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Science Fiction and the Post-Ferguson World: “There Are as Many Ways to Exist as We Can Imagine” Science Fiction and the Post-Ferguson World: “There Are as Many Ways to Exist as We Can Imagine”
by Mary Hansen
Radical science fiction and fantasy are a remedy for the belief that there is no alternative to the violence and inequality that surround us.
Mentally Ill People Often Face Violence From Police—But These Cities Are Trying to Fix That Mentally Ill People Often Face Violence From Police—But These Cities Are Trying to Fix That
by Daniel Ross
Crisis Intervention Teams train police officers to understand mental illness without resorting to violence.
“I’m Scared to Be a Black Male Walking Down the Street”: Seattle Teens on Why They Skipped School for a #Ferguson March “I’m Scared to Be a Black Male Walking Down the Street”: Seattle Teens on Why They Skipped School for a #Ferguson March
by Kayla Schultz, Mary Hansen
“We all just left class. As soon as 11:00 came, we stood up and walked out of class. Together as one.”
Undercover University: Palestinians Study Up in Israeli Prisons Undercover University: Palestinians Study Up in Israeli Prisons
by Emily Mulder
More than 40 percent of Palestinian males have spent time in Israeli prisons. The schools that operate within are increasingly important.
When the City Turned Off Their Water, Detroit Residents and Groups Delivered Help When the City Turned Off Their Water, Detroit Residents and Groups Delivered Help
by Larry Gabriel
Grassroots action has backed down the city’s aggressive water shutoffs.
Urban Comeback: How Cities Are Leading Us Into the Future Urban Comeback: How Cities Are Leading Us Into the Future
by Sarah van Gelder
At a time when nations are gridlocked and corrupted by special interests, cities are taking on poverty, social isolation, and the climate crisis.
Permanent Housing for 85 Homeless People Saved Taxpayers $1.8 Million (And 18 Other Facts to Think About) Permanent Housing for 85 Homeless People Saved Taxpayers $1.8 Million (And 18 Other Facts to Think About)
by Natasha Donovan
Did you know an elephant can bring in more than $1.6 million during its lifetime—from ecotourism?
25 Years Later: How the Fall of the Berlin Wall Inspired Global Uprisings from Occupy to Ferguson 25 Years Later: How the Fall of the Berlin Wall Inspired Global Uprisings from Occupy to Ferguson
by Mark Engler, Paul Engler
Every so often, we witness a period of mass insurgency that seems to defy the accepted rules of politics. If ever there was a time in modern history that exemplified such a moment, it was the second half of 1989.
Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery
by Tom Lawson
A new law allows transgender citizens to decide their own gender—and all it takes is a piece of paper.
Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different
by John Feffer
Hong Kong’s “Occupy Central” movement is neither revolutionary nor subversive: It’s a basic demand for a more responsive and accountable government.
Bangladeshi Workers Organize to Protect Their Most Valuable Export: Themselves Bangladeshi Workers Organize to Protect Their Most Valuable Export: Themselves
by Tiffany Williams
In the evolving global economy, migrants facing virtual indentured servitude abroad—and coming home to debt and social isolation—feels like the new normal.
After Ferguson, It’s Time to Turn a Civil Rights Moment Into a Human Rights Movement After Ferguson, It’s Time to Turn a Civil Rights Moment Into a Human Rights Movement
by Nathan Schneider
“We need to expand the civil-rights struggle to a higher level—to the level of human rights.”
The Antidote to Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit on Everyday Sexism and What We Can Do About It The Antidote to Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit on Everyday Sexism and What We Can Do About It
by Valerie Schloredt
Useful as it may be as journalistic shorthand, “mansplaining” is cultural bubblegum in comparison to Solnit’s actual body of work.
How the #FergusonSyllabus Can Help Teachers Talk About Race and Rights on the First Day of School How the #FergusonSyllabus Can Help Teachers Talk About Race and Rights on the First Day of School
by Liz Pleasant
Teachers and educators collect ideas and resources for how to talk about Ferguson with students of all ages.
Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson
by Deirdre Smith
The tragedy in Ferguson helps us understand why people of color aren't as active as they could be in the climate movement—and what white allies can do to change that.
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