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 PEACE & JUSTICE   PLANET     NEW ECONOMY   PEOPLE POWER   HAPPINESS 
PEACE & JUSTICE  

Leymah Gbowee now lives in Accra, Ghana, where she is the executive director of the Women Peace and Security Network-Africa.  Photo by Michael Angelo for Wonderland. Courtesy of Vassar College. Leymah Gbowee: A Powerful Voice for Peace

Kwami Nyamidie   |   Jun 10, 2010

Leymah Gbowee’s commitment to nonviolent resistance helped stop the Liberian civil war. She now helps other women promote peace throughout Africa.   MORE »



PLANET  

Adults and children gathered to dance and interweave multi-colored ribbons around the Maypole at Albany's Veterans Memorial Park.  Photo by Peter Tichenor Weaving A Great Turning: Transition Albany Takes It Step-by-Step

Pamela O'Malley Chang   |   Jun 10, 2010

A follow-up on the efforts to transform a 1.7-square-mile California town into a self-sufficient and resilient community.    MORE »



HAPPINESS  

Shannon Hayes cans fruit with neighbors. Photo by Bob Hopper. Radical Homemaking for the Real World

Shannon Hayes   |   Jun 09, 2010

Home is built where we are, not around an idealized community of like-minded people. Shannon Hayes on why she wouldn’t want it any other way.   MORE »



'Love Your Self' paving stone in Los Feliz. Photo by DonnaGrayson. flickr.com/photos/donnagrayson The Roots of Compassion

Sheikh Jamal Rahman   |   Jun 08, 2010

To be compassionate toward others, we first have to learn to be merciful with ourselves.   MORE »



PEOPLE POWER  

On February 12, participants created an unbroken chain of people on Florida's beaches standing hand in hand to symbolize a solid wall of opposition to offshore drilling in Florida. Photo by Jason Koertge. flickr.com/photos/pcbdaily What Are People Doing About the Gulf Disaster?

Sarah van Gelder   |   Jun 08, 2010

In the last week, anger at the BP oil disaster has begun turning into action. Here are some of the things Americans are doing.   MORE »



Processed food is all too common on trays in school cafeterias, but many parents and policymakers are fighting for healthy, local food.  Photo by Ben W: flickr.com/photos/wlscience The School Lunch Revolution

Mark Winne   |   Jun 07, 2010

A new book uncovers the best reasons yet for unconditional school food reform.   MORE »



VIDEO OF THE WEEK   

Hate Groups? Not in Our School

Jun 10, 2010

When an anti-gay hate group decided to visit their school, the students of Gunn High drowned out their protest with a celebration of acceptance.   MORE »
Image from Not in Our Town.org's video of the Gunn High School student's reaction to the arrival of an anti-gay hate group at their school.


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