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Walmart Strikes Fire Up Low-Wage Workers, Despite Setbacks Walmart Strikes Fire Up Low-Wage Workers, Despite Setbacks
by Paul J. Comeau
They were unable to put a dent in Black Friday sales, but striking Walmart workers brought the plight of low-wage workers to the forefront of the national conversation. Their action has already inspired historic protests by fast-food workers in New York City.
How a Bus Full of Undocumented Families Could Change the Immigration Debate How a Bus Full of Undocumented Families Could Change the Immigration Debate
by Marisa Franco
This summer, a courageous group of migrants risked deportation in a cross-country trip asking police, leaders, and the public to work toward humanization—not “Arizonafication”—of national policy.
In Hurricane Sandy Relief, a Reminder of Occupy’s Original Spirit In Hurricane Sandy Relief, a Reminder of Occupy’s Original Spirit
by Jeffrey Lawrence, Luis Moreno-Caballud
Commentators in the mainstream media have said the effective hurricane relief accomplished by Occupy Sandy represents a new direction in the movement. In fact, nothing could be closer to its founding ideas and actions.
Hot and Crusty Bakery Workers Seal the Deal on Unionization Hot and Crusty Bakery Workers Seal the Deal on Unionization
by Olivia Rosane
Back in September, YES! covered the efforts of immigrant workers at New York City’s Hot and Crusty Bakery to form a union. After a series of twists and turns that tested the workers’ persistence, the shop is now set to open in December with a fully unionized workforce.
Occupy’s New Offshoot Set to Cancel Millions in Medical Debts Occupy’s New Offshoot Set to Cancel Millions in Medical Debts
by Fabien Tepper
Medical debt is the cause of 62 percent of bankruptcies, say organizers of Strike Debt, which threw last night's offbeat fundraiser for their new “Rolling Jubilee.” Ordinary people donated enough money to collectively buy an estimated $5.9 million in bad debt in order to cancel it.
Want to Fight Climate Change? Start by Turning to Your Neighbors Want to Fight Climate Change? Start by Turning to Your Neighbors
by Chuck Collins
History is full of cases where the people got active on the big problems of their day by forming affinity groups of 10 to 20 individuals. These groups provide energy, organization, and even psychological support.
Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo: Time to Stand Against Big Oil in the Arctic Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo: Time to Stand Against Big Oil in the Arctic
by Kumi Naidoo
Oil companies—and many of our political leaders—see melting sea ice as an opportunity to drill deeper. Fortunately, you don’t have to occupy an Arctic drilling platform to join the growing movement of people who are putting themselves on the line for our planet’s future.
Van Jones: In Obama Win, a Triumph of Community Organizing Van Jones: In Obama Win, a Triumph of Community Organizing
by Van Jones
Community organizers around the country worked overtime to hand the election to President Barack Obama. Now we need him to stand up for our values and vision.
McKibben Spearheads Plan to Hit Dirty Energy Where It Hurts McKibben Spearheads Plan to Hit Dirty Energy Where It Hurts
by Fabien Tepper
Could 350.org’s aggressive new strategy bring an end to global warming?
Making It Count: Next Steps for the Minority Majority Making It Count: Next Steps for the Minority Majority
by Rinku Sen
Minorities around the country stood strong in the face of efforts to suppress their votes. Now that the election is over, what will happen to that energy and force?
Five Things to Watch for in Obama’s Second Term Five Things to Watch for in Obama’s Second Term
by Fran Korten
The devil’s in the details, but so are the angels. Here are five things on Obama’s agenda you’ll want to keep an eye on—and get active in, too.
Under Obama, Social Justice Campaigners Have Better Chances Under Obama, Social Justice Campaigners Have Better Chances
by Mark Engler
Many of those who supported Barack Obama four years ago have been disappointed by his presidency. But recent history shows that campaigns for social justice do better under centrist presidents than under conservative ones.
Occupy Wall Street’s Next Move: Bailing Out the People, One at a Time Occupy Wall Street’s Next Move: Bailing Out the People, One at a Time
by Yates McKee
The debt resisters of Occupy Wall Street mobilize arts, education, and media for a “People’s Bailout.”
The City is Our Canvas: A Bay Area Tour, in Murals The City is Our Canvas: A Bay Area Tour, in Murals
From the alleys of San Francisco to the streets of West Oakland, murals are cropping up throughout the Bay Area with themes as diverse as the artists who paint them.
Live at 8:00 EST: Occupy Wall Street’s Rolling Jubilee Live at 8:00 EST: Occupy Wall Street’s Rolling Jubilee
by YES! online team
Tonight, Strike Debt brings you the Rolling Jubilee, a bailout for the 99 percent. Watch the NYC event live with us to see Occupy buy up your debt—and then abolish it.
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