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Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions May 2010
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Signs of Life: Small Stories About Big Change
Paying bribes to officials at all levels of government is common in India, but an advocacy group for the poor came up with a way to fight back: Make money worth nothing more than the paper it’s printed on. MORE…
The United States has lagged behind Europe in promoting bicycle transportation, but that’s about to change. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced a new policy encouraging cities and states to include the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians in their transit infrastructure planning. MORE…
By 2011, only one state will have escaped the credit crunch that is pushing other states toward insolvency: North Dakota. North Dakota is also the only state that owns a bank. Now, several states are either studying the prospects of a state-owned bank or are considering legislation to make one possible. MORE…
:: READ MORE SIGNS OF LIFE FROM COCHABAMBA, WASHINGTON, AND CANADA.
US Social Forum
:: A Personal Invitation to the US Social Forum
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, June 2226.
:: WHAT ARE SOCIAL FORUMS?
Imagine a gathering of people from all walks of life, coming together by the thousands on all kinds of issues, to forge a movement big enough for all of us.
:: OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
Also in Detroit, June 1720, the Allied Media Conference brings together media makers from all over the United States interested in using participatory media as a strategy for social justice organizing.
And, in Washington D.C., June 1114, the Network of Spiritual Progressives/Tikkun holds its National Conference, featuring David Korten, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Riane Eisler, Dennis Kucinich, Bill McKibben and other key thinkers, in a discussion about the future of our country.
Did you miss…
Highlights from the last newsletter:
:: Building the World We Want: Interview with Mark Lakeman
City Repair helps people create new, people-friendly visions for their communities.
:: Living Large in a Tiny House
Dee Williams chose to downsize and now lives in a 84-square-foot home. She says she has never been happier.
:: Depaving Portland
The residents of Portland are literally tearing their city up. Who says cities have to be islands of concrete?
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From the Publisher
National Bike Month
Biking Wittwer Family
Join Travis Wittwer for a day of bike commuting with his children in Portland, Ore.
Bamboo Bike Making
“With every bike that leaves our workshop, we see a person who has made something to be proud of, something useful that he or she worked hard to create.”
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on Two Wheels
What if bicycles ruled the road? Here’s a glimpse at what a society based on the power of two wheels looked like—not that long ago.
Pedal People Put the Cycling in Recycling
What’s a cleaner, quieter alternative to garbage trucks? Bicycles!
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