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Bridging Divides

Listening, learning, and discovering shared purpose.

When You Tell Them My Story, Please Mention That I Like Flaming Hot Cheetos When You Tell Them My Story, Please Mention That I Like Flaming Hot Cheetos
What happens when students are given the honor and onus of writing a complete stranger's story in poetry form? Middle school students from rural and urban Oregon took the risk, transforming preconceived notions—from gangs to trailer trash, stuck up rich people to redneck hicks— into bridges.
Re-Occupy: A Movement Seeks a Sanctuary Re-Occupy: A Movement Seeks a Sanctuary
by Nathan Schneider
On occupying Trinity Church—and the Occupy movement's relationship with established institutions.
Grace Lee Boggs’ Message to the Occupiers Grace Lee Boggs’ Message to the Occupiers
A lifelong activist shares her thoughts on revolution.
From the Farm to the Occupation From the Farm to the Occupation
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes on taking farm politics to Occupy Wall Street...and talking about the politics of Occupy in her farming community.
Grace Boggs: Reviving the Lost City Grace Boggs: Reviving the Lost City
by Larry Gabriel
The YES! Breakthrough 15: A decades-long revolution to rekindle the soul of urban neighborhoods.
In Defense of Diplomacy In Defense of Diplomacy
by Stephen Zunes
New legislation would make all diplomatic contact with Iran illegal. Stephen Zunes explains why we need to keep the lines of communication open.
Occupy Wall Street, Beyond Encampments Occupy Wall Street, Beyond Encampments
by Luis Moreno-Caballud, Marina Sitrin
As winter arrives and police crack down, how can occupiers keep their movement alive—and help it grow? Veteran activists share lessons from Spain’s Indignados.
Lessons of a Police Chief: Militarization is a Mistake Lessons of a Police Chief: Militarization is a Mistake
by Norm Stamper
The police chief who oversaw Seattle’s crackdown on WTO protesters learned the dangers of militarization. His advice for a creating a police force that truly serves and protects communities.
Painting the Town Prosperous Painting the Town Prosperous
by James Trimarco
Urban artists revive our neighborhoods and show us how to share our gifts.
An Interfaith Occupation An Interfaith Occupation
by Adam DeRose
The Occupy movement is bringing deep moral questions that many religions confront to the forefront of national conversation. How faith groups are joining in.
Curriculum & Resources: ThinkB4YouSpeak Curriculum & Resources: ThinkB4YouSpeak
GLSEN's campaign ThinkB4YouSpeak helps straight teens understand why "that's so gay" and other common slurs may be unintentional but hurtful to their Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) classmates.
10 Ways to Support the Occupy Movement 10 Ways to Support the Occupy Movement
by Sarah van Gelder
There are many things you can do to be part of this growing movement—and only some of them involve sleeping outside.
Red State Ranchers Vs. the Pipeline Red State Ranchers Vs. the Pipeline
Nebraska isn’t known for environmental activism—but an oil pipeline that would cross the Ogallala aquifer is changing that.
Where The 99 Percent Get Their Power Where The 99 Percent Get Their Power
by Sarah van Gelder
How did a small protest in lower Manhattan go viral? With more than 50 cities involved, #OccupyWallStreet is already changing the debate.
Five Ways #OccupyWallStreet Has Succeeded Five Ways #OccupyWallStreet Has Succeeded
by Mark Engler
They were predicted to be a flash in the pan. So why are the anti-Wall Street occupations growing?
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