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#Ferguson Thanksgiving: A Former Slave Proposed the Holiday 55 Years Before Lincoln. Why His Version Matters Today #Ferguson Thanksgiving: A Former Slave Proposed the Holiday 55 Years Before Lincoln. Why His Version Matters Today
by Jedediah Purdy
“For some, racial inequality and fear are raw realities every day, and anything inspiring in American history rings false and remote. For others, the call to reflect on injustice feels like a personal accusation. But we are caught in this history together.”
Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme
by Roman Krznaric
Want to learn to change the world with empathy? Get ready to learn from the masters.
#FergusonOctober: Clergy Go “Toe-to-Toe” with Police as Moral Mondays Arrive in Missouri #FergusonOctober: Clergy Go “Toe-to-Toe” with Police as Moral Mondays Arrive in Missouri
by Liz Pleasant, Nur Lalji
The weekend brought seekers of racial justice in Missouri to the police station, the university, and the local Wal-Mart—the scene of another recent police shooting of a young black man.
My Cousin Was Shot Dead by a Police Officer. Here’s What It Means for the New Economy Movement My Cousin Was Shot Dead by a Police Officer. Here’s What It Means for the New Economy Movement
by Anand Jahi
Many opportunities exist for collaboration between the movements for racial justice and for an economy that works for everyone.
Three Projects that Block Violence Against Women By Bringing Communities Together Three Projects that Block Violence Against Women By Bringing Communities Together
by Victoria Law
These projects show how everyday people can address violence in our own communities by break through the silence to interrupt abuse.
7 Practical Ideas for Compassionate Communities, From Free College to Debt Relief 7 Practical Ideas for Compassionate Communities, From Free College to Debt Relief
by Shannan Stoll
It's not hard to bring a little more equality into each others' lives.
Young Climate Marchers: Support From Boomers Makes Us Feel Less Alone Young Climate Marchers: Support From Boomers Makes Us Feel Less Alone
by Kristin Moe
“It makes me feel happy and inspired that we have people of all generations who are thinking that more drastic, extraordinary actions are necessary.”
Most Social Change Groups Grapple with White Privilege—But This Book Can Help Most Social Change Groups Grapple with White Privilege—But This Book Can Help
by Joshua Kahn Russell
The work of activism is full of messy contradictions. In “Towards Collective Liberation,” Chris Crass breaks down the influence of racism and patriarchy, including helpful how-tos—like “Twenty Careful Steps Toward Anti-sexist Action.”
To Save Family Farms from Corporate Buyout, Retiring Farmers Connect with a New Generation To Save Family Farms from Corporate Buyout, Retiring Farmers Connect with a New Generation
by Liz Pleasant
In the next 20 years, many American family farmers are likely to retire—putting enormous amounts of land on the market. Here's how they're connecting with young farmers to make sure the family farm survives.
“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.
Red and Blue States Agree on Taxing Corporations More (And Lots of Other Stuff) Red and Blue States Agree on Taxing Corporations More (And Lots of Other Stuff)
by Miriam Axel-Lute
When you ask Americans specific questions about the policies they support, it turns out we're not so polarized after all.
Meet the 99-Year-Old Revolutionary Who's Still Changing Detroit Meet the 99-Year-Old Revolutionary Who's Still Changing Detroit
PBS's new documentary "American Revolutionary" explores the life of Grace Lee Boggs—who's been fighting for civil and labor rights in the Motor city for more than 75 years.
These Native American Filmmakers Are Telling Their People's Stories—Their Way These Native American Filmmakers Are Telling Their People's Stories—Their Way
by Christine St. Pierre
Longhouse Media helps indigenous artists step behind the camera and document their lives.
How a "Black Snake" in the Heartland Brought Spirit to American Environmentalism How a "Black Snake" in the Heartland Brought Spirit to American Environmentalism
by Kristin Moe
It's possible that the Cowboy Indian Alliance offers a glimpse into what a spiritually integrated environmental movement might look like, honoring diversity while resisting cooptation.
Why Politics at the Dinner Table Is Good for Democracy Why Politics at the Dinner Table Is Good for Democracy
by Andy Lee Roth
Our political process, Robert Jensen reminds us, begins with conversation.
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