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Grassroots Power

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Indigenous Women Take the Lead in Idle No More  Indigenous Women Take the Lead in Idle No More
by Kristin Moe
Motivated by ancient traditions of female leadership as well as their need for improved legal rights, First Nations women are stepping to the forefront of the Idle No More movement.
“Flash Mob Prayer Circle” Shows Idle No More’s Spiritual Side “Flash Mob Prayer Circle” Shows Idle No More’s Spiritual Side
by James Trimarco
Speakers at an Idle No More event in Seattle drew comparisons between spiritual and political struggles, making the movement seem closer to Civil Rights than Occupy.
Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Let’s Take a Stand for Domestic Workers Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Let’s Take a Stand for Domestic Workers
by Tiffany Williams
150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, it's time to recognize domestic labor as real work that should be protected.
Idle No More: Indigenous Uprising Sweeps North America Idle No More: Indigenous Uprising Sweeps North America
by Kristin Moe
Idle No More has organized the largest mass mobilizations of indigenous people in recent history. What sparked it off and what’s coming next?
No Room at the Inn? How Occupy Won Over Religion No Room at the Inn? How Occupy Won Over Religion
by Nathan Schneider
Religion is the means by which many imagine and work for a world more just than this one. Last year, Wall Street’s Trinity Church refused to shelter the movement; this year, churches and Occupiers are sharing a very different kind of Advent season.
Can a People’s Movement Ground U.S. Drones? Can a People’s Movement Ground U.S. Drones?
by Stuart Glascock
Book Review: Killing by remote control is no game, peace activist Medea Benjamin argues in “Drone Warfare.” We know that drones kill civilians and inflame hatred against the United States—but can we stop them?
Why Curbing the Climate Crisis Will Take More Than Summits and Divestment Why Curbing the Climate Crisis Will Take More Than Summits and Divestment
by Jim Shultz
Targeting the fossil fuel industry is essential, but divestment as the target for action raises the same question as global summitry does: Is it enough?
The “People’s Bailout” Was Just the Beginning: What’s Next for Strike Debt? The “People’s Bailout” Was Just the Beginning: What’s Next for Strike Debt?
by Fabien Tepper
Thomas Gokey is one of the creators of Occupy’s Rolling Jubilee, which is preparing to purchase and cancel $9 million of ordinary people’s medical debt. Here, he speaks about the project’s origins, methods, and future.
Occupy Sandy Provides Relief for More than Just a Storm Occupy Sandy Provides Relief for More than Just a Storm
by Jillian Buckley
Most of us who provide disaster relief with Occupy Sandy have learned not to wait for the powers that be to save the day, when change will ultimately come from ordinary citizens.
Obama’s Grassroots Supporters Demand “Jobs Not Cuts” Obama’s Grassroots Supporters Demand “Jobs Not Cuts”
by Deepak Bhargava
Obama’s grassroots supporters voted for jobs and social services, not for the budget cuts that Congress is demanding. Now they’re working to make sure that message is not forgotten.
Doha Talks Show Need for Climate Action in Post-Sandy U.S. Doha Talks Show Need for Climate Action in Post-Sandy U.S.
by Janet Redman
Will the United States ever change its policy of obstructing international action to stop climate change? If so, the political pressure to change the country’s role will have to come from the American people.
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.
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