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 PEACE & JUSTICE   PLANET     NEW ECONOMY   PEOPLE POWER   HAPPINESS 
PEOPLE POWER  

Former South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond during his record-setting 1957 filibuster on the Senate floor. He spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes in an unsuccessful effort to block the Civil Rights Act. Photo courtesy U.S. Senate archives. Majority Rule

Alan Durning   |  Mar 18, 2010

How reforming the filibuster could pave the way to climate legislation, education funding, and health care reform.   MORE »



PEACE & JUSTICE   

Robert Shetterly painted activist Rachel Corrie for his series of portraits, Americans Who Tell the Truth Rachel Corrie and the Image of Israel

Neve Gordon   |  Mar 18, 2010

Commentary: What can we learn from Israel’s response to the death of Rachel Corrie, who was crushed by a bulldozer while protesting the demolition of Palestinian homes in the Gaza strip?   MORE »



PLANET  

As children play in the background, Don Alivio Aruquipa discusses the future of his threatened community, Khapi. Photo by Jessica Camille Aguirre As Glaciers Melt, Bolivia Fights for the Good Life

Jessica Camille Aguirre   |  Mar 18, 2010

Bolivia is watching its glaciers melt, early casualties of a changing climate. As communities struggle to adapt and the government tries to pioneer an alternative way forward, rural Bolivians believe the answer lies not in consumerist striving to live better, but in learning to live well.   MORE »



Image by City Rain Can a Video Game Teach Sustainability?

Rik Langendoen   |  Mar 15, 2010

Designers of the new “City Rain” believe that it can.   MORE »



NEW ECONOMY  

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photo courtesy of the BBC World Service The Growing Movement for Publicly Owned Banks

Ellen Brown   |  Mar 17, 2010

We the people have given away our sovereign money-creating power to private, for-profit lending institutions, which have used it to siphon wealth from the productive economy. Some states are moving to take that power back.   MORE »



HAPPINESS  

In many communities, religious centers double as neighborhood gathering places. Photo by axiepics Church in Our Times: Spirit and Security in the Face of Crisis

AndrÉe Zaleska   |  Mar 15, 2010

Churches are rediscovering their role as community centers, helping to relocalize and revitalize struggling communities.   MORE »



video of the week   

Image from Banking on Change video by Pilgrim Films Banking on Change

Mar 18, 2010

With a briefcase and a motorcycle, a banker in India gets poor communities on their feet—and, in the process, blurs the lines between finance and community organizing.   MORE »





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