evolution of human society.

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Appalachian Ecovillage

Campus housing goes green at Berea College.

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Resources for Teaching Peace

Curricula and other resources for teaching peace.

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Discussion Guide for What Makes a Great Place?

What are your favorite places in your area? Where do you spend the greatest amount of your leisure time outside your home? Where do you most enjoy spending time? Which of the five qualities do these places have? More questions like these for discussion . . .

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Resources for a Sustainable Future

Want to take action, but don't know where to start? Start here! The following is a list of organizations that support both teachers and students in their efforts to create positive environmental change.

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Lesson Plan Guidelines: Using YES! Stories in Class

YES! for Youth curriculum materials are based on articles published in the pages of ad-free YES! magazine. They are designed to help students explore positive solutions to social justice and environmental challenges.

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Honey, I Shrunk the Middle Class

The Shrinking American Middle Class by Meizhu Lui - United for a Fair Economy

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Staying Wild: How the Wilderness Act Changed My Life

For one woman writer, wilderness provided sanctuary and solace in an unstable world. Preserving this source of the good life meant stepping into the political fray.

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Students Break Out

Alternative spring breaks: These young people experienced adventure, camaraderie, and the satisfaction of making a difference--plus a few surprises

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Five Ways to a Great Place

Project for Public Spaces works to create places that attract people. What makes these places work?

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The New City Beautiful

Vancouver, Seattle, London, and Chicago are getting healthier and more beautiful through "green urbanism."

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Transit-Oriented Development

Incorporates a mix of high-density residential, retail and office functions all within easy access of a major transit stop.

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Community Land Trusts

CLT's take land out of the speculative market and hold it for farmland, conservation or as sites for housing or businesses.

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Community Benefit Agreements

Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) developed "community benefits agreements" to specify benefits to be provided to neighborhoods affected by a particular development.

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Cities For All: An Interview with Angela Glover Blackwell

Angela Glover Blackwell is founder and CEO of PolicyLink, a national organization working for economic and social equity. Her work has centered on revitalizing low-income communities and communities of color and public-interest law. She recently co-authored Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America (2002, WW Norton & Co).

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Indicator: Students Target Coke

USAS campaign protests Coca Cola human rights violations at Colombian bottling plants

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Unocal Settling Suits in Burma

Unocal agrees to settle lawsuits in connection with the company's construction of an oil pipeline.

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U.S. to Become Net Food Importer

Figures released at the end of 2004 by the Department of Agriculture showed that in 2005, for the first time in more than 50 years, the U.S. will have no trade surplus in food.

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South Korea Pioneers Solar and Tidal Energy

South Korea builds world's biggest solar power plant and tidal energy power plant

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Voters Raise Minimum Wage

Florida and Nevada will require minimum wage to rise automatically with inflation.

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Communities Create Their Own Stores

Not just local, but community-owned stores are starting up in Ely, Nevada, Middlebury Vermont, Swanville, Minnesota and more.

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Uruguay Rejects Water Privatization

Through a national referendum, Uraguay had become the first country to outlaw water privatization by direct democracy and to declare water a “constitutional right.”

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In Search of the Beautiful American

I still believe that we are capable of moving beyond the simplicity of “good people and bad people,” and that we can overcome our racism and arrogance to work with others of all colors and cultures to make a better world for everyone. And I’m still basing my life on that belief.

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Don't Get Even - Get Odd!

no comment - a humorous look at history getting even

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Book Review: No More Throw-away People by Edgar Cahn

No More Throwaway People is a provocative analysis of the non-market economy and an inspiration for the social service community.

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Book Review: The Boiling Point by Ross Gelbspan

The science of global warming, and the dream of the "World Energy Modernization Plan" are two issues covered in the book

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Resource Guide for Just, Green, Beautiful Communities

Websites, books and organizations providing sustainable design tools, networks for change, resources for advancing equity, and improving schools.

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Film Review: The Take and Argentina: Hope in Hard Times

Lisa Gale Garrigues reviews two films about Argentina during the economic crisis of 2002. Both films offer lessons in what ordinary people can do.

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