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Climate Comeback: A Grassroots Movement Steps Back Into the International Arena Climate Comeback: A Grassroots Movement Steps Back Into the International Arena
by Jim Shultz
Three major international meetings about climate change are on the horizon. Is this the moment to fix the failures of Copenhagen?
Gay Marriage Went From Unthinkable to Inevitable. Here's What It Means for the Change You Want to See Gay Marriage Went From Unthinkable to Inevitable. Here's What It Means for the Change You Want to See
by Mark Engler, Paul Engler
The momentum behind the legalization of gay marriage came from grassroots action, not from court cases.
How Mischief-Makers Built Australia Through Pranks and Protests How Mischief-Makers Built Australia Through Pranks and Protests
by Madeline Ostrander
In his new book "How to Make Trouble and Influence People," Iain McIntyre offers readers an alternative version of Australian history.
Anti-Homeless Spikes? Heartless. Cementing Over Them? Ingenious. Anti-Homeless Spikes? Heartless. Cementing Over Them? Ingenious.
by Molly Rusk
Londoners have made their feelings clear about a corporate "solution" to the problem of homelessness—and the company listened.
First He Came Out as Undocumented. Then As Gay. Here's What It Means For Immigration Debate. First He Came Out as Undocumented. Then As Gay. Here's What It Means For Immigration Debate.
by Kristin Moe
Felipe Matos told his story in three words: "I am undocumented." It was an act of desperation—but it gave him a sense of agency and power.
Zydeco and Justice: Louisiana's Hyperlocal KOCZ Builds Community and Self-Reliance Zydeco and Justice: Louisiana's Hyperlocal KOCZ Builds Community and Self-Reliance
by Christine St. Pierre
Low-power FM radio stations bring a much-needed focus on local issues and culture.
Tennessee Tied Teachers' Jobs to Standardized Test Scores. Here's How They Pushed Back—And Won. Tennessee Tied Teachers' Jobs to Standardized Test Scores. Here's How They Pushed Back—And Won.
by Molly Rusk
The teachers found their careers at risk when an erratic statistical tool became a key measure of their success.
Meet 6 Nutrition Blogger Moms Who Crashed the McDonald's Shareholder Meeting Meet 6 Nutrition Blogger Moms Who Crashed the McDonald's Shareholder Meeting
by YES! Editors
Current trends suggest one in three kids will develop Type 2 diabetes as adults. These moms told McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson what they think about the fast food industry targeting their kids.
4 Signs Net Neutrality Isn't Dead (Despite an FCC Proposal You're Not Going to Like) 4 Signs Net Neutrality Isn't Dead (Despite an FCC Proposal You're Not Going to Like)
by James Trimarco
They didn't get the proposal they wanted from the FCC. But proponents of a fair and open Internet made important strikes, and the debate is just getting started.
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.
Meet the Girl Who Sparked Brown v. The Board of Education With a High School Walkout Meet the Girl Who Sparked Brown v. The Board of Education With a High School Walkout
by Nadine Bloch
The stories of people behind the landmark decision—like that of 16-year-old Barbara Rose Johns—are even more compelling and inspiring than the sea-changing ruling itself.
This Fifth-Grader Raised $200,000 to Clean Up the Gulf Oil Spill by Selling Watercolors This Fifth-Grader Raised $200,000 to Clean Up the Gulf Oil Spill by Selling Watercolors
by Christine St. Pierre, Miles Becker
These three young activists found creative ways to tackle issues from climate change to voting rights.
When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won
by Jing Fong
Curtis Acosta's classes in Mexican American Studies gave kids pride in their heritage—until the Arizona Legislature canceled them. That's when his students became activists, and some real-life lessons began.
Why Saul Alinsky, Author of "Rules" for Social Change, Would Probably Break Them Today Why Saul Alinsky, Author of "Rules" for Social Change, Would Probably Break Them Today
by Mark Engler, Paul Engler
Most organizers today believe that Alinsky taught to focus on building organizations and not social movements. But the author's own political work shows a more flexible approach.
Edward Snowden's TED Talk Offers Guided Tour of NSA Leaks Edward Snowden's TED Talk Offers Guided Tour of NSA Leaks
The former NSA contractor, who is living in asylum in Russia, spoke from the screen of a wheeled robot.
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