The Little-Known Farmworkers Who Sparked the Biggest Labor Movement in U.S. History
by Alexa StrabukMay 01, 2016
- There would be no Cesar Chavez without the Filipino manongs of Delano, California, whose decision to strike set off the most significant labor movement the United States has ever seen.
Portland Fast Food Workers Don’t Just Want a Raise—They Want a Union Too
by Tamara KneeseApr 29, 2016
- Employees at Burgerville, a Pacific Northwest restaurant chain, are unionizing and demanding benefits. Even without their employer’s recognition, their union offers an alternative model for organizing low-wage workers.
What’s a Carbon Farmer? How California Ranchers Use Dirt to Tackle Climate Change
by Sally NeasApr 29, 2016
- Scientists believe that simple land management techniques can increase the rate at which carbon is absorbed from the atmosphere and stored in soils.
What Small Farms Need to Compete With Corporate Food
by Kate StringerApr 27, 2016
- Most small farms have to follow the same rules as big corporate ones. In Maine, flexible food ordinances have increased the number of small farmers.
The Pragmatic Impacts of Sanders’ Big Dreams
by Sarah van GelderApr 27, 2016
- Even with Tuesday’s campaign setbacks, Bernie Sanders’ pledge to make the country more equitable and sustainable is more realistic than some people are letting on.
How a Worker-Owned Tech Startup Found Investors—and Kept Its Values
by Nathan SchneiderApr 26, 2016
- As cooperative culture spreads into the tech world, Loomio is part of a new wave of entrepreneurs figuring out how to finance a more democratic, values-centered online economy.
Retrofitting Suburbia: Communities Innovate Their Way Out of Sprawl
by Erin SagenApr 25, 2016
- The future for suburbanites, who now have twice the carbon footprint of city dwellers, seems to be pointing backward to pre-automobile, train-based living.
A Sanders-Clinton Combined Strategy Could Boost Native Americans’ Quality of Life
by Jennifer BiessApr 23, 2016
- To meet multifaceted needs in Indian Country, Sanders and Clinton should combine their economic proposals.
This Earth Day, Listen Up: Mother Earth Is Calling Us Back
by David KortenApr 20, 2016
- Those of us who succumbed to the false promises of Western consumerism at great cost to the planet and to ourselves are Earth’s prodigal children now returning home.
Want to Hire a Worker-Owned Co-op? There’s an App for That
by Michelle StearnApr 20, 2016
- Coopify wants to bring a sense of community to the app-based booking world by connecting worker-owned cooperatives and other low-income task workers directly with consumers.
How a Health Clinic Made a Local Grocery Store Part of Its Prescription
by Bob Van MeterApr 19, 2016
- A partnership between a Boston health clinic and a local grocery shows what economic development can do when it makes community health a priority.
The Future of Libraries Is Bigger Than Books
by Cat JohnsonApr 16, 2016
- Modern libraries are essential in underserved communities as places where everyone is welcome to gather, work, borrow materials, or just spend time.
How to Talk With Your Kids about Donald Trump
by Allison Briscoe-SmithApr 15, 2016
- The success of Trump’s candidacy isn’t just a political problem. It’s also a psychological and cultural one that needs to be addressed by parents.
Video: This New York Farm Wants to Fix the “Food Apartheid”
by Jasleena GrewalApr 14, 2016
- Soul Fire Farm provides farm education to Black and Latino youth in an effort to end a history of racism and injustice in America's food system.
You Know What’s Really Gross? Not Periods, But Taxes on Periods
by Lynsi BurtonApr 13, 2016
- Class action lawsuits point out the irrationality of sales-tax exemptions for items such as Rogaine, foot powder, and Viagra—but not menstrual products.