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Worried About Online Surveillance? Your Librarian Can Help Worried About Online Surveillance? Your Librarian Can Help
by Melissa Morrone
A guided tour of ways to use your local library to protect your privacy online.
This Transgender Widow's Struggle for Benefits Will Touch Your Heart This Transgender Widow's Struggle for Benefits Will Touch Your Heart
A private person by nature, Robina Asti stepped into the limelight after her benefits were denied. Years later, her work helped change the Social Security Administration's policy toward transgender widows.
“I Want You to Live In My House”: How U.S. Kids Are Welcoming the Central American Child Refugees “I Want You to Live In My House”: How U.S. Kids Are Welcoming the Central American Child Refugees
by Christa Hillstrom
Ashamed of the public rejection of children seeking refuge in the United States? Here’s what you can do about it.
Why Are Immigrant Children Flooding Across the Border? Jon Stewart Lays It Out Why Are Immigrant Children Flooding Across the Border? Jon Stewart Lays It Out
by Molly Rusk
More than 48,000 undocumented kids have been apprehended while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border this year.
Change Is Divine: How Sci Fi Visionary Octavia Butler Influenced This Detroit Revolutionary Change Is Divine: How Sci Fi Visionary Octavia Butler Influenced This Detroit Revolutionary
by Adrienne Maree Brown
"The ideas in Butler's fiction challenge us to contend with our own choices and take responsibility for our own power."
US Patent Office Says It Won't Protect a Racial Slur. Here's What It Means for the Washington Team US Patent Office Says It Won't Protect a Racial Slur. Here's What It Means for the Washington Team
by Molly Rusk
Democracy Now talks to Amanda Blackhorse, the Navajo activist who started a lawsuit to get the Washington football team to change their name.
11 Years After Her Death, This 23-Year-Old Peace Activist Keeps Inspiring Us 11 Years After Her Death, This 23-Year-Old Peace Activist Keeps Inspiring Us
by Kali Swenson
Rachel Corrie was killed in 2003, but her passion for peace lives on in her writings.
The War on Drugs Destroys Lives—Here Are 6 Things You Can Do About It The War on Drugs Destroys Lives—Here Are 6 Things You Can Do About It
by Wendy Call
The movement to end the violence through the decriminalization of drugs has never had so much momentum. And it's never been easier to get involved.
Can We Keep the Internet Free? Can We Keep the Internet Free?
by Candace Clement
The struggle to save the world's greatest communication network.
Meet the Real-Life Inmates Fighting for Mothers' Rights at "Orange Is the New Black" Prison Meet the Real-Life Inmates Fighting for Mothers' Rights at "Orange Is the New Black" Prison
by Victoria Law
On issue after issue, women prisoners have learned to be their own strongest advocates.
Stephen Colbert: New Standardized Tests Teach Valuable Lessons in Stress and Confusion Stephen Colbert: New Standardized Tests Teach Valuable Lessons in Stress and Confusion
by Molly Rusk
Why did an elementary school math problem go viral? It has to do with a new set of federal education standards known as the Common Core.
Legalization is a Human Rights Issue: Latin America Steps Up Resolve to End the Drug Wars Legalization is a Human Rights Issue: Latin America Steps Up Resolve to End the Drug Wars
by Wendy Call
On the heels of pot legalization in Washington and Colorado, the movement for less punitive drug policy is coalescing at every level. Its new leaders could come from the very countries that have suffered the most.
Russian Aggression Deserves a Response, But U.S. Lacks Credibility to Lead It Russian Aggression Deserves a Response, But U.S. Lacks Credibility to Lead It
by Stephen Zunes
The United States cannot legitimately lead an international response to the illegal Russian aggression in Ukraine until it abides by international law itself.
Immigrant Detainees' Hunger Strike Targets Legal "Grey Area" Immigrant Detainees' Hunger Strike Targets Legal "Grey Area"
by Rachael Stoeve
A hunger strike in a Washington state detention facility draws attention to a facility where most U.S. laws don't apply.
People Over Profit: Why These Two Small Countries Stood Up to Big Mining People Over Profit: Why These Two Small Countries Stood Up to Big Mining
by Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
If the governments of Costa Rica and El Salvador can resist the mining industry, maybe we all can.
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