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Grassroots Power

All it takes is a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens.

Occupy Offshoot Cancels $4 Million in Predatory Student Loans—and Starts a Debtors Union Occupy Offshoot Cancels $4 Million in Predatory Student Loans—and Starts a Debtors Union
by Liz Pleasant, Christa Hillstrom, James Trimarco
First, they started buying up—and canceling—individuals’ medical debt. Now the people behind Rolling Jubilee are taking on student loans from a for-profit university that exploits the poor—and the whole debt system could be next.
Video: Hip-Hop Star Boots Riley Is “Brother Earth” Video: Hip-Hop Star Boots Riley Is “Brother Earth”
You already know his mom. But there’s a new talking planet on the scene, and climate change is messing with his style.
For the Beaches and the Barrios: Why Next Week’s Climate March Will Be the Largest Ever For the Beaches and the Barrios: Why Next Week’s Climate March Will Be the Largest Ever
by Eddie Bautista, LaTonya Crisp-Sauray, Bill McKibben
We’re tired of winning the argument and losing the fight. And so we march.
Today's Movement for Racial Justice Has Found Its Graphic Designer (And Her Name Is Sandra Khalifa) Today's Movement for Racial Justice Has Found Its Graphic Designer (And Her Name Is Sandra Khalifa)
by Joe Solomon
In this Q and A, the talented Khalifa talks about how she became interested in issues of racial justice, her work with the Dream Defenders, and the power of social media.
The Faces Behind the Fight for $15 an Hour The Faces Behind the Fight for $15 an Hour
by Betty Udesen
For low-wage workers, Seattle's minimum wage increase means a chance to go to college, pay the rent, and visit the dentist.
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.
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